PETALING JAYA, April 19 (Bernama) -- The Government welcomes a proposal to appoint engineers as councillors as it wants to see more professionals serving in local authorities, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak said.
He said although the appointment of councillors was under the purview of the respective state governments, nevertheless he would support engineers to be appointed to the position.
"I on my part have no reservations for engineers to fill such posts," he said in his speech at the 49th Annual Dinner and Award Night of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) at a hotel in Subang Jaya here Saturday night.
He said engineers are more often "seen but not heard" and they are the unsung heroes of infrastructure development and major contributors to the nation's economy.
"I agree that it is perhaps timely that engineers shed their low profile image and participate more proactively in the affairs of the country, particularly in areas where the profession has a distinct advantage" he said.
IEM President Datuk Paduka Ir Keizrul Abdullah in his speech earlier said the engineers were more than willing to volunteer their services as councillors in the various local authorities in the country.
Keizrul said IEM had put forward their offer to serve as councillors to all the state administrations and was looking forward to their positive replies.
"We look forward to the opportunity of engaging more fully with the government, to contribute to the development of engineering and to the process of nation building," he said.
During the dinner, Dr Law Chung Lim was accorded IEM's Young Engineer Award while its Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award was given to T and T Konsult Sdn Bhd.
Both awards were presented by Najib.