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1.0 Registration of AETDEW

AETDEW has finally been registered as a legal society by the Registrar of

Society (ROS) Malaysia. The process has not been easy as the Registrar has

a rigid template for new organisations applying for registration under the

Societies Act 1966.

The following were the mandatory requirements as far as AETDEW was


1.1 AETDEW must be termed a “society”. The Malaysian name of

AETDEW is “Persatuan Akademi Kejuruteraan dan Technologi Dunia Menbangun”.

The English translation is “Society of Academy of Engineering and Technology

of the Developing World”.

After representation to the Registrar in person, the English name “Academy

of Engineering and Technology of the Development World (AETDEW) is

allowed to be retained in the Constitution

In the Constitution, “Society” is used to refer to AETDEW

1.2 AETDEW’s application must be by Malaysian citizens at least

seven in number after they had formed a founding committee and they must

convene a meeting agreeing to the establishment of AETDEW before submitting

the application for registration..

AETDEW founding committee was formed and consisted of the following 12

Founding Fellows:

Chairman: Dato Ir. Lee Yee Cheong,

Vice Chairman: Ir. Choo Kok Beng Secretary: Dato Dr. Samsudin Tugimen

Treasurer: Dato Dr. Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin

Members: Mr. Mohamad Rafee Yusoff

Professor Yong Hoi Sen

Dato Dr. Yussof Sulaiman

Professor Lee Sze Wie

Ir. Tan Yean Chin Dr Raslan Ahmad

Professor Halimaton Hamdan

Professor Chuah Hean Teik

The founding committee is responsible for the registration of AETDEW and

subsequent activities of AETDEW until the inaugural Annual General Meeting.

1.3 General Conference and Committee

The ROS Malaysia’s model constitution for new societies recognises only General

Meetings and Committee. AETDEW has to comply. After representation to the

Registrar, the term “Council” was retained with the sentence in the Constitution that

the Committee is “hereinafter referred to as the Council”. The number of Committee

members, their designations, and functions are prescribed by the ROS model


The ROS model constitution does not recognise “Executive Board”. This provision in

AETDEW original constitution caused the AETDEW application to be rejected. After

deleting all references to the “Executive Board”, the AETDEW application was

reconsidered and subsequently approved.

1.4 Numerical Values in Financial Provision

ROS requires numerical values to be explicitly stated in AETDEW constitution. That is

the reason for member’s annual subscription to be stated as Ringgit Malaysia (RM) 1.00

as well as other numerical limits on petty cash etc.

1.5 AETDEW Registration Certificate and the approved AETDEW

Constitution are attached..

1.6 Revision of the AETDEW Constitution

The AETDEW Constitution will be revised to have a reasonable larger number of

members in the Council to enable broad G77 representation as well as tidying the

Language etc at the Inaugural General Meeting in 2017.02

For the broad-based consultation on the establishment of AETDEW in 2014/15, the

Founding Committee has decided on the AETDEW Founding Fellows as per list


3.0 AETDEW Inaugural General Meeting

The Inaugural General Meeting of AETDEW is expected to be held in Kuala

Lumpur during the time of the ISTIC Governing Board meeting 15-17 May


4.0 Rationale for Establishment of AETDEW

It is important to reiterate the rationale for the establishment of AETDEW that was

agreed by prospective founding fellows during the 2014/15 consultation.

4.1 AETDEW Mission

The Mission of AETDEW will be to mobilise the engineering, technological

and scientific community in the developing world to help the South to achieve the 17

SDGs by 2030 principally through South-South cooperation. As depicted in its logo

below, achievement of the SDGs will be heavily dependent on the application of

engineering and technology on the ground in South countries.

4.2 AETDEW Action Plan

Initially, AETDEW and AETDEW Fellows can assist ISTIC in institutional and human

capital capacity building in STI in G77 countries. In particular AETDEW can upscale

ISTIC’s priority programmes throughout the developing world:

• Promoting national STI Policy formulation, implementation, review and

monitoring; and promoting the application of STI in small and medium enterprises;

• Enhancing the role of women in STI;

• Strengthening Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM)

Education through Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE);

• Promoting accreditation of tertiary engineering education qualifications, including

qualifications for technologists and technicians, to international standards, leading

to regional mobility of engineers, technologists and technicians;

• Promoting indigenous capacity building in the Maintenance of Infrastructure;

• Providing technopreneur training for young research scientists and engineers.

When AETDEW is more established, AETDEW will aspire to be the top engineering and

technology think tank for G77.

4.3 AETDEW Guiding Principles

AETDEW will be an academy of the 21st century, guided by the slogan of the UN SDGs

”Leave No One Behind” . Going forward, this century will increasingly be characterised

by the digital economy and the 4th industrial revolution. The outstanding features have

been that the top technology billionaires in the world are young, some do not have a

college degree and most do not have a post graduate degree. Therefore AETDEW;

• Must be multi-stakeholder in membership from government (including inter-

government), industry, academia and civil society;

• Must give priority to achievement and active engagement in human welfare

through science, technology and innovation in national development on the

ground in membership criteria rather than academic qualification, publication

and citation; The latter has been the criteria for fellowship of all the academies

of sciences, academies of engineering and academies of medicine in the world;

• Must have gender, generation and geographical balance in its membership (In the

attached list of AETDEW founding fellows, 30% are ladies);

• Must be proactive partner of government rather than independent of government.

• Must be merit based,

• Must be associated with UNESCO through ISTIC,

4.4 Nurturing of AETDEW

For AETDEW to grow and be sustainable, it would need two essential attributes from

the start:

• A solid base of operation as its Secretariat. ISTIC is eminently qualified as it is

the preeminent South-South Cooperation Platform in STI in UNESCO and the UN

system. Its mandate has been extended by the Agreement between UNESCO and Malaysia

for another six years to 2022.

• A core of active members in sufficient number in Malaysia that will anchor its

operation and nurture its development.

• All G77 countries represented in AETDEW Fellowship through nominations by

AETDEW Founding Fellows.

Dato Ir. Lee Yee Cheong

Chairman, AETDEW Founding Committee

1 January 2017

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