Members of SCAL
1. Thank you for taking time to attend the SCAL 40th Annual General Meeting. I am very pleased to see so many familiar faces here today. 2018 marks my fourth year as SCAL President.
2. I am truly humbled and honoured for this opportunity to serve the Association and the construction industry. I would like to thank the Council and all our members for the strong support given to me.
3. 2017 was an exceptional year for the Association as we celebrated our 80th Anniversary. We kept busy with a flurry of events and launched a series of key initiatives ranging from WSH to productivity to CSR.
4. At this juncture, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the chairmen and members of our subcommittees for their leadership, passion and relentless drive in making these possible. I would also like to thank our hardworking secretariat working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the activities and events run smoothly.
5. I would especially like to thank Mr Eugene Yong who stepped down from the Council after some 18 years, including being President from 2001 to 2004. Eugene was also chairman of our CSR Subcommittee since its inception in 2013 before handing over to Mr Benjamin Tan.
6. Special thanks also to Mr Dominic Choy who has stepped down – temporarily I hope - as 2nd vice president, as well as chairman of our Productivity and Technology Subcommittee for the past six years.
7. Another milestone for SCAL last year was the launch of the Construction Industry Transformation Map, or ITM, where we played an instrumental role in giving inputs and feedback in its development. I would like to urge members to familiarise themselves with the ITM as it will provide an insight on how the construction industry will be shaped in the future.
The way forward
8. Likewise, we recognise the need to renew SCAL so as to remain of value and relevance to our members. Hence, early this year the Council went on a strategic planning retreat to review our programmes and identify key elements to lead the industry forward.
9. At the end of the retreat, we identified four key thrusts to drive our strategies and activities going forward.
10. One of our first priorities now is to establish the new Construction Hub to house our training and services under one roof. We need also to relook at the business models of our subsidiaries – SC2, SCAL Academy and SCAL Resources – to ensure our financial viability.
11. The third thrust is about our membership and alliances, where we will need to expand our membership base, and find ways to work with partners and stakeholders in the built environment for mutual benefit.
12. Last but not least, we need to strengthen the capabilities, professionalism and competence of the secretariat in order to organise and run the programmes and activities of the association.
13. Much work lies ahead and I look forward to the continued support of the Council and all our members.
14. In conclusion, Singapore is going through a major transformation. SCAL’s renewed vision is to lead the construction industry in building a sustainable future for Singapore. And to do that, we need to be an effective voice of the industry advocating business-friendly practices, promoting industry development and fostering a safe and productive work environment. These indeed, are embodied in our new vision and mission statements.
15. I wish you all an enjoyable networking session. Thank you.