The United Youth Movement of Malaysia has conferred the Youth Service Award 2019 to Ir Professor Dr Leong Wai Yie, member of the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM).
Ir Professor Dr Wai Yie was one of five recipients of this award, with the other four being Andrew Tan Yih Full (Managing Director of TCSM Education Group), Chong Keat Aun (Local Dialect Archaeology), Sean Lim Sin Kai (Info Resources Services Sdn Bhd) and Voong Thin Ee (Youth Education Lecturer).
The award was conferred to recognise the awardee’s youth service, exemplifying the core values of service, which include dedication and commitment to Malaysian youth. The award also highlighted the awardee’s leadership skills and competencies, including abilities to be a role model to others.
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, YB Steven Sim Chee Keong attended the ceremony as Guest of Honour, who also presented the awards to the recipients.
In his speech, YB Steven mentioned that the government expects to see an increase of four million young voters in the 2023 national elections. He also stated that young people are the pillars of the nation and should be given the chance to express the direction and values of a new generation.
YB Steven continued by praising the United Youth Movement of Malaysia for its efforts to cultivate youth leaders. The Youth Service Award is important to recognise those who are willing to contribute to our youth and to inspire more young people to follow the example of the winners.
Ir Professor Dr Leong Wai Yie wears many hats in her illustrious life. She is currently a member of YSN-ASM, an Executive Committee Member and Council Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia and is the Immediate Past Chairlady of the Women Engineers Section.
Ir Wai Yie is also on the Board of Directors of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists, an Honorary Secretary of Women Engineers at the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (WEAFEO), the Chairlady of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (Malaysia Local Network) and Committee Member of World Federation of Engineering Organisation (Women in Engineering Committee).
Appreciation goes to Ir Professor Dr Leong Wai Yie for her contribution to this article.
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