William (seated centre), Norhyati (second left), Mohamad Ariff (second right), Wei, Azam Sarawak and Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) chief executive officer Lelia Sim (right) and board members.

KUCHING: The newly-elected office bearers for development communication non-governmental organisation (NGO) Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (Azam Sarawak) will be exploring its future direction and its role in the years ahead under the new normal in alignment with the state’s development plans for 2021-2030.

The new office bearers for the term 2020-2022 were appointed during the organisation’s biennial elections at its 37th annual general meeting here today.

Datuk William Patrick Nyigor was elected as chairman with Datuk Norhyati Mohd Ismail as deputy chairman, Mohamad Ariff Irwani Azahari as honorary secretary, and Datuk William Wei How Sieng as honorary treasurer.

Sharkawi Yassin, Dr Margaret Chan Kit Yok, Norjanah Razali, Adeline Liong, Telemachus Lo, Dominic Chuo, and Alice Wee were elected as board members.

In his acceptance speech, William said he was hopeful and confident that the new line-up for the term would be able to continue to lead and guide the organisation towards scaling new heights.

He said that Azam Sarawak had continuously proven its capability of playing an important role in assisting the state to promote development consciousness and participatory development among Sarawakians.

Members also observed a moment of silence for recently deceased Azam member Mohamad Abdul Rahman, who had been a dedicated member who had previously served on the board and was president of Azam Toastmasters Club in 1999.

Azam Sarawak remained a choice partner of key agencies such as the Chief Minister’s Department and Sarawak Multimedia Authority in undertaking development programmes and activities.

Azam Sarawak has 102 active members comprising government officers, professionals from various backgrounds, members of the private and corporate sectors, media practitioners, professional retirees and youth.

Established in 1983, Azam Sarawak is dedicated to promoting development communication in Sarawak in order to help facilitate development efforts in the state.