Newly elected Saberkas branch chairman Michael Tiang (sixth left) hands over new membership applications from youths in the Pelawan area to Sayed Azmee who receives them on behalf of the State Saberkas.

SIBU: A political secretary to the chief minister Michael Tiang was elected unopposed as Saberkas Pelawan branch chairman during the triennial general meeting held on Thursday (Sept 24).

He takes over from Eddy Puah who has served for nine years since the branch’s formation in 2011.

In keeping with changing trends, Tiang leads a new board of office bearers, of whom 70 percent are below the age of 40 years old.

“I am honoured to be part of this dynamic youth organisation at the branch level and we pledge our fullest support to the newly-elected president at the state level,” he said referring to Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the Minister for Youth and Sports, who is also Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister.

Tiang said while he may be new to Saberkas, he could always count on the support and guidance of local Saberkas leaders such as Assistant Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dr. Annuar Rapa’ee who is also Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing who heads the Saberkas Nangka Branch.

Former branch chief Eddy Puah (third right) hands over the presidential files to the newly elected branch chairman Michael Tiang.

“I will definitely be working closely with all the Saberkas branches in the Sibu area in coming up with activities that are youth-centric and beneficial to their development,” he added.

Calling on local youth to be part of Saberkas, he said it was a perfect platform for the young people from different backgrounds to come together and pursue common interests.

Present to witness and officiate at the branch TGM was Saberkas state executive committee member Sayed Azmee Wan Junaidi, who is also an office bearer of Saberkas Nangka branch.

Calling on the members to be united in their effort to manage the branch and create beneficial programmes for youths, Azmee was optimistic that all branches within the Sibu area would be able to work well together.

“We will be there for each other at our respective events. And we should also look closely into holding joint events that will provide a greater platform for our youths from various backgrounds to mingle and work together,” he said.

The state exco member said he was looking forward to working closely with everyone in the coming three-year term.

“Together we can definitely achieve more,” he said.

Tiang (right) chairing his first meeting as Saberkas Pelawan branch chairman.