The recently concluded 36th PAM Annual Dinner was held at the Grand Ballroom of Shangri-La’s Tg Aru Resort in Kota Kinabalu. 450 guests including architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, suppliers and other members of the local built environment industries attended the institution’s yearly dinner event.
Our Guest of Honour YB Datuk V K Liew, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department was present to grace the occasion. PAM President, Ar. Saifuddin Ahmad, Sarawak Chapter Chairman, Ar. Peter Wong and Southern Chapter Chairman Ar. Hj. Zawawi Bin Zainuddin and spouse were also present.
The theme for this year’s dinner is “P”, PHENOMENOLOGY”. “Phenomenology” is a unique architectural term concerning the built environment. To simplify the idea of phenomenology, what is the relationship of a building with the surrounding context? Phenomenology is important to continue a particular culture, the spirit of a community and the character of local precedents. Proponents of phenomenology believe that architecture should be created to fulfill the human needs without destroying the unique natural and genius loci.
The occasion witnessed the installation of the newly elected Chapter Chairman, Ar. Lo Su Yin and introduction of the 2011-2012 committee members.
The outgoing Chapter Chairman, Ar. Ho Jia Lit initiated setting up the “PAM Sabah Chapter’s Education scholarship Fund” by contributing RM7,000.00.
A music performance by the PAM Band led by Mr. Mitchell Bernard and performance by newly installed Chapter Chairman and his crew in a Sketch entitled "left side view of the 3C’s (Consultant, Contractor and Client)".
Prizes were given out to The Best Creative Office Photos and Guess the Architect.
Also one of the highlights of the evening was the Lucky "Fear Factor" Draw where lucky participants would compete to win three Ipad 2.
It was an entertaining and fun filled dinner where everybody left upon the end of the evening with a wide grin and gladness of having an umbrella for door gift, just in case it rained again.
Reported by Ar. Rizal Ahmad Banjar