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WEC2010, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Pre-registration & workshop

The World Engineering Congress 2010 (WEC) starts its pre-registration session at 8.00 AM on the 1st August 2010, around the Sarawak Chamber Hallway, Riverside Hotel - Kuching, Sarawak. The registration process kicks in full swing by the afternoon. Many participants took the opportunity to register early and many of them take the time to settle down, resting upon a long trip.

On the 1st August also there was a workshop for EAC Assessment conducted in Hilton Hotel, Kuching. The workshop was conducted by Assoc. Prof. Ir. Megat Johari Megat Mohd Noor and Ir. Azlan Abdul Aziz. The workshop was attended by 36 participants and some of them even join in as participant for the WEC after the workshop.

Opening day & Keynote Session

On the 2nd August, WEC began its opening day at 8.00 AM with the registration of participants. The VIP’s were gathered at the Ladies Suites where the press conference took place. Among the VIP’s was the Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, YB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam, and the President for Federation of Engineering Institution in Islamic Countries (FEIIC), Arch. Wael As Saqqa.

The opening of WEC was held inside the Sarawak Chamber Hall and it was attended by 700 participants. The president for the Malaysian Society for Engineering & Technology (mSET), Prof. Dato’ Ir. Abang Abdullah Abang Ali has been given the honor to give the welcoming speech followed by a speech from the FEIIC president, Arch. Wael As Saqqa. Then, the guest of honor, the Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak gives his words to the crowd and later officiates the Congress.

Congress Dinner

The congress Dinner is held on the 2nd August 2010, in the Collosseum Hall, Pullman Hotel, Kuching. It was an open invitation to all participant for WEC2010 and it was officiated by the Assistant Minister of Tourism for Sarawak, The Honorable Datuk Haji Talib bin Zulpilip. The congress dinner was sponsored by the Sarawak Government as a sign of support to the Congress that is held there.

Guess starts arriving at 8.00 PM with the VIP’s arrival as the sign of the start of the event. The mSET’s President, Prof. Ir. Dato Abang Abdullah was given the honor to give a couple of words before the Honorable Datuk Haji Talib gives his speech and officially invites all the guesses to dine in.  The dinner hall was full and everyone enjoyed their dinner. The event ends around 10.30 PM and all the guesses return to their hotels.

Technical visits

There were two places for the technical visit which are the Sarawak Cultural Village and the Assar Senari Refinery complex. Technical visits are on the 5th August 2010 and registered participants are required to assemble in front of Hilton Hotel before 8.00 AM. There were 2 buses to the Sarawak Cultural Village and one bus to the Assar Senari Refinery Complex.

Around 8.20 AM, the trip begins with the bus to the refinery complex and later the busses to the Cultural Village moves to their destination. The visits ends around 1.00 PM with all participants return to their designated hotel to continue their own agenda.  The end of the visit marked the end of the WEC2010 which has consumed 4 days between Monday to Thursday. It was overall a successful and memorable event for each of the participant as well as for the organizer.