HISTORY OF SARAWAK ICT ASSOCIATION
The idea of forming an association of local computer firms was first mooted in Sibu in October, 1998. Application was then made to the Registrar of Societies for the formation of “Persatuan Jualan & Perkhidmatan Komputer Sarawak” (Computer Association Sarawak) on 23.11.1998. The Registrar of Societies requested the change of name to “Persatuan Jualan & Perkhidmatan Komputer Sibu” (Computer sales & Services Association Sibu) on 13.3.1999 as all the protem committee members submitted at that time are all from Sibu. Amended documents were then submitted on 6.4.1999 and the Registrar of Societies approved the registration of “Persatuan Jualan & Jualan Komputer Sibu” on 6.10.1999 vide Registration No. 1267 (replaced by PPM-011-13-10061999).
The 1st Inaugural Meeting of “Persatuan Jualan & Perkhidmatan Komputer Sibu” was held in Sibu on 17.1.2000. Mr. Ting Heng Kiu was elected as the 1st Chairman of “Perstauan Jualan & Perkhidmatan Komputer Sibu” for 2000 and subsequently re-elected for year 2001 at the AGM held on 11.2.2001.
At the AGM held on 11.2.2001, it was resolved to change the name of our Association to “Perstauan Jualan & Perkhidmatan Komputer Sarawak” to allow computer dealers throughout Sarawak to join our Association. The change of name was approved by the Registrar of Societies on 14.1.2002.
Mr. Wong Chi Tieng was elected as Chairman for year 2002 during the AGM held on 2.3.2002. He then proceed to re-write the whole Rules & Constitution to accommodate, among others, the election of office bearers for 2 years’ terms, the setting up of branches, branches rules, central committee and allow membership by affiliation association. The New Rules & Constitution of our Association was approved by Registrar of Societies on 17.6.2003.
The Chairman of the Central Committee (CWC) is to be elected by rotation among the Chairman of the branches for one term (2 years) and the term of office is as follows:
1. 1st Term – Mr. Wong Chi Tieng (2003-2004)
2. 2nd Term – Mr. Alex Jong Choon Teck (2005-2006)
3. 3rd Term – Mr. Michael Kho Chung Kang (2007-2008)
4. 4th Term – Mr. Wong Chi Tieng (2009-2010)
5. 5th Term – Mr. Victor Kuan Wai Teck (2011-2012)
6. 6th Term – Mr. Lee Kim Seng (2013-2014)
7. 7th Term – Mr. Nicky Yong Kheng Ling (2015-2016)
8. 8th Term – Mr. Wong Chi Tieng (2017-2018)
9. 9th Term – Mr. Jong Choon Teck (2019-2020)
The Central Committee is made up of 3 representatives each from each branch, namely Sibu Branch, Miri Branch, Bintulu Branch and Kuching Branch. The Rules & Constitution allows independent management of branch finances and in carrying out the activities beneficial to their members at each branch while the Central Committee deals with matters which affect the ICT industry at State & National Level.
To keep pace with the changing times, the Rules of our Association is again re-written in 2017 including the change to name to “Persatuan Teknologi Maklumat Sarawak (Sarawak ICT Association)” and it was approved by Registrar of Societies on 6th December, 2017.
Compiled by Wong Chi Tieng