Message from Ir. Liew Shaw Shong:
Past Chairman of IEM GETD
Secretary General of Malaysian Geotechnical Society
Member of SEAGS
It is my honor to express my congratulatory message to South-East Asian Geotechnical Society (SEAGS) for its forthcoming 50th anniversary celebration. Since I started my professional career in earlier 1990, I have been hearing many inspiring stories about our pioneers in geotechnical engineering and many of those are heavily associated with SEAGS. I was once almost landed on the ground of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) to further my post-graduate study, but for some reasons, I missed that opportunity to establish my solid understanding in soil/rock mechanics at this shrine of geotechnical engineering. However, through participating technical events and voluntary services in the engineering institution, I had many exposures with SEAGS, particularly the South-East Asia Geotechnical Conferences (SEAGC) in 1996, 1998, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. SEAGS certainly plays vital role in flourishing the regional geotechnical fraternity by uniting the elite engineers in the region with collective efforts and supports from the strongly regional nations. This unprecedented foresight and vision brought forward by the founding president, Dr. Za Chieh Moh, to found this important regional society, gather strength and contribute to the economy growth and technical development in this part of the world. There are also many important figures and persons working hard in contributing sustainable success of SEAGS, in which Prof. Balasubramaniam is one of the unforgettable personality in SEAGS. If not because of the existence of SEAGS, geotechnical engineering would not recognized with significance by the peers from the mainstream civil engineering in the region and also worldwide.
After half a century of glory development by SEAGS, countless elites in geotechnical engineering have been nurtured and become important policy makers for national development, strong academicians with high standard of research interests, practitioners with pragmatic design approaches and constructors with good construction skills.
With the above, I would like to express my gratitude to SEAGS and wish another 50 years of glory history to be made by SEAGS for the future.
Happy Birthday SEAGS!
Liew Shaw Shong