Official Visits to SEAMEO Units 1986
During the period from April until July 1986, H E
Pehin Dato Haji Abdul Aziz Umar, then SEAMEC President and Minister of Education
and Health, Brunei Darussalam, toured the SEAMEO units in Singapore (20-22 April),
Indonesia (16-18 June), Malaysia (24-26 June) and the Philippines (27-29 July).
In all the Member Countries visited, the SEAMEC President
made courtesy calls on the Ministers of Education. Thus, in Singapore, the SEAMEC
President called on H E Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, Minister for Education, and H E Dr Tay Eng
Soon, Minister of State (Education); in Indonesia, on H E Professor Dr Fuad Hassan,
Minister of Education and Culture; in Malaysia, on H E Mr Anwar Ibrahim, Minister of
Education and H E Datuk Dr Sulaiman Haji Daud, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; and
in the Philippines, on H E Dr Lourdes R Quisumbing, Minister of Education, Culture and
The SEAMEO unit in Singapore, the Regional Language Centre,
had the honour of having the SEAMEC President inaugurate the Regional Seminar on Patterns
of Classroom Interaction in Southeast Asia on 21 April 1986. The SEAMEC President
afterwards met with the Centre's professional and administrative staff and toured the
In Indonesia, the highlight of the visit was the
inauguration by the SEAMEC President of the Symposium on Conservation and Management of
Endangered Plants and Animals at BIOTROP on 18 June. In his address, the SEAMEC
President noted that in many parts of the world, including the SEAMEO region, disturbance
and damage to the flora and fauna were brought about not only by biological and ecological
factors but by man's wanton exploitation, as well. He praised the efforts of BIOTROP
for providing a forum for specialists in the conservation and management of endangered
species to discuss the achievements, on-going studies and programmes and the direction of
future work in the area.
Also visited by the SEAMEC President in Indonesia were
SPAFA Sub-Centre and TROPMED National Centre.
In Malaysia, the SEAMEC President visited RECSAM,
TROPMED National Centre, the Agricultural University of Malaysia and the University of
Science in Penang. During his RECSAM visit, the SEAMEC President addressed the
participants on the occasion of the Presentation of Certificates Ceremony. In his
address, he laid emphasis on the important role of science and technology in the
development of nations and reminded the participants of their role and responsibility in
the development of human resources when they return to their respective countries.
The visit of the SEAMEC President to the Philippines
coincided with the start of the International Conference on Technology, jointly sponsored
by INNOTECH, the University of South Carolina and the Southern Illinois University.
The SEAMEC President officiated at its Opening Ceremony. At a separate ceremony, he
also presented a testimonial plaque to Dr Liceria B. Soriano, who retired as INNOTECH
Director after 10 years of dedicated service as the Centre's director.
Visits were likewise made to the SEAMEO Centres and
Projects in the Philippines, namely, SEARCA, INNOTECH, SPAFA Sub-Centres and TROPMED
SEAMEO expresses its gratitude to his Excellency for his
time and the words of wisdom and encouragement he gave to all SEAMEO officials and
programme participants at the units he visited.
On 21 October 1986, the Government of Brunei
Darussalam instituted a Cabinet reshuffle. H E Pehin Dato
Abdul Rahman Taib was appointed Minister of Education and took
over as SEAMEC President. A programme of visit to the
SEAMEO units in Thailand was prepared for early November.
Unfortunately, his Excellency had to cancel the planned visit
owing to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, it is
hoped that his Excellency would still be able to visit the SEAMEO
units in the future.