It is my honour to serve as the Chairman of JCB for the term of 2013 to 2015. I sincerely hope to see more young graduates come forward to join us as members and contribute to JAGAM in one way or another. JAGAM exists because of you and with your support we will be able to do more for the benefit of all the Japan graduates and foster better understanding between the Malaysian and Japanese people.
I would like to congratulate the ex-committee members, especially President Phua Lee Kerk for his excellent contribution to JAGAM for the last four years. They have certainly set a high benchmark for us to follow.
I am glad to see that the current committee members have a good mix of young and energetic and senior members. We need the young and energetic members to come out with ideas to make JAGAM more “fun” and “interesting”; on the other hand we are greatly appreciative for the many Seipai to assist us to ensure the continuity of the un-finished task carried forward from the previous committee.
Due to the worldwide economic downturn, many Japanese companies are not doing very well lately. The number of Japanese companies is getting lesser in Malaysia in terms of new investment. Owing to situations like this, there are fewer opportunities for Japan graduates to work in Japanese companies today. On the other hand, this is also a good opportunity for us to take up new challenges to work in non-Japanese environment and venture into new businesses. I sincerely hope JAGAM will be a community that provides help and support to all members for more jobs and business opportunities. I do hope the Malaysian Government will recognize all Japanese degrees as this will surely open up more opportunities for Japanese graduates to play a more active and important role in the government as well. I am certain that Japan graduates can help our country in many aspects.
I have a dream, a dream to see all our graduates becoming very successful in their careers and businesses. I think JAGAM can be a good platform to directly or indirectly help the members, as well as the Malaysian and Japanese communities in Malaysia at large. Let’s stand tall and proud that we are Japan graduates. We should not forget the fun part of it too.
Last but not least, I would like to convey my heartfelt appreciation for your support. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what you think can improve our organisation. Feel free to email us; even you are not yet a member, we would like to welcome you as a new member.
Dr. Ooi Chee Keong
JCB Chairman (2013-2015)