In celebration of the SMF’s 88th Anniversary, the SMF reaffirmed its solidarity with its members by waiving membership fees for all existing and new members. Aside from the membership fee waiver, the SMF announced its commitment to assist our members in developing their business capabilities to advance the manufacturing sector in Singapore. Initiatives in business matching, business continuity planning, digitalisation and training will be expanded and made available to our members. SMF President Mr Douglas Foo made this announcement during the SMF’s first virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM), which also marks the SMF’s 88th year since its establishment. The SMF had been planning to celebrate this momentous milestone since 2019. However, COVID-19 came, and like many SMF members, the plans had to be shelved. Therefore, recognising the challenges SMF members are going through, the SMF decided to celebrate our 88th in a meaningful way, by standing in solidarity with our members. SMF President, Mr Douglas Foo said, “Since our establishment in 1932, the SMF has faced a World War, turbulence in the wake of Singapore’s independence, economic crises, and many other major events. We have survived them all. Therefore, I believe, this pandemic will cause us to emerge stronger. As many of our members are going through a difficult time brought about by this pandemic, it is all the more meaningful to mark our 88th Anniversary by giving back to our members and standing in solidarity with them. The SMF will continue to be a strong partner to the manufacturing community and be a pillar of support both in good times and challenging times.” More than 100 members attended the AGM online on 16 September 2020. Fee waiver started from the date of AGM to the end of 2021.
The SMF Office Bearers (from left: Mr Saw Ken Wye (SMF Honorary Treasurer), Dr Bicky Bhangu (then SMF Deputy President), Mr Douglas Foo (SMF President), and Mr Ryan Chioh (SMF Honorary Secretary)) helmed the e-AGM with SMF Emeritus President Mr Renny Yeo (extreme right) at the SMF.