Association of Muslim Professionals' youth wing appoints new president

The youth wing of the Association of Muslim Professionals(AMP) has appointed Mr Muhd Shamir Abdul Rahim, 31, a managing director of an IT solutions firm, as its president. -- PHOTO: ASSOCIATION OF MUSLIM PROFESSIONALS
The youth wing of the Association of Muslim Professionals(AMP) has appointed Mr Muhd Shamir Abdul Rahim, 31, a managing director of an IT solutions firm, as its president. -- PHOTO: ASSOCIATION OF MUSLIM PROFESSIONALS

The youth wing of the Association of Muslim Professionals(AMP) has appointed Mr Muhd Shamir Abdul Rahim, 31, a managing director of an IT solutions firm, as its president.

He succeeds Mr Saktiandi Supaat, 40, head of foreign exchange research at Maybank, the self-help group said in a press statement on Thursday.

Mr Saktiandi was Young AMP's president for three years and has been involved with the organisation for a decade.

In a statement to the media, he said: "It has been a wonderful and humbling experience and I have learned a lot from my interactions with fellow volunteers and staff in our effort to uplift the community.

"During my term as President, Young AMP has undertaken a collaborative ethos in most of our activities. Young AMP also focused on enhancing its internal processes, widening its membership base as well as building our industry and professional networks".

He added that he would continue to volunteer with both AMP and Young AMP in various capacities.

New president Muhd Shamir, the managing director of Sypher Labs, said Young AMP's board of management would continue this collaborative approach in its activities and programmes.

"Young AMP will explore the creation of loose, 'cloud' groups such as interest-groups, industry fellowships and sub-committees to encourage more young professionals to engage in meaningful roles that they identify with.

"Such a structure will cater to busier professionals who can still give valuable inputs as resource persons," he said.

Young AMP is currently exploring the re-launch of its critical thinking programme Muslim Youth Intelligentsia Series, which was started in 2005.

Issues to be discussed during the series will include environmentalism, an area of focus for the youth wing this year.

A book on the correlation between environmental awareness and Islam will be launched next month.