17TH NOVEMBER 2021
Singapore Building Materials Suppliers’ Association (SBMSA) held the 59th term of Inauguration Ceremony in TA Hub Theatrette (Jurong Town Hall) at 4pm on 17 November 2021. Minister of National Development, Mr Desmond Lee presided over the ceremony and gave a speech.
Due to the safety measures and number restrictions during the epidemic, in addition to the new executive committees, only representatives from the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI), Singapore Ship-Chandlers Association, Singapore Rope, Hardware & Paint Merchants Association, Singapore Hardware and Tools Association, Singapore Sanitary Ware Importers & Exporters Association, Singapore Metal & Machinery Association, Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore (STAS), Singapore Glass Association, Singapore Timber Association (STA) and Singapore Renovation Contractors and Material Suppliers Association (RCMA) were invited to attend the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Minister Desmond Lee had a cordial exchange with the attendees for more than one hour during the tea break, listened intently to many questions, and was more concerned about the impact of building materials business for small and medium-sized enterprises during this severe epidemic.
Attachments: Minister Desmond Lee’s speech, President Ng Soy Ng’s speech, Newspaper clippings published in the Lianhe Zaobao, and many wonderful pictures.
Minister Desmond Lee’s speech
President Ng Soy Ng's Speech
Minister of National Development Mr Desmond Lee, SCCCI Chairman of the General Affairs Committee Mr Thomas Pek, Chairman of Boon Lay CCC Mr Jimmy Ng, Singapore Ship-Chandlers Association, Singapore Rope, Hardware & Paint Merchants Association, Singapore Hardware and Tools Association, Singapore Sanitary Ware Importers & Exporters Association, Singapore Metal & Machinery Association, Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore (STAS), Singapore Timber Association (STA), Singapore Glass Association, Singapore Renovation Contractors and Material Suppliers Association (RCMA), and all executive committees, good afternoon!
First and foremost, on behalf of SBMSA, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Minister Desmond Lee who took the time out from his busy schedule to preside over the ceremony for us.
Thanks to Minister Desmond Lee for coming to preside over the ceremony during this difficult time and encouraging us as well.
Covid-19 has been prevalent around the world for these two years, and Singapore is not immune to it. In addition to the safety of our lives being threatened, the daily lives of the people in the country have been disrupted, all walks of life are disgruntled, and the construction industry is the first to bear the brunt.
The construction and related industries including building materials suppliers have been facing difficulties such as project delays, manpower shortages, increase in material prices, supply chain disruptions, cash turnover, and so on. In the foreseeable future, conflicts may arise due to these problems surfacing one after another, which may cause more contractors “suspend the business”.
The guests who attending today are all from construction industries who share the same feelings. After the ceremony, there is a chance to express for heartfelt feelings with Minister Desmond Lee and hoping Minister Desmond Lee will be able to advise and guide us out of this predicament and tide over the difficulties.
SBMSA is 92 years old this year, facing advanced technology environments is a big challenge, but the elderly must learn to change and transform.
The new term of executive committees includes the old and young people. We hope that they can renew the old and bring forth the new, actively transforming on the foundation laid by their predecessors.
In the past 3 years, SBMSA has rented out the existing property and moved to TA Hub. SBMSA has been neighbours with SCCCI and more than 30 trade associations to support each other and share resources.
SBMSA also using the shared secretariat service from SCCCI to strengthen and improve the operation and quality of the association, laying a solid foundation for the gradual transformation.
Externally, SBMSA established a relationship with the China-ASEAN Business Council in 2015, signed a memorandum and became their member. SBMSA was appointed as a member of the “Construction Industry Cooperation Committee” under the Council. The “Industrial Cooperation Committee” under the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) was established by 15 countries in the region, including China, Japan and Australia, and SBMSA is being part of the committee members.
These international connections allowed SBMSA has the opportunity to travel abroad and to open up overseas markets. This is also an important step in the transformation of the industry group and the way for Singapore to survive.
The recent World Climate Conference held in Glasgow, UK, made us deeply feel that the Earth is sick, and it is very sick. We are all a part of the Earth and as a supplier of building materials, it has always been our goal and responsibility to find innovative green materials. Last year, SBMSA and Singapore Polytechnic signed a memorandum of cooperation, looking forward to the development of sustainable green materials which suitable for tropical climates, hoping to contribute to environmental protection.
As the vaccination rate increases and the government adopts a policy to “coexist with Covid-19”, SBMSA hopes that the restrictions will gradually relax, and the days to return to normal so that we can restart physical activities, visit members, travel overseas for inspections and for our newly established Youth Team to rally together, hoping to be able to toast and sing karaoke soon!
Lastly, we would like once again thank Minister Desmond Lee and all guests for coming to attend this inauguration ceremony of SBMSA. I wish all of you the best, health and safety. Thank you!