SMOU organised a series of home visits to personally award the Long Membership Awards (LMA) to senior SMOU members. This year, SMOU announced two new categories – 45 and 50 years membership – under the SMOU Long Membership Awards, to acknowledge and appreciate long standing members with the union.
SMOU President Mr Rahim Jaffar and Chairman of SMOU Membership Committee Mr Tan Hung Tat paying Mr Mohamed Bashir and his family a visit (40 years long membership award)
SMOU took the initiative to visit them at the comfort of their homes. SMOU President Mr Rahim Jaffar and Chairman of SMOU Membership Committee Mr Tan Hung Tat presented Mr Bashir – SMOU member of 40 years – with the Long Membership Award certificate and Tissot watch along with some ART test kits and care packs, and stayed to catch up with him and his family. He was pleased to note how SMOU has improved over the years and gave credit to SMOU for helping him and being there for him since the early years of his membership.
SMOU General Secretary Ms Mary Liew paying Mr Pang Chin Tong and his family a visit (40 years long membership award)
Another LMA recipient Mr Pang Chin Tong, who received his 40 years award, shared “I am very thankful that the union has taken good care of me all these years. SMOU is the best union that is welfare-oriented, 我很感恩”(Meaning: I am very appreciative). Despite his age of 90, his keenness to learning new skills was awe-inspiring and Sister Mary commended his vigour to stepping out of his comfort zone to learn. Additionally, he prides himself with his proficient use of technology – “活到老,学到老” (Meaning: One is never too old to learn). SMOU General Secretary Ms Mary Liew presented Mr Pang his Long Membership Award certificate and Tissot watch, together with a care pack containing masks and ART test kits.
Young SMOU Chairman Mr Dominic Yong paying Mr Zainal Ngabidin and family a visit (45 years long membership award)
When SMOU official Mr Dominic Yong and SeaVoices visited Mr Zainal- SMOU member of 49 years, to present him with his 45 years Long Membership certificate and CapitaLand vouchers, he thanked the Union for being helpful to members and commended the improved welfare today. He elaborated further saying the problems that members raised were always heard and reminisced on SMOU’s events such as the Lunar New Year Luncheon and the Birthday meal for members. The final visit was to Mr Mohamed Fajari Bin Hj Basri and family – SMOU member of 40 years. SMOU Secretary Mr Terence Tan presented the award to his son, who collected the award on his behalf. His son thanked SMOU for making the trip down and recollected how his father always praised SMOU for always reaching out to him.
SMOU Secretary Mr Terence Tan paying Mr Mohamed Fajari Bin Hj Basri and family a visit (40 years long membership award)
SMOU will always uphold its core value of caring and sharing for its member’s welfare, and reach out to impact their lives as it is Because of You that SMOU has come this far.