Fruitful union: Having persevered through many challenges, legislations and procedures, the country’s interior design associations in Institut Perekabentuk Dalaman Malaysia (IPDM) and the Malaysian Society of Interior Designers (MSID) celebrate the official launch of their new union in the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) or Pertubuhan Perekabentuk Dalaman Malaysia (PPDM) on 4 May
Ronnie Choong’s foreword
It gives me great pleasure to arrive at this juncture of witnessing the official launch of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) or Pertubuhan Perekabentuk Dalaman Malaysia (PPDM) being realised. It has been a long journey towards the formation of MIID that essentially represents the coming together of the country’s interior design associations in Institut Perekabentuk Dalaman Malaysia (IPDM) and the Malaysian Society of Interior Designers (MSID).
Our initial idea to merge both organisations goes back to 2006 when we formed our Pro Tem Committee to spearhead the merger of these two associations. It was the right time as both organisations and the industry had matured. The general consensus was that instead of having two associations, it is important that Malaysia has one single strong organisation to represent the interior designers in the country. This is important by virtue of the fact that previously the existence of two organisations created confusion in the industry and also the public at large. Essentially, it was agreed that having one single voice would strengthen the profession.
When we started the process of merging the two organisations, we decided to recruit the best brains from both organisations to form the Pro Tem Committee as we felt that the new body that would succeed IPDM and MSID should be a better and stronger organisation. All in all, we have a total of 20 Pro Tem Members that also consist of the founding presidents, the past presidents and the current presidents of MSID and IPDM, as well as senior council members from both sides. Backed by such a formidable group of the best brains in the profession, we are glad that we have finally structured a professional organisation for interior designers in Malaysia while taking the profession to the next level.
I would like to thank the current and former Pro Tem Committee Members who have spent a good six years of their life trying to put together a strong organisation that will benefit both the profession and the industry at large.
Moving forward, I see the projected growth of membership from its current 500 plus members to more than a thousand by mid-2013. I also see the strengthening of ties and representation through our affiliations with other local professional and government bodies, industry partners as well as our affiliations in the international and regional arena. Most notably, our membership with the International Federation of Interior Designers (IFI) and the Asia Pacific Space Designers Association (APSDA) continues on a strong note. MIID will continue to build on the existing programs of MSID and IPDM, notably the Malaysia Interior Design Awards (MIDA) and the Students’ Saturday and looks forward to contributing to the interior design profession in more ways than one.