IKATAN Projects & Events


Tan Sri Datuk Seri (Dr) Lee Lam Thye


Chairman & Founder

Tan Sri Lee is an ardent social activist who is well known for his passion in the promotion of safety in several organisations. He is the Chairman of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Malaysia (NIOSH) for over 20 years. Tan Sri Lee is also the Senior Vice Chairman of Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF). Tan Sri Lee chairs several notable organisations including Student Volunteers Foundation (YSS) under the Ministry of Education and Eco World Foundation.He serves as a member of the Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council of the Ministry of Health. Tan Sri Lee had also served the nation in various other capacities, including as a member of; SUHAKAM; the National Economic Consultative Council (NECC); the Royal Commission for Improvement & Enhancement of the Royal Malaysian Police; the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Advisory Board; and Board Member of the Employee Provident Fund (EPF). He was the chairmen to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), while for the Star Publication’s Golden Heart Awards, he was appointed as the Awards’ Chief Judge. Tan Sri Lee was conferred numerous Federal and State Awards, including the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) in 2002, which carries the title of Tan Sri.For his contributions, he received six honorary doctorates from public and private universities.

Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon

BEng, PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MCILT


Professor Wong is a full professor of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, University Putra Malaysia. He was the former Director-General of Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (MIROS) while he was seconded there from 2007 till 2017. He has been appointed and continues on the MIROS’ Board of Directors till to date. Professor Wong is heavily involved in national and international technical and scientific committee and initiatives. He is serving as an international expert to the FIA High Level Panel on Road Safety. Professor Wong is also serving on the expert panel to the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiatives in setting the path for CHOGM. He is also appointed by the Swedish government to serve in the International Academic expert panel to the 2020 Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. Professor Wong is also appointed as Special Advisor to the Ministry of Transport & Communications, Myanmar. He is also a road safety advisor to the Suu Foundation and the Asia Foundation. Professor Wong is also the chairman of the PIARC Technical committee to provide design and operation of safer road infrastructure. He is also the convenor of the Working Group to develop ISO39002, and serving the ISO TC241 since 2007 on ISO39001 – Road Traffic Safety Management System. Professor Wong played important and direct roles in the establishment of various laws, initiatives and interventions measures at both, national and international level in relation to Road Safety, including laws regarding rear seatbelt usage and airbags fitment; ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP); Guideline for Road Safety Audit; Code of Practices for Transport Sector; the ISO17021-7; and the pilot implementation of the ISO39001 Road Traffic Safety Management Systems. Amongst others, he was involved in the mandating of Electronic Stability Control Systems; Automated Enforcement Systems; Accident Emergency Call Systems; and electric motorcycles & bicycles. Since 2006, Professor Wong has led investigation teams to analyse and reconstruct numerous high profile traffic collisions in Malaysia which subsequently presented to the Cabinet several constructive recommendations. He also supervised the analysis of more than 500 traffic collisions and help analysed and provided expert opinions in the Courts on numerous vehicle accident cases. He had also produced more than 500 scientific and technical publications.

Matdiah Bin Mohammad

Hon Secretary

A Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE) by profession, Matdiah obtained his initial licence after successful completion of a 5-years apprenticeship programme that ended with the grant of an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence (AMEL) in Category ‘X’ Electrical Systems by the Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia in 1978. With the AMEL, he acquired certification privileges to certify for airworthiness works performed on Malaysian-registered Boeing B737-200 Classic Aeroplanes. Over time, he gained further certification privileges in several other models or types of aircrafts, including the multi-series B737-300/400/500 and B747-200/300/400 aeroplanes. He was also licensed on the McDonnell Douglas DC10-30 and Boeing B777-200. After serving for over 35 years, he subsequently retired from the airline in 2012 and his last position there was as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, responsible for, among others, conducting pre & post engagement examinations for establishment of new LAEs. He was also involved in performing investigation of human factors-related incidents/accidents, and the identification of quality lapses in the national airline’s Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) Division. His vast service experiences include a posting to Boeing USA in 1992 to perform production oversight of two B747-400s and ten B737-400s under construction for our national airline at the aircraft manufacturer’s facilities in Seattle, Washington. He was Secretary of Association of Malaysian Licensed Aircraft Engineers (AMALAE) and later, a Secretary for the MAS Executive Staff Association (MESA), a registered trade union for executives. He also served as the Executive Union’s representative in the E&M, as well as the national airline’s overall Corporate Safety Committees. At the Divisional level, he leads the E&M Division’s Safety Committee as Chairman of the Maintenance Error Management Committee (MEMC), a sub-committee tasked with performing investigations on all maintenance-related errors that occurred or near-miss that could potentially cause untoward incidents and accidents with the primary role of identifying root causes, contributing factors and come up with recommendations on corrective and preventive measures to preclude recurrences. As a member of the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) Occupational Safety & Health Committee, he was appointed by the Minister of Human Resources to the Board of the National Institute of Occupational Safety (NIOSH), where he served two complete terms of three years each, between 2010 to 2016. Recently, he contested and won a position on the elected Board at the last NIOSH’s AGM in June 2019. He is a member of Malaysia’s ISO Technical Committee on Ergonomics (TC 159) hosted by Jabatan Standards Malaysia and is the Committee’s Deputy Chairman.

Dato’ Ir. FOONG Choy Chye


Hon Treasurer

As Principal and Sole Proprietor of FCC Consulting Engineer, a firm that provides engineering consultancy services to automotive industries and road transport sectors, Dato’ Foong is registered with the Board of Engineers (BEM) and Road Transport Department (RTD), Malaysia. Recognized as a competent engineer in the fields of mechanical and road transport engineering, he is authorized by the RTD to design, sign for and to submit vehicle construction or modification plans to secure the final approvals of the RTD. He also provides supervisory services for the related production processes. Dato’ Ir. Foong is a member for the Technical Committee on Commercial Vehicles of the Department of Standards Malaysia, a body responsible in the development of the Malaysian Commercial Vehicle Standards. As of to date, he has perform active roles in the development of no less than twenty related Malaysian Standards. He was involved in the formulation of National Occupation Skill Standards (NOSS), especially in the areas of vehicular after-sales markets and is also member of the Industry Advisory Panel to several institutions of higher learning.  Dato’ Foong’s vast experiences include roles in an Independent Investigation Panel formed by the Minister of Transport to investigate the 2010 tour bus accident at Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands. He also served on the Independent Advisory Panel for 2013 Genting Highland stage bus crash. In both cases, he provides expert opinions on the vehicular aspects of the tragic events. He is a Council Member of the current 2019-2020 Session, Institution of Engineers and had also served on the previous Sessions of 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

Dr Evelyn Tan Guat Lin

BSc (Physiology) (London), MSc (Ergonomics)(London) PhD (London)

Executive Council Member

Dr Evelyn is currently the principal consultant/director at Environmental Research Associates, a firm providing consultancy services on the environmental aspects of noise and air pollution, as well as on the occupational health & safety aspects of issues such as chemical risk assessments, chemical exposures, occupational noise and ergonomics in the workplace. Dr Evelyn’s professional accreditations include registrations and membership of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF) UK, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES) USA, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) USA, besides being registered regionally with certificates of competency with Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) on Chemical Health Risk Assessment (CHRA), Hygiene and Noise Exposure Monitoring. She was an Environmental Consultant to UNESCO and a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health and is a trainer, facilitator and examiner for NIOSH’s Safety & Health (SHO) and Chemical Health Risk Assessment (CHRA) certification courses. Formerly an associate professor at the School of Housing, Building & Planning @ Universiti Sains Malaysia, and having spent many years conducting research on noise, air pollutant and ergonomics studies in several manufacturing industries, Dr Evelyn Tan was involved in technical committees that drafted ergonomics-related Guidelines for DOSH and environmental noise guidelines for the Department of the Environment (DOE). She is also the current Chairperson of Malaysia’s ISO Technical Committee TC 159 (Jabatan Standards Malaysia) and a Mirror ISO Committee Member representing Malaysia.

Sr Nik Hasbi Fathi

Executive Council Member

Nik Hasbi Fathi, aged 58, is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a practising lawyer with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, both in Malaysia and abroad. His interest in OSH, particularly in constructions, made him serve in OSH-related capacities in the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia and in NIOSH. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of NIOSH and is currently serving as a member in of the Board of Directors of NIOSH Certification, a subsidiary of NIOSH.

Dr Abu Hasan Samad


Executive Council Member

Dr Abu Hasan Samad is a medical practitioner who is trained in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He had served the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defence before he joined ExxonMobil Companies in Malaysia as the Medical Advisor and Occupational Health Manager. Dr Abu Hasan is now an OHS Consultant attached to AHS Consulting Services in Kuala Lumpur that provides consultancy and advisory services on occupational health & safety matters. He functions as an Occupational Health Advisor on occupational health & industrial hygiene procedures & guidelines. He provides clinical lead, support roles, strategic overview and promotion & development of health & wellness programmes and also conducts trainings on subjects related to occupational health & safety. Dr Abu Hasan is serving on the current Board of Directors of National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). He is a regular trainer & examiner for the Occupational Health Doctor (OHD) programme organised by NIOSH and is also a regular speaker, presenter, facilitator, chairperson on OSH subjects in various seminars, conferences, workshops, both locally and internationally. Dr Abu also performs impairment assessments for SOCSO and is a regular trainer for Certified Medical Impairment Assessors (CMIA) programme, jointly organised by SOCSO and NIOSH. He was the Founding President of Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Malaysia (AOEMM) and is still the President since its inception twelve years ago. Prior to that, Dr Abu Hasan was the Chairman of the Society of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Malaysian Medical Association (SOEM-MMA) for a few years.

Mr Tan Choon Yeap

BBA (Hons) (UUM)

Executive Council Member

Tan Choon Yeap is a retired civil servant who started his career with Road Transport Department (RTD) in 1980 as a Vehicle Examiner. After 14 years of service in RTD, he joined PUSPAKOM – the sole concessionaire appointed by Ministry of Transport
for periodic vehicle technical inspection, a Privatisation Project by the Government.
He held various positions throughout his career where he started as Head of Technical Audit; promoted as Head of Standards & Procedure; Head of Procedures & Enforcement; Head of Operations; Head of Engineering & Quality Department and
in-house Coach for the National Dual Training System (NDTS) in Vehicle Inspection. In 2010, he was one of the pioneers seconded to International College of Automotive (ICAM), now known as DRB-HICOM University of Automotive as a Subject Matter
Expert in Vehicle Inspections. Tan Choon Yeap was a Lecturer that was promoted as Head of Academic and Acting Chief Executive until he joined Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) in 2012 as a Senior Fellow Researcher where he was subsequently the Head of Research Management & Compliance and Corporate Communication & Compliance before retiring in early 2019. Tan Choon Yeap is a certified Lead Auditor for ISO 39001:2012 (Road Traffic Safety Management System); a SIRIM External Trainer for MS 2696:2018 Motor Vehicle Aftermarket – Service & Spare Parts (2S) – Code of Practice and MS 2697:2018 Motor Vehicle Aftermarket – Repair, Reuse, Remanufacture & Recycle (4R). He was involved in developing the Code of Practice as well as a National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) External Auditor for ISO 39001. He was also trained by ASEAN Development Bank (ADB) as a Road Safety Trainer for the region and is registered with Ministry of Human Resource Malaysia as an Industry Expert for Transportation Sector – Sub-Sector Machinery & Land Transportation. Mr Tan contributed tremendously to the automotive industry throughout his career and had the experience of being appointed as a Member of Standard Evaluation Technical Committee; Panel Member for the Development of more than 15 National Occupational Skill Standards (NOSS) and a Working Group Committee Member for
the Development of Malaysian Standards for 4R and 2S. In MIROS, Tan Choon Yeap was also involved in high profile road crash in-depth investigations and as a co-researcher in several road safety research projects. Apart from that, he is an Executive Advisor to Automotive Accessories Traders Association Malaysia (AAA); Malaysian Automotive Recycler Association (MAARA); Technical Trainer at SG Academy for Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia-related automotive program and is the Principle Consultant/Director of Autron Land Transport Consultancy.

Mr Wong Wee Zhee

Executive Council Member

Wong Wee Zhee begins as an Emergency Response Paramedic upon obtaining his qualification as an Emergency Medical Technician. He furthered his studies and is currently among others, a certified Hazardous Material Technician (EPA USA); a certified Fire Fighter I & II (NFPA) accredited to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and is also a Rescue 3 International Rope Rescue Technician certified by NFPA. Wee Zhee attained a Master Trainer’s qualification from the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI USA) and completed a program on Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) from the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He is currently registered as a Human Resource Development Fund’s (PSMB) Trainer. Wong wide-range work experience and exposure in emergency care set-ups enable him to further hone his skills on rescue and victim management. His is involved in trainings programs with over fifteen years in experience teaching classes in various related fields for participants from general public and multi-national companies. His credential include experiences as Assistant Trainer in Occupational First Aid and CPR Training; Emergency Care Personnel under the Emergency Medical Assistance Services Department, Wilayah Persekutuan; First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor for ECSI, AAOS and ACEP. In the past years, he coached and help in the certification of numerous Emergency Response Trainers. He possesses experience as Training Consultant-cum-Trainer for Live and Learn Training Services Sdn Bhd; is Johore’s Staff Officer for the St. John Ambulance Malaysia and a Rescue Section Head of the Community Emergency Response Team for the State of Johore. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Academy of Safety & Emergency Care (ASEC) and is the Chairman for the MSE Groups of Companies.

Dr Praveena Nair Sivasankaran

BEng, PhD, CEng, MIMechE

Executive Council Member

Praveena obtained her PhD in Materials & Structural Engineering from the University of Malaya. Her research area includes Advanced Materials (Nanocomposites and Shape Memory Polymers) and Biomimetics. From 2012 to 2014, she was a Research Assistant in the University of Malaya and had conducted a research on the development of an optimal dragonfly-like flapping wing structure for use in biomimetic micro air vehicles. She was responsible in contributing to a novel idea of integrating spatial network analysis used in topographical mapping to regionalize the patterns on a dragonfly wing structure. She is currently foraying into two research areas which are on 3D printed prosthetics and green materials nanoparticle fabrication for river reclamation. She is currently the founder of GV Medhini Consultancy & Resources Sdn Bhd. She is an avid animal activist and a current active member and vice-president of the Malaysian Animal Welfare Association (MAWA). She has been integrating animal-related projects into her profession by coming up with various initiatives involving engineering students to promote animal awareness.