My Home, My Family
"Shared joy is double joy, shared sorrow is half a sorrow"

Aug
21

I’ve never dreamt that someday I’d take on this position,
to serve, to strike, and to strive for my club, my people, and my community.

Good evening to all beloved members of MCCC. I am delighted beyond measure that this club has regained its peace and unity once again. Indeed, most if not all of us in the board committee were filled with reluctance when we were first elected into our respective offices 1 year ago. But now, all I can see amongst us is a spirit of teamwork. Therefore, allow me to express my utmost gratitude to all 15 committee members of MCCC who have never failed to serve our club with admirable endurance. I feel so proud and honored to have been able to lead this excellent team, and deep in my core I wish that my tenure as President did not have to end today.

Throughout this year, several new policies have been introduced and implemented.  These include giving out cash reward for good results, new policies on membership qualifications, the creation of a Facebook account and our very own blog on WordPress. New programmes and gatherings were also held in a bid to forge stronger bonds of fraternity among our members. Among them are the JFF Awards Dinner, qing gong yan, barbeque sessions, monthly celebrations for birthdays, and trips to Tuk-tuk, Bukit Lawang, and Air Terjun Dua Warna.

All policies made and projects done have always been related to my manifesto “MCCC, My Home, My Family”. I sincerely hope that today a greater leader would make a bold move to step up and take over the new leadership. I believe that it is time for me to make way for new rising stars. Rome wasn’t built in a day. In order to raise MCCC to greater heights, we need new ideas and fresh energy to run and improvise the club.

I understand that the committee and members have been through a lot of sweat and tears in order to secure our benefits and interests. I must admit that all of you have exhibited great loyalty and diligence towards your respective obligations. Truly, MCCC is proud to have such proactive members. And thus, I would like to take this opportunity to say that I appreciate each and every single effort and sacrifices made with all my heart.

As the outgoing president for this auspicious annual event, allow me to welcome all of you with the warmest gesture, and may this gathering be another one that will bring us joy and happiness. It is my fervent hope that we will continue to forge stronger bonds of rapport and radiate our spirit of togetherness on all occasions to all guests.

The path towards success is full of obstacles. Should you fall, pick yourself up and continue your chosen path with refined vigor.

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Aug
21

二零零八年的那天,我做出了我人生的第一个重大决定, 离乡背景来到印尼棉兰北苏门答腊大学来实现我的梦想。说长不长,说短不短, 两年多就怎么过去了。在这段时间里,我经历了无数的第一次,许多让我无法难忘的第一次。

第一次。我剃光了我的头发,就为了参加大学的迎新会。在众人幕幕下被学长们欺负羞辱。他X的。心中是多么的不服,但从中我更学会了坚强和容忍,毕竟在学医的路途上是更加无比的艰辛。

第一次。马来西亚国庆日,我站上了舞台表演载歌载舞。随后,在她国的领土上,高唱着我国的国歌,升着我国的国旗。

第一次。屠妖节晚会,我再次站上了舞台,穿上华人的唐衣,走了我的第一个猫步,服装秀。干。

第一次。我去到了一所孤儿院当义工,陪陪小朋友玩耍,送上他们所需要的干粮和日常用品。我们的一点付出,可以换来了他们天真可爱的笑容。

第一次。我戴上了3D眼睛,看了我的第一部3D电影,< AVATAR >。

第一次。在一个捐血活动,我捐了一包400cc的血。爽。

第一次。华人农历新年晚会,我担当了舞台布景负责人。美丽的布景,得到了不少的称赞。虽然,并不是由我个人力量完成, 但感觉是如此地富有成就感。

第一次。在一个乡村里,拿起了手术刀和针线,帮一群小男孩进行成年礼。头一次面对那么多生殖器官,头一次掌握他人性福。哈。

第一次。在去着sun plaze的路上,我所乘坐的angkot (棉兰的公共交通工具)的司机竟然可以下车和另辆angkot司机打架。这一幕,让我觉得可笑。棉兰,一个好可爱,好有趣的地方。

第一次。。。

二零一零年的今天,我在这里期待我的下一个“第一次”,就让这些无数的“第一次”来彩色我的文章,丰富我的人生。

每件事一定都会有它的第一次!

刘伟霖笔

二零一零年八月二十一日

Aug
21

Toh Chia Thing

Aug
14

日记情人节(Diary Day)114
在这一天,情侣们会互赠足够纪录一整年恋爱情事的日记本,以此象征两人将携手走过未来一年,并留下更多美好回忆。

华仑亭情人节(Valentine’s Day)214
西元3世纪时,罗马皇帝为避免已婚男子不愿离家当兵,发布了一道禁止结婚的法令,但华仑亭主教依旧违背皇帝旨意,秘密青年人举行婚礼。他因此遭到监禁,并于西元273年2月14日死在狱中。后人为了纪念他,将他殉难这天订为「华仑亭日」,后来便成为世人耳熟能详的情人节。
在西洋传统里年轻人是华仑亭日的主角,他们在这个节日里郑重其事地为恋人选择礼物、鲜花,以表达自己的爱慕之情。痴情的少女则会按古老传说,在华仑亭日前一晚把月桂树叶放在枕头上,盼望自己在梦中同自己的心上人相会。
在美国,华仑亭日不仅是年轻人的节日,亲人朋友间也可以互送小礼物,以表达感情、增进友谊。许多商家都特别出售装饰成心形的巧克力糖、系着缎带的红玫瑰,以及郁金香花束等礼品,而各式各样的情人卡片更令人眼花撩乱。
对许多亚洲女子而言这一天显得格外重要,因为尽管文化上较为传统保守,社会价值观一般已普遍接受女孩子在这天主动向心仪的对象示好。

白色情人节(White Day)314
西方并没有所谓「白色情人节」的传统,在东方2月14日女孩男孩礼物表达情意之后,如果对方也有同样的好感或情意,就会在3月14日回送女孩一份情人礼物,表示彼此心心相印;如果男孩对女孩没感觉,只要刻意忽略这个日子,便算是委婉的拒绝。
现在情人节由谁主动送礼已经不重要了,只要有一方在2月14日收到异性送的礼物表达爱意,他或她在3月14日「白色情人节」这一天就会选择是否有所回应;而对已经在一起的爱侣来说,这一天则是回赠对方情人节礼物的日子。

黑色情人节(Black Day)414
虽然并非天下有情人都能天长地久、甚至曾经拥有,但谁说孤家寡人或旷男怨女就不能过情人节?「黑色情人节」就是属于单身贵族们的情人日。在前两个月他们或许既没收到甜蜜小礼物,也没人可以送巧克力,但4月14日这天,大家共聚一堂,彼此鼓励、加油打气,化悲愤为力量,倒也热热闹闹十分开怀,藉此消除形单影只的落寞感。
名为黑色情人节,在这一天,打算过节的人会让自己生活在百分百的黑色世界里,穿黑色套装、黑帽子、黑皮鞋,吃黑豆制成的面条,喝咖啡也不加奶精,享受黑咖啡的苦涩原味。

黄色与玫瑰情人节(Yellow and Rose Day)514
如果已经到了5月,你的情事还是没有任何进展,在这一天穿着黄色衬衫或黄色套装,吃黄色咖哩饭,就是告诉大家「I am still available」的最好暗示。春日融融,将黄色穿在身上,也相当符合季节气氛。
5月是玫瑰发芽的时节,气候宜人适合出游,因此许多情侣都选在这天相偕到户外踏青,所以5月14日也有「玫瑰情人节」之称。
在玫瑰日送人红玫瑰是倾诉爱意;送白玫瑰花表示仍犹豫未决;若送上一束黄玫瑰,就是说再见了。

亲吻情人节(Kiss Day)614
这是一个属于成双成对恋人的重要节日,在这一天,情侣们不必再害羞,可以大大方方地用亲吻表达对对方的爱意。当然,花前月下、烛光晚餐等浪漫气氛,对一吻定情可是很有帮助的喔!

银色情人节(Silver Day)714
银色情人节,是把你的意中人带回家给老爸老妈认识,或介绍给其他你所尊敬的长辈的好机会。当然,这一天的全部开销,都由这些「可爱的长者」买单〈为「安全」起见,你最好先确定长辈对这个节日很熟悉〉。银色情人节也是爱侣互赠银制礼品、饰物的日子。

绿色情人节(Green Day)814
名为绿色情人节,当然和蓊郁的森林脱不了关系。酷热难耐的夏日午后,不妨和你的另一半作一趟凉爽而清新的森林之旅,尽情享受户外大自然,度过健康而愉悦的一天。还在寻觅爱侣的人,可以参加Soju〈韩国绿牌薯酒〉派对,度过喧闹的室内绿色情人节。

音乐情人节与相片情人节(Music Day & Photo Day)914
音乐情人节这一天是举办大型社交活动、轻歌漫舞的日子,也是将你的心上人介绍给朋友、同事认识的好机会。而单身一族,更可以藉此机会看看活动现场有没有自己中意的对象。
许多情侣喜欢在这天就着蔚蓝晴朗的天空合影,所以9月14日又称为「相片情人节」 。

葡萄酒情人节(Wine Day)1014
10月14日这一天恋人们轻啜葡萄美酒,庆祝充满诗意的秋天。通常小俩口会选择在浪漫且别致的餐厅里共进晚餐,然后聊聊彼此对未来的规画,以及共同的目标等话题。

橙色情人节与电影情人节(Orange Day Movie day)1114
电影情人节这一天情侣们可以连赶两场电影,或许先看一部紧张刺激的动作发泄压力,然后再来一部感人肺腑的浪漫爱情片互拭泪水。看完两人也该补充水分了,来杯健康的百分百柳橙汁吧!单身的人这一天也要喝杯柳橙汁,当然,想喝两杯才痛快也没人管得着。

拥抱情人节(Hug Day)1214
12月14日,想和你的情人抱多久都可以,在公开的场合拥抱,向世人宣告你俩的爱意,也让寒冷的冬天变得格外温馨。尤其是那些甜甜蜜蜜庆祝过2月14日华仑亭情人节的情侣,到了年底依然能热情相拥,也见证了两人情意如昔。

Aug
12

印尼的交通,我想大家都很熟悉了吧??在一条双道大路上,在马来西亚应该会蛮通畅无阻的。但,由于印尼有了很多自私的驾驶人士和 所谓的angkot,使到这煌煌大道塞满了车辆。其中一条大道泊满了车辆;而另一条大道则被 angkot 一招“神龙摆尾”,也给堵死了。这些情况我都已经麻木了,不再觉得什么大不了了。可是,有一天 (8/8)却令我感到十分困扰。

那天,我到 Asrama Haji 探望刚到medan 的 junior 后,便回家了。一路上都非常顺畅,哪知到了 simpang setia budi 的交通灯时,交通便开始堵塞起来的。一开始我还以为是发生了交通意外了,否则不会像如此动弹不得。好不容易挤到前面,竟让我看见了不可思议的一面。只见那十字路口塞满了来几个方面的车辆, 已经到了滴水不漏的境界了!!原来是交通灯失灵了。

我在那待了接近十分钟,这“壮观”的情况却毫无进展。那些司机们,瞪大眼睛,我看你,你瞪回我,丝毫没有倒退的意思。在他们的心中只会想着:你好不快点退后,让本大爷通过!!!我真拿他们没办法,好不容易才从狭缝中钻出“重围”,已经是大约半小时之后了。

这件事件真让我感到哭笑不得。为什么他们不想想,如果大家都有礼让精神,轮流通过那十字路口,就不会堵死在那里了。这样,不但能省时间,还能体验出高尚的品德。我们的人生也如此,不同的人活在一起,将会闹出各种各样的问题来。但,我们只要用有礼让精神,互相退一步,那什么事情都能解决了。否则,将会像印尼的交通一样,堵死了!!!

By: Lee Liang Jie. Assistant Treasurer

Aug
07

Questions to Tan Sri Datuk Dr Hj Mohd Ismail Merican by MSU-IMS student:

1. Will the Ministry of Health (MOH) impose a freeze on new medical programs in Malaysia?

2. What are the common short comings or problems of housemen particularly foreign medical graduates in your point of view?

3. Will there be enough places for proper housemenship training for the new medical graduates in Malaysia in the near future at the current rate of production?

Aug
05

Questions to Tan Sri Datuk Dr Hj Mohd Ismail Merican by MSU-IMS student:

Questions:

1. A question regarding the proposal by MMC for a common medical examination for foreign medical graduates prior to being allowed to do housemanship in Malaysia.

2. Question regarding the recognition of post graduate qualifications from India by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and MMC.

Location: MSU-International Medical School (IMS), Bangalore.

Aug
04

By Colin Boyd Shafer

I remember one day, long ago, we hit a bird with the family car. It didn’t die right away. But we knew the bird’s life, at least what was left of it, was over. To continue living would have only meant agony. It still makes me sick to think about it, but we went back and put it out of its misery. That day I learned that ethical action is not always a pleasant one.

In Canada, as in most countries, assisted suicide is illegal. Due to this legal constraint, there are significant consequences. Take, for example, a friend of my family’s. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a fate that would surely lead to him forgetting his wife, becoming incontinent and saying and doing things unthinkable under normal circumstances. Rather than be a burden, he took his own life while he still had control over his own mind and body.

I can’t help but think, if euthanasia was legal — this middle-aged man could have lived longer than he did. He could have predetermined a point for medical professionals to end his life while maximising the time he could have enjoyed with his family.

In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country to legalise the practice of euthanasia. Today, voluntary euthanasia — where the doctor ends the patient’s life with their consent — is only legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the US states of Oregon and Washington.

Assisted suicide — where the patient is helped in ending their life — is legal in more places, but still illegal in most. In all locales where it is legal, the process is thorough and transparent.

In the Netherlands, for instance, the patient — who must be suffering unbearably and have no hope of improvement — must ask to die. The patient must also clearly understand the condition and prognosis. Finally, a second doctor must agree with the decision.

What do Malaysians think about the right to die? It is difficult to say as it is not a widely-discussed issue. However, in a recent study of 400 medical students from the University of Malaya , 71 per cent of the students involved in the study were against the idea of active euthanasia and 67 per cent of them were against the legalisation of euthanasia in Malaysia. However, 27 per cent of the respondents felt that there was a moral justification to assist patients to die.

According to the researchers, the main issue surrounding euthanasia that concerned the respondents was the misuse of it by unethical practitioners and further discussion was needed.

An obstacle to further discussion, however, is religion. Articles like “On the Deathwatch” published in theSun do not provide a balanced account of this issue. It merely outlines numerous religious objections to euthanasia. It is difficult enough to have a secular debate about an issue in this country while one religion opposes it, let alone a list of faiths.

Too often, the right to die is oversimplified as a matter that is out of human hands. Death, according to many, can only be left to a higher power. As a result, people will suffer until their last breath as a demonstration of their faith.

But what about those who want an option? Every day medical science heals people who would have died in a previous era and we call it progress. We celebrate our ability to play a higher power when we are able to prolong life, so why it is wrong to play a similar role and end life to stop suffering?

Here in Malaysia, the Rev. Clarence Devadass has an answer for the suffering and those who watch them die: “Life is sacred. Life originates from God and only God determines when life comes to an end. We do not decide when a person should die.” It is easy to pass judgment when one is not hooked up to life support.

The state has an obligation to protect its citizens from harm. What happens though when the state is causing harm? Some developed nations have shown that it is possible to have laws that provide the possibility of freedom from suffering.

None of these countries came to the decision lightly. They just came to recognise that, like the bird from my childhood, they can’t stand idly by and watch some citizens live out the rest of their days in pain while there are other ethical options.

When my beloved elders come to their time of dying, I hope the inevitable is peaceful. But there are no guarantees. Should they begin to suffer, and want my help in ending their lives, I would like to help them. However, the state would interfere in what is ultimately a private family matter. That would add frustration to an already incredible difficult situation.

Let it be known: if I get terminally sick, end my life. I don’t want some healthy person standing at my bedside preaching that “Life is sacred and no human can take it away.” It is my decision, and I will personally address any consequences.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

Aug
02

Greetings to all respected members,

Time flies and people grow, here we are back again, to face a greater challenge ahead respectively. I believe that we spent our semester break holidays productively, and most if not all of us grumbled for longer holidays. I also believe that we have came back with a greater enthusiasm, spirit and determination!

2 days ago, I got the opportunity to witness our Founder President, Goon Hoong Tatt graduation. Present at USU auditorium were Goon’s parents and his wife. Yes, Goon is married! His wife named Janice is a local Chinese whom shown up during our Auspicious Dinner earlier this year. For juniors who didn’t know Hoong Tatt well, he is the sole Malaysian Chinese in 2005 batch and was born in 1982. After his STPM, he was offered civil engineering in one of the local universities. However, after a year, his interest towards medicine is still firing. He left his local-u and motherland, headed towards Ukraine to pursue his dream. Unfortunately, the medicine school he went to isn’t recognize by Malaysian Medical Council, he had no choice but to start over again from 1st semester in USU.

Despite of all the wrong paths taken and time wasted, Goon never fail to nail his name among the top students of USU. He used to represent USU and took part in physiology quiz against Malaysia universities. Also, he has been voted and awarded The Brain and The Albert Einstein during JFF Awards Dinner at 14 Nov 2009.

I would like to grab to opportunity to thank all my members and committee especially, for turning MCCC into a great union and make “My Home, My Family” a theme to be remembered. We are going to encounter a series of activities such as PKPMI Orientation, National Day, and MCCC Orientation. I wish to see our leadership continue to be uphold and strengthen by our firm rapport. May we continue to serve and share the joyous moments of MCCC with one heart. Last but not least, our AGM which will be located after MCCC Orientation, it’s my fervent hope that our members shall choose the new leadership with wisdom and foresight, to lead our club to a greater heights.

In closing, I wish all members could have a productive semester, study hard, fight for your dream and leave no regrets.
Yes, if we do have a determination, then we are ready for the battlefield, we are ready to fight, ready to war! Indeed, there’s no easy path to study and graduate as a doctor or dentist, this is our time, to stand together and motivate each other, to soar and score with flying colours!

by Ong Zhong Wei,

President 2009 / 2010

Jun
30

BY NG CHENG YEE

KUALA KUBU BARU: The compulsory government service period for doctors has been reduced from three to two years with immediate effect, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said this was in accordance with the increased internship training period from one year to two years.

“The move to shorten the compulsory service will encourage them to remain in the country and provide their expertise in Malaysia,” he said, adding that it will indirectly discourage brain drain.

Liow was speaking at the launch of a healthy lifestyle campaign here Thursday.

He had announced earlier that Malaysian doctors working overseas for more than 10 years and who had funded their own medical studies would be exempted from compulsory service if they returned to the country.

Previously, he had also announced that doctors above 45 years, whether they had postgraduate degrees or otherwise, would be given total exemption.