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Charting The Way For Malaysians Down Under

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FOREWORD BY:

HIGH COMMISSIONER OF MALAYSIA TO AUSTRALIA Salam Sejahtera and Salam 1Malaysia, My heartiest congratulations to the MASCAzine for its 6th edition this year, a continuation of an excellent publication following previous years. This edition is more than just a mere reflection of MASCA. It is a reflection of the unity and camaraderie among Malaysian students in Australia under the umbrella of the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (MASCA), a representative body that aspires to serve the interests and welfare of the Malaysian student community in Australia.


Since my arrival in Canberra in September 2017, I have observed the commitment of the Malaysian student leaders in Australia, especially those in MASCA in promoting unity and the spirit of togetherness among fellow Malaysians. The spirit of fellowship among Malaysian students is not only important in reflecting the true spirit of 1Malaysia, but a fundamental part of building the foundation and shaping the future leaders of the country. Correspondingly, I am confident that our students will continue to uphold and ensure the good image of Malaysia in Australia. In this regard, I would like to commend Ryan Ritchie, the National Chairperson of MASCA 2016/2017 and his team for all the hard work and contribution in ensuring the successful outcome of the programmes planned for the year. I thank them for their continuous good efforts in meeting the interests of Malaysian students in Australia. I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the MASCAzine editorial team for its commitment in making this edition a success especially to Faiz Azizan, the Editor-in-Chief of the 6th Edition of MASCAzine 2017 for a wonderful publication. Happy reading and I hope readers will enjoy the contents of the 6th edition of MASCAzine.

Thank you.


DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION MALAYSIA AUSTRALIA

First of all, congratulations to the MASCAZine Editorial team for the success in publishing 2017 magazine. It gives me great pleasure to write the introduction of 2017’s edition of MASCAZine. I would also like to congratulate MASCA for the successful year of 2017. It was a great year and hope for a more exceptional year in 2018. We can be proud of the many achievements that we have achieved in 2017 which will be the driving force for us to step into 2018 with greater confidence. I would also like to congratulate all Malaysian Students’ Association in Australia, Malaysian students studying in Australia and other student bodies who have worked together to propagate and promote Malaysia and especially Malaysia Higher Education in Australia and among other international students studying in Australia. With the hard work and cooperation among Malaysian students, Malaysian agencies in Australia, local agencies and Australian Universities have yielded the encouraging result in promoting Malaysia and Malaysia Higher Education to the world.


In the first half of 2017, Malaysian higher education has achieved outstanding international recognition. U.M.A.R is a narrative known to recognise these achievements. U refers to Universitas 21 where Malaysia’s HE system is ranked 25th in the world. M stands for Universiti Malaya which according to the QS World University Rankings 2018, UM is now ranked 114 in the world. A highlights our position in ASEAN. According to the QS rankings, Malaysia is home to five of Asean’s top eight universities – ranking third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eight respectively. R is for Research Universities. According to the QS rankings, Malaysia’s Research Universities (MRUs) are in the top one percent in the world. With all the international recognition and achievements, as Malaysian students, we should be proud of our Higher Education and to be an ambassador to Malaysia in promoting our higher education. The younger generation plays an essential role in the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) plan that sets a new vision for the nation beyond the year 2020. TN50 launched by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak will chart the future course for the next 30 years after 2020 with the younger generation leading the way forward. To materialise the TN50 mission, youths especially the undergraduate's students have to change the way they think to be more “transformative”. Today’s youth, who will become tomorrow’s leaders’ need to create opportunities for themselves and the society and no longer wait and hope for the opportunities to fall into their laps. They need to inculcate themselves with positive and proactive attitudes. The change brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution is inevitable, not optional as automation, machine learning, mobile computing and artificial intelligence are no longer futuristic concepts, but a reality. As students, take the opportunity, be flexible and must be able to adapt to change. Learn, unlearn and do not afraid to make mistakes. Improve your soft skills to be ready for the needs of the industry and always improve ourselves for the better. Knowledge is limitless. With Best Regards KZ


MASCA NATIONAL '17 CHAIRPERSON

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Education Malaysia Australia (EMA), High Commissioner of Malaysia, Consulate Generals of Malaysia across Australia, GRADUAN, TalentCorp, the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (MASCA) 2016/17 Council members, fellow Malaysian Students’ Organisations across Australia, MASCA Partners, MASCA Alumni, Malaysian students in Australia and MASCAzine readers. Thank you very much for all the support that you have given to the MASCA Council of 2016/17 and the many years before. Without you, the journey would’ve been harder and the generous support has enabled us to continue on. The Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (MASCA) was formed 16 years ago and we have seen ups and downs through the years. Every year new challenges arise, every day remains a day to cherish and learn whether good or bad.


In our 6th publication of MASCAzine, you will see the efforts of Malaysian students in Australia when it comes to organising events that are in line with our mission, vision and seven pillars. Our first event kicked off in January 2017 back in Kuala Lumpur, where we organized our 4th Australian Network Leaders’ Summit (ANLS) and 4th Down Under Camp (DUC), our pre - departure program for new students travelling to Australia. In April 2017, our largest Malaysian event took place in Melbourne for the 5th year running. Known as the Malaysian Summit of Australia (MASA), we focused on three components; Games, Conference and Awards. This allowed us to provide a platform for students to unite with one another across Australia, promote intellectual discourse of national interests and recognise the efforts of our Malaysian Students’ Organisations across Australia respectively. In October, we had the GRADUAN – MASCA Career Fair that allowed students to network with recognised Malaysian companies and apply for jobs. The 6th edition of MASCAzine is the final initiative for the term each year and it showcases all the efforts of our Malaysian students in Australia across seven states (Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Australia Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania). “Charting The Way for Malaysians Down Under” has been our slogan for many years and it has always been the fuel that drives the engine in the MASCA council. We are reminded that we take on this role to serve Malaysian students studying in Australia and that is our priority. We work with other organisations and not against, for the better of Malaysian students and to ensure that our efforts are sustainable. Studying in a foreign country is never an easy task for anyone, hence the Malaysian organisations aid in making Australia a second home for Malaysians. Although the experience studying overseas is great, we should always remember our roots, our home and our culture. May it never die in all of us and continue to make us better people for a brighter future for Malaysia.


With that I would like to end this foreword by thanking the MASCAzine committee headed by Faiz Azizan, thank you to the National EXCO and seven State Chairpersons I’ve worked with; Luvesh L Sadhwani, Chin Tzer Haw, Lavanya Chandran, Nurul Ashyiqin Binti Ismi, Moo Xue Er (Sharon), Sia Chee Chuan, Dalilah Aliah Bt Darul Aman, Muhammad Faiz Bin Azizan, Soo Jian Guan, Ahmad Rais Abdul Razak, Ashley Abinash Anthony, Esther Fan Wei Ru, Arthur Eng Lip Yeow, Amanina S Zafirah, Natalie Oh Yeen Yee. Not only that but I would like to also thank the National Executive Team (NET) for their assistance; Yen Jia Tay (Angela), Siti Atikah Jazlina Othman, Chua Hong Kiat, Rachel Kai Lin Tan, Jun Xi Gan (Calvin), Nurafiqah Adabiah binti Yusof, Sharifah Aida Hana bt Syed Osman Abadi, Nur Faiqa Muhar, Nuwairah Azmi, Khairul Arif Razali and Muhammad Irfan Maslan Malik. Thank you to all of you for the hard work, long hours, constant efforts in achieving our goals this year! Apologies for the mistakes I’ve made.

Thank you everyone for the memories and may we cross paths again in the future.


MASCAZINE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Greetings fellow readers, You won’t read this. If you did, well, good for you. It took a really long time to write this. Not because I wanted to make it as beautiful or poetic as possible, but I just don’t know what to write in a foreword. I even offered the foreword section to my co-editor but she declined. Anyways, I wont make it too long. Being the National PR Director, it seems that being the Editor-in-Chief of MASCAZINE was part of my portfolio. Well, when I took this job, it wasn’t much of a problem since I was in the Editorial Board back in my college days. Boy, was I so wrong about it.


Well, to begin with, communication among the Editorial Board members was done virtually, since most of us are scattered across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and even Hobart! So, physical meeting was definitely out of question, which would always make the work a bit more tedious. For example, for design of certain sections, the designer needed to constantly send the design via whatsapp just to get that perfect design. And we all know how horrendous images shared via whatsapp look like. So, it’s a whole process of; making changes to the design, saving via pdf, sharing via whatsapp and repeat until we get the perfect design. Now, repeat the process for other 4 or 5 different sections. Even for documentation team, the proofreader and the 'formatter' so to speak, they had to extract the information from state reports (which are usually written in a formal report style) and rewrite to make it uniform with the style and format of the state reports in Mascazine (that is a bit more fun to read).

Then you might be wondering, what did I do? Well, not much. And that’s why I always say, that the team works when the whole team members are committed. And I am lucky to have individuals from both documentation and design teams who are so committed, especially during the peak period. To the documentation team; Nura, Gan and Aida, thank you for all your hard work with proofreading, editing and adding some spice to the publications. Now, people can finally enjoy reading event reports. To the design team; Angela, Auni and Sukii, thank you for your tireless effort with the design work. Without you guys, I won't be able to realize my vision for this edition of MASCAZINE. To my deputy, Natalie, thank you for always being there as my support system. Thank you for the awesome design work as well, and for keeping everything in check. Without you, I would probably go insane. And finally, to the readers, thank you for taking your time to read this and I hope you enjoy the sixth edition of MASCAZINE.


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ABOUT MASCA

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PILLAR ONE: STUDENT'S WELFARE & ADVOCACY

TO PROVIDE FOR THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF CURRENT AND FUTURE MALAYSIAN STUDENTS STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA.

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PILLAR TWO:LEADERSHIP AND NATION BUILDING

TO DEVELOP AND EQUIP STUDENT LEADERS IN AUSTRALIA WITH THE NECESSARY SKILL AND NETWORK TO ONE DAY BECOME LEADERS OF GOVERNMENT, CORPORATE AND NGOs IN MALAYSIA. TO PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR ASPIRING STUDENT LEADERS TO CONTRIBUTE AND DEVELOP IDEAS 14 TOWARDS NATION BUILDING.


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TO CREATE AWARENESS AND EDUCATE STUDENTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPARING THEMSELVES FOR LIFE AFTER GRADUATION. TO PROVIDE STUDENTS A PLATFORM TO EXPLORE AND UNDERSTAND THE VARIOUS OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM. 17


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AUSTRALIAN NETWORK LEADERS’ SUMMIT 2017 (ANLS)

Held in Malaysia with the aim of uniting and bridging student leaders across Australia, ANLS was an initiative by MASCA National to strengthen relationships and instill a sense of career importance into the mindset of said student leaders. ANLS was held on the 14th of January 2017 at Taylors Lakeside. Drawing a crowd of 70 participants, student leaders and council members alike gathered under one roof to exchange and improve ideas and visions, all for the sake of student welfare. The summit started out with an introduction session which included the aims and objectives of ANLS, given by the Project Director himself, Luvesh. After, an ice-breaking session took place amongst the participants, led by Ivan Lee and Azura Aziz. Familiar slangs and accents flooded the venue and a sense of familiarity struck the participants as they chatted and mingled away. Myriads of games and fun activities were held, from a simple icebreaking game like remembering five things about each other on top of learning names, to team building and energizer activities that helped further strengthen the bonds among the student leader. 24

After a scrumptious lunch, participants were sat in groups to reflect and share their thoughts on current welfare issues in Australia itself. Different and unique opinions flooded the hall as everyone brought up their personal views and solutions to rectify problems faced by Malaysians down under. After a fruitful discussion, the event then moved on to the sharing session by Talentcorp, ANLS main partner. The panelists were mainly the former and current interns of Talentcorp. The final session was conducted by the former Chairperson of MASCA National 16/17, Ryan Ritchie, to convey the mission and visions of MASCA National as well as the upcoming national events, helping the participants to understand the nature of the organization itself and the need for collective collaboration amongst the student leaders. The summit ended with a closing speech by the Project Director himself, Luvesh, in hopes that the summit managed to successfully meet its aim and objectives.


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Participants having a good time during the Interactive Game Session.

The Down Under Camp (DUC) is a pre-departure camp for future students to network with the current student representatives from each state in Australia so that they will be able to establish a support system before embarking on their education journey abroad. Already in the 4th installment of DUC, this year’s DUC was held at the KDU Glenmarie Campus on the 21st of January 2017. Some of the participants as well as committee members arrived on 20th January with accommodation provided for them. DUC 2017 kicked off with a short briefing on the introduction to DUC and its purpose. The Muslim and non-Muslims students were then attended the Fiqh Luar Negara and Interactive Game Session respectively. Fiqh Luar Negara, which was aimed at preparing Muslim students for the potential challenges they may face while living in a Western country was conducted by two speakers, Ustaz Amiruddin and Ustaz NorKhairan Nordin. The two themes that were presented were hukum related matters as well as dealing with Islamophobia and culture shock. Simultaneously with Fiqh Luar Negara, the 26

Interactive Game Session, which was conducted outdoor, was organized for the non-Muslims. Participants were encouraged to introduce themselves to each other while participating in this game. The games played at were mostly to know more about the Australian culture. For example, in one-station participants got a taste of Australians’ favourite snack – Tim Tams and in another station, they were introduced to Australians’ distinctive slangs and lingos. At 11 am, the Opening Ceremony of DUC 2017 commenced with a Welcoming Speech by Dalilah Aliah, DUC’s Project Director. This was then followed by an Info Session by DUC Sponsors and Partners, which includes Graduan, TalentCorp and iM4U. Dr. Angela McDonald, the Australian High Commissioner of Malaysia was then invited to give a speech whereby she added some spice to the ceremony by having short quizzes about Australia. During her speech, Dr. Angela highlighted on the importance of having an enriching educational experience and learning about the Australian culture. Next, En. Jamalulail Bin Abu Bakar from Education Malaysia, gave a short speech before officially launching DUC 2017.


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The first half of DUC 2017 ended with the Opening Ceremony, which then proceeded with Aiming for the Southern Stars & Football to Footy. The two sessions were the highlight of the evening whereby notable professionals and alumni from universities across Australia were invited to be speakers for the forums. The speakers invited were Calvin Tan (University of Queensland, Teach for Malaysia Alumni), Nelson Gerrard (University of South Australia, Regional Programme Manager of CIMB), Raymond Tanuwidjaja (Australian National University, Representative of MASCA) and Gabriel Oh (University of Victoria, fresh graduate). Dr. Helena, currently a lecturer at University Malaya and a former graduate from University of Sydney was invited as the moderator for the forums. The combination of these 5 individuals during the forums definitely provided insightful and interesting information to students regarding studying in the land down under.

The speakers for DUC 2017, sharing their insights during the Aiming for Southern Stars & Football to Footy Forum.

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Mr. Ryan Ritchie, the Advisor of DUC 2017 presenting a token of appreciation to our guest of honour, En. Jamalulail Bin Abu Bakar from Education Malaysia.

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They covered a range of topics during the forums from the difference between Australian and Malaysian education system, support system while studying abroad, dealing with homesickness and distraction, to their most adventurous Australian experience as well as their personal journey in Australia which has made them into the person they are today. Prospective students were also given the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers after each forum was over.


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The finale of DUC 2017 was the Project X, aimed at allowing prospective students to meet up with their seniors at university to ask the questions they may have about studying abroad was then held. All senior students were asked to separate according to their respective states and pick a spot across the KDU Campus to conduct Project X. Prospective students and seniors from each state were given an hour to meet and have a casual discussion about life studying abroad. Once Project X wrapped-up at about 5.50 pm, DUC 2017 ended with words of encouragement by our Master of Ceremony, Ivan Lee, followed by a group photoshoot.

MASCA ACT conducting their Project X session enthusiastically.

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MALAYSIAN SUMMIT OF AUSTRALIA 2017

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MASA OPENING CEREMONY / CONFERENCE – #TN50 Booths, banners and a lot of unfamiliar faces. The annual Malaysian Summit of Australia’s opening ceremony was held with elegance and style as participants from different states of Australia gathered in the lobby of Jasper Hotel in Melbourne, Victoria. The familiar “lahs” and accents rang through the halls of the hotel as participants waited in line for registration. As quickly as it started, the line ended and guests were ushered into the hotel’s conference room in an orderly manner to kick start another memorable event for all Malaysians in Australia. Speeches and applauds were given to commemorate the effort that was put into hosting the conference and games. The ceremony proceeded on with an intellectual discussion on our home country’s latest vision – Transformasi National 50, or in short, TN50. The objective of the vision, as stated on its website, is an initiative to plan for the future of Malaysia in the period 2020 to 2050. From the vision of becoming a developed nation, [Malaysia] should strive to be amongst the top countries in the world in economic development, citizen well-being and innovation. The intellectual session was hosted by our Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Khairy Jamaluddin and proceeded on with a mind-boggling 2-hour long discussion session. After the session ended, MASA 2017 commenced with the Conference session with two mind challenging topics, which were Diversity Panel: Science and a TN50 Dialogue. Some of the notable speakers were Dr Jumiati Ismail, Praveen Nagappan (Manager, Risk Assuarance at PWC), Kishva Ambigapathy (Chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council), Professor James Chin (Director, Asia Institute Tasmania College of Arts, University of Tasmania) and En Mohd Khalil Zaiyani Sumiran (Director of Education Malaysia Australia).

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Half a decade old and still uniting Malaysians down under. 2017’s MASA Games gathered and united a pool of nearly 600 Malaysians from various states across Australia. Participants flew over to Melbourne, Victoria to compete in various competitive matches against one another, putting friendship and sportsmanship on the line for the sake of being crowned as the victors of the 5th MASA Games. The range of sports that were included in 2017’s MASA Games were As expected, the host of badminton, ping-pong, tennis, frisbee, the MASA Games, basketball, football, futsal, volleyball, netball Victoria, had snagged and rugby. the crown and bragging rights of being the victors of the 5th MASA Games, pun not intended. Second, third and fourth place were equally shared by South Australia, Queensland and New South Whales as their overall scores were equal with one another. As intense as it sounds, the scoring had a vast majority of spectators on the edge of their seats and phones as the scoreboard was updated via Twitter and Facebook in real time.

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National MALAYSIAN SUMMIT OF AUSTRALIA 2017

Bragging rights aside, the aim and goal of our annual MASA Games was to unite as many Malaysians in Australia as possible and we are proud to say that we have succeeded in doing so! Whilst prizes and titles were on the line, our participants never lost sight of what mattered the most – sportsmanship and a to have a good time altogether.

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All good things must come to an end and the 5th MASA Games was no exception. Held at Melbourne’s most iconic park, Flagstaff Gardens, the closing ceremony attracted guests and participants alike to feast and gather for the announcement of the victors. After countless drumrolls, the victors from Victoria, pun not intended, were awarded with the victor’s trophy in remembrance of their efforts and neverending sportsmanship. The event officially ended at 9pm with guests and participants heading home with smiles plastered across their faces.

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Chairperson : Esther Fan Wei Ru Deputy Chairperson : Jacky Tan Chun Hong Secretary : Nur Intan Zulaikha Rosli Education & Career Director : Ng Shu Kim Finance Director : Lim Yi Jing IT Director : Azreen Nur Bt Ahmad Zamri Liaison Director : Nigel Lim Jun Hong Logistics Director : Irwin Ng Shawn-Wei Marketing Director : Joey Tan Zu Yi Welfare Director : Shahirah Shaharuddin

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From Left (Front Row): Esther Fan, Azreen, Intan, Ng Shu Kim From Left (Back Row): Jacky Tan, Nigel Lim, Irwin Ng, Shahirah

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MEET & GREET EVENT Held on the 26th of February was MASCA ACT’s annual Meet and Greet event which drew a turn up of 88 students at ANU. Alongside the freshies were representatives from the High Commission and Education Malaysia Australia to provide the new students with essential information about life in Australia. Participants were also given free food to enjoy whilst mingling with one another to foster and strengthen friendships.

Group photo at the Semester 1 Meet & Greet Event

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MASCA ACT brought out their forte on a weekly basis and had successfully initiated a friendly Frisbee match every weekend for the Malaysian students in ACT. Drawing a crowd of 25 students on a weekly basis, the matches brought out everyone’s competitiveness and skills, of which complemented their sportsmanship. The consistent weekly turn-up made this event an extremely successful one and will most likely continue on for years to come.


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CANBERRA TIMES MARATHON VOLUNTEERING EVENT

Gathering over 20 Malaysian students from ANU to volunteer for Canberra’s Time Marathon event is no easy feat but the students in ACT would like to beg to differ. The 20 altruistic students had volunteered for the event and the funds raised were once again contributed to MASCA ACT to further improve their future events.

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Australian Capital Territory WAU! KITE FESTIVAL 2017 Organised by MASCA ACT, ANU’s MSO (Malaysian Student Organisation) and KUAC on the 6th of May was a brand new social event called Wau! Kite Festival. The event aimed to reintroduce one of Malaysia’s most iconic symbol, the Wau, to the students down under by teaching them how to make and fly a kite. Attracting the attention of over 90 Malaysians and Non-Malaysians, participants were ecstatic to fly their newly built kites over a perfectly windy afternoon at Fellows Oval, ANU.

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They say that a well named event will capture everyone’s attention and this is clearly true as MASCA ACT had managed to draw 30 students to attend and participate in a casual dialogue session with guest speakers, Ms Diana and Mr Dek Joe, on the ongoing issues faced in Malaysia. Similarly, the idea of TN50 also drew out aspirations and ideas across the floor as students and guest speakers filled the room with inspiring ideas and aspirations. The night ended with a comfortable dinner session alongside words of encouragement from the guest speakers.

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Australian Capital Territory MEET & GREET RAYA (DULU DAN KINI) Where new and old are welcomed, the collaborative event between MASCA ACT and KUAC attracted both new and old students, as well as the permanent residence and High Commissioner officers in celebrating the final moments of Raya in Australia. Free traditional Malaysian food and drinks were served throughout the event as all 120 students mingled with the VIPs, of which were Mr Zamani Ismail, Mr Tan Kim Bong and Mr Khairul Hezry Arifin respectively.

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PLANT FOR YOUR FUTURE Aimed at restoring the habitat at Urambi Hills Nature Reserves, MASCA ACT and Greening Australia gathered 35 volunteers to plant young trees across the park. The parked spanned across 2km and were fully planted with developing trees in hopes of restoring greenery to the scenic park.

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Australian LINKEDIN Capital WORKSHOP Territory With tips on creating the best e-portfolio one can have, MASCA ACT’s LinkedIn workshop proved useful to the 25 participants who were present at the event. With guest speaker Mr Mark Warncken, a LinkedIn expert from NSW present throughout the event, the participants were taught and given advice on how to create the ultimate eye-catching LinkedIn profile, as well as pointers on what employers are looking for in their employees.

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Australian Capital Territory ONCE UPON A TEA: A HIGH TEA With over 150 attendees sipping their afternoon tea, the collaborative event between MASC ACT, MSO and KUAC drew inspiration from the concept of Malaysia Night and had put their own twist into it. Instead of the conventional high tea menu, guests were spoiled with local Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng and other Malaysian delights. VIPs such as Dato’ Sudha Devi K R Vasudevan, Mr Zamani Ismail, Colonel Mhd Nazri Abd. Rahman and Mr Khairul Hezry Arifin also attended the event to feast alongside the students. 56


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LEADER-TRAIN PROGRAMME 2017 Back for the second consecutive year was MASCA ACT’s leader-train programme with Ms Sheila Yeop Ibrahim. The event aimed at providing relevant and practical skills for the student leaders to learn and had drawn the interest of 15 student leaders from different clubs and society.

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MASCA ACT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

After a successful term, 53 students attended MASCA ACT’s AGM to witness the election of the organisation’s latest committee members. Jobscope reports were detailed to the general audience as a form of transparency and new changes were implemented to the structure of the council.

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AFFILIATE

Malaysian Students’ Organisation (MSO) at ANU

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Kelab UMNO Australia Canberra (KUAC)

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Chairperson : Ahmad Rais Abd Razak Deputy Chairperson : Jun Yang Wang (Bosco) Secretary : Kar Yee Lee Treasurer : Joanne Wong Corporate Relations Director : Edward Lim Creative Director : Khairullah Zulkafli Cultural Director : Hanif Rezal Education Director : Ziwah Loh Liaison Director : Nik Alif Imran Marketing Director : Liyana Mohd Tarmizi Sports Director : Kwan Yew Teoh Welfare Director : Aimie Jazlina

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COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE(CCC)

New South Wales As seen from the name of the event, this event was definitely about communication. This event is an annual event that happens every beginning of the year as a platform where MASCA NSW and all the affiliated MSOs sit down and discuss about their future plans and potential collaboration ideas. Besides that, it had also act as a catalyst to forge a stronger relationship and encourage stronger cooperation among the committee members of affiliates. CCC was held on 26th March 2017 (Sunday) from 1:30pm to 5:00pm at Colombo LG01, UNSW. A maximum of 3 committee from affiliates and partners were invited to participate which included representative from MSO UNSW, MSA Macquarie, SUAM USyd, MAS UOW, MASSA UTS, MHRC, MyPSA, MYSUN, Kelab UUNO Sydney, Malaysia Festival and IKRAM. All in all, this event was a success as all the agenda was discussed and had resulted in a stronger cooperation between all parties.

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COMPANION ON ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA (KOALA) 2017

Companion on Arrival in Australia (KOALA) is a new initiative that was founded this year under MASCA NSW Student’s Welfare and Advocacy Portfolio. It replaces the previous MASCA NSW’s student airport pick up service. This initiative is aimed to assist new Malaysian students in New South Wales by providing essential information and assistance in the form of airport pickup and guidance from fellow seniors. This initiative is to help new students, known as Joeys, through recruiting volunteers, known as Koalas, whom had lived in New South Wales for a while as Joeys companion to give guidance to them. Besides guidance, the Koalas will also provide assistance such as Temporary Housing, Airport pick up, and Pre-Departure preparation etc. There were in total of 47 students whom have registered for this initiative. All of the Joeys have settled down well with the help of their dearest Koalas. 67


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DRAGON BOATING 2017 Dragon boating race is an annual boat racing event which is hosted by MASCA NSW under the sports portfolio. This event acts as a platform to strengthen the unity among Malaysian students in Sydney and for this year’s edition, MASCA NSW managed to get 5 teams to participate in which every team comprises of 20 rowers. The turnout was beyond expectation as there were more than 100 participants in this exciting event.

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FUSION BAND 2017 This initiative was founded in 2016/17 with the aim of providing a platform for student performers to be exposed to performing in different events organized by MASCA NSW’s affiliates. Besides that, this initiative also aimed to create a sense of companionship among the members of the band. This initiative was Inspired by the Malaysian band known as “Sada Borneo”, the Fusion Band consists of members playing a mixture of both traditional and modern musical instruments. The band consisted of several traditional musical instruments across several ethnicities in Malaysia such as Kompang/ Cajo from the Malay ethnicity and Er Hu from Chinese ethinicity. Besides that, as this is a fusion band, there were also few modern musical instruments such as Piano, Bass guitar, Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar and flute. As the outcome, this fusion band have performed in over 5 MASCA NSW affiliated events across 2016/2017. Through the practice sessions, the friendship among the band members blossomed which then paved a way for new members to join in the following year.

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INTER-CLUB CONFERENCE(ICC) 2017 The Inter-Club Conference (ICC) is an event held annually that invites student leaders from various Malaysian Student Organizations (MSOs) to meet and engage with one another. It provides a platform for the student leaders to discuss their ideas and views on matters concerning Malaysian students by sharing their experience and collective knowledge with one another. Through the various activities and sessions, MASCA NSW hope to forge better relations between all MSOs as well as with MASCA New South Wales Chapter. With the Inter-Club Conference, we hope student leaders will be better equipped to serve the collective interests of all Malaysian students in New South Wales. The ICC was held on 9th of April 2017 from 11am to 4.30 at Block C, Building 5, University of Technology Sydney. It was commenced by a speech from Project Director, Nik Alif Imran, whom is the Liaison Director for MASCA NSW 2016/17. The event then proceeded with 2 ice-breaking sessions. After all the ices have been broken, the participants were then grouped for team building activities. Besides all those fun games, the organizing committee had also prepared some delicious Malaysian food too.

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This workshop was organised with the purpose of providing informative workshop which would enhance the participants’ career growth development in the future as LinkedIn has been one of the vital platforms for the career and internship searching among the professionals nowadays. Hence, the education portfolio of MASCA NSW had decided to organise a LinkedIn workshop to help the participants to create an outstanding new LinkedIn profile.

LINKEDIN WORKSHOP 2017

New South Wales The workshop was held at the Colombo Theatre in UNSW at 19th of March (Sunday). It lasted for 3 and half hour. In this 3 and half hour, participants received a guide from Mark Warncken, an expert speaker on LinkedIn, on how to generate an eye-catching LinkedIn profile. After that, the participants were given the time to ask any questions to Mr. Mark Warncken during Q&A session. This workshop had successfully attracted 50 Malaysian Students to participate. Most of the students have found the tips to be useful for them in creating an outstanding LinkedIn profile.

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MEET AND GREET (M&G) 2017

Meet and Greet (M&G) is MASCA’s annual signature event, acting as a platform to unite all Malaysian students in New South Wales, and at the same time expose to plethora of opportunities for them to participate thus enriching their overall experience. Being a social gathering in nature, the newly-arrived students were able to make new friends and expand their contacts especially through key organisations namely Education Malaysia Australia and the whole Malaysian students’ organisations in Sydney. M&G aims to foster healthy friendship between Malaysian students and promote unity through activities and authentic Malaysian dishes. M&G was held at 5th March 2017 in Malaysia Hall Sydney. It started at 1pm and ended at 4.30pm. The Malaysia students and Malaysian student bodies, which included all MASCA NSW affiliates and Partners. Besides students, the organizing committee had also managed to invite few VIPs to share the joy such as the Education Malaysia Australia (EMA) attaché, En. Khidzairy Zainal Abidin; Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam(JPA) Student Advisor, En. Shahrezan Md Sheriff and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) Student Advisor. Other than VIPs, there were around 200- 300 Malayisan students that took part in this event. This event started with Doa recital. Then it was follow by speeches given by EMA Education Attache, En. Khidzairy Zainal Abidin and MASCA New South Wales (NSW) chairperson, Ahmad Rais. Besides that, the organizing committee had also arranged few engagement sessions and performances for all the participants. Lastly, this lovely ended with a photography session with all the participants.

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SMG have finally come to its 2nd birthday at the year of 2017. This year’s SMG is a revamp of the previous installations of Inter-MSO Sports Carnival. This event was estabalished with the aim to promote healthy competition and sportsmanship among the Malaysian students of New South Wales. A collaboration between the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia, New South Wales Chapter (MASCA NSW), along with six other Malaysian student societies in New South Wales, which is MSA, MASSA, MSO, SUAMS, MUNSA, and MAS

2017. It was held in Sydney University Sports & Aquatic centre (SUSAC) and Ultimo Community Centre (UCC) on the 12th of August from 10am to 6pm and Moore Park West (MPW) on the 13th of August from 10am to 4pm. Across these two days, organizing committee have successfully recorded over 250 Malaysian students whom participated in this event in the form of organising committees, volunteers, participants, and supporters. Besides that, Encik Shahrezan from Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) also attended SMG to support this event.

SMG consisted of seven sports such as basketball, volleyball, futsal, badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, touch rugby and Captain’s ball across a two-day event. Events are spread over during 12th and 13th of August

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THINK TANK 2017

Think Tank is an annual case competition fully organized by MASCA NSW. First installed in 2014, the focus of this initiative was mainly on career development. The aim this year is to connect students of different fields with corporations and firms of various industries, to provide a wider perspective to students about real world challenges while encouraging creative and applicable problem solving. This year, Think Tank comprises of 3 main components; Self-Development, Case Competition and Industry Networking. The aim of SelfDevelopment session was to help students to be equipped with essential modern professional skills through speeches by distinguished speakers. For

the case competition, it comprises of two case topics that focuses on engineering sciences and commerce. The case competition was spread over 2 days. On the first day, organizer announced the topics as well as the briefing and on the second day, the participants presented about their topics to the audiences and judges. Lastly, the networking session was held. The session was aimed to provide young aspiring professional with the opportunity to interact with industry leaders, to gain valuable industry insights and to widen their perspective on the working industries. All in all, this event has helped a lot of Malaysian students in New South Wales to prepare for their future career.

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Chairperson : Ashley Abinash Anthony Deputy Chairperson : Crystal Lwi Xiau Jing Secretary : Azura Aziz Director of Careers Development : Ling Leong Wai Director of Corporate Relations : Mohamad Shazrul Hafiz Suhaime Director of Cultural Affairs : Syarifah Zafirah Syed Azman Director of Finance : Jun Vie Ong Director of Operations and Liaison : Ayuni Farhani Abdul Razak Director of Public Relations : Crystal Loke Pei Xuan Director of Social Welfare : Adline Aisya Azham Director of Sports : Sureiyan Hamond Shanmugam Director of Student Empowerment : Nor Afifah Aziz 81


Queensland MEET AND GREET 2017 Meet and Greet (M & G) is an annual social event that took place on 4th March 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the University of Queensland campus. It was hosted by MASCA Queensland (QLD) Chapter in collaboration with the Malaysian’s Student Organisation (MSO) affiliates namely PPMQ, UQMSA, QUTMySA, HAKIM, KUA Brisbane, and GUMA. Other local Malaysian organisations such as ISMA, IKRAM, WeMalaysia and Sembang D’ were also included in the collaboration. En Khidzairy (EMA), Sergeant (Queensland Police Government) and Abang Ali (WeMalaysia President) were the VIP who attended the event. Approximately 300 people attended the event. The aim of the event is to provide a platform where both new and old students can interact and share experiences together. In the two seasons contained in the event, students shared information regarding the foreign environment and were able to learn more about safety issues. They also made new friends over food and games. The organisations set up booths for the students to play games and activities. The students were also involved in performances such as the lucky draw and social games.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH AWARENESS PROGRAM (PNP) Physical and Psychological Health Awareness program is an event that took place on 18th March 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in ELCX, Hawken Engineering Building (50), UQ. In a continuing collaboration with IKRAM Australia (Queensland), the event focused on providing awareness on physical and mental health among Malaysian students in Queensland. 40 people managed to attend the event. Students are attending the event

The event comprised of four elements. Some of the topics discussed and activities played were mental health, mindfulness, buddy play session and imagery exercise. The Debunking the Mental Health Myth talk were given by Dr Hazlin Lockman, the Mindful session was headed by Sureiyan Hamond while the Imagery Exercise and Buddy Play Session was conducted by Amanina Amni and Wardina Safiyyah respectively. During the talks, the participants were taught on how to deal with anxiety and depression. They also obtained information on psychology services, counselling and free medical check-ups.

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QUEENSLAND LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE 1.0 Meet and Greet (M & G) is an annual social event that took place on 4th March 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the University of Queensland campus. It was hosted by MASCA Queensland (QLD) Chapter in collaboration with the Malaysian’s Student Organisation (MSO) affiliates namely PPMQ, UQMSA, QUTMySA, HAKIM, KUA Brisbane, and GUMA. Other local Malaysian organisations such as ISMA, IKRAM, WeMalaysia and Sembang D’ were also included in the collaboration. En Khidzairy (EMA), Sergeant (Queensland Police Government) and Abang Ali (WeMalaysia President) were the VIP who attended the event. Approximately 300 people attended the event. The aim of the event is to provide a platform where both new and old students can interact and share experiences together. In the two seasons contained in the event, students shared information regarding the foreign environment and were able to learn more about safety issues. They also made new friends over food and games. The organisations set up booths for the students to play games and activities. The students were also involved in performances such as the lucky draw and social games.

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QUEENSLAND MALAYSIAN GAMES (QMG) The Queensland Malaysian Games (QMG) is an annual sports competition organised by MASCA Queensland. The event took place from 31st April 2017 to 2nd May 2017. This event was in collaboration with Griffith University Malaysian Student Association (GUMA). 250 people attended and participated in the event. The primary objective of the event was to unite the new and old athletes unearthed during the QMG, where they can form a ‘Team Queensland’ to participate during MASA Games which will be held on the 20th until 23rd April 2017 in Melbourne. The games were held at multiple venues around Brisbane, such as UQ Sports Centre, Oxley Futsal Factory, Healthstream QUT Kevin Grove, and William Dart Munro Park. The first day of the Games saw sports such as tennis being competed. During the prize-giving session for the tennis, all the lights at the sports centre were off because the competition went overtime, so everyone at the event used their phone’s torchlight to illuminate the prize-giving session. It was awesome seeing everybody do their part to make the event move smoothly without more hiccups. 88

The second day saw badminton and basketball in the morning till afternoon, two sports that are famous among Malaysians, being competed at UQ Sports Center. In the evening, the game of netball was held at at the Sir William Macgregor Drive. On the third day, volleyball and handball games were successfully held. Futsal was played after the two games concluded. The team sports games ensured that the participants and spectators were entertained with cool and wicked team names like WanPokTek, Wild Hands, Apa ni?, Swedish Meatball FC and Lallanas in Pyjamas. On the last day saw two of the most popular sports among Malaysian in Australia, Touch Rugby and Ultimate Frisbee. During the rugby touch game, there was a reshuffling of teams, where due to some teams didn’t have enough players, hence they need to loan players from the other teams. Some players were even had to be the referee for the game!


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The Career Jumpstart Forum 2017 was an event in collaboration with University of Queensland Malaysian Association (UQMSA). Its main objective was career development, focusing on pros and cons of working in Malaysia and Australia. In attendance of 30 people, it took place on 6th May 2017 at Room N202, Hawken Engineering Building (50), UQ from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. It was truly beneficial and insightful to students who were contemplating on whether they should embark on a career journey here in the land of down under or Malaysia. Most of the questions that were asked to the speakers were mainly pertaining to tips on starting a career and visa-related enquiries.

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The students were given the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers that came from different backgrounds including experienced people from the industry such as Kiong Chan and Shona Gibson (Australia Malaysia Business Council of Queensland), Ms Shahrina (PHD student in Mathematics), Ivan Tan (Chief Operating Officer at Arrow Energy), and Hwang Kim (International Relationship Manager at CPA Australia). The forum was moderated by Faisal Imran, a former council member of MASCA. Overall the forum was a massive success and was really beneficial to the students.

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Queensland MALAYSIAN GOT TALENT (MGT) 2.0

The Malaysian Got Talent, in collaboration with University of Queensland Malaysian Student Association (UQMSA) and Griffith University Malaysian Student Association (GUMA) is an annual talentine, showcasing the talents of our Malaysian friends.Around 250 people gathered in Lecture Hall 206, steel building (3), UQ on 13th May 2017 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Participants showcased their talents by singing, dancing and instrumental music playing. Singaporeans and Indonesians students were also invited to participate, which made it different from last year’s MGT. The event was made more interesting and special with the presence of a Youtuber, PeppermintOllie as a judge. The event followed on with a fashion show, of which the king and queen were 2-year reigning champions, and an impromptu jam session at the end of the night.

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DO RE MI: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO P. RAMLEE 2017

MASCA Queensland collaborated with KUA Brisbane for the event

DO RE MI: A musical tribute to P. Ramlee is a theatre production initiated by MASCA Queensland chapter in collaboration with Kelab UMNO Brisbane. The main objective of the event is to pay tribute to the legendary P. Ramlee as one of the greatest performers in the history of Malaysia. The event took place on 20th May 2017 in Lecture Hall 200, Advance Engineering Building (200), UQ from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There were 300 people present including Abang Ali, the president of WeMalaysia whom was the VIP during the event.

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The event managed to gather a crowd of over three hundred people, comprising of Malaysian and Australian students. The event was a filled with a wonderful 2 hours of acting, dancing and singing and it was certainly a performance to be remembered by the audiences. The profit from the ticket sales was channeled into MASCare4U and KUACare foundations, which aim to provide Malaysian students in Queensland emergency financial aid.


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Griffith University Malaysian Association (GUMA)

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Persatuan Pelajar Malaysia Queensland (PPMQ)

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MEET & GREET AND WELCOMING BBQ Meet & Greet and Welcoming BBQ was held on 4th March 2017 in collaboration with other partners and Malaysian Students Organisations (MSOs). The Meet & Greet and Welcoming BBQ event were held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, the University of Adelaide and River Torrens respectively. As for Meet & Greet session, approximately 60 new students attended and there were few familiar faces of ‘old’ students showed up as well to accompany their juniors. For the Welcoming BBQ, the theme for this year was Chinese New Year and approximately 300 students joined in this session. The distinguished representatives that attended the event were the Honorary Council of Malaysia in South Australia, Mr Alex Kitingan and a representative from the Council of International Student Australia (CISA), Ms Diana to give a short speech as means of welcoming all the new students.

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SA GAMES On 1st April 2017, MASCA SA organised their second event which was the SA Games. SA Games was a rebranding of the previous MASCA SA’s initiative called the ASEAN Games, which has held back in 2015. SA Games was also open to all students including both domestic and international students where the students can get to know each other as well as be united and play sports together. The games took place at two different venues which were Adelaide BAdminton Center and Adelaide High School. Badminton started from 9:00 am to 2.00 pm at Adelaide Badminton Centre while volleyball and table tennis started from 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm at Adelaide High School.

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Volleyball and Table Tennis Players Group Photo with MASCA SA 2016/2017 Committees

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For badminton, approximately 60 new students participated, and there were few current students showed up as well to accompany their juniors. As for volleyball and table tennis, there were about 40 participants in total. The University of South Australia also had sent a team to participate in volleyball, and they won the champion. After the prizes giving and closing ceremony, the students had a BBQ session at Adelaide High School.

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CAREER COACHING WORKSHOP

MASCA SA had successfully organised the Career Coaching Workshop on 6th May 2017 in collaboration with Kelab UMNO Australia (KUA Adelaide). Some of the distinguished speakers and panels that attended the event were the Director of Education Malaysia Australia (EMA), Mr Khalil Zaiyany, Mr Muadz Rabuan from Applied Research of Australia Pty Ltd (AROA), Ms Yashinni from Study Adelaide and Mr Nelson Gerard Lawrence Danam from Deloitte Consulting (SEA). Mr Khalil Zaiyany gave an opening speech and was also one of the panels for the mock interview session. Mr Muadz Rabuan and Ms Yashinni were also invited to be the panels for the mock interview session while Mr Nelson Gerard Lawrence Danam, was invited from Malaysia to be the speaker for the Resume Writing session. For the first session which is the Resume Writing Coaching, almost 60 students attended in which most of them were currently in their penultimate and final year who showed up to gain more inputs from the respective speaker. In this session, students were given tips on how to write a CV or Resume and Cover Letter catering both Malaysia and Australia version. As for Mock Interview session, body language and etiquette, as well as some assessments, were being addressed to the students providing a holistic experience of a real-life, career interview scenario.

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South Australia SWOTVAC AND IFTAR CARE PACK

SwotVac and Iftar Care Pack event was held from 12th June 2017 until 16th June 2017. The event was aimed to support Malaysian students who are studying in South Australia institutions striving for excellence in their studies as well as encouraging the Muslims students to cope with fasting during this holy month of Ramadhan. MASCA SA Chapter had successfully given out 50 goodies bags to the lucky students in South Australia. For this event, students are required to post a photo of themselves in the social network (Instagram or Facebook) and include the hashtag (#MalaysianStudentsInSA and #studyadelaide) to win the goodies bags. A lot of students gave enthusiastic responses to this event. The winners for this event includes 10 students from the University of South Australia, 36 students from the University of Adelaide and 4 students from Flinders University.

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Adelaide University Malaysian Student Association (AUMSA)

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MASCA Tasmania Meet and Greet was held in University on the 4th of March 2017 from 10am – 2pm. This event ha students to participate. This event was beginning with th Tasmania Chairperson, Natalie Oh and followed by speec After that, organizing committee have managed to invite engaging and enlightening demonstration fire safety. Ot also arranged one performance and two ice breaking se this opportunity to mingle around and make more friends iconic food, Nasi Lemak, was served to all the participant among themselves in the foyer, while enjoying their food.


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Tasmania SPORTS CARNIVAL Venue: Unigym, STBA Centre Date: 22nd April to 23rd April There were three sports organized during the Sports Carnival, which was a collaboration between the Malaysian Students’ Society, the Singaporean Students’ Society and MASCA Tasmania. On April 22nd, table tennis began at 10AM and ended at 2PM, and futsal was scheduled at 12PM and ended at 5PM. On April 23rd, the final game, badminton, was held at 9AM until 3PM. Food and drinks were provided to participants on both days, and the winners of each sporting category received medals.

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Tasmania VIRTUAL MASCA IDEAS

MASCA Ideas was held virtually this year, where students were able to contribute their thoughts anywhere, anytime. MASCA Ideas was held in conjunction with the aims of TN50 and all about sharing opinions and presenting ideas (if any) on what Malaysia’s future could be like. We collected exactly 200 responses from students of many different races and ethnicities, ranging from Malay, Chinese, Indians, students from Sabah and Sarawak, and Eurasians. A large majority of participants were aged between 19 to 21 years of age. We are pleased to report that many of the responses were forward-thinking, geared towards the improvement of the country and displayed a large amount of patriotism. 121


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HARI RAYA AND START OF SEMESTER BBQ

Tasmania Venue: Marieville Esplanade Date: 22nd July 2017 Time: 12PM-2PM

To celebrate Hari Raya and the start of a new semester, MASCA Tasmania arranged a seaside BBQ, free for all attendees. The food served included beef and chicken sausages, hash browns, honey and soy + Portuguese chicken wings, egg and potato salad, cinnamon and honey cornflake cups, and special rose peach tea. The food was widely positively received by attendees and the weather was beautiful and sunny.

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This year Jom! Festival was aimed to celebrate Malaysian unique culture and diverse ethics background as well as to share our multiculturalism with the local Tasmanian community. Besides that, organising committee also aimed to strengthen the bonds amongst the Malaysian student community here in Tasmania as well as the local community by encouraging them to socialize in a non-academic setting. In order to achieve the aims, organizing committee have chosen Hari Malaysia (‘Malaysia Day’) as the date to having this Festival. This is to encourage the Malaysian community in Tasmania to come together in the spirit of patriotism and celebrate as one for Malaysia National holiday. This festival was taken Other than Malaysian, organizing committee also place at Hobart Parliament hope that this will help to promote Malaysian Lawn at the date of unique culture among the local community. 16th of September from 10am to 2pm. Due to accessibility of this venue, they have managed to attract quite a few number of crowd to participate in this festival. There are 3 main attraction in this festival which are performances, booths and most importantly food stalls!

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There are 10 performances across this festival ranging across a variety of dance and music performance. However, the most eye-catching performance was the unique fashion show that showcase mixture of fashion that bring by Malaysian unique multiculturalism. Other than that, there are also Wushu performance by student and Lion dance. As the booth session, this year there are one photo booth, one game booth and an info booth have prepared for audiences. The aims of photo booth and game booth was to let audience have a taste of our unique culture through this interactive session. On the other hand, info booth also not those boring info booths that we always see during in any mall etc. The info booth was prepared attentively by the organizing committee as they have summarized all Malaysia’s fact in to bite-sided.

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Lastly, at the food stalls, Malaysian cuisine have once again never fail to surprise all the attendees. There are 11 food stalls in total, ranging for savory curries to sweet dessert snacks. Most of the stalls was run by students although there is one exceptional stalls that are run by Ministry of Agriculture & Agrobased Industry (Malaysia). Unlike others stalls, they are more focus on selling package spices by having various food demonstration to attendees.

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From Left: Indah Wahyuni, Kee Chia Yean, Fiona Wong, Scott Loh, Shafiq Shatar, Joel, Koh Yi Wai, Soo Jian Guan, Brandon Lim, Ivan Lee, Faiz Lukman, Ashnavi, Sarah Tan, Ng Li Xin, Halina Hussain

Chairperson : Soo Jian Guan Deputy Chairperson : Faiz Lukman Secretary : Yi Wai Koh Treasurer : Ashnavi Parameswaran Vice Treasurer : Fiona Wong Corporate Relations Director : Shafiq Shatar Human Resource Director : Kee Chia Yean IT & Publicity Director : Sarah Tan Liaison Director : Ivan Lee MCareers CEO : Brandon Lim MCulture CEO : Halina Hussain MInspire CEO : Indah Wahyuni MPower CEO : Joel Murugiah MSports CEO : Ng Li Xin 131


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Held from the 12th to the 18th of December, Inspire SEA V 2016 drew a crowd of 120 students from different participating high schools. Packed with holistic exercises and programs, Inspire SEA aimed to bridge mentors with their mentees in hopes of nurturing students into practical and knowledgeable individuals. From ice-breaking sessions to strategy games that instilled the importance of planning and strategizing, the students faced plenty of challenging real-life scenarios, of which they managed to conquer and ace with a breeze. Additional activities such as building a waterpressurised rocket and an art collage competition ignited and brought out the creative and technical side of the participants. Amazing artworks and successful rockets soared throughout the fields of Sekolah​ ​Menengah​ ​Sains​ ​Alam​ ​Shah, proving that challenges can always be easily conquered if we pour heart and mind into solving it.

Participants and facilitators of Inspire SEA V 2016

Prudential was also invited to help educate and spread financial awareness amongst the students with the help of a mock personal finance game. Skills as such aren’t easily available to students and proved to be useful for most of the students as everyone gained knowledge that can’t be found in your typical classrooms. An explorace soon followed as participants were required to apply mathematical skills to solve real-life problems or scenarios. The sessions were also conducted in English to help improve and instil confidence into the mentees when conversing in English. Group photo of mentors, mentees and facilitators

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The fourth day of the camp brought students to the iconic Petrosains which was located at KLCC. From science exhibitions to guest speaker, Dr Daniel, presenting about the science behind creativity and inspiration, it’s safe to say that the students had learned a lot more about science in a nonconventional manner. Shortly after, the participants were brought back to Sekolah Alam Shah and were given the task to perform and present what they had learned so far. The performance brought out each individual’s creative side and was filled with genuine feedback and encouragement which explained how the skills they’ve learned would be useful in their future endeavours. The camp ended with inspirational talks by Bashirah of Maxis and Azzah, a founding​​members ​ of​​Inspire​S ​ EA. Both parties hoped that the skills and knowledge gained throughout the camp met Inspire SEA’s one and only aim – to inspire.

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Aimed at Inspiring young teens, Little Inspire was held from the 7th of July till the 9th of July 2017 at SK Desa Aman Puri in Kepong, drawing a total of 100 participants to the 3-day camp. The first day of camp saw an ice-breaking session between the volunteers and organising committee which was aimed at familiarising everyone with the basics of communicating and working with primary Day 2 aimed at helping and school children. Upon the participants’ arrival, an further developing the opening ceremony was held and more ice-breaking participants’ linguistic skills, sessions occurred to help the participants and English, in particular, along facilitators bond with one another. with basic skills such as teamwork, creative and communication. After a mini scavenger hunt to help get the students in the mood, Prudential was invited again to share some basic financing skills such as saving, earning and donating money. Later, a miniature version of the conventional Explorace was held and was aimed at teaching the participants on how to solve and tackle basic problems. A sushi making session was held after the race, combining the “money” the students earned throughout the race to help them purchase ingredients to make their own sushi. At night, Kung Fu Panda 3 was screened to help the participants understand and apply the moral values learned from the movie into their daily lives.

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The last day saw students further developing their linguistic skills as the Real Life Matching Game was introduced to the participants. The game encouraged students to learn new words and the antonym of the words that followed. A farewell speech was given by the Principal of SK Desa Aman Puri, concluding the end of Little Inspire 2017.

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Facilitators and participants of Little Inspire 2017

Candid shot of the participants of Little Inspire 2017

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Participants of VLI 2017

VICTORIAN LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (VLI) No year would be complete without a leadership building initiative and 2017 was no different. The Victorian Leadership Initiative (VLI) was an initiative that was organised by the Liaison Department of MASCA Victoria alongside 151 student leaders that was aimed at strengthening the bonds between MASCA Victoria State Chapter, the Malaysian Students Organisations (MSOs), MASCA Victoria State Chapter’s affiliates and MASCA Victoria State Chapter’s partners. In short, VLI aims to foster a strong relationship between the affiliates and partners is crucial in ensuring the welfare of all Malaysian students in Victoria.Cultivating, polishing and enlightening these leadership skills ware also part of the initiative’s objectives. This initiative was inclusive of MASCA Victoria State Chapter’s council members and all the committee members of MSOs, affiliates, as well as partners. VLI is a platform to create a conducive environment for leadership programmes as well as bridging the council and committee members together to forge a relationship that will last throughout the term, and continue in the following years. MASCA Victoria believes that it is pertinent to also make room for casual encounters amongst the participants for personal development and for them to feel comfortable working with each other throughout their term as student leaders of Victoria. Also present throughout the initiative was former Liaison Director for the term of 2014/15, Dhiran Pillay, who had shared his experience and gave some advice to the participants.

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FIESTA MALAYSIA Hailing as one of MASCA Victoria’s largest events, Fiesta Malaysia truly brought out the best of what Malaysia has to offer and showcased it brilliantly to the people of Melbourne on the 6th of May 2017. Held in the bustling venue of Federation Square, Fiesta Malaysia attracted over 26,000 attendees this year, a feat that wasn’t easy to perform. Fiesta Malaysia is a cultural festival held annually to celebrate the beauty of Malaysian culture and to bring bits and pieces of home to the Malaysians down under. It is a public event that is filled with various performances, cultural artworks and of course, food. Plenty of it. Despite the poor weather this year, Fiesta Malaysia was still able to achieve its objectives in promoting cultural exchange within the Australian and Malaysian community. Attendees were presented and exposed to Malaysian cultural on a grand scale. From henna drawing to a “Teh Tarik” making competition, of which the frothiest Teh Tarik would determine the victor, it’s safe to say that the people of Melbourne have gained myriad of Malaysian exposure on the day itself. Not even the pouring rain could stop the public from purchasing delicious Malaysian cuisine, some of which even bought seconds and thirds. Not very surprising of course.

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CORPORATE INSIGHT & EMPOWERMENT (CIE) 3.0

Winners of CIE 3.0

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Students discussing problems and tackling issues

CIE is a one day event held in Melbourne with the aim of providing a platform for students to how case their skills and talents to employers who were involved in the initiative. The event involved 80 participants and 20 corporate representatives from companies such as PwC Malaysia, UEM, Astro, Gamuda and British American Tobacco Malaysia. VIPs such as Mr Westmoreland Palon, the Consul General of Malaysia-Melbourne and Puan Elia Talib, the Managing Director of GRADUAN.

Student presentations and idea pitching

The event was held in 2 parts, of which were the Key Insight and the Case Study sessions. The Key insight session aimed at providing participants with real life industry insights, career advice and tips to navigate the corporate world. Similarly, the case study provided a platform for students to apply their knowledge and skills to solve real world issues, of which were provided to them by the participating companies. Ultimately, CIE acted as a platform for students to expand their networks and obtain graduate employment by networking with the participating firms.

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Students surveying and mingling with representatives

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GRADUAN-MASCA CAREER FAIR 2017 The GRADUAN-MASCA Career Fair is an annual initiative that is held in tandem with GRADUAN, aimed at easing Malaysian students in landing internship and job opportunities with various Malaysian corporations. Held at the Crown Conference Centre on the 30th of September 2017, the career fair was swarmed with students in suits and ties, resumes in hand and ready to network with the participating firms who were present at the career fair. With big names from the industry such as Gamuda, Intel and Astro, students were seen networking and participating in cocktail sessions to further pitch themselves to potential employers.

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RMIT University Malaysian Assoaciation (RUMA)

Badan Hal Ehwal Islam dan Pembangunan Insan (EHSAN Victoria)

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Chairperson : Amanina Zafirah Secretary : Veemelia Veenaik Education & Career Director : Nicole Chung PR & Liaison Director : Ng Jia Xun Social Welfare Director : Razmel Razali Sports Director : Chong Jia Wei General Council : Addam Yusof General Council : Amirul Edmett General Council : Joseph Wong General Council : Sean Tay

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From Left (Front Row): Ng Jia Xun, Razmel Razali, Veemelia Veenaik, Sean Tay, Amirul Edmett From Left (Back Row): Addam Yusof, Amanina Zafirah, En Hadi (EMA attache), Jia Wei, Nicole Chung Last Row: Joseph Wong

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From the right: MASCA WA Council Members: From left Razmel Razali (Social & Welfare Director), Gervene Tan (Treasurer), Veemelia (Secretary), Amanina Zafirah (Chairperson), Encik Hadi (Education attachĂŠ), Encik Nazaruddin (Consul General), Riquan Aqif (Deputy Chairperson), Syamil Salem (IT Director), Tzer Haw (Advisor), Nicole Chung (Education & Career Director), Chong Jia Wei (Sport Director) with students from different university (Murdoch/UWA/Curtin/ECU)

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MEET AND GREET 2017

Meet and Greet 2017 was a social event that brings together Malaysianstudents from different races in Western Australia. It took place on 18th March 2017, from 10.30 am to 2.00 pm. Two VIPs were present, as well as 100 students, who gathered in Malaysia Hall Perth. The event was in collaboration with other MSO’s. The objective of the event was to familiarise students with MASCA and allow students to know what MASCA WA had planned

for the year. It also provided an opportunity for the students to connect with each other, as well as to serve as a way of welcoming new students. The event was a success, especially in making MASCA WA known to the students. Also, the event managed to allow the students to understand what the student organisation was all about, and the things to look forward to during the year.

Ice Breaking Session, with some help from our volunteers to facilitate the students

Yayyy lunchtime!! Our Meet & Greet menu was Nasi Biryani, Ayam Masak Merah, Lamb Curry, Roti Canai, Dhal, Salads, Teh Tarik, and Orange cordial

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Unity between students at the event

Some of the delicious menu was Nasi Putih and Ayam Masak Kicap with several traditional kuih from Malaysia

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CHIT CHAT RAMADHAN & SOLAT HAJAT

The event, Chit Chat Ramadhan & Solat Hajat was a successful event and was in collaboration with MISWA and KUAP. It took place on 4th June 2017 from 3.30 pm to 9.00 pm. There were 70 students in attendance who gathered in Malaysia Hall Perth. One of the primary objectives of the event was to promote unity between each other through a social environment and foods through the Muslim tradition of breaking fast together among friends and family. This event brought together the students in Perth, both Muslims and non-Muslim. The non-Muslim students benefited greatly because they had the chance to observe and take part in an event that has always been inherent to the Muslim students i.e. breaking fast. The event paved the way for other organisations to take this example and foster unity among non-Muslim and Muslim students.

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MAJLIS RAMAH MESRA AIDILFITRI 2017

Malaysians from different background gathered together during the event

The Majlis Ramah Mesra AidilFitri 2017 is an event, which the primary objective is to allow Malaysians from different backgrounds to come together and celebrate Raya. The event was made possible in collaboration with Education Malaysia Australia (EMA), Malaysian Postgraduate Students Association (MyPSA) and Malaysia Hall Residence Club (MHRC). The event was held on 22nd June 2017 from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. 100 students were gathered together in Malaysia Hall Perth during the event wearing their traditional clothes from Malaysia. The event allowed the students from different backgrounds to come together and to bond. As the students interacted, they showed interest and built friendship with each other. For the students who were unable to go back to Malaysia, the celebration gave them the sense of belonging that they felt at home.

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Malaysians gathered together during Majlis Ramah Mesra AidilFitri 2017

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Merdeka Month was the largest Malaysian students’ event in Western Australia in the year 2017. The month long event was led by the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (WA Chapter) in commemorating Malaysia’s 60th Anniversary of Merdeka. This event was a pioneer project by MASCA WA and other Malaysian Students Organisations (MSOs) in collaboration with Education Malaysia Australia (EMA) and the Consul-General of Malaysia in Perth. This is in addition to our bronze sponsor WeMalaysia, and other in-kind sponsors. The month-long celebration coincided with three milestones in Malaysia’s calendar, namely, the 60th Merdeka Day celebration, Malaysia Day celebrated on 16 September 2017 as well as the Golden Jubilee of ASEAN (50th anniversary of ASEAN).

MERDEKA MONTH 2017

Various events were organized by different Western Australia’s MSOs throughout the month of September, under the initiative of Merdeka Month 2017. JOM Lepak by MMA, Murdoch University Merdeka Month Opening Ceremony by MASCA WA WAlympic by MASCA WA & UWA Malaysian Cultural Society Kampung Fest by MISWA Inc. ASEAN SEAmposium 2017 by MASCA WA

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MERDEKA MONTH 2017- JOM LEPAK (MMA)

MMA’s Jom Lepak event is designed to gather current and new MMA members to enable a catch-up session by interacting with each other after going through half of the semester. It is also designed to encourage them to keep in contact with the current Malaysian students in Murdoch University and the Australian community and have a good time before the midsemester exams. As everyone was busy with mid-semester tests and assignments, this event was held on the first of September to enable students to destress within a comfortable atmosphere while also providing a chance to unwind and essentially ‘lepak’ (hang out) together, sharing experiences whilst living in Australia. The organising committee catered simple food and light refreshments for our members. To ensure a more relaxing atmosphere, the MMA committee members screened a movie during this event and held light games. The event was held at Hill Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University. This event recorded 33 members from the Murdoch Malaysian Association.

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Western Australia “Merdeka Month Opening Ceremony” is MASCA WA’s event in collaboration with Murdoch Malaysian Association (MMA), Malaysian Cultural Society of UWA (MCS), Association of Malaysian students (AMS), Malaysian Islamic Society of Western Australia (MISWA), Kelab Umno Australia Perth (KUAP) and Malaysia Hall Residence Club (MHRC), and was successfully carried out on 2nd September 2017. The event took place in Malaysia Hall Perth from 6.30pm to 9.00pm, and had a theme of Traditional Malaysian Clothing. This event is mainly aimed to serve as an official ceremony to commence the events of Merdeka Month before the other programmes begin in the subsequent weeks and also used as a platform for students to know about MASCA WA and other student organisation from different university. A total of 180 participants, which included students and VIP’s are participate in this event. On that night, there are plenty of event arranged by the organizing team. It started off by playing the Malaysia’s national anthem “Negaraku”. After that, it is followed by speech giving by VIPs, which included the project director of Merdeka month, MASCA WA chairperson, WeMalaysia Representatives, Education consul, and Consul General. After speech giving by the VIPs, they are invited to the stage for cake cutting as a ceremony to celebrate 60th birthday of Malaysia. Besides that, there are also few performances carried out by the students. This event ended with a finale song with everybody and group photos.

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Western Australia MERDEKA MONTH 2017WALYMPIC (MASCA)

WAlympic is a multi-sport event founded in 2013 by MASCA WA chapter. It is carried out annually and it is the biggest sporting event by MASCA WA; assigned under the role of the Sports Director. To make this year’s WAlympic one that commemorates the 60th Merdeka and 50th ASEAN Anniversary, active promotions to ASEAN students were done, in hopes that they would participate in the event. WAlympic 2017 consisted of 3 sports; Basketball, Badminton & Futsal. This event in general is to provide a platform for Malaysian students to interact and improve their relations and connectivity with one another through the medium of sports. This year’s objective however included increasing inclusion and interaction with the ASEAN community, and better connectivity between Malaysian students and the ASEAN community. Moreover, it was an opportunity for students to destress by participating through sports before their upcoming examinations. For Badminton, it was held in University of Western Australia (UWA) recreational center. It is carried out in 3 different category which is the Men single, Men double and Mixed. The whole

event lasted for 8 hours, from 10am to 5 pm. There were 24 participants from different universities including the international students from Vietnam, Singapore and others ASEAN country. For the basketball competition, it was also held in UWA recreational center. The competition was carried out in a 3 vs 3 format to let players have a faster gameplay experience and reduce the difficulties for players to recruit teammates. In this event, the organizing committee successfully managed to get players from all the different countries. According to record, there were players from Hong Kong and Australia competing with most of the Malaysian players. Lastly for futsal competition, it was located at the Lord’s Recreational Centre. It has successfully attracted 10 teams, with 8 players per team totalling up to 80 players participating in this sport. All the players in this competition were mainly international students who were studying in Australia. Other than Malaysian students, there were also international students from Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and other ASEAN Country.

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PSSGM vs Audience in “Tarik Tali”

MERDEKA MONTH 2017KAMPUNG FEST (MISWA)

Kampung Fest 2017 was a Malaysian traditional sports event organised by the Malaysian Islamic Society of Western Australia (MISWA) in support of the month-long programme, Merdeka Month 2017 in conjunction with Malaysia’s 60th Merdeka. This event was supported by Malaysian Student Council of Australia (MASCA) WA as Co-Organiser.

This event was carried out on 16th of September, Malaysia day. Thus, this event was mainly aimed to celebrate Malaysia Day with all the Malaysian students studying in Western Australia. Besides that, it was also aimed to promote Malaysia’s traditional games as one of Malaysia’s unique heritage and identity as most of our childhood memory are come from these “lame” game. Other than that, MISWA also wanted to take this opportunity to build a platform to strengthen the relationship among Malaysians in Western Australia. Lastly, MISWA also successfully used this opportunity to promote their existence in Malaysian student community. This event was a highly interactive event, where most of the games casually allowed the audiences to participate. The organizing committee had invited PERTUBUHAN SILAT SENI GAYONG MALAYSIA (PSSGM) to demonstrate the unique martial art from Malaysia, Silat. After that, MISWA arranged around 10 games for players to participate which included Baling Selipar, Terompah Gergasi, Lari dalam Guni, Lari Ikat Kaki, Tarik ikat Kaki, Tarik Tali, Tarik Upih, Kampung Race, Dam Aji, Chapteh and Congkak. Most importantly, participants were able to enjoy a free admission to this event thus successfully attracting 247 participants to share the joy! 162


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Western Australia MERDEKA MONTH 2017ASEAN SEAMPOSIUM (MASCA) ASEAN SEAmposium 2017 with the help of the Consul-General of Malaysia in Perth, the MSOs in WA, MASCA WA and the Merdeka Month Committee was successfully carried out on 17th September 2017. The organising committee were able to host an informative and educational talk on different issues relating to the ASEAN Community, raising awareness among students and other participants on the day. The event took place in Fox Lecture Theatre, UWA from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm, with attendees of around 70-80 students and guests. Unlike the other events, this event was more focussed on educational purposes. The organizing committee aimed to raise awareness among students and other participants about current issues affecting the ASEAN community. Other than that, this symposium also served as a platform for the participants to voice out their opinions and to propose resolutions with regards to ASEAN

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issues. Lastly, due to some Malaysian students not knowing what ASEAN is, this event would enable the students to understand more about ASEAN by mingling and networking with guests from other ASEAN countries, which would then promote a sense of togetherness. For this symposium, organizing committee managed to invite few student speakers from different ASEAN country and one Australian moderator to speak for this event. There were 2 student speakers from Malaysia and one from the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Student speakers would speak on the topic they have chosen from these 3 topics, which were politics, economics and socio-cultural. At the end of this symposium, the Consul-General of Malaysia in Perth gave an explanation of the ASEAN Blueprint 2025 to all the participants as a conclusion of the event.


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Student speakers from Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia (from left to right) and moderator from Australia (Middle) take part in ASEAN SEAposium 2017

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Malaysian Students, Wei Jun Joo, received award from Education Consul, Mr Hadi

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Performance by Malaysian Student, Musaiyar

MASCA Summer Ball was a formal ball done in conjunction with MASCA Awards Night which was aimed to acknowledge the various achievements made by our very own Malaysian students in Western Australia, both in terms of academic and leadership. This ball was also used to highlight MASCA WA’s various achievements throughout the year of 2017 to motivate future generations of student leaders to move further on the path of working on Malaysian student welfare. Lastly, this ball also aimed to serve as a final gathering of the year for the committees of the various Malaysian Student Organizations (MSOs), both new and old, to foster friendship and to prepare for the next year. The event was held on 27th of October at Tompkins on Swans. It has successfully attracted 60-70 students, which most of them were the outgoing and incoming committee of the MSOs. There was a prize giving ceremony for all the outstanding

students in academic and best MSO awards to motivate them for the upcoming year. For the performances, organizing committee managed to get 3 Malaysian students to perform in this event. Other than that, they also set up 2 rounds of lucky draw for the participants to try their luck. Lastly, the organizing committee also helped a Malaysian student that have returned to Malaysia to arrange a mystery event to surprise his girlfriend on the event! After all the performances, the event have came to an end. However, the organizing committee did not let the participants get “chilled” so fast. They invited a DJ to set up a dance pool in the ball room to let students to carry on the night. They also set up a photo booth at the back of the ball room for the participants to take some “#OOTD” photos in order to ensure they have would cherish this great night.

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Malaysian Islamic Society of Western Malaysia Inc (MISWA)

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