The first 4 months of Rotary Year 11/12 has just passed. Hence, with our first issue of the term, it would be about a start of a new term with the new board of committees. At first it was at a slow pace as we were still getting use to the changes, but now, after 4 months, everything is kicking in and we are moving on the right track to our destined destination. *winks*
Presidential speech Movie screenings for orphans 1st club assembly & July birthday babies celebration Rac pudu’s 38th installation night Jenjarom visitation Are you listening? National treasure
Well, we started of our new term with some community service; we gave back to the society by doing some visitation to the old folks’ home and also brought some orphans and under privileged children for a movie screening. Then
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we had our 39th club installation, the stepping down of the previous board committee members and the installation of a new board took place during the event. Our first club assembly too was held during the first quarter of the term. With this new term, RACPudu, WE shall start fresh with our spirit all fired up to give and do our best. The theme, “New Beginning” explains
: Rotaract Club of Pudu
: Wan Jia
: Chestal : Pui Kuan
itself well, so let us have a fresh start for the new term. Lastly, I would like to thank those who have contributed and given support. =) Let’s have a great term and move forward to our goals. Cheers, Wan Jia
: Samantha Cover & Layout : Marcus Contributors
: Wayne Hiew : Hui Jin
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT, ROTARACT CLUB OF PUDU RY 2011/2012 Welcome to our first edition of Heartbeat Bulletin for RY 2011/2012!
First and foremost, I would like to thank and congratulate Wan Jia and her team of editorial for producing this informative and creative bulletin. Despite their busy and tight schedules due to work and/or study commitments, the Heartbeat is to be published as scheduled! Kudos! Starting a brand new year with a new reign in place inevitably means a new beginning. This year was kicked off with a successful joint project with the Rotaract Club of Ampang and Subang. 105 participants made up of orphans, underprivileged children, rotaractors and guest showed up for the transformer 3 charity screening. Our Club‟s 38th Installation soon followed suit, a success! The coming months will be interesting as the planning for three of our four key projects have been underway since July. Step by step, the projects are coming together – our PD project, the Triple „X‟ Business Academy; our Community project, „1 Aim, 1 Ringgit, 1 Last Push to End Polio‟; and the District Rotaract Conference. Though and tight schedules are ahead but let‟s do our best and come out on top with success in our undertakings as I believe that invaluable lessons will be learnt by the end of each project. Before I end this message, I would like to thank all the members for their participation thus far and I wish that the support will continue throughout this term as we look to step up our game during the year! Cheers!
Yours-in-Rotaract, LEE YAN JYE President Rotaract Club of Pudu RY 2011/2012
by Samantha Yeo On 23rd July 2011, we had our community service project, a screening of Transformers 3 for the orphans. This was a joint project with RAC Subang and RAC Ampang. The venue for this project was held at Golden Screen Cinema, IOI Mall Puchong. The total participants for this project were 152 pax. We, from Rotaract Club of Pudu brought 25 orphans from Rumah Shalom. Among the 19 volunteers included were our members and guests. We were responsible to fetch and take good care of the orphans. The time of the movie screening was at 9.30am. So, on the day itself, volunteers of RAC Pudu reached Rumah Shalom at 8.45am. After allocating the kids to the cars driven by us, we depart to our destination. The kids were so excited for the movie and were talking about it in the car. Before we got into the theatre, everyone queued up to collect their free drink and popcorn. The kids were being assigned by our volunteers. The movie starts sharply at 10.00am. The Transformer 3 was screened in 3D, so each child was given a 3D glass. After the movie ended, each Rotaract club brought the kids to different places for lunch. For RAC Pudu, we brought the kids from Rumah Shalom for Mc Donald. During the lunch, all the children were happily talking about the movie. After that, we fetch them back to Rumah Shalom. The children reached home safely, they too were happy. Lastly, they thanked us for a memorable outing.
On the 30th July 2011, we had our 2nd club meeting at Wern Yiâ€&#x;s house. Meeting was callled to order at around 1.30 p.m. by President Lee Yan Jye.
After the meeting, we had birthday
celebration for July babies. We bought a cake and ordered Dominos.
by Foo Pui Kuan Rotaract Club of Pudu has organised 38th Installation Night on 13th August 2011. It was held at Lodge Paradize Hotel. The installation of the President and Board of Directors of a Rotaract Club will be held every year to pass the baton by a group of leaders to the new club leaders. The theme for this year installation was â€žSaturday Night Feverâ€&#x;. Members and guests are requested to dress retro. Some of the members went to Lodge Paradize in the afternoon to do practises for the performances and also some final preparation before the arrival of guest. The registration started at 6.30 p.m. Members were excited and busy socializing with Rotarians, Rotaractors from other clubs as well as the guests. The event started with the roll call and was followed by the royal toasts before the singing of the National anthem. Next, the organising chairperson, Wayne Hiew was invited to give a speech. We then had our first round of game which was the poker game. Cards were cut into four parts per card and hidden under every chair. Our guests had to go around and match the cards to find their group. The first four teams which found their four members were picked and they can proceed to the next round. After that, dinner begins. Dinner was served buffet style. There were varieties of delicious food. We then had lucky draw to make our guests even happier. We moved on with the speech by our Outgoing President, Rtr. Shiu Sook Sun. She gave the token of appreciation to her outgoing Board of Directors and also to the Best Rotaractors. Then the Incoming President, Rtr. Lee Yan Jye was invited to give a speech. He too, then gave the regalia to the new Board of Directors RY2011/2012. After the group photo session, we played few slideshows made by our club members. We also invited District Rotaract Representative Sunil Hasmukharay and District Rotaract Chairman Rotarian Robin Tay to give their speech. Then we proceeded to the second round of games which was the retro dance game. The four teams from the previous round were called up and they were given the shocking news that they
had to perform their own retro dance in order to win the prize. The game begun and each team danced their routines and their best to win everyone hearts. Well, team Joker which was led by Rotarian Michael won everyone hearts with their tremendous routine. Besides lucky draw, we had another special lucky draw too. The prizes for the special lucky draw are liquors such as Black Label, Chivas, VSOP and more! Not to forget, there were few stunning performances by our club members after the given speech by our Guest of Honour, President Steven Oon. The Best Dressed Female and Male were chosen. They were from Rotaract Club of Penang and each of them received a hamper. The enjoyable evening continued with photo session and fellowship. It was indeed a memorable day and everyone had fun! -The Preparations-
-The Night of Installation-
by Chestal Chin On a beautiful Sunday morning, 14 August 2011, several members from the Rotaract Club of Pudu have visited the Old Folks Home located in Jenjarom which is organized by the Rotary Club of Pudu. Members from the Rotaract Club of Pudu that attended this event were Jitco, Edwin, Kwai Hong and myself, Chestal. The Rotary Club of Pudu has been very supportive of this home since 1988. Each year, they will pay a visit to this home at least twice. On this particular visit, the Rotary Club of Pudu has donated RM3, 000, a DVD player and a refrigerator with the Rotary logo on it, to the home. Furthermore, the visitors also brought some items to be donated to the home such as toiletries, rice, shirts, etc. Next, a few speeches were delivered by the caretakers of the home, Mr Chin and Mr Ang; Organizing
Chairperson of this event, Rotarian Moksin; President of the Rotary Club of Pudu, Rotarian Steven Oon; lastly from the service director, Rotarian Daisy Chew. With addition to that, goodie bags were also distributed to the old folks at the home.
We were informed that a new
committee has been formed to assist the Home. Before we gave away the dim sums, roasted pork and Chinese tea to the men from the Old Folks home, we all gathered for a photo taking session. All the occupants at the home enjoyed their day with the Rotarians, rotractors and guests. The event ended at about 1pm and we all then adjourned to Carey Island for lunch and fellowship.
On September 9, 2011, In Are You Listening?,
by Liew Hui Jin
part of communication we engage in the most (40% listening, 35% speaking, 16%
discipline and practice
reading, 9% writing). Yet, we typically receive the least training for it, and are least proficient at.
“You need to listen with your eyes as well as your ears. Hearing is natural. Listening
Listening is the
is hard work.” Kyle Minor
decision making and problem solving. Leaders spend half of our communication
If you were asked “Who taught you how to
time listening, yet in countless studies, poor
speak, read, and write?” you‟d probably be
listening is identified repeatedly as the most
able to list teachers who helped you
common deficiency amongst leaders.
develop those communication skills. But what if the question was: “Who taught you
So why do we pay so little attention to
how to listen?”
listening? Firstly we take it for granted assuming since we hear well, so we listen
For most people, the answer would be “no
well too. We fail to understand that hearing
one.” That‟s truly ironic as listening is the
is the mechanical function of receiving
sounds whilst listening is an interpretive
“Seek first to understand, then to be
translating those sounds into
meaning. Secondly, most view listening as a passive activity. Society today condemns passivity as weak, believing today‟s fastpaced, global world requires action-based activity. What we fail to understand is that effective listening is an active process that requires skill, discipline, and is hard work.
Leaders don‟t have all the answers but can find
Google!). Leaders are listeners. They listen up, down, and all around their organization. Listening helps leaders:
Our obsession with action ignores the
miscommunication and conflict
importance of listening first, much to our
Motivate employees and win loyalty. Genuine listening generates respect,
Goldsmith believes listening is the one skill
rapport and trust. Employees respond
that separates the great from the rest.
Goldsmith illustrates that when we‟re on a
believe are listening to them
date we focus intently on what the other person says. Similarly, when talking to our boss or presenting to
solutions and results
difference, Goldsmith says, is that the great
Gather and evaluate ideas, generating
Hear what their people really think
leaders maintain that level of focus and
about their jobs, motives, values and
intense listening all the time.
Peter Drucker believed listening to your staff was the most important things that a
This requires leaders to have a new level of
boss could do.
Soon after Howard Schultz retired as CEO,
enough to learn). Listening brings out the
Starbucks fortunes plummeted.
returned to turnaround the company but
found things different and he had to learn to
listen. And he learned to listen even when his
company recovered and Howard Schultz urges everyone to listen more, “because you‟re not right all the time.”
Be a Better Listener Firstly,
distinction between merely hearing the words and really listening for messages.
When we listen effectively, we understand
move the conversation forward and
what the person is thinking and feeling from
their viewpoint. We stand in the other
person‟s shoes and see through their eyes.
Here are some other tips to help you in
actions. As Voltaire attest, “Judge a
your struggle to become a better listener:
man not by his answers, but by his
Fight the urge to interrupt a person
when they speak
Don‟t respond to just the meaning of the words, look for the feelings or intent
Keep telling yourself as you listen how
“this is the most interesting thing I‟ve ever heard!”
React with facial expressions, head nods, and posture to indicate you‟re processing what is heard. Use eye contact and „listen‟ to body language. Avoid
speaker and nod your head, when
An ancient sage once said, “We have been
given two ears but one single mouth, in
Wait until the person finishes speaking, and then reflect, “Here‟s what I think you said.” Summarize. Then ask, “Did I get that right?”
order that we may listen more and talk less.” So, spend twice as much time learning to listen as you do learning to talk. After all, the greatest gift you can give someone is to be an interested listener. As
Impede your impulse to instantaneously
you go through life, you are going to have
answer questions. Many times people
many opportunities to keep your mouth
ask questions to express themselves
shut. Take advantage of all of them and
and not to receive an answer.
Ask questions. Just as eye contact
makes people feel important, asking questions makes them feel as though their opinions count. Ask questions that
A visit to one man’s home sheds light on the real meaning of national treasures and why we’re getting it all wrong. by Wayne Hiew Collector, custodian, conservationist, The
real Henry Bong, founder of Pucuk Rebung
connoisseur, emerges the moment you step across the moss-covered gates into his three-storey Ken Yeang-designed home – if he lets you through, that is.
“I hate this house,” says Bong, as I gape at the magnificent sight before me. “It‟s too modern. Too harsh.” So Bong did what any creative soul would do. He ripped his house apart – first by adding
Penang, then hand-painted Vietnamese tiles, and subsequently Corinthian columns – to give it “a softer look.” The Sultan of Kelantan was so impressed by what he saw that he agreed to launch Bong‟s house under the Sayang Pusaka Heritage keeper: Henry Bong about to open
(love of heirlooms) programme.
Peranakan, Islamic, Christian, Chinese
Bong‟s home, though, is a manifestation of
and Kelantanese collectibles.
his past and present, from the intricately carved Peranakan door right up to 5,000
“We Baba-Nyonyas are known for our hospitality but it‟s been more than one year since I welcomed my last visitor. My house
pieces of traditional Malaysian textiles piled six-feet high in the living room (he wasn‟t exaggerating about the mess).
is so messy. It‟s so disrespectful to you!” he moaned.
No place like home
It‟s a world that is bizarre and magnificent,
The media has dubbed his collection “one
other worldly and filled to the brim with
achievement that he proudly bears like a
“I find it rather strange that some of us go The Textile Society of Thailand even emailed him a request for a tour of his notso-humble abode a while ago, a request
all the way to London to gawk at old things when there‟s such a rich artistic tradition in Malaysia,” he says.
that he is still deliberating because of the
current disorder (incidentally, part of his
establishment of the Malaysian Federation
collection is still on loan to the Sultan of
on Sept 16, 1963 – a day when he
Kelantan for an exhibition at the Palace
swapped his British citizenship for a
Malaysian one. “To be honest, August 31 doesn‟t hold much significance for me,” he says. “As a Sarawakian, (I find) it‟s Malaysia Day that matters, and how we got there. Bong eventually made his way to the Peninsula in 1972, after being offered a scholarship in agricultural studies at Universiti Malaya. “East
Pucuk Rebung is a tribute to the artistic
and cultural legacy left by Malaysians
1Malaysia even before it was sloganized.
through the centuries.
When I came here, all I saw was racial polarisation. It freaked me out,” he says.
square inch of Bong‟s home, but they aren‟t
His forte had always been in history and
the only things that matter.
arts, not agriculture, but the lack of interest did not hinder Bong‟s early career, and he
Bong is on a mission to elevate Malaysian
began working for Bank Pertanian before
art forms, particularly cultural and heritage
moving on to other banks.
aspects, to world-class standards. “At the tail-end of my banking career with “That‟s why I left my US$14,000-a-month
the Bank of America, however, I began
job in the banking industry to start Pucuk
indulging in my love for architecture and
Rebung 13 years ago. It‟s a lifestyle
interior design by designing branches.”
heritage,” he explains.
It took Bong 13 years to answer his calling,
dreams of inviting, it is the late Tunku Abdul
and he now does with fervour full-time what
he used to do for fun. The cost of cool The art business is a tough business. Bong feels overworked and underappreciated. “In this country, art is limited to paintings and sculptures. We really need to enlarge our appreciation of things. Why can‟t a piece of antique jewellery or pottery from the 18th century also be art?” he questions. “We‟re Anglophiles who, in our quest to
“I‟ve kept much of Tunku‟s things, like his customised greeting cards, his letters and his crystal wine decanters,” he says. Apart from Tunku‟s memorabilia, Bong also owns pieces by Frank Swettenham, the White Rajahs of Sarawak and Tengku Mohammed
Singapore – none of which are up for sale. And where will all of these go when he kicks the bucket?
appear modern, tend to detach ourselves
“They will go to a deserving institution
from what‟s old. But you cannot study
Picasso for two years and call yourself an
trustees,” Bong declares.
expert and come up with abstract paintings that don‟t mean anything. You have to understand the fundamentals before you can evolve.” “The foreigners appreciate our heritage more than we do,” says Bong. “Londoners and New Yorkers are buying from me. Once sold, these things leave the country. I hope we don‟t end up like Laos. To see the best of their civilization art, the Laotians
“I will only donate it to a museum if it displays credibility or a sign that it values your contribution. There have been so many instances when the names of donors disappeared over time.” “I love my country but I don‟t know if they feel the same way about me,” he says. “At the end of the day, I‟m just a guy selling old things.”
have to visit France.”
Well, Bong‟s house has played host to a
number of dinner parties, several of which
were attended by luminaries, reporters, dignitaries and the occasional Sultan. Nevertheless, if there was one person he
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS RY 2011/2012
: Rtr. Lee Yan Jye
Vice President Secretary
: Rtr. Soo Yi Jun : Rtr. Samantha Yeo Chi Yen
: Rtr. Foo Pui Kuan
Immediate Past President
: Rtr. Shiu Sook Sun
Club Service Director
: Rtr. Timothy Jeremy Danker
International Service Director
: Rtr. Wayne Hiew Ka Peng
Community Service Director Professional Service Director
: Rtr. Chan Kwai Hong : Rtr. Michelle Yong Wai Cheng
: Rtr. Lee Wan Jia
: Rtr. Marcus Chan Ying Wai
: Rtr. Chan Pei Ern
: Rtr. Nicholas Lim Kim Siah