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By Sabrina Tee

When it comes to death, many like to point fingers at everyone but the newly deceased. You hear irritated mutters about the incompetent doctor, the idiotic driver and the sad twist of fate. You ask yourself the question; was he/she ready to go?  It’s a hard question to answer, but today, that question can be answered easily. Some countries/states have legalized “assisted suicide”, giving people the decision to quietly end suffering and ‘die with dignity’. Such an act completely contradicts the role of the healthcare system in a community, yet at the same time adds a level of control and humanity in the way we depart the earth.

Here’s how it works. Simply put, a terminally ill patient above the age of 18 must make three formal oral requests for lethal medication, the second of which comes after a minimum 15 day interval from the first. There must also be a formal written request signed by two witnesses before the doctor can prescribe lethal drugs. If the request is approved, the drug is prescribed, and the patient self-administers the medication that will kill them. This “Death with Dignity” Act was approved in the state of Oregon in 1994, followed by Colombia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Washington state, Luxembourg, Vermont, Quebec, and California within the past 20 years.

At the most basic level, assisted suicide defies the very fundamental principles of medicine. The social stigma associated with self-inflicted harm is already a huge issue in today’s society, and now medical professionals are offering their services to aid such a quest for death. The doctors themselves aren’t directly murdering the patient, (as the patient himself is required to administer the lethal dose) but their role is more or less equated to handing them the knife and teaching them the best place to stab themselves. Of course, the role of the doctor is to act in the best interests on the patient – but who knows best?

Human life is a beautiful thing, a gift to be treasured, but sometimes that gift contains more than unicorns, rainbows and sunshine. For those unfortunate enough to draw the short straw, to continue living is a painful process and the only foreseeable gratification is death. To simplify this concept, let’s stick to the generic scenario of an end-stage cancer patient. Months of chemotherapy and radiation have cost you your strength, spirit and of course, your hair. Each round is another torturous journey holding no more hope than the desperate search for an oasis in a desert. And when you’ve decided you’d rather take the reins and you just can’t hold out anymore waiting for that miracle, that’s when you summon your doctor and make your first oral request.

It’s a dignified way to die, or at least that’s what it’s being marketed as. Many would disagree, insisting that we play out the parts designed for us by our maker, silently hoping there is a miracle lurking just around the corner. For such people, human suffering is inevitable, a rite of passage each person goes through one way or another. It may be physical, mental or emotional, but success doesn’t come by throwing down the rake and forcefully kicking the bucket.

We must also consider the psychological effects of contracting a terminal disease on a patient. What follows the diagnosis is often anger, frustration, feelings of helplessness and so on – all likely to predispose one to depression or at least contribute to an cloudy state of mind. Are such people in the position to make this decision that will affect not only themselves, but their loved ones?

The principle of self-autonomy that all doctors learn in their first year of medical school speaks of the patient’s authority to make their own medical decisions – why shouldn’t this be included? We like to know beforehand what will happen so appropriate preparations can be made: final meals can be eaten, last farewells can be bid, last kisses exchanged and final tears shed. Of course it isn’t an easy decision, but it surely beats waiting for the three hags to snip your thinning thread.

Assisted suicide is highly controversial, to say the least. Countless arguments can be made in favour of the affirmative or the negative, depending on values, beliefs, traditions and experiences. Everyone holds their own opinions, and often those are strong and fervently expressed in debate. These are the two questions which determine your answer:

  1. Is suicide an acceptable act?
  2. Which is more important: a doctor’s role in saving lives or a patient’s self-autonomy?

Consider carefully.

 

 

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By Anonymous

We have betrayed the Hippocratic oath
Do not make the first cut if the ailment may subside otherwise,
do not take action if waiting may solve it,
even if the patient must suffer a little bit longer.
For once the first cut has been made, there is no going back.
The body will never look exactly as before.
The heart will always show tracing of where it broke.
We have betrayed the Hippocratic oath
without ever touching a scalpel.
Do no harm;
hold back the blade,
hold back your tongue.

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Written by Jun Ian / Photographs by Andrew Octavian and Sharaniah Balakrishnan

On the 5th – 7th of October, in conjunction with IMU Cup 2016, The World Spine Day committee organized and hosted the IMU Fitness Challenge and the Powerlifting Competition held at driveway and atrium respectively. Both of these competitions aim to motivate students to achieve a better physical level and to promote awareness of physical health. Pre-event involved video shooting of tutorial videos of the Fitness Challenge where it was broadcasted on a Tv at the driveway as well as on our WSD page @ Facebook. Setting up of both events took place on the 4th of October, around noon where the World Spine Day subcommittees start setting up the equipment in the atrium. Registration for the Fitness Challenge took place at 9am and ran on a first come first serve basis.

The prizes (except medals) were given to the first 100 finishers. However, we did not restrict additional participants as this event is to promote and motivate IMU students to achieve a better physical fitness level. Approximately 150 participants consisting of staff and students took part in this Fitness Challenge but badges were given out to the first 100 participants. Distributions of medals were categorized into different classes: Male: Class 1 (above 75kg), Male: Class 2 (below 75kg), Female: Class 1 (above 50kg), Female: Class 2 (below 50kg) and as well as Staff: Open Category The Fitness Challenge consist of a series of 5 exercises, where participants are to complete all of the exercise in a particular order. Exercises include: 10x Burpees, 10x Chin Up/Pull Up, Crucifix Hold for 60seconds, Farmers Walk of 25metres and Standing Broad Jumps for 10metres. Crew and helpers of the Fitness Challenge consist of Chiropractic Students from CH115, CH215, and CH116.

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The winning house of Fitness Challenge 2016 was Phoenix, followed by Pegasus and Griffin with a total of 365 points, 330 points, 300 points respectively. Powerlifting Competition took place in the atrium for three days at 11am-3pm. This powerlifting competition consists of the same three exercises conducted internationally which are the squats, bench press, and deadlift. Students registered for this competition by submitting a video of students doing 3 repetition of squats, 3 repetitions of bench presses, and 3 repetitions of deadlifts to a IMU Powerlifters @ Facebook. The Powerlifting Competition were separated into 4 categories: Male students above 80kg, Male students from 79.9kg -70kg, Male student below 70kg, Female students above 55kg, Female students below 55kg, and Male Open (IMU Staff). Each competitor were given 4 sets to work up to their heaviest weights. These 4 sets will include the warm up for each lifts.

The winning house of this year’s Powerlifting Competition was Griffin, scoring total medal points of 12 whereas Taurus and Phoenix scored a total of 8 and 7 respectively. To wrap this up, although there were several hiccups along the way in terms of shortage of weights, lack of manpower, insufficient time, clashing of classes, but overall these two events was a success because the WSD Committees and Crew took shifts and put in tons of effort to pull this two events off.

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Written by Wallflower

When there is a hole in a sock, your toes would crinkle to hide it in embarrassment. That’s how she felt at his sight; to her, he was tall in his splendour as he walks with his broad shoulders like a knight in shining armour. She wasn’t the damsel in distress in this story though, she was the character who never appeared, remained hidden underneath the stairs.

He entered into her life, and made a mess of it. He did nothing, he was just present, he laid his head on the table and by chance she glanced, and to her, it was the most peaceful face she had bestowed her eyes upon. There were many things she wanted in life and she gave them all up knowing there was no good in waiting. Yet, with him, she wanted him, with every fibre of her being.

Then, it started. The compulsive need to see him, to look at him from afar as if he was one of those sculptures only meant to be looked at. His name was scribbled all over her lecture notes, as her feet were anxious to run, run to places he would frequent. Suddenly, to her happiness is glancing at the door and at the very moment he entered with a bewildered face. She scavenged for every little detail she could find of him.  The name, Nicholas did not roll off her tongue so easily, yet it became like a secret she would like to keep all to herself, masquerading him with a nickname. He left her in puzzlement, a set of jigsaw puzzles that she was struggling to complete.

He was worth writing about, a character that only gave her questions, never providing any answers. A mystery she would like to spend her lifetime solving, from how many t-shirts he owned to ‘is their meeting a play of fate or was it merely timing’? Every time she turned her head, he was there standing with one of his many varsity t-shirts with his compulsory neutral expression. His mere existence fascinated her.

There is something about him, it isn’t his looks. Well, not entirely. His slacken jawline, coffee coloured skin tone, and of course those black orbs glinting with mischief. He had this air of arrogance, of wanting to be admired, the recipient of wrath of the male population. Perhaps, it was self-assuredness, knowing he deserved only the best, and simplicity does not cut it. It couldn’t be the deep rumble of his voice, or even that slight twist of his lips; a boyish grin. She became greedy, hiding away was tiring.  Yet, when she approaches, he pushes away.

Even when there’s another, one who is better and warmer than him, her thoughts and her feelings would waver like the wild grasses and drift back towards him again. Her tongue tied into a knot, at the sight of him. So, she stood farther. That slight smile he had, the one he rarely showed, the one the world had not been given the privilege to view – it made her lips lift upwards in the greyest of her days.538173

When sleep didn’t inch closer, she would lay in bed, thinking of the empty coffee cups, of filling in the blanks all those unanswered questions. She thinks of the swivelling doors, mocking as they open and close but he never appeared. She imagined how warm his fingers would feel clasped with hers as the both of them strolled along the shady gravel pathways. Perhaps, there would be a little skip and a giggle or two and smiles stretched a little too widely. Then she wondered how long she will have to endure the rain alone, with her constant disdain of the weather forecast, she would stand drenched at the train station. She thought of the days when her umbrella would fit two occupants, and their Wellington boots sloshing down the puddles. He would have a pair of blue ones, and she would wear canary yellow ones. The days when she knows her tomorrow would begin again, knowing someone would be waiting anxiously the way she always does, biting the edge of her pencil. Perhaps, she wouldn’t have to lip-sync her favourite songs. Instead she would shout it out loud without shame, both of them laughing and collapsing to the floor with tears at the corner of their eyes, clutching their stomach. Then, both of them would dance, a haphazard affair, she would step on his foot and he would wince exaggeratedly. Car rides in the middle of the night with no particular destination, only her and him and the endless road.

He’s a risk that she would like to take, and to be harmed, something that she couldn’t fight with, something that in time she would only flee from.

She wrote letters, inks bleeding on pieces of paper – her genuine feelings, words that she couldn’t muster to say to him, the ones which died at her throat. She sealed each with determination, walking up to him that one day, with an envelope in her hand.

He walked away and she stood there watching his broad shoulders fade away. She wouldn’t know if he turned to look back because she has already taken many steps away from him

She couldn’t do it, he who was always under the spotlight deserves a leading lady and she didn’t see herself as that. The letters were ripped apart with angry tears rolling down her cheeks, her time was up as he took the airplane leading him to his dreams. She could only smile at the thought of him, his smile, his boisterous laughter when he met his friends, how he would always walk around with his eyes focused on his mobile phone, how in those limited seconds she had in hand she could tell him apart from the crowd and even in the years to come, she could separate him from the rest; this was her consolation, of a story unwritten, of unsaid words.

To him, maybe she is no one, but to her, he was someone who mattered.

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Written by Wallflower

I like the morning
When the rest of the world is still sleeping
Oblivious to the sun rising
Deaf to the sound of kettle whistling
Or the smell of toast burning
It was time for pondering
Lips gently lifting
At the sound of kettle screeching.
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Some mornings
The rain would be pouring
And the rest of the world would still be curling
I would be yawning
Watching the smoke from my coffee mug drifting
Laundry would still be hanging
Window panes witnessing the raindrops running.
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During the morning
I wouldn’t be mourning
I wouldn’t be crying
There were no toxic musings
Or even words leaving my head aching
There is just me sitting
On a leather couch smiling
Gently sipping
My warm cup of coffee with its smoke wafting.

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Written by Andrew Octavian and Farah Ahmad / Photographs by Ms Wong Ying Pei

On the 26th until the 28th of September 2016, posters of undergraduate students from various programmes in the School of Health Sciences were showcased along the hallways of the 4th floor of IMU Bukit Jalil Campus. Organized by a team of lecturers of the School of Health Sciences themselves, this event was aimed to portray and showcase the accomplishments of the School’s undergraduate research projects in terms of the students and supervisors who have put in their best efforts. Various posters were shown belonging to different courses, from Nutrition and Dietetics, Chiropractic, Medical Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, Chinese Medicine, and even Nursing, covering a wide scope of research in the field of health sciences. This showcase was also held in conjunction with IMU’s 25th anniversary in the year of 2017, which is not far from now.

The last day of the exhibition itself has been set by the lecturers to coincide with the Kahoot quiz attended by a number of students gunning for the small tokens of appreciation. The students taking part in the Kahoot quiz itself were ecstatic – as most Kahoot quizzes have that effect on students, mainly because it was a fun mini competition, albeit being short-lived. Students who have attended the Kahoot quiz, alongside the many others reading the poster exhibition, have been shown to the different avenues of researches that they could eventually delve into in their final year projects.

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“As a 3rd semester student myself, I have not really thought about research projects all that much, as opposed to my seniors who are already at the brink of starting their research project,” Farah Ahmad, a semester 3 student majoring in Medical Biotechnology stated. “I personally believe that students who would eventually have to do research should be exposed to the kinds of researches out there, especially in the setting of the institution they are a part of. As we study throughout the years, we would eventually gain a liking towards a subset of what we are studying and we would want to better ourselves in this area. A big part of this process has to do with the lecturers not only teaching us in class but also constantly allowing us to learn what’s happening in the research world itself.”

Several students might have gone home with their prizes from the Kahoot quiz, but all of them took slivers of knowledge from this educational programme, and it was thanks to no other than the tireless staff and lecturers of the School of Health Sciences.

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Written by Benjamin Wong Ngie Xiong Photo credit to Debby Yong

IMU Cup to many IMU-ians is one of the most highly anticipated events in our university. This annual occasion is a beautiful marriage of strength, creativity, and friendship, all held together by true sportsmanship. It took us months of intense discussions and preparation, gearing up towards our grand opening ceremony.

Nevertheless, IMU Cup 2016 started off with a bang on the 1st of September with music blasting and our enthusiastic emcees (Justin and Nicole) hyping up the crowd. After a short introduction of the main committee and judges, we kicked it off with our very first event, DANCE! There are 6 houses in total – Hydra, Phoenix, Draco, Pegasus, Griffin and Taurus. This year’s designated themes for dance are Horror, High School and Criminal.

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Dancers from each house performed their heart out as their friends and families cheered them on with joy. It was truly a heart-warming scene as people came together to support dancers from different houses. At the end of each performance, the judges gave a short comment on how they did and how they could improve themselves.

As entertaining as the show was, it had to come to an end, with Phoenix taking the gold medal home. Draco clenched the second place as Pegasus locked in as 2nd runner up. The other teams may not have won the dance showdown, but they made our hearts yearn for more! The night ended with special performances from each of our 3 invited judges. They gave the audience a truly eye-catching experience with their skills and technicalities.

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IMU Cup 2016 Main Committee
President – Cheng Quo Liang
Vice Presidents – Benjamin Wong Ngie Xiong & Yap Jun Yan
Treasurer – Tan Eng Hao
Secretary – Chelsia Ng
PR – Vanessa Yaw & Agnes Lim

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Written by Umeswari Kandasamy Photo credit to Andrew Octavian and Azfar Afham

The Merdeka Day celebrations were held at IMU on the 29th and 30th August 2016 organized by the SRC, the SSH and the Cultural and Religious Societies of IMU. Being the sole chairperson of this event and the Cultural and Religious Representative of IMU it was great to have an opportunity to pull together all the clubs under me and give them a common goal of making Merdeka Day festive at IMU!

On the 29th of August we had a short ceremony to start off the Merdeka Festivities. Mr Sara from the SSH gave out prizes to the winners of the competition organized by the SSH and it was followed by performances by Yuvithra from the Hindu Society and Daniel and his group from the Music and Performance Society. The SRC shared some fun-facts on Malaysia while dressed in National attires and I gave out the final vote of thanks. Free chocolate and banana muffins from Mad Alchemy were given out to all those who attended the short ceremony.

The atrium was filled with flags and balloons decorated by the Choir club and the Japanese society and a board with important facts on Malaysia was done by the Chinese Society!The Buddhist society organized a fun photo-booth at the atrium with an Instagram challenge and the Christian Fellowship sold tasty Malay food for all to enjoy! Upstairs near the library the Korean society showed us their culture with a booth dedicated to selling Korean food and the Catholic Society sold tasty Chinese food for all!

Merdeka Day symbolizes much more than the right to be independent from foreign rulers. It symbolizes the unique Malaysian inclusion of all cultures and acceptance of our differences. Malaysia is a country which truly believes in diversity being its strength and Merdeka Day was a time in which the cultural and religious clubs showed their spirit for this nation by means of support to this event.

As the future professionals of Malaysia Merdeka Day is a good time to ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country! I’m grateful to all Malaysians who continue to show this Sri Lankan girl a lot of love and make me feel at home here at IMU and in Malaysia!

Happy 59th birthday, Malaysia and Happy Merdeka Day to you all!

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Written by Aashwany Chandra Mohan Photographs by Andrew Octavian and Azfar Afham

Oral Health Week

Oral Health Week (OHW) is an annual event involving the dental students and its faculty members. It is an ongoing annual event since 2009, aimed to promote oral health awareness among IMU students, faculty members and the public.

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OHW 2016 is themed “Dental wars – The Floss Awakens. According to the American Dental Association, many are misled by myths about flossing such as “flossing creates gap between your teeth”, “flossing is painful” and etc. This, in turn have caused people to forgo the importance of flossing. Hence, OHW 2016 is focused on rebutting the myths and highlight the importance of flossing.

OHW 2016 committee led by Eugene Tan Pheng Chin from DT115 have definitely organised many programs for the two-day event. There were oral health educational booths at the driveway and the atrium to edify everyone about aesthetics, flossing and even teeth whitening. Besides that, they also had students from various courses to do on-stage performances and even the flash-mob.

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Other than the performances, they have also invited the principal deputy director of oral health division from Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia, Dr. Yaw Siew Lian to give a speech. Prof Khoo Suan Phaik, also gave a speech on behalf of the president of Malaysian Dental Association (MDA). The associate dean of school of dentistry, Prof Dr Seow Liang Lin, also praised the OHW 2016 team on their effort in conducting this event.

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Eugene, the president of OHW 2016, also added that it took him and the committee almost 4 months to prepare for this event. It was definitely a challenging moment for all of them as they had to manage time for their assignments, revisions and organizing this event. Anderson Wong, president of OHW 2015, definitely guided the team throughout the preparation process.

“I would like to thank my committee sincerely for their effort in making this event a big success. OHW 2016, absolutely met the expectations, however, a bigger crowd for the event would have been ideal,” Eugene said.

The president of OHW 2016 also had a word of advice for the committee of OHW 2017. He added that they should be responsible, disciplined and be able to manage their time.

“May The Floss be with You” – Oral Health Week 2016

Check out more photos of this event on our Facebook page!

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Oral Health Week

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Written by Teo Wei Yun Photographs by Andrew Octavian and Azfar Afham

Green Cultural Week is a student initiated event jointly organised by the IMU Hua Xia Chinese Cultural Society, IMU Malay Cultural Society, IMU Japanese Cultural Society and IMU Eco-Friends Club. This event sees the collaboration of three cultural societies and the Eco-friends society, and was aimed to create awareness about the different cultures to the students and staff of IMU, as well as to raise awareness about the impact of various cultural practises on the environment. The event was three days long (held from 22nd August 2016 to 24th August 2016) at the IMU Atrium, with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies held on the 22nd and 24th of August respectively.

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There were a total of four booths which were set up hand in hand, including a photo booth, and four food booths set up by the Hua Xia Chinese Cultural Society, Malay Cultural Society, Japanese Cultural Society and Eco-Friends Club. The four clubs were harmonious in creating a lively ambience of the atrium of the IMU Bukit Jalil Campus

What’s new about this event was that it included an Eco-friendly fashion show competition segment which required participants to create traditional costumes made up of recycled materials. A recycled materials collection drive was conducted prior to the event and contestants were required to put on the ensemble that they have made and to perform a “run-way style” fashion show to display the costumes. A voting system was put in place as well, and the winning design with the most number of votes collected by the end of the third day would receive a prize.

The 3 Cultural Societies also put up information-cum-quiz booths to provide more information on their respective cultural practises. The quiz questions were based on the informational posters put up by the clubs, and participants who have answered a certain number of correct questions were entitled to small gifts prepared by the clubs as tokens of appreciation.

Through this, we hoped to encourage IMU students and staff to be environmentally friendly in a fun and innovative way by incorporating the concept of “going-green” through recycling in conjunction with promoting cultural awareness. In the end, the event managed to keep the jovial feel of IMU’s social life as well as being generating to the clubs.

Check out more photos of this event on our Facebook page!

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