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President of Student Representative Council 2017/2018
President of Student Representative Council 2017/2018- Kishen Kunalan from BP1/16

Can you tell us about yourself?

I am 20 years old and I’ve lived here in KL all my life. I have been studying in IMU since 2015. I started with the Foundation in Science programme. Currently, I am in my semester 3 of my Pharmacy degree. I love Science and working in the lab and would love to enter the research field once I graduate. I enjoy listening and playing music. I also love to read.

Why do you want to run for the SRC President (Anyone Inspired You?)

After studying in IMU for the past 2 years, I have grown attached to the campus and its people. I have made many good friends throughout my studies so far, with a lot of good memories to keep. I wanted to give something back to the university and its community. I can see that the university and its students have achieved a lot in the past few years. Besides that, I would like to see it achieve even more. To be part of that driving force for change is what motivated me to run for SRC President.

 How do you feel after being elected as the new president of 2017/2018?

I had a myriad of emotions. I felt excited as I felt I was about to embark on a new experience. At the same time, it felt a bit daunting looking at the responsibilities that I had to carry. That was almost 4 months ago. Right now, I’m about halfway through my term. It has been a very challenging period. My team and I faced a lot of obstacles when it came to the new things we wanted to introduce and implement. They came in many forms like financial problems, unsatisfied students, skeptical staff and lecturers, so on and so forth. However, we have managed to make some progress so far. Aside from good leadership skills and team work, I have learnt not to give up easily.

What are your vision/ goals to reach for current committee?

Right now, I realized that most of what the SRC achieves goes underappreciated and unnoticed. What I want to achieve for my committee is that we are able reach out to all students and to show them what we have achieved so far and what we want to do for all students. Of course, Rome wasn’t built in a day; likewise, we can’t possibly implement many changes within our term. However hopefully, with the support of all our students, I hope that we can strive to ensure their studies here are comfortable, solve most of the issues that they are facing and that everyone is united as one student body. Aside from all that, I hope that we can materialize most of our ideas and visions that we have once we got elected.

Do you have any message for the past SRC committee?

Congratulations on all of your achievements! I understand how hard is it to implement and bring changes to many things. Not everything they envisioned came through. However, I would love to take this opportunity to thank them for providing me and my team a starting point, and rest-assured, we will continue their efforts and hard-work to make sure it would not go to waste.

Is there anything you would like to add before we end this interview?

I would just like to say I am very grateful to those who have supported me and my team so far. It is not easy to run a student council in our university, trying to satisfy the needs of our students at the best interest of the university. However, I hope that we manage to pull through, and achieve more and better things than our predecessors. Thank you!

Kishen (SRC President 2017/2018) and Felicity (SRC President 2016/2017)
Kishen (SRC President 2017/2018) and Felicity (SRC President 2016/2017)
Student Representative Council Team 2017/2018
Student Representative Council Team 2017/2018

Student Representative Council team 2017/ 2018

President: Kishen Kunalan

Secretary: How Suet Yue, Kelly

Treasurer: Chan Chun Fai

Vice President of Medicine: Wong Thai Ling

Vice President of Dentistry: Rachael Low Lip Yi

Vice President of Pharmacy: Lovy Chong Le Er

Vice President of Postgraduate Studies: Kho Mee Teck

Public Relations Representative: Luke Leong Tzy Cherng

IT Representative: Jeffrey Tan Yong Ye

Social Concerns Liaison: Kor Win Sheng

Sports Representative: Joy Tneoh Kah Yan

Vice Sport Representative: Britney Ong Yi-Syuen

Cultural & Religious Representative: Amirul Muzakkir bin Amri

International Students Representative: Tanya Obeyesekaara

 

 

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President of Student Representative Council 2016/2017- Felicity

What makes decide to run for SRC 2016/2017?

Initially, I was aiming for the vice president of medicine because I wanted to be a change maker. Being in the medicine course itself, I see a lot of loophole and I feel that Student Council as a platform for me to express myself. However, I suddenly realize that my vision of IMU has change, it grew wide. I felt that I could do more for the students of IMU but I was not really sure if I can cope with the pressure. I took a tremendous amount of time to self-reflect before I make my decision to run as the president of SRC 2016/2017. I remembered handing in my application one hour before the application close.

Do you mind sharing with us regarding your experience as the president of SRC 2016/2017?

It was definitely a learning experience for me, it was very rewarding. You got to see what really happening on the scene. Before I was the apart of SRC, I was assuming a lot of things, mostly about “why certain things are in certain ways, it should be better. I wanted to do some changes.” As I goes through the process, I began to realize it wasn’t easy to initiate change but I was not ready to give up. Instead me and my team more stubborn. I always tell my team, “if you want something, go and take it” and I do feel like I have the best team I could ever ask for. I would do all over again only if I could have each and every one of my team back because each of us complement each other. That what makes us a perfect team.

What is the biggest obstacle have you encountered being the president of SRC 2016/2017?  Individually and as a team.

Individually, I would have to say, managing stress. I’m the type of person who very particular with time. If something does not start on time I would freak out. Therefore, if I did not make my deadline, I would be really stress out or most probably black out and this happened a lot during my early days in SRC. In spite what happened, I reach to a realisation that I had a team for a reason and I need them if I want to do changes in IMU. I began to communicate and delegate jobs and I start to get the hang of it. Of course, everything is still come down to me. So, to answer your question, my biggest obstacle as the president would be balancing study and SRC.

As a team, not much because we really a great team. As I mentioned before, the university is quite strict in some aspect and that makes a little bit hard to implement changes. Our obstacles would be finding a way around it to implement changes.

What are you thought about the new president 2017/2018?

Kishen, I would say he is a nice person. I could describe him as kind, gentleman and very passionate. I do think he would make a great leader. I do hope that he is able to cope with everything and don’t give up easily. I wish the SRC 2017/2018 team nothing but the best.

What is next for you? any plan after leaving SRC?

Nothing much for me. My plan was to focus on my study and graduate on time. My mission is to continue to be a good human being to everybody.

Student Representative Council team 2016/2017

Student Representative Council team 2016/2017

Written by Siddiqui

Of all adversaries,
My greatest nemesis
Has been the mind:
The most powerful,
Most intimidating –
For its weapon
Is the ability to self-destruct.
                                 Siddiqui

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Reported by: Thinusha A/P Kumar.

Foto: Ariel da Silva

One of the most educational event in International Medical University (IMU) was held on the 31st of October and on the 1st of November 2016. It was an informative event launced by our very own library with “using technology to design great learning experience” as the theme for this year.

Numerous activities were carried out which involves the participation of IMU students and staffs. For instance, the library dodgeball challenge, publishers quizzes, Kahoot challenge and posters competition. The competitions held were entertaining and enjoyable with a fairly large audience. The library dodgeball challenge that took place at the atrium attracted many students. Teams of three players were form and players were required to throw balls at their opponents if their allocated facilitators approve by flashing a green card. Moreover, the winning teams of the competitions were awarded with attractive prizes.

Furthermore, there were a few talks held during the event. The introductory session was handled by Professor Jai Mohan. Next, Professor Fuziah Mohd Nadzar gave a speech on the role of digital library learning in the 21st century education field. On the second day, Professor Rozhan Idrus, a professor in Open and Distance Learning and Technology, talked about how one can use technology to design a great learning experience. Associate Professor Dr. Hanan Omar gave a speech on ways to build branching scenarios. The talks were beneficial and relevant with the current happenings in the education field.

To sum up, the 2016 Learning Resources Festival was a huge success. The students and staffs who participated in this event had a great experience and gained loads of useful information. It was suggested that this event should be carried out annually as it in turn, highlights the importance of learning amongst the new generation.

 

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Reported by: Thinusha A/P Kumar

The second National Anatomy Pathology Summit 2016, or better known as NAPS, was held in International Medical University (IMU) on the 1st of October 2016. Various universities sent their representatives to our university for an experience of a lifetime and a never – ending of new ideas. The institutions that made this event a successful one are; Monash University, Perdana University, Taylor’s University, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), and of course our very own university; IMU.

So, what took place during NAPS? Firstly, after the welcoming talk and a very short introduction among the participants, the partakers were divided into three workshops, namely; neurosurgery by Associate Professor Dr. Vairavan Narayanan, plastic surgery by Dr. Mohd. Ruslan Bin Johan, and maxillofacial surgery, by Dr. Naveen Jnanendrappa and Dr. Naresh Shetty. The sessions went on quite well with interactions between the students and the speaker too. After a satisfying lunch provided, the participants were required to sit for an image quiz challenge. There were also case presentations, whereby a situation was given to the representatives from each university two weeks before this event and the participants were required to think about a solution for the problem and present the ideas of possible diseases and solutions to the judges and their fellow participants.

It was an amazing and unforgettable experience for the participants of NAPS. During the workshop session, a video of a surgeon performing a brain surgery was presented to the participants. This created a deeper interest in neurosurgery among the participants. Pictures were also shown to the students on maxillofacial surgery and plastic surgery. One of the representative expressed his happiness in learning interesting information from the workshops and during the case presentation session. One of the speakers shared a beautiful saying that goes;

“As a surgeon, you are a student for life”.

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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.

We would also like to thank our overseer Mr. Alexius Cheang who have been constantly supporting us throughout the whole process by giving us suggestions and advice on how to run these two events.img_8509img_8551img_8571

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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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Report by Koe Jia-Ju Photographs by Azfar Afham

September marks a very happening and busy month in IMU, what with the many events going on, on top of lectures and assignments! Chinese Cultural Week 2016 was an exciting start to the month which was held from the 5th to 9th of September. It was a perfect time as it falls in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, a significant annual festival by the Chinese ethnics. Throughout the week, an exhibition was held at the atrium which displayed various things related to the Chinese culture. Clearly, a lot of effort had been put in the decorations which were eye-catchingly colourful with an elaborated display of the Chinese traditions such as ancient Chinese clothing, cute teapot sets, Chinese chess, traditional string instruments (guzheng), Chinese calligraphy, to list a fair few. The theme of the celebration this year was YUAN (源). “It means the root or the beginning of Chinese culture. Or it can also be explained as the continuity of history, simultaneously showing appreciation to our forefathers,” Chew Khee, the President of this event, helpfully explained. “In terms of Chinese pronunciation, “yuan” can also be defined as circle, fostering the bond between Chinese people; or with interpretation as destiny and fate, besides to promote Chinese culture to the IMU community.” The theme also served to fulfil the aim of this festival which was to inculcate the value of gratitude and appreciation towards Chinese origin.
Mid-Autumn Night took place on a Thursday night that week. This lively festival is all about celebrations with the family, lantern processions and oh-so-sweet mooncakes. Traditionally a time to give thanks to the harvest gods, it is also the time of the year that the moon is at its brightest. When dusk fell that Thursday night, the celebration went into full swing! The night started off with a feast, where an array of traditional Chinese delicacies were served. Several fun station games were organized to keep the participants entertained. With full tummies, everyone then headed to LT2 for the opening ceremony. The ceremony started off with various performances, which included festive drums and Chinese traditional dances, showcasing the talents that youths have in Chinese traditional performances. Mr. Saravanan, one of the event’s VIP and Dr. Lim Chooi Ling who is the Chinese Club’s advisor delivered their respective speeches. Before the night ended, a lucky draw session was carried out where several fortunate participants managed to snag prizes. As the Mid-Autumn festival also marks a day of family reunion, orphans from Rumah Charis were invited to join this festive time to give the children a taste of a festival full of joy and happiness. Without a doubt, it was the enthusiasm and the celebratory spirit of the IMU community that made Chinese Cultural Week and the Mid-Autumn Night a success!

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