World Health Fest 2019 (WHF ’19) was a new and independent event organized by the IMU Scholars Society on April 6 and 7. Themed ‘Blurred Lines: Chasing Happiness’, WHF ’19 aimed to raise awareness among Malaysians in 4 main areas, namely health, body, mind and spirituality. “Living along societal standards and terms of beauty, personality, and quality has formed blurred lines between health and happiness.” The project leader of the event, Asuka Joy Tobuse, believed that it was paramount for Malaysians to realise this dilemma and resolve it in order to pursue their own happiness.
On the first day of the event, AIA Vitality, KPJ Healthcare and Mercy set up their booths and offered various health services. Simultaneously, a health seminar was held at the Auditorium. It began with a short introduction, where Ms Archana, advisor of IMU Scholars Society, welcomed the audience and thanked the event organisers.
The first speaker was Ms Miyen Low, a clinical psychologist whose speech was titled ‘Loving Others Without Loving Yourself’. She designed a simple activity for the audience; they were asked to send wishes to their loved ones in mind, then to their loved ones and themselves, and finally, only to themselves. From the results, she concluded that 78% of the participants showed more compassion towards others; 16% of them could balance between loving themselves and others; and the remaining 6% were more compassionate towards themselves. She then emphasised on the importance of self-love. “This imbalance of loving others more than the self can leave us with blurred identities. By cultivating self-compassion, it allows us to be more authentically ourselves.”
Next was Ms Ain Nur Liyana binti Othman, a cancer survivor from the National Cancer Society of Malaysia who had battled against and overcome endometrium cancer in the span of 11 months. She stated that any difficulties in life could be resolved when people had positive thoughts. In her case, she was optimistic throughout her chemotherapy treatments and tried her best to be as active as a normal person. She also shared that as the eldest sibling, she believed that it was her responsibility to take care of her family, and that was what kept her going. “Support is really important for cancer patients and as a cancer patient, it is better that outsiders are treating us like normal people rather than patients,” Ms Ain added.
The third and final speaker was Dr Shariful Hasan, a medical doctor and clinical neurophysiologist at KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital as well as a certified hypnotherapist and advisor on stress and weight management at Daily Health Wellness Centre. His topic, ‘Are You Stressed Out?’, focussed on the ways of dealing with stress physiologically and psychologically. According to him, 6 guidelines should be met to cope with stress: getting good nutrition, following a good diet plan, avoiding certain foods, improving the immune system to enhance nutrient absorption, psychologically countering stress and exercising. While the mind and exercise each make up 17% of stress management, the regulations and requirements for food take up 66%, thus signifying the importance of fulfilling the food guidelines to live a better life. He also imparted that “if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”, or in other words, the greatest weapon against stress is the ability to choose one thought over another. Besides his speech, Dr Shariful also demonstrated a form of hypnosis to deal with stress.
For the second day of the event, the IMU Scholars Society organised an outdoor hiking activity in collaboration with the IMU Alumni Team. A total of 46 IMU students, alumni and staff visited the Chilling Waterfalls at Kuala Kubu Bharu, which was the perfect place for a bonding session.
All in all, WHF ’19 was a success and many students were made aware of the significance of both physical and mental health in achieving happiness through this event.
Written by Amutha Aruvi Kaniamuthan, Harshitha Canchi Udayraj, Chang Chi Yin | Edited by Zantal Siah
International Medical University (IMU) hosted the second edition of the Malaysia World Health Assembly (MyWHA) simulation at the IMU Bukit Jalil campus with great success from 29th to 31st March 2019. MyWHA – a conference that emulates the framework of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO) – aimed to accentuate and provide reasonable solutions to global health issues while simultaneously developing teamwork, friendship, debating, leadership and creative thinking skills. The conference discussed present healthcare scenarios and shed light upon the prospects of healthcare in an effort to improve its quality for the upcoming generations. Bringing together 51 delegates from various countries, IMU was immensely proud to have hosted this prestigious event for its second year.
The event started with a welcome speech from Sandhya Muthukumar, Director General of MyWHA. Special guest speakers were then invited to speak on critical topics concerning global health issues. Dr Arun Kumar Basavaraj, the Advisor for the Asian Medical Student Association (AMSA) of IMU and Senior Lecturer and Head of Pathology Division in IMU, expressed his gratitude for being a major part in conducting activities in collaboration with AMSA. Mr Justin Victor, chairperson of Befrienders KL, comprehensively spoke about the global concerns regarding the alarming state of mental health issues, namely, the inability to deal with life’s daily challenges. If left unaddressed, these would lead to maladaptive occurrences such as committing suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among youths in Malaysia. He believed this direly called for developing effective and sustainable coping strategies and resilience to reduce the rate of such incidences. The speech was then followed by the ribbon-cutting and Gavel Tap ceremonies.
Throughout the three-day conference, the delegates were assigned roles as country ambassadors to discuss issues related to global health using the Harvard MUN procedure. They were then challenged with real-life scenarios which required fundamental knowledge and comprehension of global health policies in order to overcome adverse situations through a collaborative effort. This was done by participants debating on topics and proposing resolutions revolving around the regulation of human health with regards to malnutrition and stunted growth, premature mortality, migrant workers’ occupational health and safety, crisis scenarios, substance abuse and suicide.
Besides the simulated discussions, Social Night was held on the second day of the event with performances from talented people in IMU, including Goh You and Kelvin who played the violin and sang respectively. Moreover, the delegates played Human Bingo, a fun game which effectively allowed all of them to become acquainted with one another.
The closing ceremony was held on the final day of MyWHA and commenced in the presence of the VIP, Ms Thong Ming Hui – chairperson of AMSA Malaysia, who concluded the event with a speech. At the end of the ceremony, prizes were given to the best speaker for each of the six topics and the best delegate throughout the three days. The best speakers for the topics of malnutrition and stunted growth, premature mortality, migrant workers’ occupational health and safety, crisis scenarios, substance abuse and suicide were Amendeo Hottua Ernesto Nababan, Muhammad Imman Hon bin Shaharuddin Hon, Jaiyaswiny Sivakumar, Thavaneshan Kunasekaran, Lim Ke Wen and Beverly Cheah Xiao Hui respectively. Nur Nabila binti Nasharuddin, a delegate from Vietnam, received the overall best delegate award.
IMU Live is one of the most anticipated annual events at IMU that provides opportunities for all talented students to showcase their abilities on stage. The event was collectively organized by the Dance Club, Choir Club, Music Club and Editorial Board.
This year’s IMU Live, themed “Viva la Vida” or “Long Live Life” in Spanish, was held on March 22, 2019 from 6.30pm to 10.00pm at the Auditorium of the IMU Bukit Jalil campus. The event kicked off with the emcees introducing three honorable guests whom were invited to judge the performances: MC, the founder of Originalution Dance Studio who has 15 years of dancing experience; Wan Phooi Fun, a pianist with 17 years of experience in music education; and Tina Isaacs, a singer and actor who had appeared in several musicals. They then briefed on the details of the judging process. The performances were assessed based on four aspects: Effort/Personality, Technique/Execution, Stage Presentation and Originality, with each aspect accounting for a quarter of the total score. Attractive prizes were prepared for the winners; the champion, 1st and 2nd runners-up would receive RM500, RM300 and RM200 respectively. Additionally, RM100 would be awarded to the performer(s) who won the Audience Favorite Prize, which was determined by the audience’s votes.
Once the opening segment was over, the 12 contestants in turn took over the stage and launched into their performances, which ranged from singing and dancing to playing various instruments and performing as a band. Besides that, the other highlights of IMU Live 2019 were the performances brought by the Choir Club, the judges and a special guest. The Choir Club sang melodiously to Can’t Help Falling in Love, Tina belted out to Gemilang and Rumor Has It with infectious enthusiasm, MC stormed the stage with his electrifying dance moves and Phooi Fun performed He’s a Pirate on the keyboard magnificently. The emcees then welcomed the special guest by introducing her as Lim Wen Suen – champion of The Voice Singapore & Malaysia 2017. She sang Fireworks and Zhe Shi Jie Zhong Hui Ji De Wo De Ming Zi《這世界終會記得我的名字 / The World will Remember my Name》, the latter song being a track off her new album which she promoted at IMU.
After all the performances had ended, the results of the competition were finally announced. Goh You, who masterfully played The Phantom of the Opera on the violin, was crowned the champion of the night. The 1st runner up went to Jacky Thien, who impressed the audience with a Disney medley including When You Wish upon a Star, Do You Want to Build a Snowman, Love is an Open Door and Let It Go on the keyboard. The 2nd runner up – and the recipient of the Audience Favorite Prize – was BIJ, a newly-formed dance group who incorporated girl style dance with hip-hop elements in their jaw-dropping routine.
IMU Live 2019 ended in a night full of excitement and joy. Await the event to return next year!
Written by: Chang Chi Yin
Edited by: Zantal Siah
Photos credit: IMU Live 2019 Facebook page
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Every day, our moments in IMU are spent walking on the same paths tread by many others who stroll around busily with their own tasks and endeavours on their minds, most of whom we only glance at and think of in passing. However, have you ever wondered what fascinating, surprising or inspiring stories lay hidden behind the briefly-formed impressions you have of them? To bring these compelling stories to light, IMU Student Ambassadors (SA) collaborated with IMU Editorial Board to organize the 2018 edition of Humans of IMU (HOI) Week, an annual event which acts as a platform to highlight the diverse lives and perspectives of the people in IMU.
The theme for this year’s event, held from the 14th to 16th November, was “Kaleidoscope”, a nod to the distinctly unique and vibrant complexities as well as the markedly similar attributes found within the IMU community. Stories submitted by students for the writing competition were exhibited on display boards at the atrium. Also set up at the atrium was a polling booth for the Most Inspiring Story, allowing onlookers to vote for the story that moved them the most.
The closing ceremony of Humans of IMU Week 2018, held on the 16th of November at the driveway, started off with a speech by the project leader, Chang Wei Hang. The ceremony was then launched with an address by Professor Ong Kok Hai who sang the praises of the organizing committee for their hard work in ensuring the event was a success in featuring stories that appeal to the minds and hearts of readers. This was followed by a rousing piano performance by Stefan Njoo. Next up on stage was Mr. Saravanan Muthiah, head of the Student Services Hub who underlined the significance of appreciating the people in IMU, saying that we can all take something away from their stories.
After the speeches, it was time for the winners to be announced. Mathangi Devindran and Jane Lee Jia Jing received the 2nd runner up and 1st runner up prizes respectively while Aishah Amirah binti Shamsul Kamal took home the 1st prize. After an electrifying hip hop dance performance by dance group B.I.J, the VIPs, judges of the story writing competition and project leaders were invited on stage to receive tokens of appreciation for their presence and contributions. The ceremony concluded with a violin performance by Howard Foo.
To sum things up, Humans of IMU Week 2018 was a major accomplishment, adding to the successful string of HOI events from previous years since the inaugural project in 2015. The collective effort by the project advisors, IMU SA and IMU Editorial Board was instrumental in the organization of the event. It is anticipated that future Humans of IMU events will see similar levels of success and more extraordinary stories of the amazing people in IMU are unearthed for the IMU community to cherish.
Humans of IMU (HOI), a platform to appreciate the sung and unsung heroes of IMU, to capture and bring to awareness the issues of our age, HOI encourages us to empathize and broaden our perspectives of the community. This year’s event was themed Kaleidoscope as a celebration and representation of the diverse lives that walk amidst the walls of IMU. With every story comes a unique colour, and when all these stories came together, a beautiful symphony of colours formed a vibrant kaleidoscope.
2018 marks the third year of HOI with the 3-day event boasting a myriad of activities including a short story competition, quizzes with prizes, a photo booth where students and staff alike could pose for remembrance, and of course, a couple of live performances by the talented students of IMU. An enclave like booth situated in the center of the atrium featured the many stories written by the students. Stepping into the booth felt like entering a whole other world, with the captivating set up and attention to detail, every story was featured with a cute and minimalistic element of representation.
Moments prior to the opening ceremony, students scurried to the booth to fill up their quiz forms. A good way to draw people into reading, the quiz required participants to answer questions based off the stories featured during the event. Emcee May Hsan initiated the event which was subsequently followed by speeches from Sharon Theresa Au Raj – project leader of HOI, Gan Yee Hung – president of the Editorial Board and Ms Archana, the advisor for Student Ambassadors 2018. The event was then officiated by core HOI organizers through a banner release.
The first performance of the day was a sweet and soothing acapella rendition of Lost Stars – Adam Levine by IMU Student Ambassador Goh Yu Shaine which received an astounding applause. The serenade was then followed by a dance series of contrasting genre ranging from urban to the more traditional Chinese Fan dance by dance troupe The Inordinary to close the ceremony. All in all, HOI 2018 will be well cherished by the community in IMU, living up to its purpose of appreciating the many differences we see amidst these four walls.
Notice the unnoticed. Shine a light and give your peers a platform to share their fascinating perspectives with the world! The sky is not the limit when there are footprints on the moon!
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Send in your stories about an extraordinary person following the theme: Kaleidoscope. The theme refers to the exquisitely unique and vibrant complexities found within each person. Lets celebrate our unsung heroes by publishing their narratives
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“Tabula rasa – the mind is a blank slate written on by experience “
Every child is believed to be a tabula rasa, a clean slate; which is why the most notorious criminals often surprise the public with unthinkable acts, making us wonder what drove them to commit such heinous crimes. Ted Bundy, an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar and necrophile attributed his actions to his traumatic childhood – his early days were mostly spent with his abusive grandfather in the absence of his biological father. J.K. Rowling also cleverly illustrated how Voldemort’s childhood shaped him into the individual he was. Born out of a Love Potion, he lacked maternal love and spent his younger days in an institution where power and coercion were omnipresent, finally convincing him that power was the only thing he needed.
Being a curious lot, Malaysian Medic International: Malaysia ventured into the art of deciphering criminal minds with the help of a few professionals on the 9 th and 10th of June at the International Medical University, Bukit Jalil campus. The event of MMI Mental Health: A Novel Approach encompassed keynotes, workshops, research presentation and panel discussion.
The first day involved exploring childhood events via keynote topics of Freudian and Erikson in a nutshell; cognitive, social and emotional development; attachment and divorce; and personality development and adverse childhood events. On the second day, we attempted to fathom criminal minds and criminal acts; trauma, torture and post-traumatic stress disorder; forensic psychology and finally the power of positive psychology. A myriad of workshops followed suit – substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide risk assessment. As art is increasingly popular in medicine as a therapeutic tool, we incorporated fields like dance, art and drama into our therapy workshops alongside cognitive behavioural therapy. We then concluded the first day with workshops such as clinical hypnosis, positive psychology and even laughter yoga!
These workshops proved to be the highlight of the event, or shall I say the ticket sales X-factor as we exceeded our target crowd with 123 participants in total! The research presentation was carried out on the second day in a closed setting to allow participants to interact with the judges without inhibition. The top ten will soon have their abstracts published in the Malaysian Journal of Medicine so do check it out when the new edition comes out. We had three distinguished guest speakers for our panel discussion; a family medicine specialist, a psychiatrist and an obstetrician and gynaecologist discuss issues revolving around perinatal mental health – frankly speaking, a misunderstood cultural norm. Of course, all these would not have been possible without the collaboration with the Student Representative Council of International Medical University.
MMI Malaysia greatly appreciates any form of help directly and indirectly from the student body of International Medical University. This inaugural mental health summit is really one of its kind as we transcended boundaries and discussed about one of the most controversial topics. This event has sparked the participants’ interest in unconventional forms of therapy and mental health itself. It was also a great networking opportunity for the therapists to go out there and speak to the crowd about what they do best. For us at MMI, that was more than what we had hoped for and with that, MMI Mental Health: A Novel Approach is a wrap.