Monday, August 31, 2009


Thanks to Emily Yoon for the sharing of the following 2 links.

Do read this guide (in hindsights by Guy Kawasaki). Do check it out here .

The 10 advices from Guy Kawasaki are:-
#10: Live off your parents as long as possible.
#9: Pursue joy, not happiness.
#8: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown.
#7: Learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, and play non-contact sports.
#6: Continue to learn.
#5: Learn to like yourself or change yourself until you can like yourself. #4: Don't get married too soon.
#3: Play to win and win to play.
#2: Obey the absolutes.
#1: Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone.

This is something that I have posted before, but would think that it is important to post again. Do check out here on The Disadvantages of Elite Education .

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Harvard MBA Oath

Thanks to my loyal blog reader for constantly sharing articles with my readers.

Whenever we hear a speech/sharing from a successful person, we often get the advice to ensure that integrity is never compromised at all cost. We are often reminded that we should always preserve the ethics and do the right thing, and do the good thing.

This is a scene happening at Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Harvard MBA students (or rather 20% of them) step forward to sign the MBA Oath.

And in that process, many Sloanies (those who went to Sloan Business School at MIT) supported the initiatives too (and some say with greater response than their counterparts from Harvard).

For more info, read up here .

This is the response from the Sloanies. Read it here .
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Help University College Model United Nations

For those of you who would like to explore on Model United Nations, do check out Help University College Model United Nations.

For registration information, go to here .

For general info, go to here . It is going to be on 25th to 27th September 2009.

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Asia Pacific Future 100 Program

This is quoted from .

The annual “Asia Pacific Future 100” program is a platform to provide young and inspiring entrepreneurs from Asia as role models to our youth to raise entrepreneurship awareness in Asia Pacific.

100 young entrepreneurs and social Changemakers under the age of 30 years will be selected for a one- year fellowship and their stories will serve as inspiration to foster an entrepreneurial culture among our youth.

We believe that contrary to the common perception there are not just 2 or 3 young successful entrepreneurs in Asia, but that there are many young entrepreneurs and social changemakers realising their dreams and ambitions. For that reason we annually identify 100 of those young people, who will be profiled through blogs, interviews, videos and speaking engagements in schools and universities to showcase their entrepreneurial endeavor and to highlight that with passion and dedication youth entrepreneurship could be a desirable career choice for many of our youth.

Deadline of nomination is 31st August 2009. I know time is tight, but do go for it!!!

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Workshop: "Are Leaders Made or Born? (6th Sept, 10am-12pm)-In Collaboration with Open University UK Global MBA

"Are Leaders Born or Made?"

A talk by Richard Kemp, co-director of MBA Executive Experience at the Open University, UK

Date:- 6th September 2009
Time:- 10am to 12pm
Venue:- 13th Floor, Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

To sign up:-
03-21618044 (ext 418, 419, 420, 421) or email

What Should Colleges Teach

Thanks to my loyal blog reader, who has been consistently sharing resources with my blog readers.

Today, would like to point you to an article on What Should Colleges Teach .

From there, it got linked to an article called What Will They Learn . For this article, it looks into the core curriculum of the Top 20 National Universities in US, Top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges in US and Top 60 State Universities.

From there, it got linked to a website .

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Integrate degree and skills to be highly employable

Elaine Loo contacted me today via . It is amazing to see someone as young as her, has done so many interesting projects around. What she has achieved is definitely much more than what a fresh graduate would have done. Her initiatives etc are amazing. To be frank, I haven't met her, but through the MSN messages that we bounced with each other, can see her energy and passion to make change in society.

She has written this article, and also she is organizing a free talk on:-

Title:- "Integrate degree and skills to be highly employable"

Date:- 19th September 2009 (Saturday)

Time:- 1pm to 2pm

Venue:- B-1-3A, Block B, Dataran Glomac, Jalan SS6/20, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya

Contact: Elaine Loo at 012-7046012 or yeelingloo AT hotmail DOT com


Degree is not enough!!!

Can you rely on your degree alone to automatically open doors after your graduation? It will certainly unlock the doors which allow you eligibly to apply jobs that specify 'must be a graduate'. However, no matter how good your degree class and how relevant your subjects to the career that you are applying for, it is likely that you will be competing vigorously with a number of other graduates who are equally well-qualified academically. Once your degree has unlocked the door, you will need the right mix of skills, abilities and personal qualities in order to turn the handle and give the door the push that will open it to you.


Uncertainty requires high employability skills

The nature of work is in a state of continual change. Your career today may involve moving between a number of different job functions and employers. Employers are therefore seeking graduates who are enterprising, resourceful and adaptable. Graduates, who acquire their degree, nevertheless vitally have to possess a range of skills which can be utilized in a wide variety of settings as well as in their careers. These are known as employability skills.


Undergraduates should think ahead

The subject and standard of your degree may be essential or useful in facilitating you working on your chosen career. It is advised that in parallel with your undergraduate studies, you should aim to develop skills which are sought by all kinds of employers. The most frequently mentioned are communication, team working, leadership, problem-solving, enthusiasm and importantly the right attitude of learning.


Degree + Skills = Employability


Human Capital Enhancement (HCE) Organization provides different workshops that enable apprentices to catapult their ability by empowering them with the tools they need in order to strive a decent life in this competitive working environment. The workshop is specially constructed to assist anyone who is willing to develop oneself with the sense of moving ahead in the society. The pioneer step to start your journey towards achieving triumphant result is to identify your strengths and weaknesses and importantly actions have to be taken to remedy the weaknesses. In addition, utilize your strength to counter challenges and further excel it to increase your personal capability. Hence, the earlier you start building your foundation skills, the more benefits you may reap.


Written by,

Elaine Loo

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Open Invitation – Merdeka Train Party 31st Aug

Merdeka Train Party (MTP)

Happy Birthday Malaysia!

Decorating the interior of a few public trains. Guerilla/flashmob style.

Imagine decorating the interior of a house for a birthday party. Now that is exactly what RA will do (in a few public trains!) on 31st August 2009 . You’re invited to join in. Anyone & everyone. We will decorate the interior of the trains. We will meet at 2pm for a briefing, somewhere convenient in KL. To participate in this free project, you cannot RSVP via Facebook. Find out how by reading EVERYTHING written below. :)

Partner for this project: All the Rage from The Star

To find out more info, go to here .

Another project by Zain HD, who initiated awesome projects like KL Freeze, Reading While Waiting etc.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

YCM 1st Ambassador Series: His Excellency Boyd McCleary, UK High Comm

Young Corporate Malaysians will be inaugurating its Ambassador Series with His Excellency Boyd McCleary, UK High Commissioner to Malaysia. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, 2nd September 2009
Dewan Murni, Menara Integriti
8:15pm to 10pm

Facebook RSVP:

Arrangements are currently being looked into for our fasting attendees. Actual arrangements will be notified in subsequent messages / emails.

To our YCM members who are observing the fasting month, we wish you Ramadhan Kareem and Selamat Berpuasa!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Check out John Lee in Pop TV

John Lee shares on his thought at Pop TV - The Fairly Current Show.

John is an amazing guy, and it is great to see his continuous energy to keep on bringing changes in the society. His maturity since his very young age, and passion to share with others are something that Malaysians should embody.

Recently, during our US applications workshop, John Lee really amazed all of us, by going through all of the essays submitted by the participants within 1-2 days. That's truly amazing, seeing him putting his efforts to share with the younger generation.

Do check it out.

His profile listed in the website here .

John Lee has been blogging on politics, society and economics since 2005, when he was just 15 years old. He also become known as one of the youngest and hardest-working contributors on Wikipedia, specialising in entries related to Malaysia.

As the nation celebrates its 52nd National Day soon, we speak with this young Malaysian on 1Malaysia, Merdeka and how the youth can, and must, participate in constructing Malaysia.

John Lee is presently studying a bachelor's degree in economics at Dartmouth College in the United States. He is also a columnist with The Malaysian Insider.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Malaysia dominates Top 3 in Brand's Asia Pacific Sudoku Challenge

Blogging from Changi Airport, Singapore.
Had a great news from Brand's Asia Pacific Sudoku Challenge and this year, Malaysia has a fantastic year, proving to our counterparts around Asia Pacific that "MALAYSIA BOLEH!!!"
This competition was held in Singapore's home ground, Vivocity. With the bulk of participants coming from Singapore, Malaysians managed to stand tall.
Congratulations to Charrisa Cheng (Malaysia) for being Champion in Asia Pacific, walking home with S$10,000 prize money. Coming in 2nd is Lim Vee Loon from Malaysia too. Next in line is Mohd Farhan from Malaysia too. So, top 3 are all monopolized by Malaysians.
Singapore manages to get 4th placing through Amanda Kiong, and 5th place is back to Malaysia, clinched by Tan Jia Hao. 6th placing was from India, Gaurav.
Syabas and Congratulations! Great to see a bunch of fellow Malaysians here, and this year is a great year!
Too bad, I didn't do well in the tournament... Anyway, it is a great trip!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

16th CEO Series of Talks - Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon

The 16th CEO Series of Talks by Young Corporate Malaysians

This is a live blogging.

Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon
President and CEO of ING Malaysia

Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon feel young coming to speak to youth and she was told to talk about what you have done, your experience.

This talk is not about making your first million, nor about giving you formula of success.

Rather it is about what you stand for, who are you, where you want to go and what's value you must have in order to be successful. What is your definition of success.

Hopefully by end of this evening, you would have gain on some of these values.

The ones who are here are privileged bunch, and have power of education. Most have good jobs, good families and come from a background of affluence.

Within the same group, there are 2 groups, where one group who feels very happy with it. Happy with job and fits in with what you want to do. And another group may feel that you haven't found the calling or passion of life.

To both the groups, it is alright. To the group who has found it, don't stand still, and keep going, and see how can be better. See how can grow. Ask yourself the question frequent. To those who haven't found the calling, relax and believe that you have time. Look for your passion.

Back then, Indian families, you must have been a doctor, lawyer or engineer, and if all else fail, go to accounting. Naturally, became a doctor.

A lot of us want to be "genius" and always come out quick to work. We are not able to enjoy, as we always want it fast. On the other hand, we need to look for our passion and don't settle for less. Everyday, we spend the bulk of our time at work.

When speak to generation X, they always talk about work life balance. But in reality, there is no work life balance, but there is work life choice. Whatever you choose to do, you shape your life. You decide where you want to be in illusive corporate ladder. You decide where you want to be in your life. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years' time.

10 years ago, joined Aetna. That time, hoped to be CEO one day. Back then, Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon was a government doctor, and worked many hours a day. Husband and kids used to come over to hospital and have dinner together at General Hospital. No one was really happy back then.

When joined, was really bored to hell. Nothing much to do. Back then, wanted to have work life balance. And she really had, since she can go home at 5pm. During office, she could actually have relaxed too. Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon took the initiatives and tried to go to different groups, and then tried to offer help. She managed to get chance to go to US for 6 weeks to learn underwritings and claims. It was her choice to make and she took it. She made full use of it.

And now 16 years later, Dato' Dr. Nirmala is now on stage as CEO of ING Malaysia. Whether she still missed the life in hospital, she still missed it. She still missed the smell of medicine.

We all need to have a dream. If you dream it, you can achieve it. When Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon made it to CEO, a lot called her to say that she broke the glass ceiling. But there was no glass ceiling. Everything was in the mind.

A lot of time when being asked to name 2 leaders, people name men. But in reality, it
doesn't need to be that. People have to change the perception. A lot of time women try to be like men, and in reality, that shouldn't be the case.

Many people tend to associate females as caregivers, nurturers, but tend to associate
males as having guts.

Back then, a lot of women managers, they wanted to be called dragon ladies. They wanted to be associated as being tough.

What Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon advised are that the top leaders are great communicators, and also they care and they have empathy. A lot of these are qualities that women have. And build up with logic, intuitive etc, and that would be very balanced. For men, should build up the feminine quality, like communication, caring, empathy.

To all young professionals, professional actually means a calling or your vocation and integrity/value/standard. Companies say they want professionalism. When companies say that, think what they really want and whether they do what they want. Ask whether we have those believes and characters. And a lot of these will take us to where we want to go.

Know who you are and celebrate who you are. Build internal attitude and behavior and
all these would support where you want to go. As youngster, you have the chance of the world, to go where you want to go. There are more than enough for every man's need, but not enough for every man's greed.

Why we are thinking that the crisis is happening. A lot of us forget about value, when we are rushing to get more profits. When people have to take a long time to explain to us what they are selling, then we shouldn't buy, since we don't really understand the product.

Being in financial sector, it is tough and challenging time. Do we sit back and say "tough life" and sit and wait for rebounce? But what we need to do is to change. Change has the biggest psychological impact of our mind. A lot of times, we don't change. We just do our routine. A lot of times when we have to change what we are doing, we get upset. A lot of times, we are threathened by change. But to the hopeful, change may give us better life. But to the confident, you need to be inspired by it. Everyday, challenge what you do. Challenge what is the status quo. That is what going to bring you to greatness.

Generation Y are not afraid to stand up and question. That is the biggest strength to stand out and question. Generation Y are more carefree, more entrepreneurial. The way Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon see is that this is positive value. Back then, people were more afraid.

Ultimately, choose what you want in life and make it happen to you. The way we frame things, will determine how we see things.

What do we see when we see eclipse, we should see the ray of light, that is illumination and not darkness. We shouldn't see the gloom of darkness. We must be optimist. If we are pessimist, then we will lose out on all these.

When we look at things positively, we will make full use of it. There are so many real life examples, because people frame it at a positive manner. There is always a flip side, in everything that happens. When everything negative happens, flip it and grab the positive side. To the young, you have the ability to look for the right side. And always ask the right question, get back to the answer.

Never compromise on value and standard. When you fine value of the company is there, be truly committed and do your best at all time, and good thing will follow.

Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon will end with Mahatma Ghandi "Be the change you want to be". It is all up to you.

As you go up the ladder, it is about managing people. It is about making sure that you have the right person with the right job. Biggest challenge that Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon faced was that she was a peer, who became a boss. As Dato' Dr. Nirmala growing the ladder, she was peers to all the rest of senior management, and then suddenly she was promoted to take the CEO job.

When she doesn't know, she always be the first to say that she doesn't know. She asked for help. When she became CEO in October 2007, it was when US first get into recession. Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon brought 20 management team people and went to hotel and study where they are, where they want to go and how to go. Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon engaged a consultant to study the competitive landscape, and then see where they want to go and how to get there.

As all are sitting together to craft the vision, and as all are part of the ones who create it, all believe it and buy in for it. It was rolled out to the entire company. There were 3 year profitable plan. Everyone will speak with candor, and no fear for anyone to speak their mind. No fear of failure. As long as good idea is brought up, it will be done.

A lot of people were still in their traditional mind. People might not dare to speak up, as scared their boss or supervisor would get hurt. Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon did a monthly session with people of all level (without their supervisor). The first 6 months were very tough, as no one would ask any question. Now, everyone are happy, and ask a lot of questions.

When this was initially implemented, a lot of senior management felt threathened. Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon said that it was not the point. Dato' Dr. Nirmala shared those ideas with the senior management and worked together to make it better. Currently, the employee engagement is very high.

And giving back to community is something very important for the firm. It is not about giving a cheque. ING has "Helping Hands" community project and there are 500 volunteers (out of 800 staff in HQ) go together as part of program to make a difference. They went to make a difference in the kids by sharing with them on environment.

Last year, was 45th anniversary of Zoo Negara. ING gave out 60,000 tickets to the orphanages to bring the kids to visit the zoo. The kids were brought to play games. And the week before that, ING staff went to paint the fence near the sea lion area in the zoo.

Whatever you feel that you want to do, go ahead and do. Give back to society, be it to community, cultural or society. Do the humanitarian job. Join self improvement classes or read those books, or join such societies like Young Corporate Malaysians and learn from the process.

Think of what we want to be remembered in life. Is it as a good human being? Is it as someone who cares about people? Dato' Dr. Nirmala Menon stressed a lot about being good human being.

Truth is that so many things happen everyday. It is perfectly ok, if your supervisor does not see what you have done. It is ok to share with the supervisor of things done. It is something that frequently women fail to do. And what Dato' Dr. Nirmala stressed is that all people have to work very hard.

Dato' Dr. Nirmala has a very supportive husband. A lot is about priority. What we care about and how we prioritize. And often, things can work it out together. And sometimes, things are lost. With the work pressure and work choices that have to be made, things could have to be sacrificed.

Over the years, many mistakes have been made. One big mistake was not knowing what Dato' Dr. Nirmala wanted to do. A lot of time, she sold herself short, and often, she didn't plan well. If she could turn the clock well, she could see the options available and plan it better. What has happened was natural movement.

Dato' Dr. Nirmala never shy in sharing her opinion. If something is against her value, she won't do it, even if her supervisor made her to do.

Everyone has a choice. We choose what we should take.

Create rapport with all the people that you are working with. Always be honest and transparent in our dealings. Talk to them in a comfortable level. We are not aggressive, but try to create a rapport. NLP is a good tool to look at someone and see whether someone is visual or kinestetic person, then we talk to people in that manner. Use words that people are comfortable with. When we see peple and understand people, then we are easier to relate to. The truth is that everyone is different.

A lot of youth these days are visual. We like to see things, or be like in internet. We like to grasp things, and quick to run it. And there are others who need top down. People who need to go through everything. And we need to sell it at the way others like to see. Build genuine rapport and things will turn better.

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Projek Kalsom 15

The Projek Kalsom has now come up with a concrete contingency plan to the recent shortcoming. Hence, we would like to extend a humble invitation to our 1-day camp with the students from Seri Setia area (Desa Ria, Desa Mentari, Kg Lindungan).

The one day 'Super Camp' details are as follows;

Venue: Dewan PJS 6/1, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Date: 23rd August 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 8 am till 8 pm (inclusive of Iftar)
Map to the venue:,101.61669&spn=0.005132,0.009452&z=17

We welcome all of you who are still interested and are able to become a facilitator but hasn't registered, please do so by sending your personal details (NAME, UNIVERSITY, COURSE, YEAR and DATE OF BIRTH) to:

We will be in contact again once you have registered.

Should you have further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact any of us;
Azri Malek / 0123772190 /
Alia Sidek / 0123089595 /

We hope to see you there!

Best regards,
Alia Sidek

Cambridge University's Judge Business School

Thanks to Sithan for sharing this.

Cambridge University's Judge Business School is hoping to recruit more Malaysians, and with some scholarships. The article is here .

They are having info session on 20th August 2009 too. Click here for more info. 

Environmental Sustainability Leadership Symposium 2009

Dear fellow climate justice young Malaysians,

MYCJN-WildAsia ESLS 09 EmPOWERment Symposium is happening end of this month.  Good news is that we has a few more places left.

If you are still hesitant to apply, this is your best and last chance.  If you have downloaded the form and yet to return it to us, do it now.  If you thought, "aiks, i missed the deadline" fear not, delay no more, send it to us today.

Do pass this message to anyone you felt has the passion to be empowered.

fill in the online application form

Let's us act towards a BOLD and JUST national climate policy for our future.

Delay No More! ACT NOW!

Adrian Yeo
012-358 5453

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

E-Genclik Association looking for European Voluntary Service


e-gençlik Association is looking for European Voluntary Service volunteers for a 10 months term between January-October 2010. The volunteers will work in the organization of the 5th World Youth Congress Turkiye 2010 in the following positions:

•       Public Relations Assistant: will work with the PR Coordinator of the congress, basicly for preparing and distributing promotion materials, preparing the bulletins, sustaining media relations and relations with youth organizations.

•       Program Assistant:  will work with program coordinator of the congress to prepare congress program and the sub programs, help to find facilitators and sustain relations with them.

•       IT Assistant: will work with the IT coordinator of the congress to organize "Virtual Congress", to do weekly updates of the web page of the congress, and to help designing the printed materials.

To apply the mentioned positions please download and fill the form in the following link and send it to together with your CV and motivation letter.

For more information about World Youth Congress please visit:

For more information about e-genclik Association and its EVS project:;


Forbes US Colleges Ranking

Thanks to my loyal anonymous blog reader for sharing this article.

This is regarding the ranking of top US universities by Forbes. You can read the details here .

The methodology is as follow:-
1. Listings of Alumni in the 2008 edition of Who's Who in America (12.5%)

2. Salaries of Alumni from (12.5%)

3. Student Evaluations from (25%)

4. Four-Year Graduation Rates (16.66%)

5. Students Receiving Nationally Competitive Awards (8.33%)

6. Faculty Receiving Awards for Scholarship and Creative Pursuits (5%)

7. Four-year Debt Load for Typical Student Borrowers (20%)

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Pei Chieng has written quite a number of articles to share at .

You can see all her articles at here

She has written on topics like:-

and many more.

Do check it out!

Monday, August 17, 2009

DUAL mid-month August 2009 Update

For those of you who are in Singapore.

DUAL is the Distinguished Universities Alumni League, an umbrella organization comprising members from the following 19 alumni clubs - Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Cornell University Hoteliers, Dartmouth College, Imperial College, INSEAD, Johns Hopkins University, London Business School, London School of Economics, MIT, NUS MBA, Oxbridge Society, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University
1.  Thursday, 20th August, 7:00pm - 9:00pm - DUAL Drinks
2.  Saturday, 22nd August, 6:15pm - Dartmouth Sake Tasting
3.  Tuesday, 25th August, 6:30pm - Entrepreneurship Forum by Stanford Club of Singapore and The Financial Women's Association of Singapore
4.  Wednesday, 26th August, 6:15pm - Network Nights with Rutgers University Singapore, and guest speaker Professor Farrokh Langdana on "Stimulus Plans, Budget Defincits & Long Bonds: What Lies Ahead"
5.  Thursday, 27th August, 7:00pm - Columbia Business School MBA Reception for Interested Applicants
6.  Monday, 31st August, 7:00pm - 10:00pm  – DUAL evening talk and networking - "Who Moved My Rice Bowl"?
7.  Tuesday, 1st September, 7:00pm - Chicago Booth Alumni Club - "Nudge": - Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Prof Richard Thaler, Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics
8.  Monday - Wednesday, 7th to 9th September - LSEAAS - Trip to Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort & Tour of Ipoh
9.  Career Opportunity - Personal Bankers and Relationship Managers at Citibank
1.  DUAL Drinks

Do come down and join us for DUAL Drinks every third Thursday of the Month!  It will be a great time to relax, catch up with old friends, and meet new people!

Date:    Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Time:    7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue:  Brewerkz Restaurant & Microbrewery
            30 Merchant Road #01-05/06 Riverside Point
            Singapore 058282
            Tel: (65) 6438 7438
Cost:    $5 for 2 soft drinks
            $15 for 2 beer
2.  Dartmouth Sake Tasting
Like Sake but not sure what to order, or just wondered what the different types/grades are like? 
Come join us for Sake Tasting on August 22, Saturday, and the Sake Expert will walk us through!  
On the menu (a shotglass of each):
- Seishu
- Junmai
- Junmai Dai Ginjyo
- Nigori (Unfiltered Sake; Milky in color!)
Pricing for sake tasting and finger food - $28.  Come join us, and bring your friends!
Date:        August 22, 2009
Time:        615pm Arrival & Mingle
                630pm Tasting (about 45 mins to an hour)
Address:   Yumeya (Opposite Gallery Hotel)
                33 Mohamed Sultan Road
                #01-01 Singapore 238977
                Tel: 6887 0282
RSVP to Candice at by August 19, Wednesday.
3.  Entrepreneurship Forum by Stanford Club of Singapore and The Financial Women's Association of Singapore

The Stanford Club of Singapore and the Financial Women's Association (FWA) are delighted to invite you to the Entrpreneurship Forum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 August. 


FWA and the Stanford Club have brought together an outstanding panel of new and experienced entrepreneurs who have struck out on their own in fields ranging from retail and media to financial services and software.


Particularly at this time of economic uncertainty, more and more professionals are assessing their priorities and looking at setting up their own companies. Starting up something new seems daunting yet it can also offer tremendous opportunities. This panel session gives you a chance to hear how entrepreneurs decided to set up their own businesses, what worked well and what didn't, and how they're faring in today's difficult times. Moderated by NUS Adjunct Professor Eric Tachibana, the panel features Jeremy Brest of financial services firm Framework Capital, Forrest Li from online gaming company Garena, Deborah Ng of clothing rental store Maternity Exchange, and Joel Lin from the media company Omnimedia that produced Contender Asia.


The range of experiences these participants bring will offer valuable insights that can help you make your own decision about whether and how to leverage your expertise and passion. More information about each of the panelists is on the following page. The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and you'll be able to talk with the panelists as well as fellow participants over light refreshments before and after the event.  


Date:  Tuesday, 25th August, 2009

Time:  6:30pm

Venue: UBS AG Auditorium

           One Raffles Quay, #49-00 North Tower

Cost:    Stanford Club members: $30/person

            Non-members: $45/person

Space is limited and there is early-bird pricing, so do make your reservation early. To reserve your place, please complete the form below and email it to Richard Hartung at or Liew Weylin at Reservations must be received by 20 August 2009, and you must register prior to the event. Please call Liew Weylin at 9437 8868 or Richard Hartung at 9695 8210 for more information.
4. Network Nights with Rutgers University Singapore, and guest speaker Professor Farrokh Langdana on "Stimulus Plans, Budget Defincits & Long Bonds: What Lies Ahead"
Rutgers University Singapore cordially invites you to join them for the following Network Nights this August.
Date:  Wednesday, 26th August, 2009
Time:  6:16pm - Registration
          6:30pm - 7:30pm Networking (refreshments & appetizers provided)
          7:30pm - 8:30pm Speaker: Professor Farrokh Langdana,
                                   Topic: "Stimulus Plans, Budget Deficits & Long Bonds: What Lies Ahead"

Venue: Level 5, Imagination Room, Singapore National Library Building 
Price: $20 for prepaid online registration, $25 for payment at the door

RSVP is required. Please register online or email
This event will be a facilitated discussion by Professor Langdana with the audience and will cover the following:
* The Global Stimulus Packages
* The Macroeconomic Outlook
* the Warning from the Long Bonds

Featured Speaker: Director of the International EMBA Program & Professor

Professor Langdana's area of specialization include monetary and fiscal theory and international economics. His research deals with macroeconomic experimentation and the role of stabilization policy in an expectations-driven economy. He has published several articles as well as four books in this area. His most recent book is Macroeconomic Policy: Demystifying Monetary and Fiscal Policy. Dr. Langdana is the recipient of the Horace dePodwin Research Award as well as over twenty teaching awards that include the Rutgers university-wide Warren I.Susman Award and Rutgers Business School's Paul Nadler Award for Excellence in Teaching. He recently received the 2009 and the Most Outstanding Professor Award from the Singapore Executive MBA Class of 2009 and the Most Outstanding Professor Award from the full-time MBA class for 2009. He currently teaches Macroeconomic Policy as well as International Trade and Global Macropolicy in the EMBA program. Professor Langdana has taught extensively in China, Singapore, Iceland and France in addition to the U.S., and his courses have a genuinely global outlook. He has been teaching in China since 1993.

5.  Columbia Business School MBA Reception for Interested Applicants
This year's Columbia Business School MBA information session and reception for prospective students will be held on Thursday, August 27th.  Ms. Katie Lynch, Columbia Business School Associate Director of MBA Admissions, will be here to talk to interested applicants.  CBS alumni will also be present to share their experiences and the benefits of the Columbia Business School MBA.
Date:  Thursday, August 27th
Time:  7:00pm
Venue: The American Club
           Colonial Room, 3rd Floor
           10 Claymore Hill
6. DUAL evening talk and networking - "Who Moved My Rice Bowl"?
We live in an unprecedented environment of global pressures which have impacted all of us personally.
Reaching out to those who have been retrenched is an initiative by DUAL as we continue to be relevant to our alumni members.  DUAL is organizing a series of 5 sessions called "WHO MOVED MY RICE BOWL?"
Session 1 - Monday 27th April, 2009 : Using Chopsticks - Returning to Basics
Session 2 - Thursday 28th May, 2009: Rice isn't the only Food - Considering the Alternatives
Session 3 - Thursday, 30th July, 2009 : Is the Bowl half full? Financial Health and the Family
Session 4 - Monday, 31st August, 2009 : Sharing your Rice Bowl - Networking
Session 5 - end September : Eat and Live Healthily
The Fourth Session: Is the Bowl Half Full?  Sharing your Rice Bowl - Networking
Date:          Monday, 31st August, 2009
Time:          7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue:       The American Club
                 Colonial, 3rd floor
                 10 Claymore Hill
Cost:          $35, payment at door
Finger Food will be served
Though payment is at door, no show will still be charged.
Space is limited
7:00 pm Registration & Networking
7:30 pm Programme begins
PANELISTS: Representatives from various networking groups, including:
PrimeTime - established by and for international business and professional women in Singapore.  The PrimeTime community provides over 90 activities each year to meet the professional, social and community outreach interests of is membership
ConneXions - (To-Be-Confirmed) is an initiative of the American Association providing dynamic networking opportunities for people living and working in Singapore.  ConneXions welcomes men and women from all nations and industries. 
This is a closed door session targeted at only alumni members and ideally, only the retrenched.
RSVP By 26th August, 2009 to Ms. Ng Hau Yee at
We hope that at the end of these sessions, we would have fostered a network of relevant contacts for your support and further employment prospects. We also look forward to your active participation.
7.   "Nudge": - Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Prof Richard Thaler
Professor Richard Thaler, Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics, will discuss his book, Nudge, co-authored with Cass Sunstein, and will share their cutting-edge research about human fallibility. He also will outline a new world that recognizes human nature for what it is, while also making wise choices easier and more likely.
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Location: American Club in Singapore, 10 Claymore Hill, Singapore 229573
Cost:  $20 with registration / $30 for walk-ins
7:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 p.m. Presentation
8:30 p.m. Networking and Cocktail Reception
8. LSEAAS - Trip to Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort & Tour of Ipoh
The LSE Alumni Association of Singapore is excited to bring this inaugural "overseas event" to you!

Are you a foodie, an avid golfer, a spa aficionado? Or perhaps a nature lover?  Or simply someone needing a short break? How about we throw in a championship award-winning golf course, luxury transport and lakefront accommodation?  We hope you are tempted and keen!  
If not, how about the idea of staying at the same place as Jodie Foster when she starred in the 1999 international classic "Anna and The King"?

Hosted by Dato Lee Hau Hian (Vice-President, LSE Alumni Malaysian Chapter), the 3-day getaway  provides an escape, a place of refuge and the perfect opportunity to relax, share memories, reconnect with old friends, and make new contacts.  Come join in this special trip to Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort which includes a tour of Ipoh!

The Resort

Sanctuary… A word that evokes visions of tranquility, calm, peacefulness and harmony with nature.  An escape, a retreat, a place of refuge. This is the essence of Clearwater Sanctuary.

A regeneration of nature, Clearwater Sanctuary which encompasses over 100 acres, prestigiously transforms the former tin-mining glory of the Kinta Valley into the nation's latest, unique and most breathtaking 27-hole golf resort.

Exceptionally designed by Tim Woolbank of the internationally renowned Australian Golf Management (M) Sdn. Bhd. Clearwater Sanctuary pays tribute to the Scottish charm – the traditional homeland of this ancient game.

Resplendently embraced by 350 acres of shimmering lakes, Clearwater Sanctuary is home to old majestic raintrees, fruit trees, and a veritable menagerie of birds namely the colourful kingfisher, quails, moorhens, storks, hawks and herons, while the lakes teem with a myriad of tropical fishes.

The Raintree Nine and Lakes Nine, acclaimed to be among the most challenging and picturesque course in South East Asia, promises a truly memorable golfing experience. The Wetlands Nine, a unique Par-3 course, is the ideal challenge for those seeking a short but satisfactory game. Juniors and beginners or those who need to sharpen their golfing
skills should try out the Wetlands Nine.

As for your accommodation, it would be in a cosy cluster of waterfront chalets, overlooking lotus-laden sparkling lakes, Sri Damai chalet is the ideal romantic retreat for couples and definitely a holiday destination for a family vacation.

Event Details

Date            Monday, 7 September to Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Time            Depart 0915 (7 Sep), Arrive 2130 (9 Sep)

Venue           Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort, Ipoh (

Address Lot 6019, Jalan Changkat Larang, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia

Lodging Lakefront chalets

Transport       Luxury Coach (with personal TV at each comfortable, spacious seat)

Pricing Details

(1)     With return coach, two night's accommodation and organised meals (welcome drink, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners)

On twin-sharing basis           S$250 per person

On single-person basis          S$325 per person

(2)     Own transport, two night's accommodation and organised meals (welcome drink, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2

On twin-sharing basis           S$150 per person

On single-person basis          S$225 per person

All other expenses e.g. golf, spa, travel insurance etc. will have to be borne by the individual.

Places & Reservations

Due to limited places (22 bookings with 40 persons maximum), reservations will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
To avoid disappointment, please RSVP to Collin Tseng-Liu at as soon as possible before 10 August. More details will be provided to you, i.e. itinerary for the trip. Payment is required to secure places; and cheques should be made to "LSE Alumni Association of Singapore" upon confirmation of your reservation.
9.  Career Opportunities - Personal Bankers and Relationship Managers at Citibank
1) Citibanking Personal Banker
Primarily responsible to acquire Citibanking customers and upgrade to CitiGold. These include deepening and broadening account relationships through providing advisory services on investment/insurance and asset products with the objective of generating revenue for a more profitable relationship. Expand on new customer base through referrals from customers.
Handling clients' enquiries as well as resolution of complaints, making sure that they follow through the end-to-end process of the investigations.

Candidate must possess at least a Graduate Diploma, Bachelor's Degree in Business Studies, Finance, Accountancy or equivalent. Preferably with Insurance and Investment knowledge and experience. Fresh graduates with aptitude for sales can also apply.

- Strong team player, yet able to work independently.
- Good interpersonal skills and able to deal with customers.
- Strong sales orientation, confidence and poise
- Committed to Quality and Service Excellence
- Pleasant personality
- High integrity

2) Citigold Relationship Manager
You will have access to the best training and proprietary sales tools to deliver Wealth Management Banking to customers. It is a career that is both professionally and financially rewarding. You will play a crucial role in acquiring and developing customer relationships. Servicing an elite class of customers, you will help them build their wealth through CitiGold's unique wealth planner and tracker. In addition, you will work with Specialists on a wide array of speciality products to advise customers on investment opportunities.

If you are a highly driven professional with a tertiary education and 2 years' insurance, banking or private banking sales experience, this position will appeal to you. Those with excellent problem-solving skills will excel here.
Interested applicants please email your resumes to Mr. Leong Mon Wai, Branch Manager for Citibank Esplanade Branch, City Hall and Bugis Instant Banking Centres, at

Fantastic articles on US Applications

Thanks to an anonymous US Universities' Alumni who share this with me and my blog readers.

Suhaimi Ramly

Suhaimi Ramly, a fellow ATU student. He was in ATU 4 (same batch as me, and then he went to MIT to do his degree.

Over the years, Suhaimi has been dedicatedly contributing to Malaysia's International Mathematics Olympiad team, where he helped to coach the team.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Launch of New CPPS Policy Factsheet: PM Najib's First 100 Days in Office


CPPS is pleased to bring to you its Policy Factsheet on Dato' Seri Najib's first 100 days in office as Prime Minister. In this factsheet, we looked at the accomplishments and shortcomings of his administration thus far and explore its effects on Malaysia. To view the factsheet, visit;

At CPPS, we believe that policy decisions made by leaders have a direct effect on every citizen's life. As such, CPPS maintains the Policy Factsheets Project as a means to continue educating and empowering the public on issues relevant to the growth and development of Malaysia. For more Factsheets, visit our Factsheets page at;



Should we privatise or nationalise Malaysian water services? New publication.

Malaysia Think Tank

Press statement

16 August 2009


This week (16 – 22 August 2009) is World Water Week ( To mark this global event, the Malaysia Think Tank is publishing the report "Water Provision in Malaysia: Privatise or Nationalise?", with support from the International Policy Network, a global research organisation based in London.

The report is attached, and is available for free download from


"Water Provision in Malaysia: Privatise or Nationalise?"  looks at what we can learn from the global successes and failures of water management. Our aim with this report is to make clear that the priority for any public policy, including the management and provision of water, must be the general public good. Policymakers need to put in place the policy that is best for the public, not the one that best suits their personal, political or ideological agenda. 


Especially when it comes to critical resources like water, the ultimate goal must be to find who can best deliver an effective water supply at the best value for money for consumers.


The report argues that:

§  The purpose of privatisation, ultimately, is to allow healthy competition in the supply market to replace harmful monopoly. But, in the case of past Malaysian privatisations, what was dubbed "privatisation" failed to create competition. The lopsided agreements and exclusive rights granted to politically-connected firms meant that the monopoly remains. The poor way in which privatisation has been carried out turned many Malaysians against the privatisation of national assets or public utilities, especially when it comes to a vital resource like water. But there is actually a strong case for challenging the total state management of water.


§  The experience of Chile, which is discussed at length in this report, shows how the emergence of a water market in Chile has brought greater and better water provisions to its citizens. A discussion about Bolivia's failed attempt to privatise their water services is also presented.


§  Campaigns for state-ownership of water provision facilities by anti-privatisation activists only result in a staunch defence of the corrupt or incompetent. These ideologically-driven campaigns inadvertently benefit the rich cronies, who continue to abuse their positions in state-owned or state-linked corporations, at the expense of the poor who are denied choice. 

§  To improve the quality of water provision in Malaysia, what we need is a relaxation of regulations that prevent competition in the water market. There should be more than one service provider so that the providers compete to provide us, the rakyat, with the most efficient service at competitive prices. We should have the choice of which service provider we want to buy from, not being ordered around by politicians who think they know best.


§  If Prime Minister Najib is serious about his economic liberalisation agenda, then liberalisation of the water industry is one area that he needs to look into. We know from Malaysia's own experience that state intervention in the market, including in the water industry, usually results only in corruption and cronyism. True and proper liberalisation – not a repetition of faux-privatisation like before – can help reduce corruption and cronyism.


§  Liberalisation, if accompanied by greater competition and choice, ultimately benefits the consumer. On the other hand, monopoly, be it by the state or private sector, will only deny the citizens of Malaysia the right to choose what is best for themselves. Only through a truly free water market can power be taken away from self-interested politicians and their cronies in state-owned companies and private corporations, to be vested back into the hands of the rakyat.



Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Director General

Malaysia Think Tank

F6 Taman Tunku, Bukit Tunku

50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +44 7920 132233





Saturday, August 15, 2009

Complimentary Talk: Love Your Brain & Your Life will be Beautiful


We cordially invite you to attend a free talk on Love Your Brain & Your Life will be Beautiful? by Mr. S.K. Tan. The details are as below.


Date    :           5 September 2009 (Saturday)

Time    :           9.45 am - 12.00 noon

Venue  :           Centre for Extension Education

                        Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

                        No.13, Jalan 13/6, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor


The admission for the talk is FREE. Enclosed herewith the flyer for the talk.


The talk is open to all. Feel free to bring your family members and friends to the talk. Please drop us a note ( if you are coming so that we can ensure comfort for all.




Secretariat, MMLM

Society of Students in Sciences and Social Sciences

Got an email on S-Five, Society of Students in Sciences and Social Sciences. It seems to be a new society, which has hope to create a platform for students to share their research ideas with one another. It is an international student research organization.

If you are interested, do check out at here .

AIM: To serve as a platform for all students to share their research ideas with each other and the experts in the particular fields.

REQUIREMENTS: Practical experience, along with classroom teaching is required for any student to discover his potential and to enable him to analyze career prospects for himself. An increasing number of students are drifting towards non-academic fields because of lack of guidance, which creates a void in the effective research community. In particular, a decrease in the number of social scientists is seen. This needs to be addressed.

The objective of S-five is to act as a bridge between subject experts and students with similar research inclinations.S-five provides an international network to the students which strives to ease the path of effective research within the student community by providing a diverse knowledge base. With its huge network of students across the globe, S-five aims to host workshops and conferences internationally under expert guidance regularly and hence providing a real research experience to its members with contacts to the professionals and experts throughout the world.

Further, it will publish two research journals at a time, one comprising of undergraduate research papers in sciences and the other in social sciences. After a call-for-paper for different streams is announced, the experts will select a handful to present their papers orally in the forthcoming conference. Thereafter the papers in conference proceedings shall be considered for the E-journals.The journals will consist of sub-sections dedicated to subjects falling under the respective streams. The papers shall be selected for the journal by a selection committee which shall consist of experts in the particular field. The journals will be electronic in format initially and will be released on site, and paper-based for people who wish to subscribe.

*The journal will have a special section, for students who want to propose a particular idea along with an abstract protocol for the same. This will be to bridge the gap between the talented students and the interested faculty with similar research inclinations.

RESULT: A community S-five which unites students internationally with the mentors and researchers providing a guiding light.
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Mentality of Young Malaysians

It is great to read 2 articles by Hafiz Noor Shams and John Lee sharing on Malaysian Insider about "a generation of activist idealists" and "get involved and do something for society".

Both of them have done a lot for community, and have always been driver in making the change in the society. To me, what matters is doing what you are passionate of, and really go out and do good for society. To me, the political divide that each of us might have, is just one of the many ways that people can dice things around, but what matters deep down is that we look at issues, and we decide objectively, why we take a stand on a certain issue. We decide so, not because it is by Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat or for that matter, any of the parties around, but because we believe so.

Besides Hafiz, John Lee, there are definitely many other youths today, who care a lot about the country, willing to think about the country, and want to do more for the country. It is the long term passion that is going to bring our country to the next stage of the world's platform. To all those who are just criticizing things in the country from the coffee shop, I urge you to do your part and make the change. We don't need to be powerful to make the change. Every little change that you can do, to improve/enhance a fellow Malaysian in a particular sector/field/area, that is a positive stand.

SuAnn also wrote regarding Malaysian's mentality, in the context of the students, especially those who are applying to study in US. How Malaysians only bother to care about themselves, and not about the country or the world. How people ask/say things like "I am going to break the bond. The scholarship is good in CV", "I can afford it, but why not, if I get a free ride on my education. I deserved it anyway", "how many hours of community service do I need to do to get into Ivy League" etc etc. What has happened to the younger generation of Malaysia. We should be thinking objectively. And I hope all Malaysians who can afford to make the change in others, to do so. Lets build a better Malaysia.

For those youth who are free on Sunday, do drop by 3K Inn in Subang Jaya for the Better Malaysia forum .

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oxbridge Debate

Oxbridge Debate this coming 22nd August.

US and Britain now recognise our engineers

Thanks to my loyal blog reader for sharing this.

This article is from The Star Online


KAJANG: Malaysian engineers will be recognised in more countries including the United States and Britain now that the country has been fully accredited with the Washington Accord.

Malaysia has been trying to secure the recognition for years and only achieved it this year

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said yesterday that with the recognition, the standards of Malaysia's engineering courses would be recognised internationally, and Malaysian engineers could now work in places such as Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and Taiwan.

Established in 1989, the Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement for professional engineering academic degrees.

The accord recognises engineering degree programmes in member countries. It also acknowledges that a member nation has shown long-term commitment to quality assurance in its engineering courses.

Earlier, when opening the Asean Universities Build-and-Break Competition 2009 at Universiti Tenaga Malaysia, Mohamed Khaled said the contest would let students apply what they had learnt to solve challenges.

It follows a series of contests organised by the ministry including the Robocon 2009 and the Imagine Cup 2009 which was co-organised with Microsoft.

PSD offering 12 Yang di-Pertuan Agong scholarships

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This article is from The Star


PETALING JAYA: The Public Services Department (PSD) is offering 12 post-graduate scholarships under the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Scholarship Programme.

The scholarships are divided into six places each for Master's and PhD in the fields of Science and Technology, Economics and Law, said a press statement from the department.

"The scholarships are meant for candidates with excellent academic and non-academic (extra-curricular activities) achievements to pursue post-graduate studies either locally or overseas," the statement added.

Priority would be given to candidates who have achieved excellent results in their undergraduate and Master's degrees; and have abilities such as speaking several languages, are active in community activities, possessing special skills, and ability to produce creative and innovative works.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Scholarship Programme's allowances are better than those offered under other scholarships, while fees are paid straight to the university.

The application closing date is Aug 24.

Application forms can be downloaded from or

For more information, call the PSD hotline 03-8885 3436/3892 or visit the counter at: Human Capital Development Division (Bahagian Pembangunan Modal Insan), Fifth Floor, Block C 1, Parcel C, Public Ser- vices Department, Putrajaya; from 8am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm.