Saturday, July 16, 2011

The 5th Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit (MSLS) 2011

The 5th Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit (MSLS) 2011 is now open for registration!

In this year's MSLS, we will delve deeper within our collective consciousness to rediscover what makes us unique and what makes Malaysia tick to paint a picture of where we stand in this fast-changing, globalised world. 

Which piece of this new world puzzle is Malaysia? 

How are we going to find and benefit from this fit? 

Where do we as youths piece ourselves in this Malaysian puzzle? 

In this year's MSLS, we will strive to come up with answers to these profound questions, as we piece together the Malaysian puzzle together.

The details of the event are as follows:
Date: 30 and 31 July 2011 (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 8 - 6.30pm (both days)
Venue: Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Dress Code: Formal

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please send us an email at To register, please go to​msls2011 today - we will be updating all the details there!

Please note that you do not need to pay in order to attend this conference - it is free of charge for all participants.

To get all the latest updates on MSLS, follow us on Twitter @UKEC.

Curious to find out more about what MSLS will be exploring this time? Check out the first of 3 trailers for MSLS here!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Durham University student expedition

Got this from Christopher Sien.

Hi. My name is Christopher Sien. I'm a Malaysian student and I'm currently studying at Durham University, United Kingdom. This summer I will betaking part in a group project in Cambodia with Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK), aiming to raise £16,500 for charity.  We plan to travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and spend three weeks working  in schools and teaching English to poor children.  Before I go I need to raise £2200, half of which will go to cover the cost of my flights, accommodation and our living costs in the hospice and the other half will be distributed between 3 charities:
i) Burma Education Partnership - 
ii) FutureSense Foundation -
iii) A cambodian charity (to be confirmed)
As you may have noticed, the fundraising target is a steep one, and I was wondering if you are willing to help.  I would be incredibly appreciative of any donation, however you are willing to offer. All money donated would go directly to the three charities that I've mentioned and would be invaluable in helping me reach my fundraising target.
Basically, I find it shocking that most people in Cambodia still live on an average wage of less than $1 a day. I personally spend at least 3 times that amount everyday. Also, most children in Cambodia do not have the opportunity to engage in a good educational program. As a universal language, I think teaching English to these children will help to give them a voice to express themselves not just to each other, but also to people all around the world. I also think that it will represent the first step to a hopefully brighter future for them. This is why I want to help. And I hope you see it the same way I do.
Donations can be made online at Any donations can be made safely and securely, will go directly to the charity, and Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid is added to your donation. The minimum donation is £2. That's approximately RM10, SGD5, AUD3, USD3, etc. That's also the price of a cup of coffee from Starbucks. If you can give that up for a day, it will go a long way to helping a person in Cambodia. I would be extremely grateful if you could spare a few pounds to help Burma Education Partnership and FutureSense Foundation and to help me on my way.
If you would like more information about the project or about any of the charities, please get in touch with me on +447591907319, or by email to  Thank you so much for your time.
Yours sincerely,
Christopher Sien.


theSun Writing Competition

Thanks to Tricia for sharing this.


HAVE you something interesting to say about your country and you? On any
aspect that inspires you or delights you or even annoys you?
If you do, share it with your fellow Malaysians by taking part in the
theSun-1MDB 'Malaysia and Me' Writing Competition which closes on July
The top three prizes are RM5,000, RM3,000 and RM2,000. There are also 10
Consolation Prizes of RM500 each.
If you are a Malaysian between the ages of 15 and 30, you are eligible to
take part, and can send in as many as three entries.
Your entry must be your own original work, and it must not have been
published before.
The competition is organised by theSun in conjunction with Merdeka 2011,
with the aim of encouraging literary expression by Malaysian youths.
We've kept the boundaries open by calling it simply a "writing
competition". This means you can write in any genre you wish.
Exercise your imagination. You can of course write an essay to address
the 'Malaysia and Me' theme. But if you feel you can best express it
in a poem, go for it. Or if you want to write a letter to your country or
anyone in particular, that's also fine. So is writing a short story or
even a short play with dialogue and action.
Just be sure to keep to a maximum of 1,500 words. There is, however, no
The judging will be done by an independent panel of professional experts,
and they will be looking for the most creative entries. With substance
too, of course.
To ensure impartiality in the judging, the names of the participants will
not be made known to the panel. As such, you must make sure that your
name does not appear on any part of your entry. It should appear only in
the entry form, together with other required particulars and the title of
your entry.
Do take note that the title of your entry must also appear on every page
of your entry.
Entry forms are available in the printed edition of theSun and online at
You can e-mail in your entries or send them by snail mail, but each entry
must be accompanied by an entry form.
All entries must reach the office of theSun no later than 6pm on July 29,
You can find out more about the competition in theSun newspaper or log on
to .