2009 MAAC Year End Alumni Dinner Party ~ “Paradise @ The Lagoon”

This event was organized to promote and foster networking amongst Malaysian alumni associations of Australian universities and of Australian institutions of higher learning, and also amongst Malaysian graduates of Australian universities and of Australian institutions of higher learning. In addition, it was a welcome arrival for the new Australian Education Internation (AEI) Councillor, Ms. Louise McSorley, who is the successor to Mr. Adam Carlon.
In the evening, a Talent Singing Competition was threw to over 200 participants for the day. Of course not to forget the generous lucky draw prizes for the dinner ie a 3 day/2 night package stay at YTL resort, Pangkor Laut Resort, and other sponsors include Sunway Lagoon Hotel, Jusco, Australian High Commission.

Thank you to UoN for supporting Malaysia Chapter in this event!

21 November 2009

Here are some highlights on what happened on 21 November 2009! If you've read our blog or emails from UoN Alumni Office, yes, it was a talk by Associate Professor Amir Mahmood and followed by AGM.

The topic presented has brought us to the insight of global recession and the impact to Malaysia economy. It was interesting to know how the spiral effect on global financial melt down could impact Malaysia directly and indirectly to some industries. Prof. Amir has touched issues such as the causes of financial crisis; risk to banks, consumers and investors; credit squeeze; confidence level on households and businesses; spending power; declining on commodities price; and world output and econimic growth. With all these, he has brought into some statistics from Malaysia perspectives, which showed some comparative figures on the changed and improved industries in Malaysia. Also, he highlighted on the certain measures that has been implemented by Malaysia government to curb with this global issue.

If you did not attend this session, you must have missing something that was valuable and interesting presentation from UoN!

If you wish to contact Prof. Amir, you can send an email at Amir.Mahmood@newcastle.edu.au

After the talk, the Chapter proceeded with AGM. As the elected President and Honorary Secretary in the last EGM ie 25 November 2008, had resigned due to work committment. Therefore, the vacant positions have to be replaced with an election in this AGM. The elected new committees are:

President: Vincent Tiew Soon Thung
Vice President: Nicole Lim Sui Yee
Honorary Secretary: Jessica Yim Lye Lye

On the Chapter membership status, the total members as at 20 November 2009 was 59, ie 15 life members and 44 ordinary members.

On activities done for 2009, all have been uploaded in this blog and what is going to take place in 2010, don't forget to log on to this blog next month to see all the line up in "Coming Events".

Prof. Amir has expressed his great support for the alumni. He supported one of the proposed activities ie campus tour where he suggested a workshop to be held in UoN campus. His faculty will support and fund for this workshop. If you want to attend, remember to check it out the details with us.

With all these, the day has well ended!

Professor Amir Mahmood

Picture of some members for the AGM
UoN Tea Reception

15 November 2009, a Tea Reception was hosted by UoN to alumni members and friends in Kuala Lumpur. We were pleased to have a number of senior executives from the University visiting this year and share the afternoon with us. They were

(a) The Chancellor, Professor Trevor Waring and the Deputy Chancellor, Mr Michael Johns
(b) The Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Saunders
(c) The President of the University Alumni Network, Mr Brian Kennaugh
(d) Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business & Law, Prof Stephen Nicholas
(e) Associate Director, Corporate Development and Community Partnerships, Ms Rosemary Thomson

With the present of the graduates and friends, we have moved ahead to foster and strengthen our relationship with the University.

Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Ghani (Committee); Mazliza Mat (Auditor)

Christina Wong Kit Ping, Patrick Er, Vincent Tiew (Acting President)

Brian Kennaugh, Datuk Pahamin A. Rajab, Michael Johns

Michael Johns, Lai Tze May (Chapter Trustee), Yong Kee Chiang, Nick Saunders, Datuk Pahamin, Puan Sri Susan Cheah

Datuk Pahamin, Rosemary Thomson



The Chancellor, Professor Trevor Waring

Annual General Meeting of the Alumni will be held at 3pm, 21st November, 2009, at PJ Hilton, Selangor


1.  Call to order
2.  Introduction and welcome
3.  To review last minutes
4.  Resignation of President (June 2009)
5.  To update membership status.
6.  To discuss financial status.
7.  To update activities and blogspot
8.  To elect and form new ac hoc committees for 2010 activities.
9.  Any other matters.

Distributed to :

1.  Patrons
2.  UoN Senior Officers
3.  Registered members
4.  UoN Malaysia graduates
5.  UoN graduates reside in Malaysia
6.  Guests

‘The Global Recession and the Malaysian Economy: The Way Ahead’

Presented by Associate Professor Amir Mahmood Deputy Head of Faculty and the Assistant Dean International, Faculty of Business & Law, University of Newcastle.

The presentation will provide an overview of the way the global recession has impacted the Malaysian economy, the policy tools used by the government to minimise the severity of this recession, and highlights the dynamics of the global recession and their implications for future growth of the Malaysian economy.

Associate Professor Amir Mahmood completed his M.A and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Manitoba, Canada. His current research focus is on issues concerning competitiveness and trade in commercial services in the ASEAN region. Professor Mahmood was a recipient of 2007 Endeavour Malaysia Research Fellowship, a prestigious award offered by the Australian Government. With keen interest in the Malaysian economy, Professor Mahmood has presented talks at various Malaysian institutions, including Economic & Planning Unit (EPU), Professional Services Development Corporation (PSDC) Malaysia, Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE, National Productivity Corporation (NPC), and Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).

VENUE: Hilton Petaling Jaya, No 2 Jalan Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
DATE: Saturday 21st November 2009
TIME: 2pm
RSVP: By 19th November to alumni@newcastle.edu.au

Registration essential as seats are limited. At the conclusion of the seminar guests are welcome to stay for light refreshments and the chapter AGM.
25 April 2009

Malaysia Chapter had a team in the Annual Aussie Hunt organized by AEI Malaysia. It was also in conjunction with Australia Month, a tri-series of Australian football competion was held. While enjoying the game by Malaysian Worrior, Singapore Wombat and Australia Army, a lovely Australian buffet lunch was served!

Pictures taken were Vice President Vincent Tiew, Chapter Trustee Lai Tze May and MAAC President, Puan Sri Susan Cheah.

17 January 2009

A pre-departure briefing was held by Hope Tancinco (E: Hope.Tancinco@newcastle.edu.au) from the University for Malaysian students in Subang Shereton Hotel. This is an annual briefing normally will be conducted for students to prepare themselves before campus life. In this briefing, most students were from JPA and MARA. They were studying medical, architectural and mechinical engineering.


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