Aug 21

With the recent news of the prestigious John Hopkins breaking affiliations with Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine (PUGSOM). My university has once again hit the headlines and smacked with all sorts of criticism and bombarded by friends and family with questions, worries and concerns.

Nonetheless, despite even the students’ own ‘grievances’, we still stand together as one.

Here are just 2 of the long post posted on FB which left me feeling secured in the fact that Perdana University’s students are just utterly amazing.

“I’m very sure that some if not all are disappointed with what has been said in the media. I urge all to maintain our heads high as individuals and rise up head and shoulders above the rest. It is in this time when people doubt our university, that we should strive even harder to achieve what we have always dreamed of. Let our university and AMC do their part and we do whatever we can to launch our university to greater heights. Network more, publish more, present more and go the extra mile to make a good name for ourselves in the hospitals.”

 

“It has been a day of anxiety and shock for most of us, and many of us feel the pain, sadness and confusion which has accompanied the news concerning Pugsom today. We stand together with them in the face of all these battering waves of bad news and sensationalism.

We might feel terrified of what the future holds for us; some of us might be thinking ‘How am I going to answer my friends if they ask me about Perdana?’; some of us might currently feel that we are standing on shaky ground; some of us might feel that the rest of the world thinks we would soon be holders of a banana certificate.

But dear fellow Perdanarians, tonight, as we retire to our beds, we urge all of you to be at peace, and to bear in mind that the power and fame of our Mater lies only in her children; she drives her power, not from her laurels of times past, but from the exploits of her children in the future to come.

Be at peace – worry no more. And remember that in such a time as this, the people who now wield the honour of Perdana, the shapers of Perdana’s fate, is no longer Hopkins, neither is it AMC, neither is it merely RCSI. The true standard-bearers of Perdana are her children – all of you. You may have felt that Perdana’s might came from her collaborations; but now we say unto you – nay, her might comes from her children and what they can do.

Good wine needs no bush.

Remember who you are, and what you stand for. It is now up to us to defend the integrity of this Institute. The days of trial may be upon us, and this duty now rests squarely upon our shoulders.

Be at peace, and tomorrow we shall awake with a new duty. A new reason to fight. A new ethos to unite us.

We stand together – and though the world may think us fools, we think not; but we shall defy empty words borne of sensation with sterling integrity and unassailable reputation. Here we stand united, and lest God wills otherwise, we are infallible as one.”

Amazing isn’t it?

The students uphold the standard and image of this university. We had to learn how to do so 3 years ago, we are doing it now, and we will continue to do it in the future. Our university management may have their weaknesses, but as you continue coming at us (especially us students) for ‘making the wrong choice by choosing PU’, all I will say is, just watch us coming at you in the hospitals.

They started this university and made mistakes along the way, but right now it doesn’t just belong to adults wanting to make money and supposedly “changing the landscape of malaysian healthcare system”. It belongs also to us students, your future doctors.

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Aug 21

I refer you back to an earlier post of mine, back in March 2011, when I was still studying A Levels at HELP University. Read it here!

After you’ve read it, and those who know that I have now taken up a position in my university student council as Vice President, I have just shot myself in the foot. OUCHHHHH

But that’s just it. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to push myself to do more for the place God graciously gave me and led me to be in. I wanted to leave a mark.

The real question and challenge here is, in this kind of body/society, how can one make use of my current position to be an impact, to love, to care, to advance the kingdom of God, when there is so much mindsets and paradigms that needs to be broken, systems that need changing?

Just recently I was pretty agitated by a small issue. I pushed for my ideas because I had valid reasons for it, but people supposedly in charge didn’t like the idea because it was not “part of the system”. I would have left the matter as it is, except for the fact that now I know that they are not flexible. Worse still when at the beginning, we were elected to improve and to change the atmosphere in the way student activities are run and now telling me that systems cannot change. Anyway, so after that whole thing, I let it go. But then I was thinking about it again, and I asked myself, “what kind of character was I portraying?”. I’m not turning back on my idea that the system needs changing, yet how do I do it still maintaining the right posture and character?

Suddenly all I imagined myself doing in the council comes crashing down. Because I realize that the whole time I thought of all my plans and ideas, I assumed they will all accept it but now realizing how I can get so easily agitated when I don’t see eye to eye, I realize I have to work out a different strategy.

Sometimes I don’t even know why its so tough. There seems like this barrier that I can’t break through, I feel like there is only a certain limit that I can go. But we’ll see, this is just the beginning, there is more to come, more to look forward to, more to change, more to improve.

I’m excited because at the end of the day, the SRC is carving a better future (at least I hope so) for future batches and generations to come. I want to leave a legacy, I want to leave a lasting impact.

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The Student Representative Council and all their handsome and pretty faces.

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Aug 12

So I got back to London on a Friday. I have 4 more days! These 2 months plus, has really been an unforgettable experience.

Nothing much that I did during these few days. On Saturday I went to the Armoury Store! (Arsenal Official Merchandise Store). The whole Emirates stadium tour I did 2 months ago, and then now coming back again to buy some stuffs, just standing there, its really like a dream come true. I may not be the greatest Arsenal fan, but just being a fan, being there, was so amazing.

And on Sunday I went to a church called Holy Trinity Brompton. This church is home to people like Nicky Gumbel and Tim Hughes (if you’re familiar with those names). The beginning was like so drama. Dimmed lights, spot lights bursting with a video background, like full on concert wei! And even the first song they sang which I was very familiar with, sounded like it came straight out of the CD that I listened it from! After church I met with Jin Yun for lunch and had a great time catching up with her. Then I went walking around just trying to find baby shirts with UK flag on it but couldn’t find any :( And the whole I was just trying to get internet to keep updated on how Arsenal is doing in the community shield. (Which they won, ohyea!)

Stayed in on Monday, packed up and got myself ready for flying the next day. But I saved one last nice part for the night. I had to watch a musical, at least one musical while I’m here in London! So my friend and I chose Wicked. Friends all say its good, I got to see it for myself! And it was! I loved everything about it, the story, songs, acting and the whole AV effect, superb! Now I wished I should have just starved some days to save money and go for some more musicals while I still could!

Woke up the next day, grab my stuff. From Canada Water to Green Park on the Jubilee Line, then from Green Park to London Heathrow on the Piccadilly Line. The same train I took when I was coming into London, into this whole journey, into this whole experience. Now, I’m taking that same train back, back to a place I call home, a place that raised me, a place that at this point in time, I would still rather live and serve in.

I’m coming home, Malaysia.

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Aug 11

Final leg of my travels, heading to Guernsey! Where my cousin uncle and aunty lives. Since meeting them in Jan this year, and finding out where they lived, I’d thought since I’m already so close to them, might as well pay a visit! And also a little short time to see how my uncle works as a family doctor here.

I flew from Gatwick on this propeller plane which I was a little jakoon about since I’ve never sat in one before, and about 45min later, I could see a beautiful island holding about 60,000 people, through the window!

My aunty fetched me from the airport and when I reached their place? *gasp* it was so beautiful! Such a beautifully built open concept home and my room was like an attic-ish looking room but bigger and it was so cooooool! Never slept in one of these types of room before.

Then Saturday morning again I did another thing I’ve never done before, get into a sailing boat! Well, didn’t sail, but got to see what it’s like on the sea as we went from one harbour to another. And from the sea, Guernsey looked beautiful.

Spent most of the Saturdays and Sundays seeing Guernsey. We walked around quite a bit, with views of cliffs, seas and beaches. Ate at some awesome restaurants *the steak.. Ohmygosh* and just wandering around Guernsey. The weather all these days was pretty good too! Could have breakfast by their gardens with some local produce. Mmm.

Monday and Tuesday I spent time with my uncle at the surgery. It was good to see some GP practice after spending 2 full months at a paediatric hospital. Saw quite a wide variety of things really. Saw even some things that I wouldn’t have seen on a normal day in Malaysia due to some.. moral laws, if you know what I mean. Saw how he has treated families for generations after generations which was pretty cool, and it’s really something I like yet I believe you can’t find in the hospital. It was also nice to see how patients put their trust in their doctors. House visit was also interesting. Definitely never seen those in Malaysia, which then again, probably because more than half the time getting caught in traffic. But it’s cool because you are reaching people who otherwise would have a tough (and possibly dangerous) time if they were to get to the hospital.

I had Wednesday to explore the island of Sark! Which is a relatively nearby island. No cars, just a couple of tractors. Everything else was just walking or cycling. But the view from some of those places.. Stunning. I mean, I could just sit there for hours, then again also because I love the seas. More cliffs to climb, more salty water, a couple of sailing and motor boats floating around. I was pretty much exhausted just cycling and walking around for almost 4 hours!

Then Thursday, before I headed to the ferry port, I went to have a look at Victor Hugo’s house, which is a property of Paris, France. All the artwork and based on the explanation, the way he contrasted light and dark and how it’s also seen in his books, was quite interesting. Nice view of the sea from the top too! And the gardens, Mmmm small yet peaceful, really.

From Guernsey I then went to Jersey which is about 1 hour away on the fast ferry. Much bigger, much more modern and their beaches, much much longer! I didn’t have much time to see the cliffs, but I walked the whole St Aubin’s Bay, then to St Brelade’s Bay then to St Ouen’s Bay, which altogether is pretty much the whole south and west coast! Took me about 5 hours and after dinner, no way I was gonna walk 5 hours back! Then the next day, having a bit of time in my hands, I walked to the airport and looking at the sights and houses on the way.

All in all, I really really had a good, enjoyable and pleasant time exploring the 2 beautiful islands and spending time with my relatives. If I ever got the chance to come back, I really wanna try going on the boat!

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