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Case Studies

Conjoint 6th National Cardiac Rehabilitation & 9th Rehabilitation Medicine Scientific Conference 2017 Moves to the Heart of the Rainforest

Conference:       Conjoint 6th National Cardiac Rehabilitation & 9th Rehabilitation Medicine Scientific Conference 2017
Local Organiser: Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sarawak General Hospital
Dates: 29-30 September 2017
Venue & Location:  Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak

Cardiovascular disease remains as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, albeit the advancement and progress of clinical medicine. In an effort to generate more awareness in the State of Sarawak, the Conjoint 6th National Cardiac Rehabilitation & 9th Rehabilitation Medicine Scientific Conference 2017 is slated to be held from the 29th-30th September 2017 at the Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching.

Jointly organized by the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (Sarawak General Hospital), Department of Cardiology (Sarawak Heart Centre), Malaysian Medical Association (Sarawak Branch) and Malaysian Association of Rehabilitation Physicians (MARP), this national convention themed “Promoting Holistic Approach in Cardiac Rehabilitation for Better Cardiovascular Outcome” is expecting approximately 200 delegates.

“This conference represents the strong synergy and teamwork between the Department of Cardiology and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine,” remarked the Organizing and Scientific Chairperson, Dr Leong Be Kim.  Both the National Head of Cardiology and National Head of Rehabiliation Medicine from Ministry of Health had agreed for the conference to be held in Sarawak.

As to why Sarawak was chosen, Dr. Leong revealed that it was the beauty and the abundance in exotic attributes which led both departments to mutually agree on the venue. She also highlighted how Sarawak has a Heart Centre with a service on par with other countries, but with the potential to rise higher. She commended on the strong support the Sarawak Convention Bureau provided in terms of funding of speakers and also promotional collateral.

She then divulged further that it is crucial to improve healthcare in Sarawak; particularly in cardiac rehabilitation. The conference hopes to act as a catalyst for the continuous improvement of cardiac rehabilitation standards in the state, as well as to empower cardiac patients to manage their own health condition.

With a conference of this nature, it is ultimately Sarawak’s patients that will benefit from the extensive and global knowledge poured into the State. Practitioners have a sense of duty to educate patients about the cardiac rehabilitation program; with both pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches bearing equal weight. Advances in cardiac rehabilitation occur from time to time, hence it is crucial for healthcare providers to keep abreast with them.

This national convention will be graced by international experts within the field; for instance, expert from Mayo Clinic cum Chairman of American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Professor Dr. Francisco Lopez Jimenez who will address the topic of preventive cardiology. Among the highlights will be an address by Professor Matthew Bartel, who will be revealing his most cost effective approach in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, thus maximizing the benefits with minimum resources.

—Published 2017


Conference: 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health 2017 (APCPH)
Local Organiser: College of Public Health Medicine, Academy of Medicine Malaysia
Dates: 10-13 September 2017
Venue & Location: Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak

In the vast and ever-evolving field of health, the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health 2017 (APCPH) is a leading regional convention organized by the College of Public Health Medicine, Academy of Medicine Malaysia. Slated to be held from the 10-13 September 2017, the event will be held at the capital city of Sarawak, Kuching. The choice of venue is the classic Riverside Majestic Hotel, which is located right in the heart of the city – a location that showcases the mighty Rajang River and the majestic Legislative Assembly Building.

APCPH 2017 will be zooming in on the Sustainable Development Goals; a set of 17 Global Goals framed by the United Nations, which are strongly reflected through its conference theme, “Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals Aspirations on Health.”

The conference expects to yield contributions – and more importantly, solutions to pressing issues relevant to public health – from 800 professionals from all over the world.

The organizer is optimistic that the conference will become the catalyst for innovative initiatives. He also believes that it will boost efforts in improving equity and meeting the needs of the public, in particular, the more vulnerable groups of society.

“While the former APCPH was held in Kuantan, Pahang, the 5th installation of the congress will land on Sarawakian shores for the very first time. This was an active decision, a consensus agreed via the Executive Committee meeting of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia early 2016. The call for the conference to be brought to East Malaysia immediately resonated with the idea of Sarawak as the obvious choice,” said the Chair of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Sha’ari Bin Ngadiman.

A multitude of factors lead to Sarawak winning the bid. “The appeal of Sarawak was bountiful – from the full support of the Sarawak Convention Bureau, the excellent facilities the State has to offer and most of all the attractions which derive from the rich flora and fauna heritage,” he said.

He reiterated that the diversity in attractions in Sarawak will grant delegates a wholesome and unforgettable experience. He also noted that Sarawak – which preserves its natural assets in tandem with urban development – aptly aligns with the overarching theme of health and balance.

Delving into the aspirations of APCPH, the Association has high hopes that Sarawak will provide the ideal exotic setting for the event, which will be frequented not only by delegates of the Asia Pacific but from the world.

In particular, the Association would like to showcase Sarawak as a case study, because it boasts a continually improving public health service. The improvements continue steadily despite challenges such as geographical limitations of the rural hinterland, which poses a hurdle for the services of the flying doctors, and such like.

Sarawak, too, will be the platform to discuss ongoing medical issues such as the Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease. Sarawak being a viable component in this equation is promising for the tackling of problems one step at a time, which then aids the eventual success and fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

As health is a global concern, any endeavour in problem-solving will garner the attention of the world and receive adequate support. It will be interesting to bear witness as the event takes place in Sarawak for the first time, and hopefully will be the first event among many more.

—Published 2017


Conference: The 29th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (WCIASP) in  conjunction with the 21st Malaysian Conference of Psychological Medicine (MCPM) 2017
Local Organiser: Sarawak Mental Health Association
Dates: 18th-22nd July 2017
Venue & Location: BCCK, Kuching, Sarawak

550 delegates from 40 countries convened in the beautiful landscapes of Kuching from the 18th-22nd July 2017 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching for a noble cause against stigma and to shed light on mental illness.

This year, Sarawak played host to the 29th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (WCIASP) in conjunction with the 21st Malaysian Conference of Psychological Medicine (MCPM) 2017.

Led by local host, Sarawak Mental Health Association (SMHS); a non-profit body dedicated to promote good mental health, the association has invested efforts to immensely educate and advocate the removal of negative connotations towards mental health issues as well as highlight its prevalence in the 21st century.

Professor Emeritus Thambu Maniam, the Malaysian National Representative on behalf of the Malaysian Psychiatric Association (MPA), explained that the Malaysian delegation outbid two other countries at the 27th Word Congress in Oslo, Norway back in 2013. This made Sarawak the first destination in Malaysia and third in Asia to host this biennial world congress since its inception in 1960 in Vienna, Austria.

The congress’ themes “Preventing Suicide: A Global Commitment, from Communities to Continents (IASP) and Mental Illness: Early Intervention Facilitates Recovery (MCPM)” emphasized on the direction of mental services, both within the national arena as well as Asian countries, in developing and expanding mental health services related to prevention.

“We wish to increase awareness of the issue of suicide in Sarawak in particular, and East Malaysia in general. By doing so we hope to reduce the stigma associated with suicide, and helping more people to come forward to seek help. Secondly, by bringing some of the world experts in suicide research and prevention we hope to increase local knowledge and expertise in helping distressed local people” commented Prof. Emeritus Maniam.

The combination of the destination and what it can offer to international delegates made Sarawak an obvious selection for this event. According to Prof. Emeritus Maniam, the Sarawak Convention Bureau was instrumental to the Congress; it helped tip the balance towards Sarawak. He also wished for Sarawak’s natural beauty and hospitality to be known by the delegates, in particularly those who have not been to this part of the world.

With special highlights on suicide prediction, mental health and suicidality, and other prevalent topics, this 29th installation of the World Congress also saw unanimous the support from the state government.

Officiated by Sarawak’s Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, he agreed to increase the allocation to the Ministry of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development to create awareness of mental health problems among the people.

According to his statement to the Borneo Post [1], he urges academicians and professionals to conduct more research on suicidal behaviour in the state to provide a clearer picture of the extent of the issue in the state.

“So therefore, there will be an increased allocation of at least five per cent, and not directly to prevent suicide but to create awareness and how to manage our lifestyle,” concluded the Chief Minister.


[1] Addressing mental health problemshttp://www.theborneopost.com/2017/07/20/addressing-mental-health-problems/


—Published 2017


The Asian & Oceanic Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOCOG) is the 2nd largest international congress for the fraternity of obstetricians and gynaecologists, after FIGO (International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics).

The Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM) hosted the FIGO World Congress 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, a hugely successful milestone for the society. So for the Asian & Oceanic Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOCOG) 2015, a new and preferably unique venue was needed.

Dr Mohamad Farouk Abdullah, Chairman of the AOCOG 2015 OGSM Bid Committee and Council Member of the Asia & Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG), shares his bid experience with us.

“Sarawak, in our opinion, had a clear edge over their competitors New Delhi and Hong Kong, which were also in the running to host AOCOG 2015. So we enlisted the assistance of the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), which has an outstanding reputation for passion and commitment in supporting potential congress organisers, ensuring a successful bid and congress. This became the deciding factor in pitching Sarawak as a proposed venue for AOCOG 2015.”

One of the challenges during the bid process was coming up with an innovative bid-off and strategy that would be different from known competitors. OGSM and SCB chose to focus on the following key points:

  • Sarawak’s ecotourism potential, available right at the doorstep of the congress city and venue.
  • A community Fellowship Programme that would bring young OBGYNs from developing countries of Asia & Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) to work alongside local healthcare practitioners in a rural setting and in challenging terrain like those of Sarawak.
  • A Green Conference, promising a reduction in carbon footprint for all aspects of the planning and convening of the Congress.
  • The promise of ‘Old World Charm’ meeting ‘New World Technology’, with the catchphrase “Tropical and Topical” for AOCOG 2015.
  • Malaysia and Sarawak’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious melting pot that reflects strength in diversity.

The Malaysian delegation hosted a cocktail reception during the AOCOG 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan, showcasing a visual and audio blitz of the attractions in Kuching, Sarawak and personally met with congress participants who were potential voting delegates to lobby for support.

During the bid presentation at the General Assembly, Dr Mohamad Farouk Abdullah gave a brief presentation followed by a specially commissioned video presentation that outlined Malaysia’s bid offer and advantages over other competitors.

“Overall, the experience was exhilarating and hugely satisfying as it was a great opportunity to showcase Sarawak and Malaysia and all that we had to offer for AOCOG 2015,” said Dr Mohamad Farouk Abdullah.Malaysia was awarded the XXIV Asia & Oceania Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, to be held in Kuching, Sarawak in 2015.

Duration of bid 23 – 27 September 2011 (3 Days)
Venue Taipei International Convention Centre & Taipei World Trade Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
Congress website www.aofog.org/aofog-congresses
Event where bid was presented XXII Asia & Oceania Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 2011
Bid Process & Special Events
  1. AOCOG 2014 lobbying for votes by SCB and hired dancers & musician at exhibition booth during congress duration
  2. Presentation at Council Meeting
  3. Cocktail Reception hosted by the Malaysian delegation
  4. Multimedia presentation at General Assembly
Conference Secretariat Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia
Suite A-06-10, Plaza Mount Kiara, No.2 Jalan Kiara,
Mount Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 6201 3009   Fax: +603 6201 7009


NOTE: The year 2015 will be the year that the world is scheduled to report on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and its achievements at the United Nations Assembly. Hosting the AOCOG 2015 would be the perfect platform for Malaysian OBGYNs to bring the world’s attention to their achievements, with MDG 5 with its stated objectives of ‘Reducing Maternal Mortality and Achieving Universal Access to Reproductive Health’

—Published 2013


CASE STUDY: 50th Multiple District 308 Lions Convention (Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Labuan and KL)

An annual event with over 2000 Lions members who meet and network through their Annual General Meetings, election of officers and fellowships, the 50th Lions Multiple District 308 Lions Convention was monumental in celebrating half a century of success and camaraderie under the theme, “In Unity, We Believe”. Members are made up of businessmen and professionals from various industries.

Mr Sim Boon Chuan, Convention Organising Committee Chairperson of the 50th MD 308 Lions Convention has been an active Lions member for 27 years (since 1985) and involved in many long term signature projects between the Lions Club in Kuching and other societies, for example, the Sarawak Society for the Deaf since 1990. Mr Sim has held the position of Chairman of Sarawak Society for the Deaf since 2006; and pro-tem Secretary for setting up the Lions Nursing Home in a residential neighbourhood in Kuching.

“Our goal in bringing this event to Sarawak for its 50th anniversary was to make Kuching known to Lions members in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Brunei, Singapore and other countries as a destination for conventions and events as it offered a diverse choice of activities not only for delegates, but their accompanying members too,” comments Mr Sim.

He added, “Delegates are here for serious meetings and seminars, but the advantage we have in Kuching allows them to have themed dinners and sample local delicacies; as well as pre and post tours to one of the world’s oldest rainforests.”

Over the event duration, booths were set up to promote local produce and handicraft to introduce the local cottage industries and showcase the many ethnicities in Sarawak.

Among the event highlights were the 1-day golf programme at the Sarawak Club Golf Resort and the keynote address by Lions Club International 2nd Vice President, Mr Barry Palmer.

The Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) offered financial support to assist organisers defray the organising cost as well as delegate boosting and marketing of the conference.

“On behalf of the delegates and the Organizing Committee, I can say that we were very happy with the overall outcome of the event. Many thanks particularly to members of Sarawak Convention Bureau and their industry partners for providing us Sarawakian hospitality and service that is definitely top notch,” commented Mr Sim.


Duration 5 Days
Venue The Pullman Hotel, Kuching (Main Venue), Riverside Majestic Hotel & Grand Margherita Hotel
Delegate numbers Approximately 2000
Format Opening & Closing Plenary Sessions, Meetings, Symposiums, Seminars, Simultaneous Sub-District Fellowship Lunches and Dinners
Special Programme(s) 1-Day Golf Programme, Bazaar, Hospitality Reception, Themed Convention Banquet, Women Symposium
Convention Organising Committee (COC) Chairman (COCC): PDG Sim Boon Chuan

(Lions Club of Kuching Host)

c/o BC Sim & Co. No 1, 1 st Floor, Block A,  Wisma Nation Horizon,

Jalan Petanak, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Tel: +6082 423 933
Fax: +6082 421 933

Email: [email protected]

Event website http://50md308lionsconvention.org/index.html

— Published 2012



Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists Head and Neck Surgeons (MSO-HNS) is a world recognised strong association that was given the privilege of hosting the 14th Asean ORL Head & Neck Congress.

The majority of the society’s members are prominent doctors and professionals in the field of ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat); and have a great network of all leading ENT doctors within the region and the world over.

Organising Chairman, Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh, is an established specialist at Prince Court Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur, and had personally chaired and organised over 50 symposiums, local conferences and workshops, including international meetings. This gave the Asian association confidence in choosing Malaysia, particularly Sarawak, a remote, exotic and untouched destination, to host the 14th Asean ORL.

“A key factor in selecting Sarawak for the 14th Asean ORL Head & Neck Congress was that it offered a unique conference destination for our delegates as well as top-notch facilities, as seen in the newly constructed Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK),” commented Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh.

Among the congress highlights was the Tribal Wisdom Speaker (TWS) programme introduced by SCB during the cocktail event at BCCK. TWS is a programme where the best speakers from Sarawak’s successful businesses, artists and professionals who are also from Sarawak’s ethnic communities, come together to share their life experiences and reveal how their tribal ancestry has influenced their success.

“SCB approached us with this programme, and we agreed to include it for our delegates as we wanted to learn something new and bring back to our homes. We chose Datu Dr Andrew Kiyu, an active member of the association and one of our peers in the medical industry who is of Bidayuh descent to share his story and business philosophy,” said Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh.

Through Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), the State Government provided the association with a significant amount of funding to assist in conference promotion, international marketing and site inspection visits for the committee members.

“Overall, we were very pleased at the level of service and commitment offered by SCB on behalf of the State Government, as well as their industry partners who played such a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the congress,” commented Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh.

Conference Details

Duration  3 Days
Venue Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCk)
Delegate numbers 500 from over 30 countries
Format Plenary sessions, symposiums, workshops and exhibition ( 25 booths; 4m x 4m).
Social events: Welcome Cocktail and Charity Gala Dinner
Special Programme(s) Tribal Wisdom Speaker provided by SCB
Conference Secretariat Acutance Sdn Bhd
Level 41 Vista Tower, 182 Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2690 1450
Fax: +603 2178 4969

— Published 2011