This article was authored by KK Lim, a Ministry of Health pharmacist working with the Clinical Research Center of Malaysia
Realising the importance of networking among peers their age, five pharmacists from different MOH institutions attended the 2nd Young Corporate Malaysians Summit (YCMS) held at Nikko Hotel on the 11th of December 2010.
Firstly, who are the Young Corporate Malaysians (YCM)?
They are a non-profit organisation founded by a group of young people (who are in various sectors of the corporate world) to help aspiring young professionals develop themselves. I personally have attended some of their regular events in the past, including their CEO talk series where CEOs from different organisations are invited to share their own success stories. Some of the CEOs I have listened to include Yasmin Mahmood (Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia) and Roshan Thiran (CEO of Leaderonomics), whose stories were very inspiring and eye opening.
The theme for this year’s YCM Summit was “ASEAN: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges”. Despite knowing next to nothing on the theme (Editor: Oi! Not completely true!), we went ahead to the event in the company of each other and it was worth every minute of the Saturday we sacrificed there. There were 4 panels of discussion where experts from different fields were invited to present on their areas of expertise, namely emerging opportunities and challenges in ASEAN, the direction of Islamic finance in ASEAN, the opportunities and challenges posed by Indonesia and the position of Malaysia in ASEAN and our key challenges.
Did we manage to absorb everything?
Well, perhaps not everything but one thing we did appreciate was the input on the overall development of economy in ASEAN, which was in a way related to our daily life. I also enjoyed the section on Islamic finance as it provided valuable insights on something that I would have never discovered on my own. More importantly, we observed in the YCM, a group of talented youths putting together their efforts to make a difference among their peers and I suppose this resonated deeply with us as this is essentially what our Young Pharmacist Chapter is trying very hard to achieve.
We had a small chat with one of conveners of YCM who shared with us his involvement in Talent Corps where he was invited as part of a huge panel to spend one full month brainstorming on the various aspects of implementation of the Talent Corp before it was announced publicly. It never crossed our minds that so much effort and detail was put into its planning prior to its unveiling.
Besides that, we also met a group of young professionals who quit their well-paying jobs in PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PWC) to start this programme called Teach for Malaysia (TFM), a Foundation aimed at recruiting youth leaders to become effective teachers in challenged schools for 2 years. What incentive do they provide the participants? Well, they managed to convince PWC and several corporate sponsors to pay the wages of these participants throughout the 2 years, followed by employment opportunities in either of these sponsors. In less than one year, these few young people managed to win the recognition from Ministry of Education and just few months back, their project was included in the 10th Malaysian Plan. Amazing huh?
In essence, it was meeting different kinds of interesting personalities that made our participation worthwhile as opposed to merely the talks on the stage. Congratulations are in order to the board of conveners for providing us with such a fantastic platform to learn and network.
Looking at the achievement of the YCM, I cannot help but to think of our Young Pharmacist Chapter. We at YPC too, would like to provide you with such a platform, which is why we have been tirelessly expanding our operations and reaching out to all of you.
Are you on board with us yet?
This is an opinion piece and therefore subjective by nature. The opinions expressed here are the opinions of the individual author and are not necessarily the views of the Young Pharmacist Chapter or the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society unless expressly described as such. The Chapter does not take responsibility for any errors or misleading statements.