Flying high

  • Education
  • Sunday, 25 Jan 2009

EIGHTEEN-year-old Fan Yee Mun was on cloud nine after being named winner of the annual essay competition organised by the Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC) Education and Training Sub-committee.

She could hardly contain her excitement when she was awarded a return air ticket, courtesy of Malaysia Airlines, and a four-week internship with an MABC member company in Kuala Lumpur.

Open to Malaysia Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration (MACC) scholarship students, the competition attracted good response from recipients currently studying in Australian universities.

“I did not expect to win but I am delighted and will use the flight ticket to return to Adelaide for my next semester,” said the first-year engineering student at the University of Adelaide.

“Writing the essay was challenging but interesting. I did my research on the Internet and also sought my father’s advice on the topic,” added Yee Mun, the youngest child of a civil engineer and a housewife.

Yee Mun will be undergoing her internship with GHD Perunding Sdn Bhd, an engineering consultancy and project management services provider.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to apply the knowledge that I have learnt at the university in the workplace. I also hope to acquire experience and exposure which will be useful in future,” she said.

Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, MABC chairman Datuk Mohamed Zain Mohamed Yusuf said, “The MACC scholarship programme was built on the spirit of the Colombo Plan, which was launched in 1951 as a cooperative initiative for the economic and social growth of the people of South and Southeast Asia, and promotes a two-way flow of scholars between Malaysia and Australia.

“Yee Mun’s winning essay aptly captures the theme for this year’s competition, which is ‘The Student’s Role in Building Bilateral Relationships between Australia and Malaysia’.”

Also present at the prize presentation ceremony was Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Penny Williams, who commended MABC for its initiative in organising the competition.

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