AS a professional accounting body, the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) is in the business of developing work-ready, bright, outgoing accountants for public practice.
With a number of exciting events lined up each year organised especially for accounting students, it was no surprise to have close to 500 participants eagerly arriving in the wee hours of the morning for the Third Annual MICPA Accountant’s Dash.
Echoing the event tagline “Go M.A.D.!”, the students truly let loose and had a fun time in the 5km run filled with obstacles along the way, meant to challenge their grit and teamwork.
This year’s event was hosted by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Puncak Alam, and co-organised in partnership with accounting student clubs of UiTM - Sekretariat Mahasiswa Fakulti Perakaunan (SMF) and Association of Bachelor of Accountancy Students Society.
The organising committee worked closely with MICPA and did a great job in putting the event together – participants had to complete five challenges at checkpoints along the way, and the top 10 teams with the highest scores won prizes that day.
The campus, set among green hills and vast plains, proved to be an ideal location for the Dash.
The UiTM organising committee devised something new for the run this year, as it was themed “Plants Vs Zombies”.
Participants had to creatively turn themselves into zombies using face paint, where they would run the course in teams with each zombie’s “life” represented by a balloon tied to their arm.
Plants were “planted” along the route, meant to steal lives from the zombies by popping their balloons, or to throw coloured powder on them as they ran past.
Each checkpoint successfully completed would add one life, or balloon to the team. One particular checkpoint tested the participants’ knowledge about the MICPA-CAANZ Programme – the professional accounting programme jointly offered by MICPA and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), which has been gaining popularity among Malaysian accounting students and graduate employers.
There was a record number of seven event partners comprising accounting firms supporting the Dash this year with many of them sending a team of runners to join in the fun, and to take the opportunity to meet and mingle with participants.
Accounting Club president from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Mohammad Khairul Amir Mohammad Iqbal, whose team won first place said: “It was a blast!”
“It was a really challenging run. My friends and I had so much fun and enjoyed the opportunity to get to know students from other universities,” he said.
UiTM event director Mohamad Izwan Azmi who is also the SMF vice president, said: “Despite having to sacrifice our mid-semester break working on preparations leading up to the Dash, we felt very happy to do it because it was organised for the benefit of accounting students across Malaysia.”
The event closed with inspiring speeches from UiTM Faculty of Accountancy deputy dean Dr Zuraeda Ibrahim and MICPA Council Member Datuk Megat Iskandar Shah.