WIEF Young Fellows 2014 – Manila

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Last year, I was chosen to be part of the WIEF Young Fellows 2014. It was held for one week in the capital of Philippines, Manila from 18-24 June 2014. It was a privilege for me to be selected for this programme as I am are amongst hundreds of applicants from all over the world. For those who wonder what is this program all about, here’s some brief description about it :

” The WIEF Young Fellows is one of WIEF’s flagship programmes focusing on youth leadership. It is a one-week intensive leadership programme bringing together young leaders across the globe from all walks of life, covering personal and community leadership, entrepreneurship and business management, environmental sustainability, social enterprise and philanthropy. In short, we are in the business of creating next generation leaders that are poised to become great entrepreneurs, who also have a moral bearing to contribute back to society. “

So there was 24 of us whom are selected to be part of the program. The participants come from all walk of life , such government officers, corporate persons, entrepreneurs, social activists and students. This people came from all over the globe; USA, South Africa, UK, Turkey, Asia, You name it. Despite all the differences, we came and unite as one to achieve the common objectives ,To Learn, To Empower, To Earn, and To Return.

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Throughout the whole week, we did a lot of stuffs, from lectures, sharing session with CEO’s and entrepreneurs, visits and practical application of the knowledge gain to the streets. For those who want to know more about the stuff that we did, you can check out this link : wief-young-fellows-2014-programme-public-distribution .

It was really an eye-opening experiences for me as the people whom are part of this were really talented and definitely have a bright future ahead of them. And more importantly, the bond and networking that was formed during the program would be very invaluable to me and the rest of the fellows. As one of the fellows said, “We came from all parts of the world as strangers, but departed to our respected residences as family! “.

“We set out this programme with a mission to transform ordinary young people into responsible top-class leaders. We taught them integrity, we taught them how to sell in the real marketplace, we taught them respect, humility and we taught them that a dream is the right of every living being, and it is our duty to honour it so that they in turn can make the world a better place. We were humbled by poor children who teaches us how to dream and how to love your fellow human unconditionally. Today, these young people who came to Manila as ordinary men and women, are now leaders who can take on the next decade”. – Fazil Irwan Mohd Som, Head Coordinator WIEF Young Fellows 2014 at the Closing Ceremony of the WIEF Young Fellows 2014 in Manila, Philippines.

We were even featured in the top newspaper in Malaysia, The Star , thanks to MayLee who was one of the fellows for the the program that are currently working with the newspaper.

Change-maker !
Change-maker !

IPT Tour Malaysia-Indonesia 2014

Exactly one year ago during this time, I was directing my first international program , IPT Tour Malaysia – Indonesia 2014. The location was around Jakarta for 4 days and 3 nights. It was the first time that SRC MMU had organized an overseas trip for quite some time. The last was trip to Australia in 2007. To make the it more memorable, i have only one committee to handle this program( which is to do the ticketing), and I handled about 90 % of the total work, from transport, logistics, accommodation, tentative, universities, contacts etc. And to to settle everything while taking final exam makes it more sweeter, as the program runs right after the final exam. Below is the full documentation of the whole program :

There are some interesting and crazy stories that were not documented in the video. Here some of  it :

1) The program itself almost did not took off, as the head of the student affairs limits the number of participants to 20 (we have 37 SRC members) and ask us to fork out RM500 each. Crazy. It is Indonesia for God sake. But perseverance and cold heart (hati kering)make this thing happen.

2) I was not supposed to be the director. It suppose to be someone else and the initial plan was to go to India. But one month and a half before the program, there was no progress so we decided to chop off the initial plan and start a new one. Yes, one month and a half before the program.

3) There were 5 different proposals prepared. India (no progress) , Australia (too expensive), China ( the head of student affairs actually liked it, but then he rejected it because China is a communist country. Say whatttttt -____-“‘ ), Thailand (almost took off, then  there was massive protest and demonstration in Bangkok, so we shifted it to Songkhla. But in the early of January, there was explosion incident in southern Thailand, so we had to scrap it out due to security concerns) .

4) I actually doesnt have the exact tentative for Indonesia part when the Malaysia part started. It was just one day before we depart to Indonesia that I have the exact universities that will be visited by us as the university representative (Gunadarma university) left it very late to confirm to us. To make it more interesting , i only able to reach the university focal person through a friend that visit MMU malacca four years back (I only met him once,thats it) , that have a cousin that is working the university as a lecturer. Talking about networking huh.

5) There were not enough cash before the program. Luckily , one the staff of student affairs division lend us her money so we can actually do the transport bookings. 1.5k. thank you very much kak. I will forever be indebted to u.

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6) The flight to Jakarta was delayed to give chance to one of our delegation member to find her missing bag. She did not find it until we return back from Jakarta to KL. I was told the bag the was found in the immigration scan machine. Big Impact program indeed.

7) We almost lost 2 members of the delegation when we visit Taman Mini Indonesia. Everyone was inside the bus but these 2 persons. We had to tour the whole garden (Its a damn huge place) and yet still unable to find them before they eventually returned to the bus just minutes before we left.

8) We experienced the famous “Machet” (traffic jammed) of Jakarta. It takes us 3 hours to move for 12 km from Universitas Gunadarma to Ancol beach.

9) One of our members lost his passport during the last night of the tour, despite constant reminders from the embassy that passport is the ultimate stuff to be taken care of. Cliche. But Alhamdulillah he found it back at the Ancol beach, after rushing back from Malaysian Hall to the place. Phewwwww

10) I am missing every single one of them, and every single moments that we made together ;’)

Universitas Indonesia !
Universitas Indonesia !

p/s : Just for clarifications, this was a self sponsored trip in which the participants bear their own flights, foods and accommodation.

Banana Pancake Trail : day 9, Im coming Home

15/10/2014

As this was the last day , we just take things easy and chill out at Ao Nang beach. We initially plan to go to Tiger Cave temple but we woke up quite late so we decided to forego that plan. Anyhow, we are lacking in cash anyway. We moved to the airport after lunch as the distance between Ao Nang and the airport is quite far. On our way to airport, there was heavy downpour and we cannot be grateful enough that during our stay for past 2 days, no such thing happen. If not we would not be able to enjoy and travel as much as we want to.

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We arrived in KLIA around 6pm and we had our lunch at Petaling jaya. Then, we straight away head to Melaka to our homes. We reached there around 1am in the morning. With that, we completed the banana pancake trail for 9 days !