MPS 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DIARY: 12-14th MAY 2017
It was a camaraderie of more than 650 pharmacists nationwide; it was the 2 ½ - day seminar where knowledge meets experience on-stage. Of course, it was the day where the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society marks its 50th milestone with the theme “Towards Global Standard in Pharmacy Practice”, 12 – 14 May 2017, at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur!
The 50th MPS Anniversary Seminar kicked start on 12th May 2017 (Friday), with the first session of 9 lectures and the launch of the CMed Complimentary Medicine Education Program for pharmacists, a collaboration between MPS and Blackmores Institute, Australia.
Hailing from the Land Down Under, Prof Lesley Braun representing the Institute had given an insightful walkthrough of the sought-after education program, which is scheduled to commence in the later part of the year.
On the 13th May Saturday, the much-anticipated opening ceremony started with a very special march-in session by 17 flag-bearers, who are pharmacists representing each state in Malaysia and the country, accompanied by bagpipe music played by the Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM).
Signifying the representation of MPS for all pharmacists in the states of Malaysia, this march-in ceremony was then followed with opening speeches by Mr Andrew Tan, chairperson of the Organizing Committee,
Mr Amrahi Buang, President of MPS, and YBhg Datuk Dr Shahnaz Binti Murad, Deputy Director of Health (Research and Technical Support), Ministry of Health Malaysia, as the Guest of Honour.
During the ceremony, a special edition coffee table book, which portrays the walkthrough of MPS history throughout the past 50 years, was launched.
This grand opening ceremony was also being well-witnessed by participants of the annual seminar, MPS Council members, representative from all the Area Committee, leaders of MPS Chapters as well as pharmacists from the member countries of Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) who were here for a Forum.
Throughout the seminar, the crowd was also thrilled with the participation from 34 companies as booth exhibitors as well as a car display. While the booths offer additional learning opportunities there were also various exciting activities including quizzes and games, alongside with the delivery of gifts and goodies successfully added colours as a good interlude to the seminar.
The celebration of the 50th Anniversary continued with the Annual Dinner themed “Golden Night”, with a record-making turnout for 96 tables. The Guest of Honour was YBhg Datuk Dr S Subramaniam the Minister of Health represented by Yg Berusaha Dr Salmah Bahri the Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Services.
Guests were thrilled not only with music, dances, and the special 50th Anniversary Cake contributed by a pharmacist, but also the special guest appearance of Harith Iskandar, the World’s Funniest Person. Guests were also given chance to walk down the memory lane with the screening of a special video in tribute to the 50th Anniversary celebration. As with tradition, the MPS-CCM Gold Medal awards were presented to the best graduating student of the previous year (2016) and there were 16 recipients, one for each tertiary institute offering pharmacy degree that qualify for the award.
The dinner continued with special commemoration to past presidents of MPS and key figures of the society who made significant contributions to the society. The Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Mr K.P.Ravindran, Mr John Chang, and Datuk Nancy Ho, (Past Presidents of MPS) who were three renowned leaders of the Society; awards were also presented to Mr Lam Kai Kun (Executive Director 2001 – present ) and Mdm Lillian Kho (who served the Society for more than 20 years), who were known as the excellent secretariat members of the Society.
The event reached its climax with council members entertaining the crowd with two special song dedications, “We Are The World” and “Stand By Me”. with also participation form the audience
On the last day of the MPS 50th Anniversary Seminar there were with 4 lectures, including one by the Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Services.
The 50th Annual General Meeting of the Society was held on 14th May. The quorum present at the meeting as 360 members. The meeting was orderly conducted with presentation of reports from various chapter and area committees, as well as important discussions revolved around the new Pharmacy Bill, which again required continuous follow-ups after the meeting.