press statement 21 october 2015
MSDU End of Exams Dinner 2015
MAP Model Cabinet Victoria #1
Virtual Engagement 2015
Date: October 19-October 23
Time: Oct 19 at 12:00pm to Oct 23 at 3:00pm
Venue: Building S, Level 2. MONSU Lounge (MASS Booth)*
*subject to change
From the support that we have gotten from our members throughout this year, we would like to give back to you as a form of appreciation! At MASS, we like to put our members first and we keep coming up with events that would benefit you. This time, it'll be a week full of FREE FOOD and DRINKS and its only exclusive to members of MASS. Come down to our booth throughout the week and help us end semester 2 with a bang!
FREE FOOD & DRINKS*
- Bubble Teas
- Curry Puffs
- Week 12
- Building S, Level 2. MONSU Lounge (MASS Booth)*
*subject to change
Date: 23rd October 2015
Hi MSDU Members,
I believe everyone must be hiding in a corner somewhere, studying hard (hopefully), but have no fear because all this will be over in just a few weeks! So, to celebrate the exams and the trimester finally being over , MSDU is giving you all something to look forward. A light at the end of the tunnel!
Another year of Uni has come to an end and what better way to celebrate than gathering together and celebrating with food and good times.
Therefore, on the 23rd of October we are gonna do just that! Come on board to join all of for a great night of good food and most importantly great company. Bring your friends along!!!
Further information on the event:
THE FIRST 30 MSDU MEMBERS are entitled to $10 dollars off the meal (please RSVP asap as it is on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis)
To confirm this attendance, please click 'GOING' and make sure to contact either Brenda or King at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us through Facebook.
DON'T MISS OUT!!!
DATE: 23rd October 2015
TIME: 6:00 pm
VENUE: Renzosbar - 46 New Quay Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
COST: $36 per person but with $10 discount for our first reserved 30 members.
- Appetiser + main = $36 per person
We are once shocked again by the haze in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. This is almost becoming an annual event with the last big haze incident happened just 15 month ago, in July 2014.
As we can see from various media outlets, the impact of the haze is usually indicated by the air pollution index (API) or the pollution standard index (PSI) with the former commonly used in Malaysia and the latter in Singapore. These indexes do capture some dimensions of the haze impact but some effects of the haze such as limitation of sights and some pollutants are not included. The way API and PSI works are that they are essentially a chart that measures air pollution, with a scale of 0 to 300+.
The higher PSI due to the higher pollution are found in Kalimantan (with value of about 300+) and some parts in Sumatera (282 in Pekanbaru) which are places near to the sources (the fire); some places in Malaysia reached an API of more than 150 (175 in Sarawak)
As the haze contains a number of air pollutants, it carries with it, health as well as environmental impacts. Some particulate matter (PM) such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide can cause respiratory symptoms and exacerbate heart or lung disease. If exposed to eyes, the pollutants can also cause irritation to eyes, nose and throat. Other than that, the haze can limit the visibility to only 200 meters, causing disturbances to transportations and air flight services.
The haze is said to be sourced from the burning done on forests by some farmers -- for the opening of new lands for palm plantations (the most difficult of areas to be put out are the peatlands). The companies involved with the burning are speculated to be connected to these 3 countries with Indonesia investigating whether these firms have connection to Singapore.
This haze problem has been ongoing for so long, a total of 12 years since the last multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) on transboundary haze put in place. The MEA involved all ASEAN countries and is known as the transboundary haze pollution agreement. This treaty is the first regional arrangement in the world that binds a group of contiguous states to tackle transboundary haze pollution resulting from land and forest fire.
But as always, ASEAN is slightly stagnant with its county members abstaining from making action. It is an issue of security and sovereignty where each country stay away from interrupting with each other’s matter. The mentality of ‘you can solve that on your own’ is apparent as in the case of the Rohingya refugees.
For the current situation, Malaysia and Singapore offer to help Indonesia combat the forest fires as the situation is becoming worse with the state of emergency declared in Riau province. The fire relieving effort could take up to weeks due to the nature of the fire being on peatlands.
The role of us as individuals first is to be informed of the complexity of the situation. “Be a concerned citizen”. This issue is not that simple and cannot be solved overnight. The best way to start is to campaign (and spread) the bad impacts that this haze has –and encourage the usage of gas mask as well as distribute it. Second is to join the effort with some NGOs such as the world wildlife fund (WWF) or Greenpeace in pushing the companies to use the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO, was known as CSPO) standards in their palm plantations.
While the role of civil societies such as the WWF are to push and advocate for better practices through RSPO – as well as to be an amicus curiae (friend of the court) as in the asbestos case of the WTO where individuals and civil societies ‘have a say’ -- to the extent of banning the burning of these tropical forests.
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The 1st Malaysia-Australia Virtual Career Engagement session is a joint initiative by all MASCA State Chapters across Australia. Graced by the presence of various Malaysian corporate firms from diverse range of fields, this event aims to help Australia-based Malaysian talents in maximising their employment opportunities through direct engagement with industry experts.
In a bid to cater to the wider Malaysian student population in Australia, this inaugural event will be conducted by 6 MASCA state chapters and is scheduled to be held on 24 October in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide simultaneously from 11.30am-3.30pm Sydney time. Further details pertaining to the session will be released soon.
NB: Unfortunately there will be no session conducted in Tasmania due to exam schedule. If you're from Tasmania, you are highly recommended to still submit your resume after we concluded the 1st VE on 24 October 2015.
Participants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to submit your resume to stand a chance of securing internship or full time positions with our impressive list of participating companies. While not a prerequisite to secure a spot in this event, ONLY PARTICIPANTS WHO ATTEND THE EVENT will have their resumes reviewed by companies.
For further enquiries, please email: email@example.com