Greeting to all members of the Society. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members for the privilege to be the President of the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons (MSO-HNS) for the term 2018-2019. It is a great honour to be elected to this position and to be given the opportunity to serve the Society. I am also honoured to work together with my experienced and supportive Executive Committee who has tirelessly assist me to perform to my best ability. I would like to congratulate Professor Dr Tang Ing Ping, the Incoming President for 2019-2020.
Over the past one year, many important events occurred in our country. The change of the government, unimaginable re-election of our oldest Prime Minister and “Harapan” for changes in the new government
administration. The MSO-HNS too underwent some changes, challenges and improvement throughout this year.
The Society had initiated the formation of Chapter of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons, spearheaded by Professor Dato’ Dr Lokman Saim together with his subcommittee, Dr Jeevanan Jahendran, Professor Dr Primuharsa Putra, Datuk Dr Patawari Patawe, Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh and current President MSO-HNS.
The Society had successfully formed the Chapter to Otorhinolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons on 11th May 2018 and the Exco had brainstormed on multiple occasions the draft of the Chapter By-Laws. This is the first step
for formation of our own College of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons and it is my aspiration that all members of the Society stand united to push forward with having our own college.
For years, the Society has been giving back to the community and we kept the tradition going by organising the health camps in rural areas. We organised the MSO-HNS health camp in the beautiful mountainous land of
Kundasang, Sabah. A special thank to Dr Nor Ahmad and his team as well as the Klinik Kesihatan Kundasang for organising a very successful health camp. The overwhelming response from the community was encouraging
despite the tiredness of all the team.
General practitioners (GP) updates were renamed as MSO-HNS Primary Care Symposium. We organised the Primary Care symposium tour from Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and ended in Ipoh. The programme was revamped and made interesting with only eight minutes “sharing” by each speaker on the most important knowledge crucial for the primary care in his or her practice. We experimented with this method and we were glad that we received positive responses with this new system.
The finale for this term will be the 11th Malaysian International ORL-HNS Congress and the 38th Annual General Meeting of the MSO-HNS in Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur on 20th – 22nd June 2019. The Annual Scientific Meeting is incorporated as part of the congress programme. A pre-congress workshop on Paediatric Hearing Implant will be held on 19th June 2019 and post-congress Nurses and Paramedic Workshop on 22nd June 2019 in Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur as well. This Society will only progress with participation from members. The collective efforts of each member, big or
small, is crucial and I urge all members to give their full support to the incoming president, Professor Dr Tang Ing Ping and his elected Exco. I believe MSO-HNS will continue to thrive and excel and let us work together with the “Harapan” that our future will be another great year ahead.
Dr Kong Min Han