Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) Career Fair Held At Dewan Utama
On 21 November 2017
The Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) was invited by TAR UC to participate in their Career Fair on 21 Nov 17. This was the fourth such invitation this year. It was the continued intention of MACVA to jointly participate with the Recruiting Team from Human Resource Division, Ministry of Defence (HRD Mindef). However, HRD Mindef were unable to participate this time around due to unforeseen circumstances.
At a wedding dinner, MACVA through the old boy network with serving officers, managed to secure assistance and backing from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) to replace HRD Mindef. The Chief of Navy, though overseas, was kind enough to grant approval immediately when informed of MACVA’s dilemma. He dispatched his personnel from Tim Promosi RMN within 48 hours of his instructions to fully support MACVA.
The event on 21 Nov 17 was opened for the Engineering Faculty. About 1,000 students from TAR UC and 40 engineering related companies were involved.
Throughout the day, it was estimated more than 200 students dropped by MACVA/RMN booths for enquiries. We could see the students were more receptive and convinced this time around. The pay, allowances, perks benefits of the Armed Forces Scheme and the success stories as told by our veterans appeared the encouraging factors.
TAR UC President, YBhg Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok and his Vice President, Dr Chook Ka Joo together with the Board Members were very delighted with the RMN’s participation. The direct involvement of MACVA to encourage and engage Malaysian Chinese youths to join the Armed Forces as a prestigious career, and thereby help contribute towards nation building was acknowledged.
It is MACVA’s aim to help create awareness through the sharing and highlighting of the vast experiences of MACVA’s 800 over veteran members of all ranks from the Army, Navy and Air Force, as living examples for youths to emulate. We are confident that these noble and continuous efforts, with the strong support from Mindef, shall see more of Chinese and Malaysian of all races joining the Armed Forces.
This was one of our very best joint public presentations so far, this is in spite of the short 48 hours’ notice given to the RMN. We wish to record our appreciation to YBhg Rear Admiral Ganesh Navaratnam RMN, who provided extensive personal cooperation to help MACVA make the joint participation with the RMN very worthwhile indeed. We wish also to record our appreciation to Kept Yusne Mokhtar RMN, Director of Human Resource, and his Tim Promosi headed by Lt Wan Mohd Hanafi Wan Ramli RMN for exhibiting professionalism and cooperation throughout.
It is our hope that the Malaysian Armed Forces and RMN shall eventually meet their objective of recruiting more Malaysians of all races to serve. MACVA is looking forward to continue joint long termed support and make our CYR Objective a success.
Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd)
Committee Member CYR Project
25 Nov 17