Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Career Fair

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.

Joint Team. Back row. L to R: Maj Ong You Chai (Rtd), Lt Wan Mohd Hanafi bin Wan Ramli RMN , Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd), Lt Tan Sze Lin RMN, Lt Cdr Lavendran a/l Jayamohan RMN. Front row. L to R: LK1 PNK Ngoo Hao Wei RMN and PW1 PBS (I) Mohd Noor Sabirin bin Mohd Mohyi.
Ready for the fair.

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.

More and more students dropping by for their first hand information. MACVA President Maj Tan Pau Son (Rtd) talking to IR Wan Lai Weng, Senior Lecturer of Department of Mechnical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Building Environment.
Briefing from the team members. YBhg Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, TAR UC President and Maj Tan Pau Son (Rtd), MACVA President exchanging views.
Token from the RMN team to both the Presidents.

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.

Group Photo. L to R. Maj Ong You Chai (Rtd), CPO Chen Ka Kim RMN (Rtd), Lt Cdr Lavendra RMN, Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd), YBhg Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, Maj Tan Pau Son (Rtd), Lt Wan Mohd Hanafi RMN and Lt Tan Sze Lin RMN.
Group Photo. L to R. CPO Chen Ka Kim RMN (Rtd), Maj Ong You Chai (Rtd), Lt Wan Mohd Hanafi RMN, Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd), Dr Chook Ka Joo (Vice President), Maj Tan Pau Son (Rtd), Mr Harry Goh Keng Siong (Deputy Director Student Affairs), Lt Tan Sze Lin RMN and Lt Cdr Lavendra RMN.

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.

More enquiries during the afternoon session.
CPO Chen Ka Kim RMN (Rtd) sharing his experience & success story to serving officers. Five of the 120 undergraduates signed up with the Regt 515 AW after the carrer fair in Mac 2017.

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.

Report by:

Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd)
Committee Member CYR Project

25 Nov 17

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) Career Fair Held At Dewan Utama
On 25 & 26 October 2017


TARUC has invited the Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) together with the Recruiting Team from Bahagian Perkhidmatan Anggota (BPA), Kementerian Pertahanan to participate in their Career Fair on 25 & 26 Oct 17. This is the second invitation in 2017.

The Joint Team. L to R: Maj Ong You Chai (Rtd), Chief Petty Officer (CPO) KK Chen RMN (Rtd), Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd), Capt Mohd Adha Aznan, Lt Abdul Hanis Abdullah RMN and Capt Arrizal Zakaria RMAF.

The event on 25 Oct 17 was opened to the Information Technology (IT) and Computer Faculty. About 500 students from TARUC and 20 IT related companies were involved.

Students were busy looking for sponsor to do their internship. "Sorry No Internship” joins the Armed Forces instead.
Encourage students to join the Armed Forces as a career and relating our success stories during and after the service.
BPA Recruiting Team and MACV in action.

However, the event on 26 Oct 2017 was focus on accountancy, finance & commerce. About 1,000 students and 40 finance related companies were involved. We were invited merely to create awareness and job opportunity to the Chinese students. The response both from the university and the students were very encouraging.

More than 200 students dropped by our booth, initially with an inquisitive mind, unsure and confused. But after the explanation from our team on the terms of service, pay according to rank structures, perks, allowances and other benefits, life before and after service, they were very surprised and wanting to know more.

Students beginning to show interest. Round table discussion.
Both male and female students are equally interested to know more about the Malaysian Armed Forces.
Student in shorts is keen to be a pilot. "We are serious to join the Armed Forces".

TARUC Board Members, headed by the Vice President of Student Affairs & Quality Assurance, Dr Chook Ka Joo visited our booth on the first day of the fair. He said TARUC will continue to engage the Armed Forces and MACVA in such program. We were told the last Career Fair in Mac 2017 which we had participated, 120 students had signed up joining Regt 515 AW. He is very pleased with our efforts. He proposed to conduct another “Military Career Talk” in Mac 2018, involving about 200 students whom shall be graduated in Feb and Jul 2018 respectively. The talk is important and timely not only as an exposure what the Armed Forces could offer but as a career option for some.

TARUC has been very keen and supportive in our effort to recruit Chinese youth into the Armed Forces since we had our first meeting on 27 Oct 2016. It is hoped that such program would continue to cherish and eventually to attract more Chinese joining the Armed Forces.

L to R: CPO KK Chen RMN (Rtd), Maj Ong You Chai (Rtd), Dr Chook Ka Joo, Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd), Mr Tan Seng Seng, Deputy Director, Dept of Student Affairs, Mr Harry Goh Keng Siong, Deputy Director, Dept of Student Affairs.
Updating the University Board Members on what the Armed Forces could offer.
Moral support by MACVA Advisor, Brig Gen Dr Leong WF (Rtd) (third from left).

Report compiled by

Lt Col Loo Lee Fum (Rtd)
Committee Member CYR Project

30 Oct 17

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Career Fair
14 Mar 17
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) held a Career Fair for their graduating students on 14 Mar 17. A complimentary booth was offered to the MINDEF Recruiting Team through MACVA. This was an effort from an Army Career Talk held at TAR UC back in 30 Nov 16 last year. Leading the MINDEF Recruiting Team from Tenaga Kerja B, Personnel Services Division was Maj Siti Normiah bte Marzuki.

The CYR Project Team from MACVA was headed by Lt Col Loo Lee Fum (Rtd), assisted by Maj David Chow Yun Kai (Rtd) and Maj Ong You Chai (Rtd). MACVA President Brig Gen Dr Leong Weng Foon (Rtd) was also present to give his support and had a short discussion with TAR UC President, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok when he visited the MINDEF booth with his Board members.

L to R:Maj Ong You Chai (Rtd), Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd) and Maj David Chow (Rtd). With MINDEF Recruiting Team.
Maj David Chow (Rtd) with male students. Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd) with female students.
JHEV Veteran magazine handout. Visit by Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok and Brig Gen Dr Leong Weng Foon (Rtd), 4th and 5th left.

macva Event Video Clip