Welcome to the 1st Edition of the MASCA Newsletter,
As most universities in Australia are approaching the end of the first semester, MASCA would like to congratulate all students for getting this far! It has been a different semester for everybody, with e-learning as the main form of education throughout the semester, which is no easy feat in this trying time. We are glad to see that students have been adapting well to the changes! Whether you have adapted yourselves to the new normal or you still haven’t been able to wake up for that 9 a.m. Zoom lecture, MASCA is proud of you! In this edition of the newsletter, we would like to introduce MASCA.
WHAT IS MASCA?
MASCA stands for Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia. We are a representative council of Malaysian students in Australia. MASCA is composed of MASCA National and the MASCA State/Territory Chapters. Under the patronage of the Education Department of the Consulate of Malaysia in Australia (EMA), MASCA is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation run by students, for students.
VISION, MISSION AND VALUES
MASCA is a one-stop centre for Malaysian affairs in Australia, we facilitate the interaction and unification of various Malaysian student bodies in Australia. We aspire to promote and uphold the Malaysian spirit amongst the student population. As a proud Malaysian organisation, MASCA proudly upholds multiculturalism, unity, and tolerance. This is reflected in MASCA’s multicultural demographic. Ultimately, fostering a united Malaysian community is embodied in our agenda along with forging close ties with the Australian community for the welfare of Malaysian students in Australia.
PILLARS AND FUNCTIONS
The various functions and roles played by MASCA are in tandem with our seven pillars, these pillars guide MASCA and its members to perform their respective duties in service of Malaysian students.
SPORTS AND UNITY
MASCA believes that sports foster unity. MASCA co-organises sports events such as the Sydney Malaysian Games and MASA Games which aims to improve the relationships of students by allowing them to compete among Malaysians from different universities in their respective states.
STUDENTS' WELFARE AND ADVOCACY
MASCA prioritises the welfare of Malaysian students in Australia. We have launched initiatives such as MASCAre: COVID-19, a crowdfunding initiative that aims to provide financial and essential aid to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. MASCA handles and resolves welfare-related affairs such as student accommodation, services and emergencies in Australia
NATION-BUILDING AND LEADERSHIP
MASCA nurtures and develops the future leaders of Malaysia. The National Executive Training (NET) programme trains prospective students with the operations of the council. MASCA invites charismatic leaders to inspire and instil knowledge and insights. MASCA advocates youth empowerment and patriotic movements.
MASCA forges partnerships with Malaysian companies which provide career opportunities for Malaysian graduates. Additionally, students may glean valuable industry insights from MASCA’s partnership events. These events are desirable platforms for students to build connections and networks.
MASCA believes that entrepreneurship nurtures future leaders of Malaysia. MASCA hosts events where entrepreneurs are invited to speak about their experiences and provide wisdom. These empower students with entrepreneurship soft skills.
CULTURE, ARTS AND IDENTITY
MASCA proudly upholds the Malaysian culture. Our monthly publication ‘MASCAzine’ highlights the many customs and traditions practised by the diverse communities in Malaysia. MASCA co-organises cultural events such as the Malaysia Festival, where many aspects of Malaysia are celebrated and shared with the local communities.
COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEERING
MASCA is a not-for-profit organisation that confers assistance and value to complement the Malaysian student experience. Every MASCA member volunteers their time, effort and resources to facilitate and organise events that benefit the Malaysian student community in Australia.
Run by a team of highly charismatic and enthusiastic student leaders, the members of MASCA are diverse, they are based all over Australia pursuing different fields of study. Let’s get to know them!
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS
Australian National University
Bachelor of Science
Zayana is objective and factual, to contrast, she has a fun personality!
University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
Amirul admires Nikola Tesla, a futurist and inventor who aspires to provide free electricity to the world. He can be spotted in the kitchen beyond his responsibilities in MASCA and University.
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
Nicknamed ‘Q’, she passed her driving test 4 years ago but had never driven since. As a cat-lover, she talks to them more than people.
Bachelor of Business Specialist (Banking and Finance)
Lidia has 2 metal screws implants holding her left pinky together. She enjoys watermelon rinds.
Masters of Teaching in Secondary Education
Shankar lived in a plantation for the first 12 years of his life and has resided in 3 different states before high school.
University of Sydney
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
Nicknamed 'Palee', he would control probabilities of events if he was granted a superpower. He loves riding roller coasters and bungee jumping but hates horror movies.
PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
Amanda is a ballet dancer and enthusiast who does not fancy chocolates.
Ee Seong Ling
University of Sydney
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Aeronautical)
Ee Seong enjoys books about astrophysics and cosmology written by Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson. He has been a Taylor Swift fan since 2013.
University of Western Australia
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Japanese)
Eileen is able to converse in English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, and Japanese. Another skill she possesses is the ability to solve a Rubik’s cube in 20 seconds.
Yan Yee Lee
University of Queensland
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Yan Yee loves reading and the scent of books, especially second-hand ones. She prefers water over any other beverage.
Yi Chen Yeap
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies)
Prior to this, Yi Chen has been to 3 different high schools, making him highly adaptable and flexible to change. He is also a die-hard curry lover.
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
Zhi Yi Chen
Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
Outside her duties in the PR department, Zhi Yi enjoys cooking as a way to relieve stress. She indulges herself in nature photography as a way of appreciating the little things that are taken for granted.
Now that you know MASCA better, be sure to check out our social media channels listed below for more updates of future events, initiatives and activities. We hope you enjoy your well-deserved semester break!