MALAYSIAN NATURE SOCIETY kicked off its 70th Anniversary roadshow with a bang, aptly in the very place it was born – Perak.
Held in Ipoh on March 6th, Saturday, 2010, the event was graced by MNS President Tan Sri Mohd Salleh and Vice President Jeffrey Phang. The Secretariat was represented by Dr. Loh Chi Leong, Ms. Maye Yap, Ms. Leong Wee Chin and Mr. Sonny Wong.
In anticipation of good participation response, the historical premise of No.5 Jalan Gopeng (or the new road name Jalan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah, near Casuarina Impiana Hotel) was used to host the event.
Like good ol’ days
Executive Director Dr. Loh Chi Leong and MNS Perak Chairman Mr. Leow Kon Fah
Sonny Wong took the opportunity to sell MNS merchandise to raise fund
A total of 61 participants turned up.
As planned, the day’s itinerary went on without a glitch and Perak members had a good opportunity getting to know Secretariat staffs and council members who worked behind the scene to keep MNS true to its objectives.
The roadshow’s itinerary was as follow;
2:00pm – Registration
2:30pm – Opening speech by MNS Perak Chairman
2:40pm – Presentation by MNS President
3:00pm – Question and answer Session
3:30pm – Review of MNS Rules and Regulations by MNS Executive Director
4:15pm – Question and answer Session
5:00pm – Refreshments
6:00pm – Panel Discussion “Conservation in MNS Perak”
7:00pm – Buffet dinner (halal)
8:30pm – Firefly conservation lecture by MNS Senior Conservation Officer
9.30pm – End
The recent dry weather notwithstanding, temperature was raised a few notch higher that night with a generous serving of spicy food. A small fee of RM22 per person was collected for the buffet dinner prepared by the popular northern Indian cuisine specialist Pakeeza Restaurant.
For those who could not make it to the roadshow
We would like to draw your attention to the review of MNS Rules & Regulation presented by the Secretariat. It highlighted crucial aspects of running MNS in the new millennia and how the society is going to counter new challenges ahead.
Take for example Membership Fee. Currently, MNS is spending a hefty amount of its membership fee collection on producing the Malaysian Naturalist magazine for membership distribution and offering them at bookstores around the country. It accounts to 70% of MNS’s overall running cost (See pie chart below). This leaves very little budget for conservation projects.
To make more sense and enable more conservation projects to be funded, the Secretariat has made some new proposals and one of them is to redistribute MNS’s overall running cost. This involved taking Malaysian Naturalist magazine out of the equation and find ways to offer it at market value so as not to burden MNS’s coffer. See proposal below.
Besides the issue of MNS running cost, there are many other proposed revisions that require attention.
We need your feedback
For those who did not attend the roadshow, we urge you to read up by downloading this PDF File. Your can forward you opinion and feedback to Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org