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MDA Hon General Secretary Message from Dr Ng Woan Tyng

Date 01.02.2016

Dear Esteemed MDA members,

Greetings from the council of the Malaysian Dental Association. The MDA council would like to take this golden opportunity to wish everyone A Happy and Prosperous New Year 2016. Another eventful year of success and happiness has passed. With every New Year come greater challenges in life. We wish you courage, hope and faith to overcome all the hurdles you may face. May you have a great year ahead.

A. The DPL Development

The Dental Protection Limited (DPL) had informed us, with very short notice, that the subscription rate shall be revised in 2016, with the addition of 2 new categories for the General Practitioners who practise orthodontics and implant dentistry. The administration from the DPL is preparing the fact sheet and the FAQ at this point of time. Meanwhile, the MDA council will be introducing an alternative Malpractice Insurance for MDA members. Relevant information will be sent via email blast to members. B. MyCPD

MyCPD is an online monitoring system for continuing professional development activities. It was developed by the Ministry of Health. All dental practitioners are strongly urged to register with MyCPD. The application can be used to plan and record CPD activities, beside tracking CPD activities and most importantly CPD points. Please log in to link below for a step to step guide for new registration: http://mycpd.moh.gov.my/upload/umanual/myCPD_User_%20Guide.pdf

On this note, the MDA council would like to remind ALL members, that the annual practising certificate(APC) is a mandatory requirement to ALL practitioners both the public and private at ALL places of practice. Please refer the Dental Act 1971, Section 19(9) A.

C. The MDA go paperless

Please kindly be informed that beginning of year 2016, our MDA News, besides the Malaysian Dental Journal( MDJ), and the MDA Annual Reports, will be going e-copy and readily viewable online and downloadable from the members site. As such, members who wish to continue to receive their usual hard copies through postal delivery please kindly inform the MDA secretariat.

D. The proposed amendments for the MDA constitution

The Hon General Secretary had sent out the draft of the proposed amendments for the MDA constitutions in early December 2015 for members to comment. The MDA council appreciates the valuable feedbacks and input from members. Please take note that all proposed amendments will be deliberated in the council before being tabled to the house during the Annual General Meeting, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur on the 26th June 2016.

E. Application for Subsidy to attend the IDEM Singapore 2016

As you might be aware by now that IDEM Singapore will be held from 8th-10th April 2016, in the Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore. The early bird for registration closes on the 31st January 2016.

However, due to our close working relationship and great camaraderie all these while, the SDA council has extended the early bird deadline for MDA members to 12th February 2016. In addition, the MDA members are privileged to be offered the same rate as SDA members, at a preferential upfront discount of 15% off. Nevertheless, this is NOT applicable for the onsite rate, as well as the registration fee for ALL workshops, formal and informal events.

Kindly liase with our event registration manager Ms Wennie Kok for the follow-up payment and registration logistic, before 12th February 2016. Your registration will only be valid upon payment . The conversion rate will be set at 1SGD=3.15MYR which is inclusive of the bank charges.

On this note, the MDA council is pleased to inform members that a subsidy of RM500 will be given to the first 25 successful applicants of this subsidy.

F. MDA CPE events:

Dentistry is one field that is forever evolving. We the dental practitioners are to be on the top of the latest inventions and innovations. Being the national association, the MDA council and the organizing committee are trying our best, selflessly and voluntarily to organize quality CPD program to help members to achieve the objectives. As quoted by the Founding Father of the United States Benjamin Franklin, “An Investment in Knowledge Pays the Best Interest”, I urge you to actively participate in the CPD programs organized at national and international level.

The highlights of the year will be:
1) Midec 2016
Date: 28-30 July 2016
Venue: Putra Worls Trade Centre

The organizing committee would like to invite all to attend and perhaps volunteer in the above mentioned auspicious events. Be part of it for a fun filled weekend of learning and rekindle friendship.

On this note, please be informed that the Super Early Bird Rate for Online Registration will be due on 15th February 2016.Just surf online to register, and enjoy the great offer!!

G. Other Matter

a) The MDA is delighted that the International College of Dentists aka ICD is once again conferring awards to outstanding members of the profession and individuals who have generously and selflessly contributed to the dental profession and the oral health of the public at large. We trust that those who are truly deserving will be blessed and recognised for their outstanding leadership, professionalism and humanitarianism.

The MDA,as the umbrella organization for dentists in Malaysia recognizes that the primary mission of the ICD is an honoured and highly commendable one. The century old venerable ICD whose stated mission is to be "dedicated to the recognition of outstanding professional achievement and meritorious service and the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of all humankind” has worked closely with the MDA for almost 50 years. The MDA is therefore confident that the ICD will persevere and stay firmly to their mission and such focused activity will synergize and complement the mission and labours of the national dental association and we wish the ICD every success in such worthy endeavours.

b) The Oral Health Division Malaysia had just issued a circular to retract all APCs issued to the non specialist public practitioners to work as locums in the private clinics, latest by 30th June 2016. Please refer to the division should you need more information.

Last but not least, the council would like to take this golden opportunity to wish all our Chinese colleague A Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

On behalf of the council,

Dr Ng Woan Tyng
Hon General Secretary 2015/2016
28th January 2016


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