Dear MSO Members,
Welcome to the first issue of our newsletter for the year 2020. This year had been one of the most awaited years for many of us Malaysians. It is the year when our “Vision 2020” was supposed to have been achieved. For some of us, this meant being perched high up the new world order as a modern, multi-racial, first-world nation. For the rest of us who were children in the 90s, who have been dreaming of flying cars, bionic humans, levitating bullet trains and buildings that reach into the stratosphere, this was our version of Atlantis. Globally this was supposed to be the Renaissance 4.0 with man and machine working seamlessly, where money is to be fully digital and mankind is to be setting off to explore new planets light years away, travelling from giant space stations.
Unfortunately the fantasy bubble burst, we seem to be stuck and undone in a world with growing income disparity and lesser humanity, rapid overpopulation and reducing quality of life. With the global Covid-19 threat restricting travel and trade on an unprecedented scale, coupled with political uncertainty domestically and abroad, it feels as if a dark cloud is lingering above us preventing the ray of sunshine from reaching us. However, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche proffered “From chaos, comes order”. When you are at the lowest point, the only way is to go up. Martin Luther King Jr. correctly pointed out that, “only in the darkness, can you see the stars”. Let’s continue to be hopeful for things to take a positive turn for the rest of 2020.
As for our fraternity, we started off the year quite successfully with the 35th Singapore-Malaysia joint meeting in Ophthalmology in conjunction with the 1st Asia Pacific Ocular Imaging Society Meeting which was held in Singapore from 17-19th of January. Participation from Malaysian delegates in this event was indeed commendable. A global YO symposium was also held during this meeting and saw many of our brilliant YOs as speakers. We would like to take this opportunity to convey our gratitude to all the YOs involved, as your active and enthusiastic participation did light up the event.