Welcome Message from the Director-General of Health Malaysia

It gives me great pleasure to write this message for the 12th Asian & Oceanic Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Congress to be held on 19th to 22nd June 2013 in Kuching, Sarawak.

I note that the Organising Committee has chosen the theme “Exploring the World of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine” which is apt and timely as exchanges of ideas, techniques and current practices in this rapidly evolving field can be discussed and viewpoints shared. It is noteworthy that an eminent faculty of world-renowned speakers has been assembled to deliver the state-of-the-art lectures and to provide the latest updates in these two specialties. I observe that the scientific programme is packed and has something exciting for everyone.

Sarawak has plenty to offer the visitors including the rich cultural diversity with colourful ethnic communities. The Organising Committee has worked hard to ensure that all those who set foot on Sarawak will not only improve their clinical knowledge but also have the chance to experience the unpredictable yet enchanting tropical rainforest (one of the oldest in the world) as well as the unique variety of flora and fauna.

This will also be a good time for you to renew old ties and make new ones.

I wish you a wonderful and fruitful conference.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah