Welcome Message from the President Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists

On behalf of the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists, may I extend a warm welcome to all invited guests, speakers and delegates to the 12th Asian & Oceanic Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Congress incorporating the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists (MSA), the College of Anaesthesiologists and the Malaysian Association for the Study of Pain (MASP) in Kuching, Sarawak.

The Scientific Committee has worked hard to put forth an attractive and comprehensive scientific programme, both broad and varied, encompassing eminent invited plenary speakers, cutting-edge symposia, and interactive workshops which will arm participants with new visions, knowledge and motivation for their future work either in practice or in the academic life.

The Organising Committee has planned an outstanding social programme. I thank Datin Dr V Sivasakthi, Chairperson, Organising Committee and Professor Dr Marzida Mansor, the Scientific Chairperson, and their teams for a job well done.

It is indeed an honor that the trail of the development of anaesthesia in Malaysia has been finally captured in a wonderful effort by Dr A I Gurubatham in his book entitled ‘History of Anaesthesia in Malaysia’ which will be launched on the Gala Night. This year also marks the 50th year for the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists. I do hope all of you will join us at the Gala Night in celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists!

Incredible Kuching is a mystical city seeped in natural wonders, packed with lush rainforest, green national parks and is rich in cultural heritage with colourful ethnic tribes. Sarawak, also known as the Land of the Hornbills, offers you a wide range of tourism activities to see and enjoy; the longhouses, the Mulu caves in Miri just to name a few. Please do take some time off to savour these beautiful sights.

Enjoy the Congress, not only the academia but also the networking with colleagues and catching up with old acquaintances.

Have a fruitful Congress!

Dr Sushila Sivasubramaniam