Mind festival inspires all
The Malaysia Festival of the Mind VII kicked off on 1 October 2011 at the main campus of the Tunku Abdul Rahman College (KTAR) in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, featuring talks, workshops and exhibitions on various mind- related topics such as mind mapping, memory improvement, creative thinking, emotional intelligence and Sudoku.
Organised by the Malaysia Mental Literacy Movement (MMLM), UTAR and KTAR, the two-day festival was launched by guest of honour Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, who is a council member of UTAR and KTAR, together with Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, UTAR Council Chairman and MMLM Chairman; Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad; Ir Professor Academician Dato' Dr Chuah Hean Teik, UTAR President and Dr Tan Chik Heok, KTAR Principal.
In his address, Tan Sri Fong said, "Maximising brainpower is no more an option but a necessity in order to advance in our life and career." He also lauded Tun Ling, founder and chairman of MMLM and chairman of UTAR council, for initiating the mental literacy movement to educate Malaysians on the human mind and its unlimited potential.
The opening ceremony was immediately followed by an inspiring talk titled "Dream the Impossible" by Tan Sri Fernandes. He shared his experiences on how he had acquired AirAsia and turned the budget airline into a hugely successful company. In his talk, he gave examples on the need for changing mindsets, thinking like world beaters and remaining positive in times of difficulty. At the end of his talk, he urged his audience to "dream the impossible and believe the unbelievable". The talk concluded with a Q&A session whereby members of the audience posted their questions to Fernandes.
The festival attracted visitors from as far as Johor and Negeri Sembilan. Teoh Jun Yong, a teacher from SMK Dato' Mohd Taha, Gemencheh, was one of the visitors, along with his students. "My students are very interested in the talk on Sudoku because they have no chance to do such activities in class," he said.
Mary Thomas from Johor Bahru came with her daughter and a friend to hear Fernandes. As a teacher, Thomas looked forward to getting ideas from the festival to help students who have problems in their studies.
The Festival, an annual event, aims to highlight the importance of mental literacy. It also aims to create awareness about the human mind and offers ways of tapping into and developing one's brainpower. Techniques and skills pertaining to the improvement of mental literacy such as memory skills, creativity, thinking skills and speed reading were also introduced.
The Festival will also be held at UTAR Perak Campus in Kampar, Perak on October 8 and 9, 2011.
Launching the Festival (from left): Prof Chuah, Dr Tan, Tan Sri Dr Fong, Tan Sri Fernandes and Tun Dr Ling
Tan Sri Fernandes speaking on "Dream the Impossible"
Mr Teoh with his students from SMK Dato' Mohd Taha
Mary Thomas (left) with her daughter, Elizabeth Goh