Fun-filled time for ac­coun­tants

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AS a pro­fes­sional ac­count­ing body, The Malaysian In­sti­tute of Cer­ti­fied Public Ac­coun­tants (MICPA) is truly in the busi­ness of de­vel­op­ing work-ready bright, out­go­ing ac­coun­tants for public prac­tice.

With a num­ber of ex­cit­ing events lined up each year or­gan­ised es­pe­cially for ac­count­ing stu­dents, it was no sur­prise to have close to 500 par­tic­i­pants ea­gerly ar­riv­ing in the wee hours of the morn­ing on May 6 for the third an­nual MICPA Ac­coun­tant’s Dash.

Echo­ing the event tagline “Go M.A.D.!” the stu­dents truly let loose and had a fun time in the 5km run rid­dled with ob­sta­cles along the way meant to chal­lenge their grit and team­work.

This year’s event was hosted by Univer­siti Te­knologi MARA (UiTM) Pun­cak Alam, and coor­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with ac­count­ing stu­dent clubs of UiTM – Sekre­tariat Ma­ha­siswa Fakulti Per­akau­nan (SMF) and As­so­ci­a­tion of Bach­e­lor of Ac­coun­tancy Stu­dents So­ci­ety (ABACCS).

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee worked closely with MICPA and did a great job in putting the event to­gether – par­tic­i­pants had to com­plete five chal­lenges at check­points along the way and the top 10 teams with the high­est scores won prizes that day. The cam­pus, set among green hills and vast plains proved to be a very ideal lo­ca­tion for the Dash.

The UiTM or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee de­vised some­thing new for the run this year, as it was themed “Plants Vs Zom­bies”.

Par­tic­i­pants had to cre­atively turn them­selves into zom­bies us­ing face paint, where they would run the course in teams with each zom­bie’s “life” rep­re­sented by a bal­loon tied to their arm.

Plants were “planted” along the route, meant to steal lives from the zom­bies by pop­ping their bal­loons, or throw coloured pow­der on them as they ran past. Each suc­cess­fully com­pleted check­point would add one life, or bal­loon, to the team.

One par­tic­u­lar check­point tested the par­tic­i­pants’ knowl­edge about the MICPA-CAANZ Pro­gramme – the pro­fes­sional ac­count­ing pro­gramme jointly of­fered by MICPA and Char­tered Ac­coun­tants Aus­tralia and New Zealand (CAANZ), which has been gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity amongst Malaysian ac­count­ing stu­dents and grad­u­ate em­ploy­ers.

There were seven event part­ners sup­port­ing the Dash this year – the ac­count­ing firms BDO, Crowe Hor­wath, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thorn­ton, HLB Ler Lum and KPMG – many of them send­ing a team of run­ners to join in the fun and to take the op­por­tu­nity to meet and min­gle with par­tic­i­pants.

Ac­count­ing Club Pres­i­dent from the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Uni­ver­sity of Malaysia (IIUM), Mo­ham­mad Khairul Amir Bin Mo­ham­mad Iqbal, whose team won first place, shared: “The MICPA Ac­coun­tant’s Dash 2017 was a blast. It was re­ally a fan­tas­tic and challenging run. My friends and I had so much fun and en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to get to know stu­dents from other uni­ver­si­ties.”

Di­rec­tor of the event from UiTM, Mo­hamad Izwan Azmi who is also the SMF vice-pres­i­dent, shared: “De­spite hav­ing to sac­ri­fice our mid-se­mes­ter break work­ing on prepa­ra­tions lead­ing up to the Dash, we felt very happy to do it be­cause it was or­gan­ised for the ben­e­fit of ac­count­ing stu­dents across Malaysia.

“It was no easy task, but I per­son­ally saw my­self grow in soft skills and lead­er­ship skills through this ex­pe­ri­ence and it will no doubt ben­e­fit me in the fu­ture.”

The event closed at noon with

It was no easy task, but I saw my­self grow in soft skills and lead­er­ship skills through this ex­pe­ri­ence.

in­spir­ing speeches by UiTM Fac­ulty of Ac­coun­tancy Deputy Dean, Dr Zu­raeda binti Ibrahi, and MICPA Coun­cil Mem­ber, Datuk Me­gat Iskan­dar Shah.

It was cer­tainly a colour­ful event, leav­ing par­tic­i­pants and event part­ners alike look­ing for­ward to next year’s M.A.D. event.

■ For more de­tails on the MICPA-CAANZ Pro­gramme, con­tact the Mar­ket­ing De­part­ment at 03-2698 9622 or e-mail micpa@micpa.com.my.

Par­tic­i­pants of the MICPA Ac­coun­tant’s Dash 2017 at UiTM Pun­cak Alam.

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