UM student picked as most outstanding delegate in Model UN event
PETALING JAYA: When a 22-yearold girl from Penang was awarded the most outstanding delegate in a Model United Nations (UN) conference in Sarawak in September, she said it came as a big surprise to her.
Fast forward two months, Wong Kar Ling was again awarded the same recognition, this time for a similar programme but held in Kuala Lumpur, beating 170 other candidates from 32 countries.
“It’s beyond my wildest imagination,” the third-year law student from the University of Malaya said.
She explained that in the first conference she attended – the Borneo Model UN – she was assigned to present and discuss issues on disarmament and international security.
However, it was the second conference – the Asia Youth International Model UN (Ayimun) – that she claimed was more meaningful, as she was assigned to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) council to help find solutions to real-world problems.
Wong, the third of six siblings, said among her proposed ideas was for IMF to balance the voices of representative countries when voting for a decision to give equal rights to each country, with more powerful nations currently having a bigger voting power.
“I also proposed that IMF set a debt limit for countries seeking loans from it, and to adjust the interest rates according to the wealth of each country,” she told theSun yesterday.
Model UN is an educational simulation or academic activity in which students are placed in committees and assigned countries, or occasionally other organisations or political figures, where they represent members of that body, and learn about diplomacy, international relations and the UN.
Malaysia played host to this year’s Ayimun programme, held from Nov 3 to 6, at the Sunway Putra Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Wong, who dreams of becoming an ambassador, said her achievement was proof that the country does not lack students with potential and urged the government and other parties to further expose students to what is happening globally.
Wong showing the award she received at the Asia Youth International Model United Nations conference.