UM stu­dent picked as most out­stand­ing del­e­gate in Model UN event

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AMAR SHAH MOHSEN

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.

ASYRAF RASID/ THESUN

Wong show­ing the award she re­ceived at the Asia Youth International Model United Na­tions con­fer­ence.

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