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10th October 2013

Hello my lovelies! Following a long painful summer of not hearing from me (I know, it was tough on me too), your favourite Malaysian newsletter is BACK.

We hope all of you have had a great summer, whether you spent it interning, pigging out on Malaysian food or just watching every episode of Breaking Bad.

To all our new bright-eyed freshers, welcome to Cambridge: where the Queen keeps drowning in your wine (so rude), your mail occupies the holes of pigeons, and your spirit animal is a bike. Not to mention our slick wizard robes/gowns.

To our less new but fresh-as-ever returning students (we’re talking Prince of Bel Air fresh), welcome back!

Guns-blazing, bike-riding, and hands in the air (don’t do this at home, kids), we’re kicking off this Michaelmas with some great events.

First off, head down to Jesus Green this Sunday for our Fresher’s Squash to meet the rest of the CUMaS family; freshers, seniors, maybe even a few dinosaurs? With food, games and majestic ancient reptiles, what more could you ask for?


Speaking of which, next week’s Fresher’s Michaelmas Formal is another thing not to miss, with Nottingham Games also coming up in just under a month. Check below for the event details!

In addition, if you’re interested in making a significant impact on Malaysia while working with some of the most inspiring people around, check out the ICMS Cambridge Roadshow as the International Council of Malaysian Scholars and Associates visit Cambridge next Saturday. Also, if you’re interested in trading (no, not pokemon cards), our partner the Cambridge University Securities Trading Club has a message for you just below.

Lastly, if any of you are interested in taking part in a cross-cultural study of well-being in Malaysia, Daniel and Dr. Margaret Kern from the University of Pennsylvania are looking for volunteers, details below!


Yang ingin bertemu kamu,

CUMaS Committee 2013/2014


1. Fresher’s Squash

Do you like playing squash? Or drinking squash? Maybe you just enjoy being physically squashed (which is weird by the way, but not judging). Yes? No? Does it even matter?


It really doesn’t.

Cause we’ll love you no matter what (yay, creepy unconditional committee-love!)

So… Yeah, we can’t promise there will be squash of any kind at the Fresher’s Squash, but what we will have is food. And if that isn’t enough to stir the Malaysian in you, there will also be good company and some games. Oh, and did I mention dinosaurs? And if that’s not enough, there’s word that our Welfare Officer, Tian Xi, will be your personal monkey-butler-waiter for the day. So come on down and meet everyone! 🙂


Date/Day: 13th October 2013, Sunday
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: Jesus Green
Weather: Sunny (no promises, because who are we kidding, you can’t predict UK weather)

2. Fresher’s Michaelmas Formal

Gown it, fresher!

Suit up, bust out those gowns and ready those pennies for our first CUMaS formal of the year!

Taking place at St. John’s (sorry Oxford was full), join us for a memorable night of fine dining, meeting more of the CUMaS family and if you’re lucky, smashing your face into cake.

Date/Day: 18th October 2013, Friday
Time: 7pm
Venue: St. John’s College
Price: 9 pounds (CUMaS*), 10 pounds (CUMSA*), 11.5 (non-members)

*you must have paid your membership fees to be eligible for these subsidies!


Sign up below!

3. Nottingham Games

So you’re in Cambridge huh? Academically brilliant, clever, intellectual; just a few words that come to mind.

Of course it goes without saying that we are also obviously ridiculously athletic, overwhelmingly fit and top-class sportsmen/women. Let’s face it, we’re beasts, guys. I mean, we totally won prizes for Scrabble and Chess last year.

Seriously though, Nottingham Games is a great day of friendly matches with the chance to meet up with your Malaysian friends from all over the UK. Plus, there’s Malaysian food!   

So come along, whether as an athlete or a supporter. Your Sports Officer, Ramaraj, has posted a list of the sports they will be having, with a sign-up sheet likely on the way. Also, remember to sign up to both the CUMaS and CUMaS Sports Facebook Group to keep up to date with everything! If your request to join the groups has been rotting in purgatory for a while, please do inbox me at!

CUMaS Facebook Group
CUMaS Sports Group
Date/Day: 9th November 2013, Saturday
Venue: Nottingham University Campus
Time: TBA

4. ICMS Cambridge Roadshow

If you are yearning to be part of something BIG, looking for something extraordinary to make your university life memorable, or wanting to challenge yourself, then do drop by the ICMS  roadshow! ICMS is a network-oriented council that gathers some of the most passionate and aspirational Malaysians to develop themselves and others around them in the areas of leadership, intellect and career. Our associate members are given opportunities to organise events, realise their ideas and network with the professionals. At the tender age of 3, ICMS has witnessed growth and improvement in organising flagship events including Malaysia Public Policy Competition (MPPC) and Industry Insights (i2).

We will be holding roadshows in Cambridge University and the details are as below:

Event page:
Date: 19th October 2013
Time: 11.00am -1.00pm
Location: TBA, University of Cambridge

Do rsvp at if you are interested to attend. For more information, please visit our website at Also, you can take a look at our MPPC website and i2 website at

Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

Warmest Regards,
The ICMS team.


5. Cambridge University Securities Trading Club

The Cambridge University Securities Trading Club (CUSTC), a partner of the Cambridge University Malaysia Society, is the only society at the University of Cambridge that specifically caters for students interested in both sell-side

and buy-side trading. The society firmly believes that a sound education in trading should combine theoretical and practical training, and through its partnerships with Amplify Trading, The London Academy of Trading, and Credit

Suisse, the society has developed a program that aims to: 1. Provide training on technical analysis 2. Develop members’ market awareness 3. Provide practical experiences and exposure to trading.


The society welcomes students of all levels of understanding and experience in trading to join the society, and membership is free of charge. To become eligible to join CUSTC events and benefit from the society’s offerings, please kindly

register for membership through the following link:


Thank you very much and we hope to have the chance of meeting you at our events this year!

Cambridge University Securities Trading Club


6. Cross-cultural Study Volunteers

Hi friends,
My name is Daniel, and I am a senior at the University of Pennsylvania.  I’d like to invite you to take part in a study that I am conducting with Dr. Margaret Kern of the Positive Psychology Center at Penn as part of my independent study project.  We aim to study well-being and happiness in Malaysia, using the PERMA framework advanced by Dr. Martin Seligman.  Your participation will help us advance cross-cultural research of well-being in the field of positive psychology.
This survey will only take about 10 – 15 minutes to complete, and it is completely anonymous.  We will not ask for your name, or other identifying information.  More details will be available when you begin the survey.
To complete the survey, please click on either of the following links:
When you have completed taking the survey, we would appreciate it if you could forward this email on to your Malaysian family and friends who may be interested in the survey and the topic of research.  You would be helping us advance research in this exciting field of positive psychology.  If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at, or Dr. Margaret Kern at   
If you would like to know more about positive psychology in your own time, please click here.  
Many thanks for your time and kind consideration!

Daniel Khaw
Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. | Class of 2014
UPenn Positive Psychology:




CUMaSKini 10/10/2013: Fresher’s Squash, Michaelmas Formal, Notts Games, ICMS, CUSTC, Cross-cultural Study
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