Frequently Asked Questions About the MSA 60th Anniversary Life Membership Drive
What is this membership drive about?
As part of our 60th anniversary celebrations and with the aim of increasing the number of life members of MSA, the Executive Committee came up with the proposal of a membership drive.
What does MSA aim to achieve?
We intend to recruit specialists to join as members of MSA. We prefer if they can sign up to be life members upfront, so they do not have to worry about paying the annual fees. Conventionally, the fees payable is about RM 75 for 20 years before being exempted from any further membership payment. Once the payment has been made and the application vetted by the committee, the members do not have to pay any further fees. As such, this offer of RM600 one-time payment represents a savings of RM400 if you were initially supposed to pay a one time payment of RM1000 or savings of RM900 if you were to make payment over a 20 year period.
For any society, the larger the membership, the more say the society has in affairs concerning the fraternity. As the main society representing anaesthesiologists in the country, we hope specialists will consider joining the society and gain from other benefits of the society such as access to online journals, reduced fees for conferences, access to CME programmes, grants and other associated privileges.
How long is the membership drive planned for?
The drive will be for six months, starting on the 6th of February, 2023 and ending on the 1st of August, 2023. Winners of the special prizes will be announced at the MSA COA Annual Scientific Congress Gala Dinner in Kuching on the 5th of August, 2023.
I have been an Ordinary member of the MSA for the last five years. Can I switch to Life now?
Yes, you can. All you have to do is to pay RM600 and convert your ordinary membership to a life membership.
I have been an Ordinary member for 15 years. Can I become a life Member by paying the remaining balance instead of RM 600 and be eligible for the prizes?
Unfortunately, no. To become a life member during this campaign period, you need to pay RM 600 and switch your status to become a life member. As such, this campaign may not be attractive for long-standing ordinary members who only have a few years to pay before achieving automatic exemption from paying more fees.
If I am an ordinary member, do I still need to get referees for my application to be converted to Life membership?
You don't have to, as we would have your ordinary membership on record. Still, if you want to enrol your referees to participate in the contest for the highest number of referees for life membership, then you can state their names in the application form.
What are the prizes offered in this membership drive campaign?
All newly registered life members will be entered into a lucky draw and eligible for these rewards. There will be 6 prizes and the grand prize is a 0.6-carat diamond. The names of the lucky winners will be drawn and announced during the Gala Dinner.
How will the referees be rewarded?
There will be 6 prizes, with the grand prize of a 0.6-carat diamond going to the referee with the largest number of new life members signed. In the event of a draw or more than two referees with the same number of new life members signed, there will be a toss of the coin to determine the winner. The others will be given other prizes as deemed appropriate by the organising committee. All decisions will be final. We hope members will positively receive any decision or outcomes.
I see that hospitals with the largest number of new life members get a prize too. Can you share the details?
We encourage hospitals with specialists who are not yet life members to participate in this campaign and receive a memento from the organising committee. The top 6 hospitals will be chosen.
Which account do I pay to become a Life Member of both MSA and COA?
To make it convenient for this campaign, payment can be made to the MSA account in the following manner:
Name: Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists
Name and address of bank: CIMB Bank Berhad, KL Main Branch, 11 Jalan Raja Laut, 50350 Kuala Lumpur
Account No: 80-0021098-1
We will do the necessary to internally make payments on behalf of new life College members to the College of Anaesthesiologists account.
For membership application to the College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, please email the email@example.com
You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will provide you with the necessary information regarding the forms.
Whom do I call if I need clarification about this program?
You can call Najihah or Hasrul at the MSA Secretariat (Direct Phone 03-8996 0700 ext 215). They will assist as far as possible, and if they are unable to, they will get in touch with the Exco for confirmation before reverting back to you.
If I am not a specialist, can I take advantage of this promotion of paying RM 600 for a life member?
Unfortunately, life and ordinary memberships are only open for Registered Medical Practitioners or Specialists who possess a recognised post-graduate anaesthesia qualification. However, you can apply for an associate membership open to members of the Medical and Allied Professions who do not qualify for Ordinary membership.