14 January 2015 – Dr Albert Ling Chuan Kai, an International Medical University (IMU) Alumnus who graduated with a MBBS (IMU) in September 2014, was awarded the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) or Meritorious Service Medal by His Royal Highness DYMM Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus. The medal is given to reward meritorious service to the public. Besides this award, Albert has also been awarded the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Meritorious Service Medal (Youth) 2006 and the MRCS Negeri Sembilan Outstanding Youth Award 2006. At IMU’s University Day in 2014, Albert was the recipient of the IMU Aflame Student Award 2014 for demonstrating passion to do good for humanity as a graduating student. As the winner of the Aflame Award, Albert nominated Hospice Negeri Sembilan as a beneficiary to receive RM 5,000. He has also been nominated for two awards: 1. Certificate of Merit, Anugerah Bulan Sabit Merah Malaysia 2015 2. 2014 Three Outstanding Young Persons of Negeri Sembilan Award, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Seremban He has yet to receive the results of these nominations. The 25 year-old has been an active volunteer since his high school days. He is particularly interested in mobilising youngsters in doing social works. As the Youth Officer of Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Seremban, he has organised many blood donation drives, charity home visits and a Go Bald campaign to raise funds for cancer patients. He is also passionate about the plight of Myanmar Chin refugees in Lobak, Seremban. Albert is credited for successfully organising a donation drive to acquire new school uniforms, shoes and stationary for 85 refugee children in 2014. Together with a few MRCS youth members, he taught at the refugee school for a period of time. To understand the refugee’s status better, he signed up for MRCS Restoring Family Links (RFL) programme whereby he volunteered to help write messages to families of illegal immigrants detained at Depot Tahanan Lenggeng. In raising awareness regarding human rights among MRCS youth members, he has been organising the annual International Humanitarian Law quiz since 2011. Other than that, he has been regularly involved in first aid training for youth members and a few local governmental agencies.
As a medical student, Albert took part in health screening at Kampung Orang Asli Tekir, Labu and adopted a family in which he still looks after even after graduation. He was among 13 Malaysians selected to participate in the Malaysian Young Activists (MYA) Volunteer Workcamp in Penampang, Sabah whereby together, they built a library and repaired a few houses. He also took part in The Star’s DoGoodVolunteer-Good Day Out programme where he helped built a kitchen for an Orang Asli family in Hulu Langat, Selangor.
At 18 years old, Albert was one of two selected Malaysians to participate in the Red Cross/Red Crescent International Youth Exchange Programme in Japan where youngsters from Asia Pacific region gathered to discuss about problems faced by youth leaders across the region.
Despite his busy schedule as a medical student and now a doctor at the Hospital Duchess of Kent, Sandakan, Sabah, Albert has regularly organised charity events with the involvement of youths from different universities and schools. His notable contribution is frequently organising blood donation drives in collaboration with the blood bank unit of Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar since 2007. In 2012, he organised Service In Action programme which required youth members to organise community-oriented activities of their own. The event was sponsored by the Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan.
Albert is also noted for his passion in helping the Myanmar Chin refugees in Lobak, Seremban whereby he constantly kept in touch with the community, rendering help by way of organising public donation drives and getting volunteers to teach at the refugee school. His activities were often highlighted in the local newspaper and had directly brought publicity to the refugee community. Now, the refugee school is well supported financially and is equipped with air-conditioning and plasma TV.
Congratulations, Albert! IMU is very proud of you!