Tan Ben Sheng

Name: Tan Ben Sheng

Course: 1st year Mathematics and Computer Science

Proposer: Tan Hwee Jien (2nd Year Chemistry)

Seconder: Wen Han Yap (3rd Year Mechanical Engineering)

Run-down Position: None

Website: http://www.voteforbenstan.com/

“Apa khabar? “, a typical phrase which I teach my foreign friends.

Despite the point I step on, my identity doesn’t change. I will not forget those experiences and memories in Malaysia, which had shaped me into the person I am. When chatting with my foreign friends, they would feel amazed because of the number of languages we used (bahasa rojak, anybody?), the diverse society we come from and the array of Malaysian foods we love. The strong bonds formed between each Malaysian is something that gives them a surprise. Having lived away from home, Imperial MSoc has become my second home.

Besides expressing my gratitude to everyone I met, it’s hard for me to describe the experience I have with the MSoc’s family.  I run for a position, because I care about the family and want to contribute to society. Being the scholar’s representative, I felt grateful to help out the other scholars in voicing out their needs and ensuring a smooth journey flying abroad. It might seem nothing for some people. However, I am happy to assist those who have some difficulties or live far away, because we are family.

With the action and the spirit storing in my body, I have faith on myself in achieving the objective stated in the constitution:

To provide for the welfare of the Malaysian students in Imperial College.

I chose the role of Treasurer because of my experience, abilities and attitude. Working as the head of business development division in the organization of my college newspaper, I sourced partnership deals and sponsorships with external parties, wrote business proposals and presented organization plans. When organizing different events, my team and I managed the event coordination to include expense and revenue data, budget development, sponsorship sales management and analysis of marketing material. Hence, I desire to tap on such skills that I have acquired to serve MSoc as a treasurer and I believe my duties were similar to what a treasurer of the Malaysian Society does.

From my past experience, I realised the importance of maintaining good relationship with the sponsors. I gained a certain level of satisfactions after securing some long-term sponsorships successfully. Meanwhile, I have learnt to be a better servant leader by  actively listening and seriously considering others’ views, be persistent and courteous when dealing with companies and be meticulous in keeping track of all the data and work.From my past experience, I realised the importance of maintaining good relationship with the sponsors. I gained a certain level of satisfactions after securing some long-term sponsorships successfully. Meanwhile, I have learnt to be a better servant leader by  actively listening and seriously considering others’ views, be persistent and courteous when dealing with companies and be meticulous in keeping track of all the data and work.

If I were awarded the privilege to be MSoc’s treasurer, below are the tasks I would carry out:

1.   Maintain good relationship with existing sponsors

Organise some networking events between the sponsors and the students. Sponsors would have the chance to discover some talents and students will have the opportunities to get fast-track internship (win-win situation). Liaise with the companies and convince them to become long term sponsors.

2.   Outsource more potential sponsors

Approach the companies from the network of alumnus or the global companies which are based in Malaysia (for Asia Pacific region)

3.   Introduce at least one profit-generating event ( to decrease reliability on sponsorship )

Organise some talent competitions, conference, or cultural events ( e.g. night market – Pasar Malam ).

4.   Introduce a better package for MNight play and minimising the risk of production loss

Get more sponsorship for food and increase more food options to create a bigger diversity in matching different preference and to lower down the expenses. Get more product and voucher sponsorship to create a better package for MNight play.

5.   Maintain the transparency of money allocation or spending (Continue)

Show an outline of the society’s finances at Ordinary/Annual General Meetings and provide the opportunity to ask questions.

6.   Provide more benefit to the society members

Approach more Malaysia restaurants or grocery stores to give discounts to our society members.

In a large society, finance acts as the concrete base that lays the foundation to the successful organisation. From money management, planning to budgeting, it relies on a person who is trustworthiness, responsible and motivated.

Vote for me for a potential Treasurer!