President's Message


It is my great honour to serve as the President of the Malaysian Society of
Otorhinolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons (MSO-HNS) for the term 2019-2020. I am blessed to have worked with a team of wonderful Executive Committee members who have been so supportive and excellent, in assisting me all the way.

Our Society has grown steadily since its inception 40 years ago. Our members with subspecialty training in various fields such as otology, neurotology, rhinology, skull base surgery, head and neck surgery, laryngology and paediatric ENT have also increased significantly. The responsibility and the role of our Society has evolved and so have the expectations of the members. We are now a Chapter in the College of Surgeons and are looking forward to form our own College of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons (ORL-HNS) in the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia soon. The formation of the College of ORL-HNS will definitely make the ORL-HNS fraternity better represented in the medical community in Malaysia. We have organised campaigns to recruit more members to join the Chapter who will eventually be members of the College. Special presentations on this were organised at the retreat in Penang, December 2019 and MSO-HNS Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, August 2020.

For this term, we have continued the tradition to organise ENT updates for the general practitioners (GP) throughout the country. We managed to organise five ENT updates in Kuching, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu before the advent of Covid-19. These workshops provided updates in ENT problems which are commonly seen among GPs and in government clinics.

We had planned for health camps, annual scientific meeting and the 9th World Congress for Endoscopic Surgery of the Paranasal Sinuses, Skull Base, Brain and Spine (ENDOKL2020) in 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we faced insurmountable challenges to continue to hold the events physically. As such, the health camp which was
arranged at Longhouse Rumah Magretta, Julau, Sarawak on 20 March 2020 had to be cancelled. Luckily, we managed to change our annual scientific meeting to webinar sessions on 17 May 2020. Meanwhile, the 9th World Congress for Endoscopic Surgery of the Paranasal Sinuses, Skull Base, Brain and Spine has been postponed to October 2022 due to the fact that the majority of the participants and speakers are expected to be from overseas. Please access website for regular updates on ENDOKL2022.
During the Covid-19 movement control order (MCO) period, we continued to provide guidelines on the MSO-HNS website and utilised social media to advise our members and the GPs regarding the “new norm” of clinical practice in ORL-HNS.

This has been a hard year of presidentship for me and undoubtedly a hard year for all of us, with a virus that we have yet to fully understand and combat. We have flattened the curve now and hope we can maintain this way until we have access to effective treatment and vaccine. Having said that, I must compliment the 2019-2020 Executive Committee members who has given their best to continue the tradition of making sure the Society progresses.

I humbly hope that we can move forward in unity and face all the challenges collectively.

Until then, I urge everyone to remain safe and stay united in this fight against Covid-19.

Professor Dr Tang Ing Ping
August 2020

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