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Our brothers from the southern side visiting AOTS & PAAM office…

The 7th FOSAAS Convention At Ho Chi Minh City
(21st – 24th November 2007)
2007 has been an exciting year for the Alumni with the many successful events carried out during the year. One event that I would like to share with you is my experience at the FOSAAS Convention held in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).
The 7th FOSAAS Convention was successfully held and hosted by the AOTS Vietnam Alumni Society from 21st to 24th November 2007, under the capable leadership of Mr. Pham Xuan Mai – The Chairman. The theme of the Convention is: For Industrial Human Resource Development in the Region. It was attended by nearly 100 participants from 9 national alumni societies from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam.
The Malaysian delegation of 10 participants from Klang Valley, Penang, Sarawak and Johor was headed by PAAM President Encik Aziz.
The main agenda of the Convention was to receive report and sharing from the Alumni Societies on:
1) How to access local Human Resource Development needs
2) Successful industrial HRD cases of Alumni and Alumni Organizations
3) How to maintain a live-contact and networking with Ex-Trainees in the region
4) Co-operation between local industries and Japanese enterprises
5) Report on other new activities implemented by Alumni Society and future plan

Some of the delegates from Malaysia

Delegates visiting Reunification Museum
The Convention concluded with the presentation of some resolutions and proposals to be implemented to the new chairman of the 8th FOSAAS host from Thailand. The Vietnamese organizers did a very good job by bringing all the FOSAAS delegates to various tourist sites, in particular Ho Chi Minh City which has some amazing natural places to discover and spend some time to explore. The few attractions that I like to share with you are the Cuchi Tunnel, Caodai Temple and Reunification Museum.

Cuchi Tunnels is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti-American war in Vietnam. Its network of 220km tunnel system is an amazing engineering feat.

The Caodai Temple is one of the most unique holy worship places in Asia. It caters for mix religion of Buddhism, Christianity and Confucian to worship at one venue.

The Reunification Museum was at one time the residence of President Ngo Dinh Diem and the Palace witnessed
several political events. During the 1962 Saigon Army coup d’etat group, the palace was bombed and destroyed

bears the Chinese character “Gut” which also means good fortune. In 1975, the tank of Liberation Forces hit and inclined the auxiliary gate of the palace unifying the people of North-South Regions as one carrying the wish of President Ho Chi Minh. It is now known as the Reunification Palace.

The Convention and the tour bring back lots of sweet memories and the experiences through this friendship exchange.

Delegates from 9 National Alumni Societies taking photo for remembrance

During FOSAAS Nite, representatives in Vietnamese national costume

My Rambo team in Saigon, ready to charge

Enjoying the ride

The unique multi racial & cultural Caodai Temple

Cuchi Tunnel experience

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