MAKLUMAN – MALAYSIA AKAN MENJADI TUAN RUMAH ASIAN CONGRESS OF SURGERY 2019 Delegasi Malaysia yang diketuai oleh Prof. Madya Dato’ Dr. Hanafiah Harunarashid telah berjaya memenangi bida untuk menganjurkan Kongress Pembedahan Asia (Asian Congress of Surgery) pada tahun 2019 di Kuala Lumpur. Keputusan ini telah dibuat di mesyuarat majlis eksekutif Persatuan Pembedahan Asia (Asian Surgical Association) yang berlangsung pada 22hb November, 2017 di Tokyo, Jepun. Ini adalah satu penghargaan kepada Negara memandangkan persaingan hebat dari Negara Negara lain terutamanya Australia. Delegasi Malaysia telah ditaja oleh College of Surgeons Malaysia dan MYCEB dan mendapat sokongan dari Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia dan Persatuan Persatuan Pembedahan di Malaysia. Pada masa yang sama, Dr. Hanafiah juga dilantik untuk menjadi ahli majlis ASA bagi sesi 2017-2019 dan menjadi Presiden semasa congress berlangsung di Kuala Lumpur. Kongress yang berlangsung di Tokyo ini telah dihadiri oleh lebih 5000 pakar bedah dan membincangkan perkembangan terkini dibidang pembedahan. HISTORY AND OBJECTIVES The idea of forming the Association of Surgeons of South East Asia first occurred to the late Professor Tan Sri GB Ong of the University of Hong Kong in 1967. By 1973, he thought the time was ripe to contact leading surgeons in various South East Asian countries. A preliminary meeting of the surgeons of South East Asia was therefore held on 21 August 1975 in Singapore and was attended by 30 surgeons from six countries to discuss the objectives and organization of the Association. The objectives of the Association were to establish professional ties between the surgeons of South East Asia and to provide a forum for the dissemination of surgical knowledge throughout the region. The Inaugural Meeting of the Association of Surgeons of South East Asia was held on 23 May 1976 in Singapore. At this meeting, the late Professor Ong was elected President of the Association, and a governing Council with members from six countries was formed. The draft constitution was discussed and its final structure agreed. With increasing membership from countries beyond South East Asia and to better reflect and serve the surgical community of Asia, the name of the Association of Surgeons of South East Asia was changed to Asian Surgical Association in February 1988. SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES In order to achieve the objectives of the Association, scientific meetings were held every two years and emphasized on themes of regional interest. The First Biennial General Scientific Meeting was held in Hong Kong in September 1977. In 1989 the name of the meeting was changed to Biennial Congress. The scientific and educational value of these successful meetings boosted the reputation and support for the Association among surgeons in the region as well as the rest of Asia. At the 14th Biennial Congress in Malaysia, it was resolved to change the name of the meeting to Asian Congress of Surgery in order to truly reflect the importance of the meeting. To date, Visiting Professors have been appointed to visit and to give eponymous lectures, such as the Law-Lui Lecture, G.B. Ong Lecture and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Foundation Lecture at the Association’s Biennial Congress. The next Asian Congress of Surgery will be held on 22-23 November 2017 in Tokyo, Japan and a large contingence of surgeons, not only from Asia but also from all parts of the world is expected. REGIONAL IMPORTANCE Since the Asian Surgical Association is made up primarily of surgeons from Asia, the Association itself, its Biennial Congresses and the Asian Journal of Surgery play important roles in enhancing interaction among Asian surgeons and providing platform for exchange of ideas and expertise, presentation and publication of scientific data, as well as keeping members updated on the surgical activities of member countries and individual members. In addition, internationally renowned surgeons, invited as key lecturers, were encouraged and sponsored to visit one or more member countries in the region. These experts meet with the local surgeons and give lectures and conduct seminars, thus establishing friendship and transferring scientific knowledge. Of greater importance is the comradeship among members of the Association so that strong bonds exist between the members of different nations of Asia and beyond.