September 20, 2007
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians can get up close
with world thinkers at the inaugural Malaysia
Festival of the Mind next month.
The festival, organised by the Malaysian Mental
Literacy Movement (MMLM), will feature talks by,
among others, Terry Winchester, a qualified hypno-therapist
and psychotherapist from Johannesburg; Prof Dr
Leonard Yong, an international consultant who gained
recognition for his research and consultancy work on
creativity and emotional intelligence; and Alex Ow,
the first independent Edward de Bono consultant
Other speakers include Anant Kasibhatla, the
Indian national record holder for memory, and Joey
Yap, feng shui master instructor.
The speakers will talk about how to develop
brainpower and thinking techniques, among other
“Awareness has grown among Malaysians that we can
do so much to improve our minds. We organised this
festival for Malaysians to see and experience how to
further stimulate their minds,” MMLM chairman Tun Dr
Ling Liong Sik told reporters during a press
The festival, from Oct 25 to 28, will be held at the
Petaling Jaya campus of Universiti Tunku Abdul
Rahman (Utar), and is supported by Utar and The
Awareness: Dr Ling showing a book
by Winchester titled Only your thoughts
can upset youat the press conference on
Dr Ling, who is also Utar council chairman, said
the talks would be limited to about 200 people,
based on a first-come-first-served basis.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,
who is MMLM patron, will launch the four-day
festival on Oct 25.
The event will also include demonstrations,
exhibitions and competitions to create awareness
relating to training the brain and enhancing mental
Dr Ling also announced winners of the memory and
mind-mapping competitions held in conjunction with
the festival at Utar on Sept 8.
Mental development trainer Yip Siow Hong, 20,
emerged as the overall champion for the four
categories – random words, numbers, dates and
events, and alphabets – of the memory competition.
Yip was also the winner of the random alphabets
The winners for the random words, numbers and
dates and events categories were Nurlina Suraiya Md
Sharif, 16, from SMK Seri Gombak; Mar Poh Yien, 21,
an auditor at Price Waterhouse Coopers, from Ipoh;
and Mar Thien Ho, 17, from Ipoh, respectively.
The winner for the mind-mapping competition was
Natalie Teh Siew Po, 17, from SMK Assunta.
On Oct 6, there will be a talk by Dr Yong on
“Developing Openness to New Ideas for Enhancing
Creative Thinking”, from 9.45am to noon, at the
Auditorium Centre for Extension Education, Utar, PJ.