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Bidding success for Penang’s domestic meetings

The state won the bid to host the Malaysian Nurses Association (MNA)’s AGM end-March

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Penang is set to welcome some 1,500 nurses across Malaysia for the Malaysian Nurses Association (MNA)'s AGM later this month. Credit: PCEB

PENANG - Penang's reputation as a hub for medical conferences has been endorsed once again - it has won the bid to host the Malaysian Nurses Association (MNA)'s Annual General Meeting later this month.

Some 1,500 nurses from across Malaysia are expected to gather for the event from 27 to 29 March 2020 at Bayview Beach Resort in Batu Feringghi, which will be held concurrently with the MNA National Scientific Conference.

The event is bound for Penang after it has been held in Malacca and Terengganu over the past two years.

"We are glad for Penang to be chosen and voted by the Malaysian Nurses Association (MNA) nationwide to host their Annual General Meeting as well as their MNA National Scientific Conference this year. We look forward to greater discussions for new ways of care and in enabling and motivating more Malaysian nurses for their efforts in the medical industry," said YB Yeoh Soon Hin, the Penang State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture & Heritage.

The state hopes to build on its status as a global medical and medical tourism hub to welcome more medical-related conferences and business events in the sector that will "initiate insightful discussions with the various professionals and best medical care practices within the field", said PCEB CEO Ashwin Gunasekeran.

"In 2019, Penang recorded a total of 318 events from the medical sciences sector, which shows promise on Penang being continuously recognised as a hub for related conferences and events," Mr Gunasekeran added.

MNA was first formed in 1951 and currently consists of around 60,000 members, which comprise only of registered nurses in Malaysia. The association organises annual activities and conducts seminars, courses and workshops for registered and student members and services for communities in need.