Sudoku has been gaining popularity in Malaysia since 2005, and today there is a large population of players in the country, young and old, male and female, who are solving Sudoku puzzles regularly. In response to this phenomenon, local newspapers are offering Sudoku puzzles on a daily basis.
To help provide some directions in this development, hospital the Malaysia Sudoku Society (MaSS) was formed by a group of Sudoku enthusiasts, and the Society was officially registered on 23rd March 2007. Its Inaugural Annual General Meeting was held on 15th December in the same year, and the Society was officially launched with an elected committee of six members. Today MaSS is the only officially registered society in the country focusing on Sudoku.
The aims of MaSS are as follows:
- To provide a platform for Sudoku enthusiasts to interact through various activities.
- To promote awareness of Sudoku and its benefits among members of the public.
- To generate interest in other Sudoku related games and puzzles.
Currently MaSS holds a monthly gathering for its members on the third Saturday of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Room 11, Bangunan SECITA, No. 4A Jalan SS5D/6, Kelana Jaya in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Usually speakers are invited from within MaSS membership to give a talk on a Sudoku related topic, or to conduct a Sudoku clinic to teach solving techniques. The meeting, which usually starts with a Sudoku competition, is characterized by fun and friendship.
All our members are connected to Sudoku in various ways. Most are just average players. Some are advanced players. Some are Sudoku champions. Some are experts in Sudoku. Two are authors of Sudoku books. But all of us love Sudoku. MaSS invites like-minded individuals – Sudoku fans, players, addicts – to join us in our monthly gatherings, and if they so wish, to join MaSS and help us achieve our aims.
On 12th December 2010 MaSS successfully organized its first-ever Malaysia Sudoku Championship, from which winners, hopefully, will be sent to take part in the annual World Sudoku Championship. To further achieve its objectives, since May 2009, MaSS has been working with Puay Chai 2 Primary School in Bandar Utama, to help generate interest among school children. And from November 2010, MaSS has started collaboration with the Senior Citizen Association of Selangor & FT, to promote Sudoku to senior citizens as a healthy mental activity.
We believe that through Sudoku friendship we can all enjoy solving Sudoku together, and at the same time improve our solving speed and skills.