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Report by Koe Jia-Ju Photographs by Azfar Afham

September marks a very happening and busy month in IMU, what with the many events going on, on top of lectures and assignments! Chinese Cultural Week 2016 was an exciting start to the month which was held from the 5th to 9th of September. It was a perfect time as it falls in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, a significant annual festival by the Chinese ethnics. Throughout the week, an exhibition was held at the atrium which displayed various things related to the Chinese culture. Clearly, a lot of effort had been put in the decorations which were eye-catchingly colourful with an elaborated display of the Chinese traditions such as ancient Chinese clothing, cute teapot sets, Chinese chess, traditional string instruments (guzheng), Chinese calligraphy, to list a fair few. The theme of the celebration this year was YUAN (源). “It means the root or the beginning of Chinese culture. Or it can also be explained as the continuity of history, simultaneously showing appreciation to our forefathers,” Chew Khee, the President of this event, helpfully explained. “In terms of Chinese pronunciation, “yuan” can also be defined as circle, fostering the bond between Chinese people; or with interpretation as destiny and fate, besides to promote Chinese culture to the IMU community.” The theme also served to fulfil the aim of this festival which was to inculcate the value of gratitude and appreciation towards Chinese origin.
Mid-Autumn Night took place on a Thursday night that week. This lively festival is all about celebrations with the family, lantern processions and oh-so-sweet mooncakes. Traditionally a time to give thanks to the harvest gods, it is also the time of the year that the moon is at its brightest. When dusk fell that Thursday night, the celebration went into full swing! The night started off with a feast, where an array of traditional Chinese delicacies were served. Several fun station games were organized to keep the participants entertained. With full tummies, everyone then headed to LT2 for the opening ceremony. The ceremony started off with various performances, which included festive drums and Chinese traditional dances, showcasing the talents that youths have in Chinese traditional performances. Mr. Saravanan, one of the event’s VIP and Dr. Lim Chooi Ling who is the Chinese Club’s advisor delivered their respective speeches. Before the night ended, a lucky draw session was carried out where several fortunate participants managed to snag prizes. As the Mid-Autumn festival also marks a day of family reunion, orphans from Rumah Charis were invited to join this festive time to give the children a taste of a festival full of joy and happiness. Without a doubt, it was the enthusiasm and the celebratory spirit of the IMU community that made Chinese Cultural Week and the Mid-Autumn Night a success!

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Written by Aashwany Chandra Mohan Photographs by Andrew Octavian and Azfar Afham

Oral Health Week

Oral Health Week (OHW) is an annual event involving the dental students and its faculty members. It is an ongoing annual event since 2009, aimed to promote oral health awareness among IMU students, faculty members and the public.

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OHW 2016 is themed “Dental wars – The Floss Awakens. According to the American Dental Association, many are misled by myths about flossing such as “flossing creates gap between your teeth”, “flossing is painful” and etc. This, in turn have caused people to forgo the importance of flossing. Hence, OHW 2016 is focused on rebutting the myths and highlight the importance of flossing.

OHW 2016 committee led by Eugene Tan Pheng Chin from DT115 have definitely organised many programs for the two-day event. There were oral health educational booths at the driveway and the atrium to edify everyone about aesthetics, flossing and even teeth whitening. Besides that, they also had students from various courses to do on-stage performances and even the flash-mob.

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Other than the performances, they have also invited the principal deputy director of oral health division from Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia, Dr. Yaw Siew Lian to give a speech. Prof Khoo Suan Phaik, also gave a speech on behalf of the president of Malaysian Dental Association (MDA). The associate dean of school of dentistry, Prof Dr Seow Liang Lin, also praised the OHW 2016 team on their effort in conducting this event.

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Eugene, the president of OHW 2016, also added that it took him and the committee almost 4 months to prepare for this event. It was definitely a challenging moment for all of them as they had to manage time for their assignments, revisions and organizing this event. Anderson Wong, president of OHW 2015, definitely guided the team throughout the preparation process.

“I would like to thank my committee sincerely for their effort in making this event a big success. OHW 2016, absolutely met the expectations, however, a bigger crowd for the event would have been ideal,” Eugene said.

The president of OHW 2016 also had a word of advice for the committee of OHW 2017. He added that they should be responsible, disciplined and be able to manage their time.

“May The Floss be with You” – Oral Health Week 2016

Check out more photos of this event on our Facebook page!

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Written by Teo Wei Yun Photographs by Andrew Octavian and Azfar Afham

Green Cultural Week is a student initiated event jointly organised by the IMU Hua Xia Chinese Cultural Society, IMU Malay Cultural Society, IMU Japanese Cultural Society and IMU Eco-Friends Club. This event sees the collaboration of three cultural societies and the Eco-friends society, and was aimed to create awareness about the different cultures to the students and staff of IMU, as well as to raise awareness about the impact of various cultural practises on the environment. The event was three days long (held from 22nd August 2016 to 24th August 2016) at the IMU Atrium, with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies held on the 22nd and 24th of August respectively.

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There were a total of four booths which were set up hand in hand, including a photo booth, and four food booths set up by the Hua Xia Chinese Cultural Society, Malay Cultural Society, Japanese Cultural Society and Eco-Friends Club. The four clubs were harmonious in creating a lively ambience of the atrium of the IMU Bukit Jalil Campus

What’s new about this event was that it included an Eco-friendly fashion show competition segment which required participants to create traditional costumes made up of recycled materials. A recycled materials collection drive was conducted prior to the event and contestants were required to put on the ensemble that they have made and to perform a “run-way style” fashion show to display the costumes. A voting system was put in place as well, and the winning design with the most number of votes collected by the end of the third day would receive a prize.

The 3 Cultural Societies also put up information-cum-quiz booths to provide more information on their respective cultural practises. The quiz questions were based on the informational posters put up by the clubs, and participants who have answered a certain number of correct questions were entitled to small gifts prepared by the clubs as tokens of appreciation.

Through this, we hoped to encourage IMU students and staff to be environmentally friendly in a fun and innovative way by incorporating the concept of “going-green” through recycling in conjunction with promoting cultural awareness. In the end, the event managed to keep the jovial feel of IMU’s social life as well as being generating to the clubs.

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Report and Photographs by Andrew Octavian, Eunice Ling Wen Shi, and Azfar Afham

Making our way to Seremban at the break of dawn for the annual Goodwill Games conducted between the Bukit Jalil IMU Campus and IMU Clinical School was especially enthralling. Sleepy eyes quickly turn bright as attendees arrived at the destination, Kompleks Belia & Sukan Paroi. The contenders from Bukit Jalil and Clinical School, donned in red and blue variants of the Goodwill Games T-Shirt respectively started their warm-up sessions.

……..After several last rounds of practices, the participants were ready and various sport categories commenced. Badminton and Table Tennis categories took place within the indoor stadium whilst other categories were carried out on the outdoor fields. This year was also graced with the introduction of two novel sport categories, namely Frisbee and Dodgeball. Several players did get sprained ankles and other minor scrapes and bruises, but thanks to the First Aid-ers involved in the event, no major injuries occurred to any of the players.

……..Everybody was pumped and performed extraordinarily, but there could only be one overall winner between the two opposing teams. It was eventually revealed that the teams from Bukit Jalil Campus snagged the first place in not just most but ALL categories, which was unprecedented. All in all, everybody was thrilled to have competed against each other, and the games ended at a high note, all in good will.

Check out some of the best moments from this event!

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Reported by Koe Jia-ju / Photographs by Azfar Afham and Sharaniah Balakrishnan

The 25th to the 29th of April was an eventful week filled with mind-boggling and intriguing activities at the atrium of IMU. It was Psychology Week! In conjunction with the event, booths were set up at the atrium of IMU by psychology students of different cohorts, with display boards introducing quirkily named activities where students were able to entertain themselves with games and experiments based on psychology.   With an eye-catching poster that says “It’s All in the Mind” overlooking the atrium throughout the week, the event saw many students jumping from booth to booth, trying out various activities that was based a lot on motivation and emotions.

Their activities included word search in a certain time limit, knowing your personality based on your ability to search for faces in a picture, watching motivational videos, knowing your blind spot, a slightly intimidating game of touching covered items and guessing them and many such others that were equally exciting. Some included answering questionnaires and finding out more about your personality through the activity.  There was even a game of Hanoi Tower where anyone who succeeded would earn themselves a Mad Alchemy voucher.  Psychology students in every booth patiently explained the outcome of the experiments and activities to the participants and were impressively equipped with their knowledge on the subject itself.  As a small souvenir for taking part in the activities, colourful bookmarks with motivational quotes were given out.

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On the last day of Psychology Week which was the 29th of April, an Ethics Forum took place in the Senate Room where professional and ethical issues in psychology was discussed.  The forum saw three speakers with their respective subtopics.  Different points of views were shared on each subtopic during the forum.  The first speaker was Dr. Alvin Ng Lai Onn, a clinical psychologist, whose topic was about integrative approach versus individualized treatment approach in both private and public healthcare settings.

Former president of All Women’s Action Malaysia (AWAM), Ms. Haslinah Yacob talked about the gap in serving the poor and wealthy whereas DSP Foo Chek Seng who is a police officer from JPKK Bukit Aman shared about the current frauds occurring in the respective professionals and efforts that can be done to overcome them.  Besides that, speeches were also given during the forum by IMU’s very own lecturer, Dr. Nicole Chen and also Melvyn Lai, the Vice President for the 3rd Professional and Ethical Issues Forum 2016.  A brief Q&A session was carried out based on the topics presented and discussed throughout the forum.  On the whole, this event was certainly one where everyone was able to delve deeper into the world of psychology and gain a wider knowledge on it in a thought-provoking yet an undoubtedly fun way!

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Reported by Azfar Afham

The second Nottingham Ultimate Taekwondo Showdown 2016 (NUTS) was held on the 9th and 10th of April. It was organized by University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club under Master Bala, their coach. On the 9th of April, participants were required to weigh-in at the Sport Center, University of Nottingham to ensure that they will be competing in the right category.

            On the 10th of April, Poomsae and Kyorugi competition was held simultaneously. For those who are unfamiliar with the Taekwondo terms, Poomsae also known as pattern is a set of Taekwondo movements that contain blocks, punches, strikes, and kicks logically arranged in a meaningful order. The patterns were developed by the grandmasters hundred years ago. The athletes were require to follow the Poomsae as it is. The judging criteria were based on the accuracy of every footwork and hand movements, as well as the charisma of the athletes during the performance. Kyorugi also known as sparring is where two individuals fight each other for most points by kicking to the vest (stomach area) and above, to the head. The only way for an athlete to win the match is by gaining more points than the opponent or knockout (KO). The athletes are required to read the opponents movements and react to every movement accurately.Kyorugi 1

            For this particular event, the organisers invited various universities nationwide to compete in and to crown the ultimate champion. IMU Taekwondo Club was honoured with the invitation. 8 players from the club competed; 7 Kyorugi players and 1 Poomsae player.

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Based on the results, IMU Taekwondo Club aimed to bring back a gold medal in the upcoming tournament. Chan Chee Shan, the team manager, was proud with the results from the players and hoped that they will improve their skill to get better results in the future.

Written by Azfar Afham

Tricking, also known as martial arts tricking, is a hybrid of culture and sport. It combines Western culture and the influences of Eastern culture, the result is a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone around the world.

It has martial art kicks from Taekwondo (South Korea), Capoeira (Brazil), Chinese Martial Arts (China) and Karate (Japan). It also consist of dance moves and style from breakdancing (America) as well as twist and flips from gymnastics. Tricksters (tricking practitioners) incorporate some kicks from video games such as ‘Tornado Kick’ by Ryu from Street Fighter. These combinations of kicks, flips and twist, and dance moves create a form of art.

Tricksters could perform dynamic manoeuvres by shifting their centre of gravity and increase speed in every move to create momentum. This momentum helps the trickster to keep moving and produce more difficult manoeuvers that appear to the eyes of the viewers as breaking the laws of physics.

Recently, this sport slash art gained popularity through YouTube and numerous competitions. Red Bull provided a bi-annual competition as a stage for trickster to compete among themselves. The competitions are called ‘Red Bull Kick It’ and ‘Red Bull Throwdown’. ‘Red Bull Kick It’ was held in South Korea, while ‘Red Bull Throwdown’ was held in America. Both competitions are slightly different. ‘Red Bull Kick It’ consisted of two rounds, the first section was for the participants to showcase their tricks and the second round involves participants attempting to break wooden boards with their feet by using their mastered tricks. ‘Red Bull Throwdown,’ on the other hand is a platform solely for tricksters to boast their skills and tricks.

This sport is not for fighting or self-defence even though it involves martial art kicks. Tricking is used in martial art demonstration. Nowadays, tricksters incorporate these moves into dance choreography. K-pop boy group known as Got7 utilises tricking in their dance choreographies, this is evident in their debut video “Girls, Girls,Girls.” Another famous trickster is Jacob Pinto. He is three-time Red Bull Tricking Champion. He has been featured in television commercials, films and shows in the United States such as Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.

I have been practising Tricking for a year or so, I started learning demonstration kicking from my Taekwondo master. Before every training, I would train those kicks to improve my state at the time. Now, I could do some kicks that people would say it is impossible to do. In the span of a year, it was difficult as the only guidance at the time were videos from the Internet. By being my own teacher, it had caused me to receive multiple injuries such as knee injury, shoulder injury and back injury. These injuries does not stop me from practicing and learning tricking, with passion you can do anything.

“Tricking helps me grow and develop self-confidence especially after performing a difficult move. Tricking may as well help me see my body limits and push my body more than that to improve myself.” – Azfar Afham

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Photographed by Azfar Afham and Chia Lynn Lian

New beginnings.

Students coming in with hope and dreams wanting in on the game, to be the future of healthcare. What other great way to start off a journey filled with textbooks and heart-wrenching moments waiting for examination results than an almost 2 weeks worth of orientation with your peers? From wet games to dry games, the behind the scenes drama, the outdoor treasure hunt and brooding friendships, the new students from the different practices of Medicine, Dentistry, Chiropractic, Psychology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Chinese Medicine have truly gone through an experience like never before.

The theme of the orientation is ‘Arcanum’, which in Latin means ‘Secret’, was the main theme of the orientation which took place on the 23rd of February to the 4th of March 2016. Performances and games were kept traditionally similar to the past orientations, maintaining the essence of continuity of this yearly phenomenon and Vei Xhion Tan, the President of MEDTCP 1/16 orientation has led his team tremendously well, eventually creating an experience that the new and existing students, will surely remember.

Outdoor Treasure Hunt

The Outdoor Treasure Hunt took place on the 28th of February 2016 in the premises of IMU. Have a look at some moments of the new students playing games prepared by their seniors in these photos captured by Azfar Afham.

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Variety Night

The Variety Night was the night where everybody showcased their talents in front of the audience. Some groups of students did justice in conveying their sense of humor as they were greeted by the cheers and warm laughter of the audience. Take a look at these unforgettable moments captured by Chia Lynn Lian.

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And of course, these are all thanks to the ones who made the magic sparkles, the Arcanum committee!

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