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Written by: Sachi Jhingran (ME119)

To take the term, “International Friendship Day” literally as an international student at IMU, it means that my friends are indeed overseas.

It was only after moving abroad to Malaysia to study that I realise the value of friendship as a manifestation of your personal values, morals and ethics. The metaphysical bond between you and your friend isn’t tangible, yet it remains an embodiment of your similarities and mutual care.

When you’re physically separated from your true friends whom you trust, whom you confide in and who mean something to you, you learn the gravity of those 6 letters. It is easy to belligerently throw the term “friend” around in regards to people we may not have any emotional bond with. This is a result of Zuckerberg’s idea of Facebook friends – revolutionising the implication of the term “friend” in itself. It’s mistaken for knowing someone, rather than caring for someone.

After frequenting visits to Australia, I essentially prioritised which friends I would have the time to see and which friends didn’t make the cut. Some might consider this approach emotionless or primitive, others pragmatic, but it filtered through what I call the “Zuckerberg zone” and distilled my social circles to those people who enhanced the experience of life. They were constant but never in the forefront and it wasn’t obvious who those people were until now.

It was through this I learned that the mutual trust and solidarity that exist between real friends are unbreakable nexuses of connections beyond our conscious reasoning, and often we must allow time or physical barriers to reveal what connections withstand compromise. After all, one can only test the strength of something by making it susceptible to breakage.

Ultimately, friendship is manifested through intrinsic bonds of camaraderie; they’re not apparent but they are powerful. Without bonds, salt wouldn’t be able to form a crystal lattice and season your spaghetti. Imagine a world without seasoned spaghetti. Horrific. Coming from a girl who’s physically separated from her lifelong friends, let’s remind ourselves that we have the privilege of making friends that add flavour to the dish of our lives, enhancing the experience.

That’s the food of friendship.

P.S. I apologise for reducing my friends to salt in an analogy, love y’all! 

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Written by: Jaithra R. (BM117)

Bloodied rings entangled through,

Promises meant to be kept between me and you,

As far as you and I can see,

A tougher future awaits for we.

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Bloodied fingers working hard,

Our efforts meant to keep us taut,

A family as we envision to,

Not so easy, but we’ll come through.

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Bloodied years have gone by,

Love has found us a dream to live by,

Efforts to no waste, we watch in ease,

Our family blooming beyond our dreams.

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Bloodied soil as we rest,

A happy ending for both our beds,

Hand in hand we’ll stay just inches,

‘Til we meet in heaven’s blissfulness.

Written by Kiranjeet Kaur, Khin Kyay Mone Win | Edited by Chang Chi Yin, Zantal Siah

International Medical University’s (IMU’s) Psychology Club organised a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Talk and Trauma Exhibition on the 31st of May 2019. The talk was attended by around 50 participants, whereas the exhibition welcomed numerous visitors throughout the time frame of the event.

The talk was conducted by two clinical psychologists, Ms Puvessha Jegathisan and Ms Cheryl Tham, who are also psychology lecturers in IMU. Both of them have had vast experiences in treating PTSD clients and many more psychological disorders. Additionally, they have worked together in treating refugees and asylum-seekers who had undergone traumatic events within their lifetime. 

The objective of both the talk and the exhibition was to shed light on the actual severity of the word ‘trauma’ and what it means to have gone through a traumatic event in a person’s lifetime as well as the psychological effects that arise from it. The perceived stigmas that emerge in regard to seeking mental help after enduring a traumatic situation was also a planned topic of discussion. Furthermore, this event aimed to cultivate the use of art and narratives as a way of raising awareness on a particular issue.

Ms Puvessha began the talk by introducing the term ‘PTSD’ and discussed on who might be more prone to developing this disorder. “A person may develop PTSD after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. However, what may be traumatic to you may not be traumatic to me and vice versa. Hence, it is very subjective when it comes to who may actually develop PTSD,” she said. She added that “it also depends highly on a person’s resilience as well as their choice of coping mechanism after having gone through a traumatic event”.

Ms Cheryl then introduced several symptoms of PTSD based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5), such as avoidance, hypervigilance, nightmares and flashbacks. “An individual with an avoidance symptom will most likely avoid exposing themselves to any external trigger that may remind them of the traumatic incident,” she stated. Ms Puvessha and Ms Cheryl also explained that having symptoms like nightmares and flashbacks will often leave clients feeling as if they have no peace within their mind as they are constantly being haunted by images of the traumatic event from day till night.

Some of the severe causes of PTSD – which include military combat, sexual assault, mugging or robbery, being held hostage, enduring an automobile accident, torture, and many more – were covered during the talk. Both speakers then delved into some of the more horrifying experiences that their clients had gone through, especially in war-torn countries where they were primarily exposed to seeing dead bodies everywhere daily, while also witnessing their family members being detonated right in front of them. In terms of treatment, a combination of medications as well as psychotherapy is often used to treat PTSD. The more common approaches used in psychotherapy include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Therapy combined with relaxation exercises. “The medication is there to relieve symptoms, whereas therapy would come in to promote healing,” Ms Cheryl explained.

“Find out how they’re doing and how they’re feeling now and ask them how you can help. Do not ask them about their trauma or what happened; that is only to satisfy your own curiosity and it does not help them at all,” Ms Puvessha emphasised. Ms Cheryl also advised that “you should look out for red flags, one of them being suicidal ideation. When that talk comes about, do not just sit on it. Channel that individual to receive professional mental help”. At the end of the day, both speakers stressed about being a supportive friend or family member towards an individual with PTSD throughout their recovery process as it can be a long and painful journey for them.

The one-and-a half-hour talk ended with the participants thanking the speakers for having shared their expertise and knowledge on this rising matter. The participants then proceeded to visit the trauma exhibition, which was filled with paintings on masks, realistic-fictional narratives, as well as information-filled banners and different scenario-based decorations on four different causes of PTSD, namely military combat, violence, an automobile accident, and witnessing a murder. 

All in all, IMU’s PTSD Talk and Trauma Exhibition 2019 was a successful event filled with knowledge-enhancing information and creative content in regard to shedding light on PTSD, which was made possible by the collective effort of the psychology staff and students of IMU.

Written by: Sachi Jhingran, Harshitha Canchi, Johnathan Yong, Alya Jasmine Ngu Ee-Lyn | Edited by: Chang Chi Yin, Zantal Siah

Psychology Week 2019, organised by the Psychology Club, was held on the 6th to 8th of May with the objective of increasing awareness regarding the true meaning of psychology among the students and staff of IMU. Themed ‘Beyond the Norm’, the event aimed to debunk the urban and contemporary myths associated with psychology through a plethora of activities.

Five booths, each exhibiting a different branch of psychology, were spread throughout the Atrium. The branches were media psychology, positive psychology, sports psychology, marketing psychology and forensic psychology. 

The aim of the media psychology booth was to raise awareness on the influence of media on psychology. Many social problems have arisen as a result of the media becoming more and more prevalent in today’s world. The psychology students who managed the booth arranged an activity with common jingles and logos to assess whether these advertising techniques impacted people’s minds.

The positive psychology booth hoped to spread positivity by letting people paint and decorate with bright colours and fairy lights. The booth facilitator explained that within the university, “it can be difficult to bounce back from adversity. Accepting a situation and being grateful for all outcomes is something we need to be reminded of”. Anonymous positive notes could be written and exchanged as well, which lightened up many faces. There was also an Instagram challenge, where participants had to post three things they were grateful for.

As for the sports psychology booth, the students in charge introduced this field as a new concept. Many athletes are becoming more aware of its importance. In fact, it is one of the highest earning jobs in the US. However, people often misunderstand that it is only correlated with motivation. On the contrary, sports psychology also deals with the attention and focus required during physical activities, thus helping people set realistic goals. A competitive planking challenge was set up so that the participants could experience and understand this concept.

The marketing psychology booth explored people’s senses through sight, touch and smell. Several activities were conducted which tested whether people’s preferences altered between sight and touch. Another experiment was carried out at the smell station to determine if there was a link between gender-specific perfumes and personal preferences and how this information could be utilised in marketing to target specific demographics. These tests were performed to allow people to be more conscious about the significance of marketing psychology. 

Lastly, there was the forensic psychology booth, which highlighted the interactions between the practice or study of psychology and the law. The students and staff could partake in a lie detector test, where they had to answer a set of questions while their blood pressure was being measured. The purpose of this was to ascertain whether such factors would influence people when they were being interrogated. It was a perfect example of the application of forensic psychology since the test is widely practised across the world. 

Besides the interactive booths, a board was erected at the centre of the Atrium where assumptions and stigmas made surrounding psychology were addressed. They were explained in the hope that people would understand the subject better.

On the final day of the event, the closing ceremony commenced with a speech by the guest-lecturer of honour, Dr Sharifah Sulaiha binti Syed Aznal, Associate Professor currently of service at the School of Medicine. She emphasised on the importance of psychology and how it does not necessarily equate to mentality-related issues only, but also encompasses a variety of fields, such as sports, marketing and criminology. 

There was also a series of talented performances put together by different cohorts and programmes. The performances included contemporary dance, singing, a piano-violin duet, and, for the finale, a band performance that had the audience standing in ovation and cheering for an encore. 

Following the performances was an interview with Dr Shamala Ramasamy, an esteemed lecturer from the Department of Psychology. She stated Psychology Week – an annual initiative for the eleventh year running now – was designed as a platform to raise awareness and understanding of the programme among newer cohorts as well as other courses. ‘Beyond the Norm’ boldly captured the tireless effort put in by the psychology department and club to shatter the misconceptions that limit psychology only to the clinical aspects when in reality, the field was much broader and diverse in its real-life applications. She also believed that the major issues inflicting today’s society, mainly stereotyping and discrimination, will continue to be detrimental to the harmony of the society unless attitudes such as kindness and patience were adopted.

Through this event, the meaning and purpose of psychology with its ‘everyday’ applications were successfully conveyed. Do look forward to Psychology Week 2020!

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Written by: Syerah Yuan (ME218) | Edited by: Zantal Siah (CM217)

Raya Eid-ul Fitr isn’t a foreign festive season for those living here in Malaysia. We know that the celebration is coming up when radios start blasting ‘Yusuf Taiyoob’ ads, which are the infamous dates from the Middle East, and speakers begin blaring out Raya songs in shopping malls. It is the joyous occasion where families and friends from near and far get together to ask for forgiveness from each other and strengthen the bonds between one another. But why do people celebrate Hari Raya in the first place?

Each year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated on the 1st of Syawal, which is the 10th month in the Islamic calendar, right after the fasting month named Ramadan. It is a season to celebrate the struggles and victories of overcoming one month of abstinence from hunger or any form or wrongdoings. During Ramadan, Muslims are instructed to fast from sunrise until sunset. In Malaysia, this usually lasts for about 13.5 hours, but the duration varies for each country. For instance, those living in Russia must fast for 20 hours whereas those living in Argentina only have to fast for 11 hours. That’s a 9-hour difference! 

Before stepping into Hari Raya, each family will usually do a full-on spring cleaning of the house, cleaning the curtains and washing cutlery and glasses which will be used to serve guests coming to their houses during Raya. It is when the whole house gets into ‘hustle mode’, where every single family member is simply busy preparing for Raya. Typically, shopping malls will also be filled with people – especially when the end of Ramadan is near – looking for clothes and buying groceries to cook during open houses. Furthermore, massive sales around the country increase the busyness of shopping malls! With the convenient Internet and countless shopping sites, some also prefer to browse through and purchase their outfits online in the hope that their deliveries reach in time for the celebration. 

Hari Raya starts off in the morning with Raya prayers at mosques. Then, donning fresh, new and fashionable outfits called ‘baju raya’, families will gather together to have a ‘salam’ session, where everyone asks for forgiveness from one another before the elders proceed with giving kids their long awaited ‘green packets’! The green packets are usually given by those who are married or working to their younger relatives. However, do be aware that some are not comfortable with shaking hands with the opposite gender, so a simple smile will suffice. After that, everyone will enjoy a feast which traditionally consists of the ketupat, lontong, pulut, chicken curry and a couple of other mouth-watering side dishes. The first day of Raya is reserved for visiting one’s own families, both near and extended, and will just be a day to catch up with one another whilst indulging in yummy food prepared at each house. The upcoming Raya days will then be open for visiting other families and friends. 

During the night, families can watch numerous fireworks being lighted and colourful displays illuminating the night skies. There will be kids running around and playing with their ‘bunga api’ or mini fireworks. Some will still be visiting houses at this time; it can even last until midnight!  

When we think of Raya, the things that will pop up in our minds are ketupat and other delicious cuisines, baju melayu and baju kurung as well as green packets. However, to me, the best part about this joyous occasion is spending it with your loved ones, both family and friends, regardless of age, race or religion.  

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all our Muslim friends!

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Written by Zantal Siah | Edited by Chang Chi Yin | Photos by Narayani Kalyan

April 25 heralded a change in student leadership in IMU as the hour-long Student Representative Council (SRC) Handover Ceremony was conducted at the Auditorium. The annual ceremony marks the passing of the torch from the SRC members of the previous term to their newly-elected counterparts. At 12.30pm, Shehzeen Lalani (new Public Relations Representative), the emcee for this year’s ceremony, began by welcoming Prof Dato Dr Maimunah Binti A. Hamid, who was representing the Dean of the School of Medicine, Mr Saravanan Muthiah and Ms May Kuan from the Student Services Hub (SSH), Prof Allan Pau Kah Heng, Dean of the School of Dentistry, and the students who attended the ceremony. 

Mr Saravanan was then invited to give a speech. He thanked the outgoing team for the effort they had put in for the past year and advised them to utilise everything they had learned to enhance themselves. He then addressed the new council members, calling them “key drivers” and informing them to work together with the IMU management as their “eyes and ears” to look for ways to improve the university. 

Up next was Mehra Ahsan, who dedicated her final speech as the President of the SRC 2018/2019 to the SSH and her SRC peers. She was grateful for the support, guidance and advice provided by Mr Saravanan and Ms May Kuan during her tenure. She also stated that every feat that the SRC 2018/2019 had achieved was a result of their teamwork and greatly appreciated the improvements and changes implemented by each of the council members. Besides that, she explained about the flagship events which the SRC had organised – including International Day and Earth Fest – and encouraged the new council to host relevant events that could “positively impact the community”. She added that it was an absolute pleasure to be President and hoped that they would collaborate again in the future. Before she officially relinquished her job, she shared with the future SRC members that there was an excellent support system in the form of their predecessors and SSH should they need any help in achieving their manifesto goals or other plans and wished the new team “the very best of luck”. Following her speech was the Handover Ceremony, which saw the SRC members of 2018/2019 passing nametags to the new council members of 2019/2020.  

After the handover, Abdul Rauf s/o Abdul Rashid, the newly-appointed SRC President of 2019/2020, took the podium and thanked those present for being there. He also appreciated the previous council members for their mentoring sessions as well as the SSH for making IMU a better place. “To the incoming council, my hopes and aspirations for all of us is to be motivated throughout and to work to our very best for the students, for the staff, for IMU, so please do work with me and work with one another to strive for the best.” 

When Abdul’s speech was over, Mr Saravanan presented each of the SRC members of 2018/2019 with certificates. The previous and current council members then gathered together for group photos, and even took group selfies with Mr Saravanan! The ceremony finally ended with the exchange of gifts between the ex-council and new council members. 

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Student Representative Council Members of 2019/2020 

President 
Abdul Rauf s/o Abdul Rashid (ME117) 

Secretary 
Wong Yee Hua (BP117) 

Treasurer 
Danushka de Silva (ME118) 

VP of Medical Sciences 
Zainab Akbar (ME118) 

VP of Dentistry 
Lee Zi Xian (DT118) 

VP of Pharmacy 
Chan Yee Qian (BP118) 

VP of Health Sciences 
Nur Fadhlin Jazilah Johan (BM118) 

VP of Complementary and Alternative Medicine 
Gan Yee Hung (CM117) 

VP of Postgraduate Studies 
Yee Zong Yang (BM113) 

Public Relations Representative 
Shehzeen Alnoor Abdulmalik Lalani (ME218) 

IT Representative 
Muhammad Aniq bin Halim (ME218) 

International Students Representative 
Anuki Sakya de Silva (ME118) 

Social Concerns Representative 
Kabilaan Siriganesan (ME218) 

Cultural and Religious Representative 
Anagha Ajay Mandhare (ME217) 

Sports Representative 
Gary Wong Rui Ming (ME218) 

Vice Sports Representative 
Teoh Hui Si (BP117) 

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by Alya Jasmine Ngu (ME118)

there are lines on this leaf

cutting straight across 

its sides halved even when whole 

yet there isn’t anything 

equal about them 

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this side is longer 

at the tip they do not converge 

instead they reach for the bright spot 

nearer to the right 

but far from the left 

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they grow unequally 

stronger, weaker 

faster, slower 

light and dark 

sun-kissed coats, shadowed-stains 

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clouds part to give way to blue skies 

‘why must you be greener than me’ 

lighter than fair, it sparkles and whines 

tip and waxy face tilting away 

to face the leafy shadows 

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the hidden face meets its gaze 

a mix of trembling fright and defiance 

of bitter, ever so bitter resigned fury 

‘it is you who have everything’ it says 

and it shook from the effort 

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weak from without 

it hungers for the golden warmth 

thirsts for a brief respite from the cold 

these were old pains 

unknown by the other half 

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so fair and flushed with abundance 

yet greed paints it darker than any colour 

suddenly 

they feel the sudden, bold approach 

on their soft, brittle spines

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sunlight beamed 

shining off the backs of ladybugs 

those beady eyes fixated on them 

uncaring of their dividing lines 

dismissive of their differing hues 

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feelers twitching, their maws open wide 

preparing for a hearty munch 

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Written by Chang Chi Yin | Edited by Zantal Siah

World Health Fest 2019 (WHF ’19) was a new and independent event organized by the IMU Scholars Society on April 6 and 7. Themed ‘Blurred Lines: Chasing Happiness’, WHF ’19 aimed to raise awareness among Malaysians in 4 main areas, namely health, body, mind and spirituality. “Living along societal standards and terms of beauty, personality, and quality has formed blurred lines between health and happiness.” The project leader of the event, Asuka Joy Tobuse, believed that it was paramount for Malaysians to realise this dilemma and resolve it in order to pursue their own happiness. 

On the first day of the event, AIA Vitality, KPJ Healthcare and Mercy set up their booths and offered various health services. Simultaneously, a health seminar was held at the Auditorium. It began with a short introduction, where Ms Archana, advisor of IMU Scholars Society, welcomed the audience and thanked the event organisers.  

The first speaker was Ms Miyen Low, a clinical psychologist whose speech was titled ‘Loving Others Without Loving Yourself’. She designed a simple activity for the audience; they were asked to send wishes to their loved ones in mind, then to their loved ones and themselves, and finally, only to themselves. From the results, she concluded that 78% of the participants showed more compassion towards others; 16% of them could balance between loving themselves and others; and the remaining 6% were more compassionate towards themselves. She then emphasised on the importance of self-love. “This imbalance of loving others more than the self can leave us with blurred identities. By cultivating self-compassion, it allows us to be more authentically ourselves.” 

Next was Ms Ain Nur Liyana binti Othman, a cancer survivor from the National Cancer Society of Malaysia who had battled against and overcome endometrium cancer in the span of 11 months. She stated that any difficulties in life could be resolved when people had positive thoughts. In her case, she was optimistic throughout her chemotherapy treatments and tried her best to be as active as a normal person. She also shared that as the eldest sibling, she believed that it was her responsibility to take care of her family, and that was what kept her going. “Support is really important for cancer patients and as a cancer patient, it is better that outsiders are treating us like normal people rather than patients,” Ms Ain added. 

The third and final speaker was Dr Shariful Hasan, a medical doctor and clinical neurophysiologist at KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital as well as a certified hypnotherapist and advisor on stress and weight management at Daily Health Wellness Centre. His topic, ‘Are You Stressed Out?’, focussed on the ways of dealing with stress physiologically and psychologically. According to him, 6 guidelines should be met to cope with stress: getting good nutrition, following a good diet plan, avoiding certain foods, improving the immune system to enhance nutrient absorption, psychologically countering stress and exercising. While the mind and exercise each make up 17% of stress management, the regulations and requirements for food take up 66%, thus signifying the importance of fulfilling the food guidelines to live a better life. He also imparted that “if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”, or in other words, the greatest weapon against stress is the ability to choose one thought over another. Besides his speech, Dr Shariful also demonstrated a form of hypnosis to deal with stress.  

For the second day of the event, the IMU Scholars Society organised an outdoor hiking activity in collaboration with the IMU Alumni Team. A total of 46 IMU students, alumni and staff visited the Chilling Waterfalls at Kuala Kubu Bharu, which was the perfect place for a bonding session. 

All in all, WHF ’19 was a success and many students were made aware of the significance of both physical and mental health in achieving happiness through this event. 

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Written by Amutha Aruvi Kaniamuthan, Harshitha Canchi Udayraj, Chang Chi Yin | Edited by Zantal Siah

International Medical University (IMU) hosted the second edition of the Malaysia World Health Assembly (MyWHA) simulation at the IMU Bukit Jalil campus with great success from 29th to 31st March 2019. MyWHA – a conference that emulates the framework of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO) – aimed to accentuate and provide reasonable solutions to global health issues while simultaneously developing teamwork, friendship, debating, leadership and creative thinking skills. The conference discussed present healthcare scenarios and shed light upon the prospects of healthcare in an effort to improve its quality for the upcoming generations. Bringing together 51 delegates from various countries, IMU was immensely proud to have hosted this prestigious event for its second year.

The event started with a welcome speech from Sandhya Muthukumar, Director General of MyWHA. Special guest speakers were then invited to speak on critical topics concerning global health issues. Dr Arun Kumar Basavaraj, the Advisor for the Asian Medical Student Association (AMSA) of IMU and Senior Lecturer and Head of Pathology Division in IMU, expressed his gratitude for being a major part in conducting activities in collaboration with AMSA. Mr Justin Victor, chairperson of Befrienders KL, comprehensively spoke about the global concerns regarding the alarming state of mental health issues, namely, the inability to deal with life’s daily challenges. If left unaddressed, these would lead to maladaptive occurrences such as committing suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among youths in Malaysia. He believed this direly called for developing effective and sustainable coping strategies and resilience to reduce the rate of such incidences. The speech was then followed by the ribbon-cutting and Gavel Tap ceremonies.

Throughout the three-day conference, the delegates were assigned roles as country ambassadors to discuss issues related to global health using the Harvard MUN procedure. They were then challenged with real-life scenarios which required fundamental knowledge and comprehension of global health policies in order to overcome adverse situations through a collaborative effort. This was done by participants debating on topics and proposing resolutions revolving around the regulation of human health with regards to malnutrition and stunted growth, premature mortality, migrant workers’ occupational health and safety, crisis scenarios, substance abuse and suicide.

Besides the simulated discussions, Social Night was held on the second day of the event with performances from talented people in IMU, including Goh You and Kelvin who played the violin and sang respectively. Moreover, the delegates played Human Bingo, a fun game which effectively allowed all of them to become acquainted with one another.

The closing ceremony was held on the final day of MyWHA and commenced in the presence of the VIP, Ms Thong Ming Hui – chairperson of AMSA Malaysia, who concluded the event with a speech. At the end of the ceremony, prizes were given to the best speaker for each of the six topics and the best delegate throughout the three days. The best speakers for the topics of malnutrition and stunted growth, premature mortality, migrant workers’ occupational health and safety, crisis scenarios, substance abuse and suicide were Amendeo Hottua Ernesto Nababan, Muhammad Imman Hon bin Shaharuddin Hon, Jaiyaswiny Sivakumar, Thavaneshan Kunasekaran, Lim Ke Wen and Beverly Cheah Xiao Hui respectively. Nur Nabila binti Nasharuddin, a delegate from Vietnam, received the overall best delegate award. 

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Written by Chang Chi Yin | Edited by Zantal Siah

IMU Live is one of the most anticipated annual events at IMU that provides opportunities for all talented students to showcase their abilities on stage. The event was collectively organized by the Dance Club, Choir Club, Music Club and Editorial Board. 

 

 

This year’s IMU Live, themed “Viva la Vida” or “Long Live Life” in Spanish, was held on March 22, 2019 from 6.30pm to 10.00pm at the Auditorium of the IMU Bukit Jalil campus. The event kicked off with the emcees introducing three honorable guests whom were invited to judge the performances: MC, the founder of Originalution Dance Studio who has 15 years of dancing experience; Wan Phooi Fun, a pianist with 17 years of experience in music education; and Tina Isaacs, a singer and actor who had appeared in several musicals. They then briefed on the details of the judging process. The performances were assessed based on four aspects: Effort/Personality, Technique/Execution, Stage Presentation and Originality, with each aspect accounting for a quarter of the total score. Attractive prizes were prepared for the winners; the champion, 1st and 2nd runners-up would receive RM500, RM300 and RM200 respectively. Additionally, RM100 would be awarded to the performer(s) who won the Audience Favorite Prize, which was determined by the audience’s votes.

  

 

Once the opening segment was over, the 12 contestants in turn took over the stage and launched into their performances, which ranged from singing and dancing to playing various instruments and performing as a band. Besides that, the other highlights of IMU Live 2019 were the performances brought by the Choir Club, the judges and a special guest. The Choir Club sang melodiously to Can’t Help Falling in Love, Tina belted out to Gemilang and Rumor Has It with infectious enthusiasm, MC stormed the stage with his electrifying dance moves and Phooi Fun performed He’s a Pirate on the keyboard magnificently. The emcees then welcomed the special guest by introducing her as Lim Wen Suen – champion of The Voice Singapore & Malaysia 2017. She sang Fireworks and Zhe Shi Jie Zhong Hui Ji De Wo De Ming Zi這世界終會記得我的名字 / The World will Remember my Name》, the latter song being a track off her new album which she promoted at IMU. 

 

 

After all the performances had ended, the results of the competition were finally announced. Goh You, who masterfully played The Phantom of the Opera on the violin, was crowned the champion of the night. The 1st runner up went to Jacky Thien, who impressed the audience with a Disney medley including When You Wish upon a Star, Do You Want to Build a Snowman, Love is an Open Door and Let It Go on the keyboard. The 2nd runner up – and the recipient of the Audience Favorite Prize – was BIJ, a newly-formed dance group who incorporated girl style dance with hip-hop elements in their jaw-dropping routine. 

IMU Live 2019 ended in a night full of excitement and joy. Await the event to return next year! 

Written by: Chang Chi Yin 

Edited by: Zantal Siah 

Photos credit: IMU Live 2019 Facebook page 

For more photos and videos: IMU Live 2019 Facebook page