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Interview by Toh Boon Kheng

Wearing a white shirt and a warm smile, he entered the SRC Office, ready for the interview before he even sat down. With light-hearted charisma and a humble demeanour, this was indistinguishably the SRC President of 2015/2016, Kenneth Lee. Easily having one of the tightest schedules on campus, we were fortunate enough the slot a few minutes in his lunchtime to ask a few questions, and hopefully shed some new light on the year-long president.


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I am a 3rd year Medical student right now. I enjoy sports and music. I lived in the Middle East for like, 10 years of my life. I was born in Scotland. And, I, love the SRC.

So, you ran for President of the SRC a year back. Would you like to share why?

I ran for president because for me, I felt like, as compared to the other posts, for example, VP of Medicine (because I am a Medical student) was very academic centred, but I also wanted to deal with some of the welfare issues the students might have. So, I thought that President would give me a nice, well-rounded scope to work, if you will.

How has it been (as the SRC President)?

It has been very challenging. It has been very rewarding. Challenging in the sense that, things we wanted to implement, things the students have wanted for many years, even before I was here, we tried them, as the other SRCs have done. Sometimes with slight success, sometimes with no success. Rewarding in the sense that, for example, our student discounts or the shuttle service. Even if one student benefits from it, take the shuttle service, go get a discount at one of the restaurants, and come back, then it is rewarding for us because our job is really to serve the students. If we have done that, then that’s our main goal.

Apart from the shuttle bus service and student discounts, are there any notable achievements to you that has been reached over your term?

Perhaps in the sense of the IMU Cup, where this year we have added the Photography competition and the Arts competition. That was a great part of, in fact, Richard’s vision (SRC Sports Representative) was to make IMU Cup not only for sports people, but for people who are interested in humanities, the arts, and those areas. I think it is really good, because it allows many more students to participate in IMU Cup. We are also thinking about other things for the next committee to add cultural events in IMU Cup, but all that is still in the works. Oh, and the Pandan Serai (cafeteria) renovation. We are quite pleased with that. It is looking really nice. I actually had lunch there the other day, it was nice. We also had the online booking system for sports facilities around IMU. So that has streamlined the process quite a bit.

You mentioned that not everything was successful. Are there any qualms or concerns you would like to bring up?

I mean, really, if you are a student who drives. Are you? No. Okay, well, for students who drive, everybody knows that people complain about parking. It’s been there since the last SRC, been there since the SRC before them, and the ones before them. We’ve tried everything. You know, tell DBKL to not summon our students, to make the roadside parking legal; it doesn’t work. I mean, we have exhausted every single thing we can, however, sometimes there are just too many barriers for what we want.

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The IMU Student Representative Council members of 2015/2016

The new SRC Committee will be elected soon; all the campaigns are going around. Does it bring you back memories of your own campaigning process?

Definitely. Well I still remember the days when, we (some of my friends who are in the SRC now) first decided to run for SRC. We did our photoshoot, made our posters, wrote our manifestos up. What they (the new SRC candidates) are doing now is what I went through a year ago, and perhaps seeing the sense of optimism and enthusiasm that comes with trying to get into a new role. That brings me back to the good times. And the fact that I had to run twice as well, so I had double memory of it. *laughs*

Do you have any advice for the SRC 2016/2017 candidates?

Be hopeful about what you are trying to achieve, but also be very realistic in what is possible and what is not. With the SRC, you have a slightly more responsibility to play around with. Of course, we, the SRC, are just a bunch of students trying to represent the students’ voices. It is really to keep their heads on straight, be realistic about their goals. You can’t just say like, “Yeah, we’re going to build a 5-storey parking,” or whatever it is, you know. It has to be realistic.

What is your vision for the future committee?

Well, there are a lot of things that we have thought of. Perhaps we didn’t implement, perhaps we couldn’t get around to it for whatever reason. My vision is that they continue the work that my colleagues have done. And also not only to continue what we have done, also to come up with their own fresh ideas. I’ve seen, through interviews with some of the candidates, there’s a lot of great ideas. Some ideas, I could not have imagined to come up with, so we are hoping really that they can step up and do a better job than we did. Of course, my committee did a great job, but I want them to do better.

Is there anything you would like to add before we end this interview?

I would just like to say, good luck to the next SRC candidates. Good luck to them in the elections. And I hope they survive the next year.

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Written by Sabrina Tee

In today’s world, the transfer of organs from the body of one human to another is often a sordid affair. The hundreds of enterprising criminals dabbling in the field of human organs certainly gives organ “sale” a bad name. Unfortunately, when it comes to the desperate matter of life and death, morality is often rudely shoved aside and exploitation becomes rampant. After all, the poor have organs, and the rich need them. How much simpler can it get? Losing a kidney doesn’t kill you, and when the trade comes in exchange for a couple thousand dollars, it really does seem like a win-win for everyone. Or so it seems.

Currently, the only country that legally permits the sale of human organs is Iran. Other countries are criminalizing organ sale, which consequently results in off-radar side deals. The organs of the poor are extracted and sold like merchandise to a desperate cancer victim thrusting a bundle of money in their direction (who cares about the cost when your life is at stake?), and the middle man happily walks away with a heavier wallet while the exploited receives a minuscule fraction of the money – if he’s lucky.

This entire affair revolves around a single problem: there are not nearly enough organ donors as there are people on the waiting list for an organ donation. In this case, patience is no virtue.

Either you get the kidney and live, or die waiting for all the names on the list above you to be ticked off. I suppose today’s society takes pride in the concept of altruism in the donation of human organs, and if that’s the case, well, I believe the statistics speak for the abundance of such altruism in our world.

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Artwork obtained from: Reuters – Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 22 people die every day waiting for transplants. That is 22 lives who could have been prolonged if the resources were available. Needs for an organ continue to rise every year, from 23, 198 in 1991 to 121, 272 in 2013, yet the number of organ donors remains more or less constant. Clearly, relying on the altruistic human nature is not an effective solution. What is, it is the legalization of organ sale.

Money talks. Asking people to give a part of themselves to a family member is sometimes a difficult task. How much harder is it to ask that for a stranger? Sure, you can play the sympathy card and tell them how that little girl will live a long, happy life with the kidney you gave her – but at the end of the day, are you willing to compensate your health for a total stranger’s? When you factor money into the equation, everything changes. Supply increases, and with that supply, more people live.

Personal autonomy is a core principle in the field of medicine. The idea that a person has the right to do what they want with their body sparks numerous debates in other ethical dilemmas such as abortion and surrogacy. If I don’t own my body and the decisions that happen to it, who does? If I want to use my body, and what’s more, help someone, that should be my decision, right?

Of course, this is all very inspiring and empowering, but consider this: how do we stop those aforementioned ‘entrepreneurs’ from simply forcing or tricking the poor to sell their organs and pocketing the profit? How do we ensure that the decision to sell an organ is made of the individual’s own accord and free will? Will legalizing the sale of human organs really cause the black market to shut down?

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Infographic obtained from: Medical Bioethics – WordPress – Organ Trafficking 

Some will argue that legalizing the sale of human organs will not affect the prosperity of the black market – the poor continue to be uneducated and thus ignorant of the cost and consequences of such an operation, or perhaps they will simply continue to be controlled against their will, much like a pimp with child prostitutes. Such endeavors are dehumanizing really, the way in which people are viewed and treated as objects. Place a price on their organs, and suddenly their value becomes the sum of their parts.

And then there’s the role of the good doctor in all this – there’s got to be someone with an adequate medical understanding to harvest the organs. Surely they know if a middle man is involved, if the ‘donor’ is being coerced. I’m guessing they too make a tidy little profit from coloring outside the lines of the law. How then, do we enforce the law on such operations occurring under the radar? The law exists presumably for the safety of the community, but that doesn’t stop the flourishing of the drug industry or the popularity of brothels. I suppose the straightforward solution is to rely on the conscience and morality of the doctor, although considering the greediness of human nature that may be a risk.

If we can’t stop organ sale on the black market, isn’t the next best thing to attempt to control it? Standardize a price, standardize the procedure, standardize the medical acceptability of the organ. That said, there are inevitable complications. This is the way I see it: legalizing the sale of human organs will have both positive and negative consequences. On the upside, the availability of human organs will increase, subsequently lower numbers of the waiting list, more lives are saved. But, it is likely that exploitation of the poor and uneducated for their organs will continue, or even increase if the legalization of such operations were to occur.

So, do we withhold the literal chance of a lifetime to the fatally ill, or continue to try and protect the vulnerable and ignorant? The debate may conclude not with a win-win resolution, but rather the selection in the lesser of two evils.

 

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Reported by Carmen Chong

The long-waited IMU’s Got Talent was finally held on 10th of March 2016. It was organized by IMU Ball Committee 2016: Ethereal with the objectives of promoting and finding talented performers for the IMU Ball, according to Lim Hui Jane, (President of IMU Ball Committee) and Jonathan Chua (event organizer/secretary of IMU Ball Committee).

The oh-so-witty Serene Kho and bubbly Venetia Chan were the hosts for the night alongside four experienced judges: Lim Hui Jane, Kimberly Loh Zou Chiat, Alexandra Tham and Julius Ng. There was a combination of 10 individual and group performances, comprised of singing, dancing, rapping, band performance and instrument-playing. Though the organizing committee faced some technical difficulties at the beginning, they managed to overcome it and made the rest of the event flawless. The atmosphere was very lively and the audience cheered on for their friends as well as their favourite performers. The organizing committee received some wonderful feedback from the audience, saying that it was better than last year as the performances were more diverse, and that it was worth attending.

During the intermission, an interactive session with the audience kept the flow of the event going. Several members of the audience showcased their talents on stage. Even some of the participants joined in as well. As the saying goes, ‘the more the merrier’. One of our judges, Julius, also performed a short dance under the limelight. This truly reflects that IMU students are sporting and talented at the same time!

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After many ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­jaw-dropping performances, it was finally time for the prize giving ceremony. There were two second runner-ups for the night. Jackie, one of the winners, performed a four-song mash-up comprised of ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, ‘Firework’, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and ‘Ronda Alla Turca’ on the piano skillfully. Not to forget the other second runner-up, Jolene and Lizzy, who performed a duet of Jessie J’s ‘Flashlight’ on the piano and violin. First runner-up went to the group, ZSC, who sang ‘When We Were Young’ by Adele, with piano accompaniment. And last but not least, the one we’ve all been waiting for! Black Diamond – Ng Min Yee, Ng Kai Ling and Michelle Anne – grabbed the title of champion with their astounding dance performance. In addition, six consolation prizes were given to other passionate participants.

Before the event started, Jonathan and Jane could foresee that the winner of the night would definitely be the ones who would capture the crowd’s attention the most. True enough, Black Diamond wooed the crowd and won the competition. The dance crew were extremely flattered when they were announced as the winner because it was their first time competing in this event and they fell that they did not rehearse enough. When interviewed, they said that they were unclear about the requirements for the competition but they went full force and just did their best.

Who says there’s a limit for talent?

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Photographs by Immanuel Tan and Wong Yao Han

For more photos of this talent showcase, visit the album on our Facebook page! Grab your IMU Ball 2016 tickets by the booth in front of the library on the 3rd floor and don’t miss all the glitz and glam!

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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.

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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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Written by Andrew Octavian

IMU Photography Club is one of the earliest founded clubs of IMU, dating back to more than 10 years ago. With a huge number of members sharing the same passion of capturing moments, this club is clearly one of the most active clubs in the whole of IMU. On the 26th of February 2016, we sat down and had a talk with the President of IMU Photography Club, Naja Najwa on her musings and her experience as the President of the club.


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Hey, Naja! Let’s start off easy first. Can you tell us more about yourself and how you started off on your photography journey?

Hi! My name is Naja Najwa, I am currently studying Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the batch PC114 and I am the current President of the IMU Photography Club. In terms of how I started off taking up photography as a hobby, I would say that my father – out of all people – is the reason why I love photography in the first place. Why? Because whenever we attended events, he always, always, passes off the camera to me since he loves to be in pictures. It was a nuisance at first, but eventually I ended up loving it, and I thought if I love taking pictures, I might as well be good at it, and thus, my journey started and it’s been a good, rewarding one, I’m telling you

So, if you can define Photography in your own words, what would your definition be?

Photography, in my opinion, is painting with light. It’s a tool for you to capture memories that would last possibly for a lifetime. For myself, it’s a hobby which eventually became really fun especially when you find individuals who share similar interests as you. I love taking pictures of celebrations, capturing the moments, really. Happiness, facial expressions, things that only photographers like myself know how to capture. Aside from that, I am also an avid camera collector, having 145 cameras in total as of now. They range from polaroids, folding cameras, video cameras, box cameras, DSLRs and many more. My personal favorites however, are Polaroid Studio Express and Polaroid XS-70.

“Photography, in my opinion, is painting with light. It is a tool for you to capture memories that would last possibly for a lifetime.” – Naja Najwa

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Picture by Naja Najwa – Some of the many cameras that Naja collects on display during Recruitment Drive

Wow, that’s one heck of a hobby. You also mentioned that you are studying Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Why not the more obvious choice of studying Photography?

Well, I’ll just skip the long story and say that, photography is my hobby, but I also love studying drugs, especially drug manufacture. With Pharmaceutical Chemistry, it’s more about research and of course it’s difficult because it is science, sometimes you kind of have to grasp around in the darkness, but it’s also thrilling and challenging. I guess I’ll keep it at that *laughs*.

Alright, moving on to more club related stuff. What was the process like of you achieving presidency?

I worked a lot with the ex-president, Devin Khaw, and since he wanted to make sure that the committee is a solid one, as in nobody in it would slack off, the AGM was a closed one and the previous committee appointed me the new President alongside the other 5 committee members to the assigned posts.

What is it that you guys do in the IMU Photography Club?

We mostly photograph events around IMU and we had a couple of fundraisings by opening up a photobooth service for the public, for a price, of course. We did these fundraisings in events such as Halloween, and Chariofare. We also have street photo walk, whereby quite a few of our members joined despite it being a weekend and one of the most memorable ones was the one we had in Petaling Street. During my term, we also had the privilege to open up a photo exhibition-competition in IMU Cup 2015 which was very exhilarating as it is the first one ever.

Seems like the club has been very active, eh? Any memorable moments during your time as the President?

This year, my committee members and I were thrilled to be able to cover every single one of the IMU Cup events. It was so taxing but also it was worth every single tired muscle of our bodies as it was a learning experience for us like no other. Sport photography is all about dynamics, things that you have to experience to understand, but there are also sports like chess and competitions such as DOTA that are not dynamic but still, we had the task to capture the feel of it. Covering orientations are also interesting because not only do you get to know the incoming juniors, you also get to watch the silly things that these newcomers or even our friends might do.

How about problems, any qualms in your term?

Sometimes, when I cover events on my own, I feel pressured as the organizers feel that there is a specific set of feel that us photographers have to fulfill, but once I get the hang of it, it goes smooth sailing. Other than that, a lot of event organizers seem to assume that the IMU Photography Club will come and cover their events while the reality is, they have to come to us for us to come to them. We are working on these kinks in the hope that these problems will not arise in the upcoming terms.

Any advice for the upcoming committee of the IMU Photography Club?

I do have a couple, actually *opens up a page of notes* alright, the committee should make sure most if not all members are participating especially in internal events as Photography, as I said copiously before, is a matter of learning together. Photowalks are also very useful for bonding and learning as different venues and timings of the day give the smallest different details of lighting, letting you learn new things. Sometimes, you feel like Photography is something where the more you, the less you know, so workshops would always be great.

Before we finish, I also notice that the IMU Photography Club is picking up a project called the Photo of the Week? Can you briefly explain to us what it’s about?

Photo of the Week is an idea of the committee a couple of years ago to sort of rebrand ourselves. People nowadays take a lot of pictures and they post these photos on social platforms for the purpose of being known, or being “liked”. This is why the IMU Photography Club wants to create platform for people in IMU to explore their skills.

Any closing words?

I would like to thank my loving committee for the unforgettable one year, ex-president Devin Khaw, and my teacher advisor, Professor Kang Yew Beng. It has been a pleasure working with every one of them and I hope that the spirit of the club lives on.

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That’s it from Naja! Photo of the Week is done on a weekly basis whereby there’s a different theme each week. Any one of you can submit photos on the IMU Photography Club Facebook page or simply tagging your photos #imupotw on Instagram. For more information, visit their Facebook page or find IMU Photography Club (@imuphotography) on Instagram.

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Reported by Andrew Octavian

The festivity of Chinese New Year hasn’t quite ended for most of us who were at the Atrium of the Bukit Jalil Campus on Friday, 19th of February 2016. The first long awinding week post-CNY seemed to have tired people around IMU out but this soon changed when they realized that a Lion Dance contraption was being set in the middle of the Atrium. Soon, people gathered around with brimming anticipation for what might be the last glimpse of the great start of the ‘Year of the Monkey’ before actually delving into it.

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Loong Kee’s Lion Dance performers did last minute preparations as the audience were impatiently waiting and at the first loud thumping sound of the drum, faces turned brighter amongst the audience. The performers didn’t disappoint one single bit, being very accommodating in being taken pictures of, all while still having to perform their dance choreographs.

This spectacle was arranged by the HR department of IMU to commemorate Chinese New Year that is rather long overdue, but festive nonetheless. Check out more pictures of the Lion Dance Performance below and last but not least:

**HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!**

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Photographs by Andrew Octavian

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Written by Taha Fathima Khan

To the Editor,

As a newly-appointed Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School, I want to bring attention to the 59 million children around the world currently being denied their human right to an education.

I am joined in this call to action by over 500 other young advocates for global education. Together, we make up the Global Youth Ambassadors group – launched in 2014 by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

Shazia and Kainat are two of my fellow Ambassadors. Along with Malala Yousafzai, they were shot by the Taliban for going to school in Pakistan just over a year ago. Their story, and that of so many other of the youth advocates I have joined forces with, inspires me to stand up for the millions of children that are kept out of school because of poverty, early marriage, child labour and different forms of discrimination.

As firm believers that education is the answer to the greatest challenges we face as a society, we ask for your help in urging leaders to raise budgets, build schools, train teachers and improve learning for all children.

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It has been shown that we could lift more than 170 million people out of poverty simply by teaching every child in low-income countries basic reading skills.

So why are we not making this a reality?

Unless we revert current trends, we will not even achieve universal primary education before 2086.

So join A World at School in our campaign to get every child into school and learning by signing up for our regular e-mail updates at www.aworldatschool.org . You’ll be the first to hear about the latest global education news and calls to action. Also, follow us on twitter (@aworldatschool) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AWorldAtSchool).


(Taha is a Semester 5 Medical student (ME1/14). She is also the founder and CEO of the Child Awareness Project, a cause that advocates for Children’s Rights. You can read more about the cause at ChildAwarePro.wix.com/Project)

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Written by Izza Amira

Among the romance genre novels worldwide, Jude Deveraux’s novels are one of the best. She is a very inspiring woman, her writings are detail and passionate which conveys all the feelings as if they are real stories. She lives in North Carolina and has been awarded as the author of more than 42 New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 60 million copies of her books worldwide. I have read most of her bestselling books and my personal favorites are the Montgomery series and the Edilean’s series.

Although every one of her books is enticing, my favorite is the Edilean’s trilogy. It tells the tale of Angus McTern, the man who founded a fictional town in the story, and then fell in love with a beautiful lady named Edilean Talbot, a woman whom at the start represents everything he despises. Will this hate turn to something else along the journey? All of this is written in Jude’s book called Days of Gold.

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The second book in the trilogy, Lavender Morning, is about a woman who just moved into Edilean’s town to fulfil her aunt’s last wishes, Miss Edi, who passed away. Everyone was very friendly towards her, but one person catches her interest: Ramsey. He is the lawyer chosen by Miss Edi as husband candidate for Jocelyn. However, their romantic stroll is always interrupted by Luke, her rude and annoying gardener.

The characters are not just restricted to one of her novels, but they also feature in her other novels as well. This continuity of character development makes it very appealing for readers. This is why Jude Deveraux’s books are unique. They are stories about every adventures and journey the people of Edilean went through to find who they really are and what is destined for them.

More books by Jude Deveraux are Return to Summerhouse, the Scent of Jasmine, Heart wishes, Secrets and Scarlet Night.  She has an interactive website at www.judedeveraux.com of Jude Deveraux Fan Page on Facebook where she post daily updates on her writing.

Deveraux has sure hand evoking plucky heroines, dastardly villains, and irresistible heroes, as well as a well-rounded supporting cast, the pace moves quickly and the romance sparks with enough voltage to keep readers turning pages.

– Publishers Weekly for Days of Gold

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Reported by Aashwany Chandra Mohan

IMU Cup 2015 was just over. After battling all the sports events, we were looking at days of facing one of our biggest fears: EXAMS! While resuming back to books, I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing the captain of the winning house of IMU Cup 2015. It’s none other than WINSTON LOW, captain of the Pegasus house. In the midst of attending classes and collecting MPU forms around the campus, I managed to get the captain’s 15 minutes on IMU Cup 2015 experience.


How did it feel to be chosen as the captain of the Pegasus house during the annual general meeting (AGM) of the houses?

To be honest, I was quite relieved. Towards the end of IMU Cup 2014, most of us in Pegasus knew who was going to go for the captaincy and it was between Jeihiin and myself. To add to that, Jeihiin is quite popular among the students and I was slightly worried. Even the previous captain, Jimmy Khalaff, added that it would be great if both of us (Jeihiin and Winston), would go for the captaincy. At the end of the day, I told myself, we will see how the votes go during the AGM. For me, it was a nerve-wracking moment. Seeing the results, I was certainly delighted.

Any word of advice from the previous captain, Jimmy Khalaff?

I’m not sure whether there was any advice but he did guide me on the basic tasks to be completed as a captain such as assigning sports captains and also to make sure the all the sports, the progresses and the funding go smoothly. In case, if there was a rise in problems, make sure to do a follow-up and get help from the IMU Cup committee itself.

How was it working with other Pegasus committee members?

I think it was quite easy. My committee members executed their responsibilities well and you didn’t really have to push them for it. They knew their roles. As students, we also have to balance our studies and also focus on IMU Cup. So I just had to remind them at times, on certain tasks to be completed. I’m glad that I had a good team. They helped greatly, especially during T-shirt distribution and fundraising. I’m not sure about other houses, but my committee was willing to skip some classes, at times. I know it’s undoubtedly not a good thing to do but they put all their efforts in making things happen.

How did you find your responsibilities as the captain?

Mainly, I have to make sure my committee members do their duties. I have to also find some sports captains as it wasn’t easy to get the captains for some of the sports. I must make sure that the sports captains are having regular trainings as much as possible. It’s definitely not impossible to manage all the captains but it’s a smarter choice to split the management of the sports captains. So, we divided the sports among my committee members. For example, 1 committee member will be in charge of 6 sports and the vice-captain and I will be in – charge of more sports. At the end of the day, despite dividing the responsibilities, I must make a follow –up to ensure it works well and push the team harder when necessary.

How was it finding sports captains and players for all the sports?

Well, that one is definitely not easy. *emphasis on “not easy”* Well, it’s easy for the sports in which my committee and myself have participated in last year cause we know the players. Some of the sports like dance, volleyball and others weren’t that easy. Some of them were assigned last minute and we have some sports where the captains resigned last minute. It was definitely panicking to see those drastic changes. In terms of finding players, Pegasus is quite lucky where some of us can participate in many sports. We were actually quite fortunate that the sports captains did manage to find players. Only worry was definitely getting sports captains, as people don’t really volunteer for it.

Hydra has been one of your toughest opponent since last year. How was it for you to handle that as a captain?

It was sort of worrying. Joining last year’s IMU Cup, somehow we know their abilities and potentials in most sports. Although in the first 4 sports, we dropped only 2 points, we had one 1st runner up and three winning sports. Many were saying that Pegasus is going to win the championship this year in the beginning itself. They were stating that there is no competition this year as Hydra was way behind. But I denied that because the first four sports are the strong sports where I know we are good in and we should go for gold. That will help us in leading the board in the long run. This is mainly because I know Hydra is good in basketball, volleyball and also track and field. I’m making sure that we are points ahead. Comparing from last year and this year, I’m glad that we led the board from Day 2. Knowing that they are strong, we must be ahead of them.

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Other than Hydra, are they are other houses that you find that was a tough competition?

Initially, it was Draco. Before basketball and other sports, Draco and Pegasus were neck-to-neck. They were one of the tough opponents before Hydra. Draco was the 1st runner ups for quite a few sports and even though they didn’t get as many gold medals. But the difference between the gold and silver was only 2 points. So, if Draco has five 1st runner ups and Pegasus has 4 wins, 5 silver medals is better than 4 gold medals. They posed quite a threat but when the points from Chariofare were out, it was a big blow for them. If I were to face such situation, I would be devastated because Chariofare isn’t really considered as a competitive sport. To add to that, the point difference between the winner and the last place is 20 points which is big as compared to the previous years which was 8 points. We got 2nd and Hydra got 1st and the point difference was 4. It makes a difference, let it be small or big.

How does it feel to bring the cup back to Pegasus?

ECSTATIC.  It’s such a nice feeling. The way we lost it last year, it made the win more suited this year. We lost it on the last day last year after leading the board on and off. We made sure we didn’t put too much pressure on our cheerleaders and they did better this year. We are definitely delighted and happy.

With cheerleading being the last event and with the point margin of 18 points between Hydra and Pegasus, was there any thoughts that Hydra might do better and win the cup?

Honestly, I want to think and weigh all the possible outcomes that may take place. Mathematically speaking, 18 points is not a sure win. Anything can happen. Hydra could’ve won the cheer competition and we could’ve gotten last. And with those changes, they could’ve won the cup. It’s very unlikely and after the cheer performances many said Pegasus would win the cup as Taurus and Draco have a strong stand in cheerleading. It’s not given until results were in. Once I saw Taurus’ performance, I was quite relieved.

Any advice to the captain of Pegasus for the next IMU Cup?

Good luck. There will be more pressure than when I took up the position as now we are defending champions. There will be pressure. It is expected. Then again, the house has a lot of talented people and it’s not the captain alone that leads the house to victories. You have your committee, your sports captains and your athletes. Without all of us working together, you could definitely not win it. It’s a cumulative effort.

One word to describe the entire IMU Cup 2015 journey.

*after a long pause and erms* PROUD! I’m proud to be in Pegasus and this year we have set quite a lot of milestones. Dominating all racquet sports and I don’t think so that has been done before. We led the board throughout IMU Cup since Day 2. These are things that make you feel good. I’m not sure whether any other houses have done that before but I’m surely proud of Pegasus. It’s certainly great to know that our team have made this achievements for the next batch to follow.


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“The way we lost it last year, it made the win more suited this year.” – Winston Low

And so we ended the interview with the proud captain. It was undoubtedly an amazing opportunity for me to interview a polite and a down-to-earth individual. We, from IMU Editorial Board, wish him and his team all the best in their exams and future endeavors. Not to forget, we would also like to congratulate Pegasus, for winning the cup for the 2nd time around.

 

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Report by Mia Hassan

Heritage, preserved!

IMU’s annual Malay Cultural Week this year witnessed a unique blend of heritage and fusion of vibrant Malay culture with introductions to Malay music, fashion, dance, arts, crafts and of course, food. The 3-days festival showcase organized by the Malay Cultural Society was launched on Wednesday, November 11th at the IMU’s driveway, allowed us to immerse ourselves in the length and depth of Malay culture, both traditional and contemporary!IMG_0591

The festival kicked off on the first day with Silat performance, which is a type of Malay martial arts, demonstrated by Baharom Mohamed from MP0114. Silat is a combined word for a class of homegrown martial arts from a geo-cultural area of Southeast Asia encircling most of the Nusantara, the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Archipelago. Muhammad Marsaid, from ME214, the President for Malay Cultural Society, said, “Silat needs to be developed while the practitioners of this martial art must enhance their expertise to educate the coming generations about Malay heritage and preventing it from being forgotten.” “I am very passionate when it comes to my heritage, considering that I came from a very traditional Malay family. I am very determined to preserve and retain whatever that has been passed down to me and I want to further educate the society about it,” he added. A parade of Malay cuisines was also on display at the IMU’s driveway.

The second day witnessed one of the main highlights of the cultural week, where students and staffs of the IMU were given a glimpse of a Malay wedding held in the IMU’s atrium. Shawn Peh and Nikol Goh, both from ME214, played the role of the bride and groom for this mock wedding, which made it more unique with the involvement of non-Malay students in Malay cultural events. Silat pengantin performance, demonstrated by Muhamad Fitri bin Abu Bakar from BM113 wowed the audience.  “I want the whole society to know and to learn more about the Malay culture, to educate them on how did the Malay culture start as well as to erase all the stereotypes that the society had when it comes to the Malay culture,” said Marsaid. “To work with others, we have to understand others. We’re going to constantly meet new people, coming from all walks of life and races. It is essential for us to understand their backgrounds to make it easier for us to cooperate with them one day, and this is one of the ways for us to reach out to people and understand the Malay culture better,” He added. Marsaid and the whole team were very moved and they also expressed their utmost appreciations to all non-Malays students who took part in this cultural week.

“To work with others, we have to understand others. We’re going to constantly meet new people, coming from all walks of life and races. It is essential for us to understand their backgrounds to make it easier for us to cooperate with them one day, and this is one of the ways for us to reach out to people and understand the Malay culture better,”

On the third day, all were welcomed to experience themselves the enjoyment and amusement in playing the Malay traditional games such as ‘batu seremban’, ‘congkak’ and ‘guli’ at the IMU’s driveway. The most awaited event for the cultural week, which was the theatre, was performed later that night at the IMU’s lecture hall. The theatre performance, which roughly told a story about a forbidden marriage involving two lovers from distinct races, had touched the crowds and the officials. Marsaid emphasized,

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asldfkjasld“The purpose of having such storyline for this theatre was that we want the community to understand and to know how we deal with such problems in the proper Malay cultural way.” He also added, “There are a lot of youngsters took our heritage for granted nowadays, sometimes they have no interest at all in learning their own culture. This is our identity, this is where we come from and it is our responsibility in retaining what has been passed down to us from our ancestors. It would be such a waste and a huge disappointment if the future generation don’t know how did it all begin.”

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The closing ceremony was officiated by Dr Ahmad Fadhlil, a medical doctor, a writer and Poem Advisor for Grup Karyawan Luar Negara (GLKN). In his closing speech, he highlighted on the hard work and the effort of the Malay Cultural Society of IMU in preserving the Malay culture. “Talking about culture, it is something that we need to preserve in order to maintain the harmony between people. I am very proud and I truly appreciate the work that has been done by all of you for the purpose of educating the community on the Malay culture.”

“Talking about culture, it is something that we need to preserve in order to maintain the harmony between people. I am very proud and I truly appreciate the work that has been done by all of you for the purpose of educating the community on the Malay culture.”