With “Differentiating Uniqueness” as the spotlight theme, the International Students Society held its annual appreciation dinner on Friday night. The ISS Night took place at Hotel Equatorial Melaka, with nearly 300 guests cordially invited to this special event. The night greeted all kinds of Multimedia University fellows. Vice president, Student Affairs director, faculty deans, lecturers, club advisor, committees, other societies and even exchange students.
Our emcees of the night welcomed the guests into the ornamental banquet hall at 8.30pm, and kick-started the event with a speech by the event director, Abdalla Reda. He emphasized about the night’s theme, with a hub of international learners, our culture varies. Despite it, the message is to accept and embrace our uniqueness in tonight’s occasion.
Following up is a speech from none other than Professor Hishamuddin, MMU’s Vice President. A notable remark that was made was about the symbol of the event. With this gathering and platform, different cultures and communities must “exchange stories” in the opportune. Officiating the event soon after, was offering a token of appreciation to their VIP guest and the opening gimmick.
The first performance of the night was by Diana. Also deemed the ‘Malaysian Nightingale’, she gave us a sultry rendition of Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love”. The crowd sat in awe of her beautiful voice as a benchmark for this cultural night. Next, MMU’s first ever Basketball Team, ‘The Jams’, went up the stage and received a recognition for their achievement.
While our taste buds were tickled with the savoury and delightful buffet feast, the set of performances nicknamed ‘Tour around the World’ continued. We were entertained by an Iraqi Traditional Dance with moves the likes of never been seen. Followed by that, was the most anticipated guitar solo by Takuro. The music he sent across the room was easily noted as the most electrifying performance of the night. After that, the guests were serenaded again by a song performance. Neeshajit floored the room with her alluring cover of Rihanna’s “Stay”.
Detouring from artistic showcases, the night also featured lucky draws that saw winners of great prizes including tickets to the 3D art museum and a free car rental. With the Academic Achievement Award, Best Committee Award and the long-awaited Best Dressed Award, more attendees got the chance to receive their own rewards.
‘Tour Around The World’ just got better with the distinguished Debbie, and their Korean group dance. They nailed their choreography with an energy that could fuel the whole night. Shocking and captivating us was Warriors of Malaysia, with a spectacle of Silat martial art performance. With this exciting night coming to a close, a performance of Yemeni Traditional Dance took the stage. Below, several guests joined in the music and movement on the dance floor. Last but definitely not least, was a dance display by Abdo and Sinan. There is no better way to end the ceremony than a pulsating hip hop performance by talented dancers.
What the guests took away from this experience was that with a spectrum of culture rallied under one roof, a central language was the Arts. The enthralling exhibition of music, song and dance, underlined a celebration of unity in this event.
By Nur Amira Rahim