Project Younite introduced a new chapter in MMU’s history of events organisation. This historical occasion reflected the initiative of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) where they collaborated together with multiple clubs and societies to create a firm platform for various clubs and societies to join forces and hold the largest collaboration event in MMU Melaka. The planning and preparation stage of Project Younite had already begun since last academic year.
After much preparation, this event was executed on Monday (21st November 2016) with 2 sub-events (originally 5 branches) under the banner of Project Younite. The 2 sub-events were Cultural Fest & FoodYooh (Food Fiesta).
The Assistant Director of Project Younite, Ri Cerd explained that the goal of the event was to unite, to set aside their clubs' differences and join hands for a common objective, to promote unity and friendship among the committees from various clubs and societies in MMU Melaka.
CULTURAL FEST (21st November – 23rd November 2016)
The main objective of Cultural Fest as provided by the organising team and booth managers is to unite all cultures in MMU Melaka and showcase the rich diversity this campus has to offer. Students and visitors could experience each cultures lifestyle from their attires, games and roots.
For the past 3 days, there were no doubt that CLC Concourse (where it was held) was decorated fabulously with great touches by respective booth committees. The character and personality of each culture were portrayed clearly and certainly catches the attention of despite the busy student traffic in CLC Concourse.
For instance, the African Cultural tent, students could enter and land their hands to play video games. Malay culture booth had a few traditional games, some of it were all-time Malaysian classic. Some booth offered students a chance to try on their traditional costumes and have their pictures taken. Not to mention various performances by different cultures were carried out which made CLC very happening and lively.
One of the booth committees also informed us that each booth and club committees were to refrain from promoting their respective cultural clubs. As such, this seems as a great platform for everyone to work together to promote cultures without showing any affiliations to cultural societies. Since the objective is to improve the relationships between clubs and societies and to avoid rivalry or unhealthy competition. Cultural Fest has been successful in realising this objective. Kudos to the team.
FOOD YOOH (FOOD FIESTA) 23rd November 2016, 5.30pm-11pm
Quiet, dull and dark was certainly not applicable to President Square on Wednesday night, 23rd November. As their sister event, Cultural Fest concluded their show, it was later continued by the second sub-event of Project Younite, Food Yooh (Food Fiesta).
The fiesta kick started around 5.30pm with white tents and lanterns already prepared by the hard-working committees together with food-truck vendors ready to welcome their famished customers.
Apart from food, there were several interesting attractions like henna drawings and playing with bubbles. Throughout the night, many of the students displayed their inner child in themselves and had a joyful moment playing with bubbles. It was a relaxing atmosphere to distract ourselves from the hectic semester ahead.
The Head of Food Yooh, Ho Wan Sherng added that he encouraged many new students especially freshies to be part of his team to expose them to the concept of organising a food fiesta. He was also satisfied with the turnout of 11 vendors including a tent managed by Business Society. We were also informed that the turnout of trucks would be better if not because of several vendors pulling out last minute.
The crowd grew bigger as the night goes by. The food festival had indeed given students an interesting activity after the usual most likely ‘boring’ daily class routine.
From MMU Editorial Squad, congratulations to all organising committee of Project Younite for the enormous effort of promoting unity and breaking cultural barriers in our community.
Journalist/ Analyst @ MMUES