Day in day out we, the students of Multimedia University, work at being the best versions of ourselves. We endure sleepless nights with a constant flow of coffee with our sights set on the prize. The prize being, not that diploma we receive at the end of our degree but instead the leaps and bounds that we grow during our time here. The strength and skills we garner in facing challenges. The relationships we make that mould the very essence of who we are and of course the fact that we get to say “ I made it!”. In the midst of the grind we, the student body, look to our leaders to be that lighthouse by the shore, guiding the sailors back home.
The people who have that added quality allows them the privilege of being the yardstick of quality. The people who push the general population to do better, to be better. In a university where the pool of leaders are far from dry it was a tall order to select one individual that particularly stood out in their strive and contributions to the efforts to build a whole and holistic MMU and it was without a smidge of doubt that Ammar Putra was chosen as MMU’s Person Of The Month for the month of August.
Who better to be chosen as the person of the month in which, we celebrate our independence and unity, than the very student that embodies the values that we Malaysians cherish everyday. That is to have faith and be kind. Ammar Putra our concurrent Vice President of the Student’s Representative Council(SRC) has just finished his SRC Presidential campaign and although the votes favoured his colleague Jason Teo, Ammar was never discouraged. We, the Editorial Squad sat down with him to get to know really what it is that has brought him to where he is today and what pushes him to keep going.
Being in his first term as the Vice President of SRC, Ammar says that he is enthusiastic to progress with his goals and aims for the Student Representative Council. Despite being hit by a case of fatigue while campaigning , he said, it was the grace of God and the support of his mother that got him up and moving when push came to shove. He mentioned that although he did not win the race for President, he is very much in limbo with the manifestos of our current SRC President Jason Teo and is positive that the two of them will rally in the aim of being the best possible channel in which the student body can rely on during their time here. It is also a mutual aim to uphold the motto for the year that is One Through MMUnity.
Ammar has been nothing but busy in his time here in MMU. From being High Commissioners on several orientation programmes, he has also led the Usrah Institution in the 2015/2016 term. This man has also dabbled in a couple of international conferences, namely the ASEAN Youth Leaders Association where he served as the Public Relations and Finance Officer, as well as the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2015. So who better to enquire about the state of affairs of the clubs and associations in MMU. When asked about the nature of certain clubs and associations being racially bound in MMU, he had this to say “Be proud of your roots before you go any elsewhere.”
He stressed that it is vital to be one with our roots and embrace our identity before we embark on our own individual journey. It was intriguing to us what was it that drove him to be as active as he is both on and off campus. Without missing a beat, he told us that he owes his attitude and attributes to his mother. Not forgetting of course his urge to be of service to the people around him. Echoing the words of John F. Kennedy “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” To add to that, it was his own two cents that the state of the people in a nation or society highly depend on the means of management done by those higher up in the pecking order and hence it is the responsibility of today’s youth to work towards an effective form of management that caters to the needs of the people.
We couldn’t help ourselves from asking him to impart some wisdom on the students of MMU particularly the freshies. He humbly spoke of the need to get a good kickstart to their progress as university students. Eagerly, he told us about the Scholar's Mate initiative taken by a group of students in aiding in easing the taking off process of new scholars into university life. Programmes as such are ones that, in line with Ammar’s main manifesto, reaches out to the students and bridges the gap between the seniors and freshies in the university.
In encouraging these new students to take up more leadership roles while studying here, he mentioned that the one pulling or pushing factor that goes into a student’s thought process when thinking about being active in co-curriculum is the demands of the academic field. As a student, putting our studies as our main priority may or may not hinder us from pursuing external activities but it is of utmost importance that we make the time to do so.
To wrap up our conversation, we asked Ammar, what it was he wished to see change within MMU in the time to come. To that he said it was the mentality of the people when it comes to their outlook of life and their tendencies to be quick to conclude based on first impressions. He would also love to see the leaders among MMU to engage amongst themselves to set the tone for the rest of the student body.
Having had a conversation with Ammar, it is clear as day to us as to why he was chosen as Person of the Month. Charismatic and he has his eyes set on the goal and that is to unite students in all adverse circumstances. We, are truly grateful to Ammar for his want to represent the students and he hopes that the student body shall support both him and Jason in materializing the manifestos they have set out for the year to come.
“Be proud of your roots, before you go anywhere else”
Watch the full interview video below
By Prisya Radha Nair