By Farah Radzuan
GOMBAK, 30 November 2016: An event “Oh My Kampung!” brought by IIUM Communication internship students in collaboration with Communication Students Association (COSA) and held at HS Square yesterday exposed the Malay traditional culture and tradition, particularly among the international students.
“Of course, in IIUM most students have been influenced by other cultures from Middle East and western countries, that’s why we take this as an opportunity to serve something for the campus community by educating them about Malaysia’s culture,” said the programme manager, Mysarah Razlin.
“Since the beginning when we did our flashmob and promote the event, I can say that we received positive feedback from international students because they feel welcomed to this country and happy for a great chance to know more about our culture,” she added.
The activities displayed and programmes held include Malay food bazar selling nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, nasi tumpang and buah Melaka, traditional games like congkak and batu seremban and cultural performance by the Internship class.
There were also exhibitors from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) and Institut Kraf Negara (IKN) selling books on Malay tradition and culture, and a display of artefacts on Malay customs and tradition.
“This event attracted my attention because it made me feel like I am in my village. Here, I get the chances to play congkak and other traditional games with my friends and I recalled our childhood memories together. I hope this type of event will become a trend in IIUM onwards,” said Nur Izzati Nasarudin, one of the visitors interviewed.
The event was a one-day affair and had drawn a lot of positive response from visitors.***