Unity in Diversity: 'Cerita Kita' Celebrates the Many Faces of Malaysia
Pengajian Malaysian 2 (MPU 2163), is an MPU module, where students are encouraged to discuss history and politics, the Constitution, administrative systems and structures, community and unity, nation-building and religious beliefs. This module helps students foster a strong sense of national identity and patriotism.
Recently, a group of students taking this module as part of their programme, organised a half-day showcase called "Cerita Kita" or "Our Stories," highlighting the diverse and vibrant cultures of the different communities in Malaysia.
The showcase, which took place at True North and in the library, dispelled the stereotype that Pengajian Malaysia 2 (MPU 2163) was solely about the past. Instead it celebrates Malaysia's present, future, and cultural aspects. Through their creativity and passion, these MPU students proved that learning goes beyond the classroom and that showcasing the beauty of diverse cultures is a powerful way to build bridges and unite communities.
There were ten distinct booths at the "Cerita Kita" showcase, each highlighting one facet of the rich cultural mosaic that is Malaysia. Each booth was a window into a different facet of Malaysian life, from the haunting melodies of the Chinese Orchestra performers to the agility and grace of badminton athletes.
The Kadazan-Dusun Community was also represented, with a booth showcasing their vibrant culture and traditions. The Baba Nyonya booth was a celebration of the unique blend of Chinese and Malay cultures that defines the community, while the Lion Dance Performers added a touch of drama and excitement to the event.
But the showcase wasn't just about entertainment. The Heritage Building Conservationists used their booth to educate visitors about the importance of preserving Malaysia's architectural heritage, while the Malaysian Tattoo Artists showcased the beauty and intricacy of traditional Malaysian tattoos.
Perhaps most impressive of all was the dedication and creativity of the students themselves. They took the initiative to dress according to their themes, with students donning traditional Peranakan dresses and cheongsams, and theatre performers bringing their characters to life through their costumes and makeup.
A huge shout-out to the organisations and individuals who made the "Cerita Kita" showcase possible by contributing their time and expertise, shedding light on the rich tapestry of Malaysian culture.
Credit goes to:
- Lee Rubber Chinese Orchestra (LRCO)
- Khuan Loke Lion Dance & Dragon Association
- Bruce Redgrey (Tattoo Artist)
- Pearlly Chua (Actress)
Peranakan Association of Melaka
- Paige Chan Yoke Peng (Theatre Performer)
- Ervina Liasol Lumanda (Theatre Performer)
- Eva & Masuyana (Kadazan Dusun community)
- Wan Seng Hang & Siow Ho Phiew (Lion Dance Performers)
- Dato' Ronald Gan (President, Persatuan Baba Nyonya Malaysia)
In a world where cultural differences can sometimes create barriers, the contributions of these organisations and individuals helped bring people together to celebrate what makes us unique. We thank them for their invaluable contributions to the "Cerita Kita" showcase and for reminding us that our differences make us beautiful.