George Town, 1 April 2019 – Celebrating cultural diversity in a foot race turned out to be a great idea for 36 youths from various colleges and institutions.
Along the 28km run, participants had to face challenges and complete tasks borne of myriad traditional cultures, and the fun they derived from them proved to foster the unity of the youths from diverse creed.
Nine groups with 36 participants took part in Island Dash, a cultural race where they ran through the heart of Penang and completed certain tasks related to the cultures found in Malaysia.
Working together, they had to complete 10 interesting tasks: weave a “ketupat” with green and yellow ribbons, bounce a ‘Chap Teh’ off their feet five times, form a “kolam” of peacock using coloured rice, spin a “gasing”, perform Tai Chi while balancing a cup of water on their head, guess the spices, take pictures of George Town’s street art, write Chinese calligraphy, pick the green beans in a bowl mixed with red beans with using a pair of chopsticks and finally, solve puzzles.
“All the tasks were fun and exciting to play, especially doing the Tai Chi with a cup of water on my head,” said Crystal Tan, who participated in Island Dash in KDU Penang University College on March 30th, 2019.
The 19-year-old girl who worked as a trainer in Gravityz, Penang, explained that the Tai Chi task needed a lot of concentration and focus to keep the cup balanced on her head.
Island Dash was organised by students pursuing Bachelor of Mass Communication and Public Relation in KDU Penang as a part of their assignments and also in conjunction with KDU Penang’s Open Day.
This culture race is an effort to bring back our forgotten cultural games and skills.
“A simple race is not appealing anymore for young blood. They need something different and exciting. So, we came out with this idea,” said Muhammad Mu’az, the project director of Island Dash.
The flag-off was graced by Vice-Chancellor of KDU Penang, Professor Dr. Chong Beng Keok and Head for Department of Mass Communication, KDU Penang, Dr Tan Lee Ooi.
The mass communication students who organised the race were not just doing it for fun; it was part of their course work. There are no exams for mass communication students and their academic performances are rated by their projects and events.
This high-impact learning method will be continued when KDU Penang opens its flagship campus in Metropolis Batu Kawan by this year.