Students witness APU’s largest Merdeka celebration
The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) School of General Studies organised the largest Merdeka celebration in the institution’s history.
The celebration ran for five days from 5-10 September, spotting various activities.
One of the events was the APU Merdeka Unity Run which was participated by 700 students, staff and members of the public. The 5km run at Technology Park Malaysia saw Malaysians of different religion and colour coming together to have fun and celebrate unity in a fun, relaxed environment.
Following this, the Malaysian Food Fiesta provided the APU community with over 50 types of delectable Malaysian food such as Nasi Lemak, mee kari, wantan mee, dumplings, banana leaf meals, idiyappam and pani puri. There was also a fashion show, silat and dikir barat performances to portray the country’s rich and diverse culture.
Supported by Traxx FM, the main highlight was a two-hour musical, featuring Malaysia’s history and its fight to secure independence.
Deputy Minister of Education YB P. Kamalanathan officiated the celebrations together with APIIT Education Group CEO Datuk Parmjit Singh.
YB P. Kamalanathan said that APU’s project was a wonderful task as it instilled the meaning of independence in today’s youths and showed the struggles that their ancestors had to go through.
“I wish that many more colleges and universitiesin Malaysia would undertake events of this nature in the future,” he said.
The celebration proved to be an eye-opening experience for many of the international students.
Project director and student Niraanjana Sunathan said that the team only had four months to prepare and that they were thrilled with the outcome.
“We have achieved our objectives with the help of our lecturers and fellow friends from various clubs and societies. We are glad that we are able to spread the Merdeka spirit among the local and international community at APU.”
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