WOU lunar New Year celebration inspires fun and caring spirit

The WOU Chinese New Year celebration rose to new heights this year with a hilarious sketch and by incorporating a caring element.

For WOU Vice Chancellor Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye and Dato’ Sharom Ahmat (3rd and 4th from right) at the luncheon.

For WOU Vice Chancellor Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye and Dato’ Sharom Ahmat (3rd and 4th from right) at the luncheon.

Guests were offered huat kuih as door gifts and longan tong sui as starters as they sat back to enjoy the entertainment. The event at the main campus today kicked off with three Mandarin songs rendered by a group from Pusat Kesenian Muzik Micico Pulau Pinang.

Everyone given huat kuih as door gift

Everyone given huat kuih as door gift

The crowd were howling with laughter as they viewed a 7-minute in-house video production ‘I Like Lau Juak’ which translates ‘I Like to be Merry’.  Kudos to the team led by QA & Government Relations Director Dr Andy Liew and Public & Student Relations and Publishing (PSR) Director Grace Law for this hilarious production which took 3 hours to produce.

The video, already uploaded to WOU Facebook, offered a satirical look into the contemporary culture of ‘expecting angpow’ during Chinese New Year open houses and of single ladies throwing oranges inscribed with names/telephone numbers to find future spouses.

Grace Lau and Dr Andy Liew… the talents behind the in-house video production.

Grace Lau and Dr Andy Liew… the talents behind the in-house video production.

In his welcoming address, WOU Board of Governors (BoG) chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh  Tsu Koon lauded the production, which also featured the PSR team of Sharon Alice Wiessy, Rasidah Mion, Sharmilah Velaichamy and Rizal Omardin, along with Irmadura Ramli (School of Humanities & Social Sciences), Robin Cheah (Penang Regional Centre) and Magic Khaw  (Instructional Design for Engaging Experiences).

WOU will continue to hold in-house celebrations for the major festivals, says Dr Koh.

WOU will continue to hold in-house celebrations for the major festivals, says Dr Koh.

Dr Koh assured that the University will continue to celebrate all the major festivals, and suggested holding an orange throwing competition since WOU is the only University by the beach.

He said the lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, spells new beginnings and new hope, and looked forward to WOU introducing new programmes and to perform well this year.

The home-made jelly cut by (from right) Mr Yeong, Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap and Dr Koh.

The home-made jelly cut by (from right) Mr Yeong, Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap and Dr Koh.

The celebration also saw the cutting of a flower crafted jelly by Dr Koh, WOU Sdn Bhd Chairman Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap and Chief Operating Officer Yeong Sik Kheong. The jelly made by Grace Lau incorporated five fishes in the design to denote abundance in relation to health, happiness, relationship, prosperity and career.

Tan Sri Dr Koh and Tan Sri Dr Chin Fook Weng (right) light the firecrackers.

Tan Sri Dr Koh and Tan Sri Dr Chin Fook Weng (right) light the firecrackers.

Then followed the traditional tossing of the yee sang followed by lunch. There was also a lighting of firecrackers by Dr Koh and BoG member Tan Sri Dr Chin Fook Weng, with the celebration culminating with the traditional lion dance to usher blessings.

Tan Sri Dr Koh offers oranges to the ‘lion’.

Tan Sri Dr Koh offers oranges to the ‘lion’.

During the event, a donation box was placed at the entrance to invite collections in aid of Assistant Library Supervisor, Zubaydah Zamri, who is away on unpaid leave to take care of her 21-month-old son, Muhammad Muhaimin Abddulah. Her son is suffering from neuroblastoma, a type of cancer, and he has been admitted to Penang Hospital since January 18th.  A big thank you to everyone as about RM5,000 was collected!

Grace Lau (centre) receives donation from the staff of Heng Lee Group.

Grace Lau (centre) receives donation from the staff of Heng Lee Group.