The Wawasan Open University community came together at the main campus today to celebrate the lunar Year of the Red Fire Monkey.
The Homestead hall was transformed with paintings and decorations created by a group of full-time students, led by Robin Cheah, president of the student body. The front backdrop comprised two huge paintings of monkeys separated by a panel with the Chinese character for Spring, to signify new beginnings and a renewal of spirit. A giant monkey made from box art stood majestically at the back of the hall.
He added, “We need to continue to be prudent in spending, to think out of the box to come out with new strategies and plans. With the support of management and staff, I am confident that we can meet the challenges, remain competitive and look forward to a bright outlook.”
More fun followed as everyone was treated to songs and dances by the full-time students. There was also a Chinese fan dance performance by five staff from WOU’s Educational Technology & Publishing (ETP) unit, led by Robin.
After the customary prosperity toss of the yee sang, guests feasted on servings of rice with lamb, chicken, fish, mixed vegetables, and vegetarian dishes, along with cake and fruit desserts.
More than 100 people attended, including Datin Seri Irene Yeap and daughter Janice Yeap, members of WOU Board of Governors namely Tan Sri Dr Chin Fook Weng, Chia Loong Thye, Loo Choo Teng and Prof Emeritus Dato’ Dr Wong Tat Meng, who was accompanied by his wife and son, and WOU Honorary Graduate Dato’ Sharom Ahmat.