Malaysian Festival: Makan Night

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The last event of Malaysian Festival is the highly anticipated Makan Night. Makan Night is our annual ‘eat-your-heart-out’ event alongside performances and awards. This year, it was held at Jubilee Hall, Parnell Trust. Although it was a cold winter night, the love from everyone warmed each other up!

The night started off with our members arriving and getting seated. Quickly, the hall was filled with members and sounds of laughters and people catching up.

Our wonderful emcees for the night — Natasya & Manbu ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Shortly after the introduction and greeting our members, Annas started off the prayers and we invited Puan Su from Education Malaysia New Zealand (EMNZ) to give a few words. After that, Allan (President of UMSA) and Baya (President of AUC) invited Puan Su for a cake cutting ceremony to officially start off Makan Night 2017!


Bawang Merah & Bawang Putih fighting over for their husband’s attention.

To start off the night, we had an adapted play of “Bawang Merah, Bawang Putih”. It is a traditional folklore about the sisters, Bawang Merah (onion/shallot) and Bawang Putih (garlic). It is said to have a similar plot to Cinderella. But we improvised and made it slightly more comedic with a talking fish!

On and all, it was a great play and everyone enjoyed it. Kudos to the team of actors working with our director and practicing hard. To that, a round of applause to the props team for making the props and made sure that things went well!


We also want to thank our food supplier for the night for cooking up delicious food for us and made sure that we ate to our heart’s content! ๐Ÿ™‚

When are Malaysians the most happy? Eating.ย 

Congratulations to Raghu & Suet Ying for being the Best Dressed for the night!ย 

A grouuuuup photo of everyone!ย 

And now here are some of the photos of our members being their wonderful selves ๐Ÿ™‚

DSC_0295UMSA & AUC committee 2016/2017.ย 

Here are the people who have worked relentlessly for the past year to make Malaysian Festival a success. After countless meetings, messages and ideas being thrown around… it is such a great feeling to know that Malaysian Festival was a success.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each and everyone of you for supporting this event. We hope you enjoyed Malaysian Festival and had a wonderful time at Makan Night! โค

Serious photo? Nah, we prefer goofing around being ourselves!





Malaysian Festival: Pasar Malam

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Event 2 of Malaysian Festival was a Pasar Malam. Every Malaysian knows that going to a Pasar Malam meant being squeezed around with the amount of people in the same area. But we also know that it meant FOOOOOOOOOOOD. So much food.

Our vendors hard at work ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the night, we had about 8-10 sellers selling a variety of Malaysian dishes that we all love and miss. All of our sellers were talented cooks and we are so thankful to have them participate our first Pasar Malam. Some of our students also saw this as a chance to earn some quick bucks!

I can smell the kuih-muihs even from behind the computer screen โค

‘Sold out, sorry guys!’



We want to thank everyone for coming along to Pasar Malam. We hope you enjoyed it and ate to your heart’s content! See you at our next event.


Malaysian Festival: Malaysian Expo

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This year, UMSA and Auckland UMNO Club (AUC) collaborated to present Malaysian Festival where it consisted of a Malaysian Expo, Pasar Malam and the highly anticipated Makan Night. Both UMSA & AUC committee members have worked hard throughout the year to bring this to the members of both clubs.

Here’s some of our committee member from both clubs preparing for the expo!ย 

We set up booths that had traditional games and activities such as Congkak, Batu Seremban, Kolam, Henna and Diabolo (Chinese Yoyo). This was to attract local students to get them interested in some of the Malaysian traditional games and activities. Some of them were fascinated with the colourful Kolam!

Our ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ for the day during the Berarak (Wedding Parade)!

While the expo was happening at the Quad, there was a showcasing of a Berarak. Even from the Quad, we could hear the sounds of kompang! Heaps of people were taking their phones out and taking photos/recordings of the parade. It must have peaked their curiosity or reminded them of home!

Our talented dance performers ๐Ÿ™‚

We thought the best ways to introduce people to Malaysian cultures was through our amazing food and some dance moves!ย 

Our talented Vice President, Kah Yee, and her friend performing Diabolo ๐Ÿ™‚

On and all, it was an awesome day. Special thanks to Uncle Man & Newton Cafe for bringing and selling some of their delicious homemade food. A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported our first day of Malaysian Festival. We hope you enjoyed it and will see you at the next event!