Malay Cultural Society
Overview of Malay Cultural Society
Malay Cultural Society, or MCS for short, is a club where members are given the opportunity to learn more about Malay culture by immersing oneself in the rich and vibrant heritage. Members are presented with the opportunity to do just that through different workshops throughout the year. We also strongly believe in contributing back to our society in whatever way we can. MCS warmly welcomes anyone who is keen on joining us!
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
Just because the CCA is called Malay Cultural Society, it does not mean that only Malays are allowed to join. We actually also have Indonesians and Chinese members. Therefore, we welcome students of all ethnicities to join us. Also, here in MCS, we do not just “lepak” as they like to call it. When given tasks to accomplish, we will strive to do our best to complete it.
Furthermore, MCS is a low commitment CCA. We do not have sessions every single week; you are only required to attend sessions when there are events to participate or attend (eg Values In Action activities, Racial Harmony Day Performance, Plays etc). Therefore, you don’t have to worry about having difficulty in juggling your commitments if you join MCS as your second CCA! (And yes, we do VIA activities too, so VIA hours will be awarded!)
How often do you have your trainings?
We are currently planning to participate in several Values In Action activities. As students, we feel that it is important to express our gratitude for being blessed with many things in life by contributing back to society. This year, we went to Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen and helped to prepare food for the needy in Singapore. We aspire to volunteer and help other communities in the future as well!
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Why did you choose to join this CCA?
I joined MCS because I wanted to experience what a cultural CCA has to offer. I also wanted to indulge myself by learning about the rich Malay culture since I was very keen on learning more about it and I felt that the best way I could do so was by joining MCS.
In the beginning when I first joined the CCA, I felt awkward with the members since I barely knew anyone. After working together while preparing for certain events like the hosting session for the Taiwanese students and Mother Tongue week, I felt that we were able to open up and become closer to one another. Now, we are all one big family.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
If I had to choose the highlight of my CCA journey so far, it would definitely be the 2017 Hari Raya celebrations. I believe that this event made us much closer as we managed to celebrate a special occasion together. That day, we invited one another into our homes, including non-Muslim members. We were privileged to taste the sumptuous dishes that our respective families had prepared for us while spending quality time with one another.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
We are a Malay Cultural CCA and we will indeed learn some things about the Malay Culture like the dances as well as the Malay martial arts. However, that does not mean that only Malay students are allowed to join. Since we will be doing other activities like VIA and hosting programmes, people from all other backgrounds can join us as well. Here in this CCA, we have an inclusive atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome and I assure you that you will meet and make amazing friends. If you are looking for a CCA that does not take too much of your time and you have the desire to contribute to society, MCS is definitely the CCA for you!
Mirza Nabil Putra Azhar, 17S36