Unity through mu­sic

Malaysian stu­dents in the united States share their love for their home­land in a mu­sic video.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE - By CHRIS­TINE CHEAH

THEY are cur­rently about 15,000km away from home, but the dis­tance won’t stop the young Malaysian stu­dents in Pur­due Univer­sity in In­di­ana, United States from ex­press­ing their love for their coun­try.

They cre­ated a beau­ti­ful mu­sic video in­fused with the spirit of 1Malaysia, and the five-and-a-half minute clip, which is avail­able on YouTube, has al­ready gar­nered a few thou­sand views. Fi­nal year en­gi­neer­ing un­der­grad­u­ate Ken­neth Tan, 22, said the Malaysian stu­dents in Pur­due were ex­tremely close and de­cided to show their unity through this mu­sic video.

“We wanted to show ev­ery­one the ‘fam­ily’ we have here,” said Tan, the main man be­hind the video.

The video fea­tures around 50 mem­bers of the Pur­due Univer­sity Malaysian Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion (Pumsa) singing the Satu Malaysia song, orig­i­nally per­formed by the AMP All Stars.

It also fea­tures a guest ap­pear­ance by the West Lafayette city mayor, John Den­nis.

“We met his wife, Mary through the Pur­due Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion and she con­nected us to her hus­band. He was very sup­port­ive of our ef­forts and we went on from there.”

The stu­dents chose sev­eral iconic spots in Pur­due to shoot the mu­sic video, in­clud­ing the cam­pus’ bell tower. Ac­cord­ing to le­gend, any cou­ple that shares a kiss be­low the tower and walks past the nearby foun­tain will end up get­ting mar­ried.

De­spite hav­ing mid-term examinations dur­ing the film­ing of the video, Tan worked with fel­low course­mate Muham­mad Afiq Ju­naidy, 20, to pro­duce the clip. He said that the most dif­fi­cult part about pro­duc­tion was not the gath­er­ing of the stu­dents, but gen­er­at­ing ideas for the shoot.

“We wanted to show off our cam­pus and high­light our to­geth­er­ness and it took two brain­storm­ing ses­sions and some trial and er­ror be­fore we se­lected the best (scenes),” he said.

The ac­tual shoot it­self took five hours, while edit­ing took three days.

“We went through the video many times to en­sure that it was pre­sentable,” said Tan.

allther­age@thes­tar.com.my about 50 malaysian stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the project, which was pro­duced on the Pur­due univer­sity cam­pus. Pur­due univer­sity fi­nal year stu­dent Ken­neth Tan came up with the idea of shoot­ing a mu­sic video to show how malaysians abroad are still very much united.

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