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The Glow amongst Darkness

“Citizens of the land, free from all forms of discrimination.” As if the constitution ever mattered. The welfare of the minorities amounted to nothing. They were difficult people to caucus with. An insane few even tabled a bill that identified every minority as a second class citizen, a breaking point for moderate senators across the country. Cracks within the ruling coalition presented an opportunity. Enough with enriching the elite, a revolution was due. 

Even if it meant losing a loved one.

Echo Eats: Hari Raya Edition

Following the live announcement made on May 10th by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the conditional movement control order (CMCO) will be extended to June 9. That is to say, it’s still best to avoid mass movements or gatherings if possible. Even our health DG, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, advises to avoid having visitors during Hari Raya celebrations. Therefore, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is obviously expected to be less exciting this time around as compared to previous years. However, looking on the bright side, some of us can find solace in the fact that we are still able to celebrate this occasion with our immediate family members. 

Sunway University Chinese Cultural Night (SUCCN) 2020

With respect to Malaysia’s preventive measures to the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) in prioritizing the health and safety of the public, Sunway University Chinese Cultural Society (SUCCS) had officially announced the cancellation of their event, the Sunway Chinese Cultural Night (SUCCN) 2020 , which was supposed to be held on 23 April 2020 (Thursday) at Jeffrey Cheah Hall, Sunway College.

Even though the event had to be unfortunately canceled, members from the Echo Media Event Write-Up department have taken the initiative to interview the committee members from SUCCS about the juicy details of the event.

Freshies Night 2020

Written by: Alex and Nivhya

Edited by: Supriya 

Approaching the 2nd month of the movement control order (MCO) as I look at the ceiling while the ceiling looks back at me, it is without a doubt that the introverts are having a blast during this period. Not forgetting the fun we college and university students have to live without. Rock cafe, black ink, pyramid, lunchbox and not to forget, bubble tea. 

Freshies Night that almost a thousand students were expecting in April has been cancelled due to the pandemic. However, we were lucky enough to interview the organizing team and to spill some tea on things to expect after MCO is over. Freshies night has been an annual event since 2011. It is a night to share the Sunway culture through food, dance, music and all-round fun. The time where social media would be blasting with tweets and hashtags. Well, isn’t that why we are known as the #mosthappeningcampus?

The Cost of Integrity

The sudden eruption of applause brought Yusef back to his senses.

A shower of confetti rained onto the stage, a clear signal for him to make an appearance. Despite the three long rehearsals from the day before, he still could not make his legs move the rest of his body out of the comforts of backstage. His heart beat painfully against his chest, like a bird trying to escape its cage.

Of Korean Dramas and Intertwined Fates

Malaysians have definitely not been strangers to the Kdrama Wave that has swept the globe with engaging storytelling and swoon-worthy romances. For most of us kdrama fans, binging on kdramas is a way of life; gritting your teeth at despicable villains who threaten our protagonists, sighing out loud at a lover’s passionate confession, clicking “next episode” at the speed of light when the episode ends on a cliffhanger and then going “I regret nothing” when it’s suddenly five in the morning…

Cultivating Spirituality: A Kung Fu Panda Guide

What is Spirituality?

To each and every person, spirituality is a word that could carry many different meanings. Although closely associated and often intertwined, religious belief can be completely separate from spirituality. I believe that at its core, spirituality is centered around an innate peace that stems from yourself – it’s about discovering meaning, finding purpose, and embracing growth. 

Fictional Religions in Film and Television

From Robot heaven to Jedi based religions and a 7-faced God, popular films and television series have been incorporating their takes on religion by inventing some hilarious, mystical and peculiar religions of their own that often reference other existing religions. This article will explore 3 fictional religions and religious philosophies in popular films and television series.

Faith in the Time of COVID-19

“Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear.”

–  Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

For 7 weeks now, we have been under the Movement Control Order. Some of us are stuck in residences crowded with housemates whom we barely know and managed to avoid for years before this. Some of us are stuck alone without a single soul to judge us as we waltz around the communal area in only a towel. Some of us are at home, either cooking and baking – having the time of our lives; or hiding away from toxic interactions, praying for escape. Some of us are taking the time to learn new things, while some of us are having trouble finding any meaning to waking up in the morning. The situation for every person is unique in its challenges and pleasures.

There is one thing we all have in common, though. We’re all thinking about how things could’ve been. Whether it’s, “this time last year I was…” or “right now I’m supposed to be at…” or “now I will never get to…”,  the grief of our individual lost plans weighs upon us, on top of the concern we have for the COVID-19 victims and frontliners. After all, we’re only human, and it’s not something to be ashamed of.

Monthly Musings: Spirituality

Prompt: What is spirituality to you?
Note: All opinions are the writer’s own.

Spirituality is being in tune with the spirit, which is also your life guide. Your guide is the one who follows you in life and possibly, also creates your path in life. Another aspect of spirituality is your intuition. Religion counts too, as it can bring inner peace. Plus, religion also involves getting in touch with your ancestors. Spirituality is about the tranquility of being in tune with yourself anyway, with knowing your auras and communicating with the spirits.
– Natasha