KDU Culturation “Road To 60’s: I Am Malaysian” A Road Trip To Penang

KDU students and staffs at Georgetown Heritage Celebration 2017. The road trip to Penang entourage participating in the Georgetown Heritage Celebration 2017.
Group photo at the Fort Cornwallis. KDU students excitedly posing for a group photo before they take a hike to Pantai Kerachut.
Followed by the completion of the first road trip to Malacca from 17 to 19 June 2017, the ‘Road to 60’s: I am Malaysian’ programme, which is organised by Student and Alumni Centre (SAC) of KDU University College for its culture pillar – ‘Culturation’, had recently visited to the Pearl of Orient – Penang, as its second destination for the programme. There were in total of thirty eight students participated in the road trip together with four SAC staffs from KDU University College.

The objective of the road trip to Penang is to educate KDU students about different backgrounds, cultures, traditions and to embrace diversity that Malaysia has to offer throughout this wonderful journey.  

On the first day, the group embarked on the journey to Penang as early as 5 in the morning. Upon arrival, they participated in the ‘Penang Heritage Day 2017’ at the Armenian Street, where there were 13 local communities ready to share their traditions and stories with the visitors.

The entourage visited the Fort Cornwallis, one of the most interesting historical landmarks in Georgetown which named after Charles Cornwallis, the Governor-General of Bengal in late 1700s. Subsequent to that, they went to the Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, as their next sightseeing spot. Before they called it a day, students were brought to Batu Ferringhi Beach (Malaysia) to have dinner and also sourcing for souvenirs from the nearby flea markets.
The second day of Penang visit was filled with exciting itineraries as the organiser lead the students to Pantai Keracut, which is located in the Penang National Park. The beach is well known for its turtle sanctuary.

By participating in a Q&A session conducted by the turtle conservation team, as well as helping to clean up the beach for turtle nesting grounds, KDU students got a good chance to gain more knowledge and awareness on wildlife protection. Besides that, there were also games and activities organised for them. At the end of the activity, students were given a baby turtle each to release back to the sea.

The students were later ferried to Georgetown by a speedboat and ushered to the Penang Heritage Festival where they enjoyed wonderful moments in story-telling session, cultural performance, ancient scripts writing and learning stories behind the historical streets in Georgetown.

During the last day of the Penang road trip, KDU entourage visited SMK Convent Father Barre. By organising a Diversity Workshop for the secondary students there, KDU students transmitted ideas of embracing diversity, the importance of accepting and appreciating diversity to their fellow juniors. There were around 38 attendees for the workshop to abstract the essence of diversity. It is hoped that these young leaders will bring this enlightenment home and spread the spirit of unity to their communities.

To sum up their experience on road trip to Penang, students gave their thoughts, “It was really fun because I got a chance to hold and release baby turtles. Besides that, I got the chance to make new friends, as well as learning more about the history of Penang,” enthused Samantha Lim Pei Ying, a Bachelor of Communication student. “I got to learn about the history of Fort Cornwallis, visit the Kek Lok Si Temple and the most memorable part is releasing the turtles and enjoying sunset,” said Siti Aisyah Salehudin, a Diploma in Business Admin student.

To inculcate the values of diversity and inclusion amongst KDU students, a comprehensive and ongoing learning process will be included as part of the various events to be organised under KDU’s Culturation. Hence, the end of the journey marks not the end of the journey but the beginning of it.