Introducing the 2018/19 SA Officers

IGNITE recently had the opportunity to interview the newly-elected SA team on their up-coming plans and possible challenges they will face during the term.

 

SA President: Am Abdul Aziz

 

  1. How do you feel about winning?

Extremely humbled. I am deeply grateful to the voters and I realise that this was only possible due to the voters and students who have put their faith in me. This win has served as a personal and enduring source of motivation for me to do my best in office and to not disappoint the students.

 

  1. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you’re in office?

As said in my manifesto, my top priority will be getting the IOI bus by the first semester of the next academic year. At the same time, I intend to meet with management regularly to discuss a variety of ideas, the plausibility of said ideas, as well as hopefully taking the first step to solving any existing problems. Aside from working on what’s been mentioned in my manifesto, a few students have already approached me regarding certain changes they’d like to see during my term. Understandably, these matters are only in preliminary stages and thus cannot be disclosed at this moment, but I fully intend on following up on these concerns and ideas once our new SA team gets to work.

 

  1. How will you be managing the SA without a Vice-President and Education Officer?

I plan on taking over the duties of the two vacancies until the by-elections are held at the start of the new academic year. I will also work closely with the Education Network and the Marketing & Communications Network. I am eager to learn from them as I would like to carry out these duties to the best of my ability, even if it is just a temporary arrangement.

 

SA Activities Officer: Sara Siddiqi

 

  1. How do you feel about winning?

Oh, it feels great! To know that so many people believe in you and deem you capable of taking on such a big responsibility; it’s really something. I’m incredibly excited and looking forward to start working officially.

 

  1. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you’re in office?

Like I’ve said during my campaign, it will be seeking out sponsors. In fact, I’ve already started working on it. But for now, my focus is on the foundation Freshers, which will be in early May. It will be my first event so I’m going to do my very best to make it a great one!

 

  1. Many plans in your manifesto, such as subsidizing the two biggest events on UNMC: Freshers Week and the UNMC Ball through sponsorship, have been very ambitious, what kind of challenges will you anticipate in managing the budget?

I’ve been lucky to have guidance from Sarah, the current Activities Officer on many things, so I do believe her advice will be extremely helpful. I’m ambitious for sure, but I am also practical. I’ll give it my all in securing sponsors but whether I get them or not, I’ll still try my best to subsidize both the events. I already have a plan of restructuring events which I do believe will cut down on costs and such. Other than the major annual events, I also plan to do other fun events throughout the semester!

 

SA Home Officer: Andy Tan

 

  1. How do you feel about winning?

I was overjoyed during the result announcement and was appreciative of the students who believed in me. It was also a relief that my efforts did not go in vain and I hope to serve the student body with my utmost effort and stay true to my manifesto of Reformation.

 

  1. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you’re in office?

The first event that all the elected SA executives must do is to organise the Freshers’ Week to welcome the new students in their university journey. As a SA Home Students’ Officer, my job in this event would be to oversee and coordinate the logistics needed for a smooth event. In my portfolio, my first task would be to organise Malaysia Festival, which is an event that aims to promote local cultures to the international students and staff members. I would like to seek the local students’ help and support in showcasing our beautiful cultures to the diverse community here.

 

  1. How are you going to start with the procedure of standardising checks at the guard house? What changes or systems do you hope to see implemented in this regard?

As explained during my hustings, I do not wish to standardise the security check procedure myself; however, it is my intention to request the security office to standardise and to justify the security check procedure at the guardhouses. The security office needs to have a clear SOP in carrying out their job and it is the students’ and staff members’ rights to demand for a hassle-free and convenient security check.

 

SA International Student Officer: Samawiyah Ulde

 

  1. How do you feel about winning?

I am absolutely thrilled. I nearly cried happy tears during the announcement. But the focus of my emotions after that almost instantly shifted to excitement at the prospect of beginning work.

 

  1. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you’re in office?

Technically, I have already started working. The first thing I need to do is recruit my team, which comprises of my Executive Committee and Ambassadors. The email for recruitment is ready and scheduled to go out on Monday (26th March 2018). The other thing that I must immediately begin work on is implementing the NAA module. The module outline and need to be drafted and sent to UK before summer begins.

 

  1. Your idea of a Whatsapp hotline raised a number of questions and concerns during the hustings. Have you worked out the logistics of this plan? How will it be administered?

I am yet to sit down and discuss this idea with the relevant people. The recruitment and NAA module are my primary focus at this moment as they are more time sensitive. But rest assured that I will be working on this at the first possible opportunity and will do everything in my power to try and make it work.

 

SA Sustainability Officer: Ahmed Juman Rasheedh

 

  1. How do you feel about winning?

It feels great. It’s an incredible feeling and I am really excited about the year to come. I am thankful for those who voted for me and decided to give me this opportunity to make a difference on campus.

 

  1. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you’re in office?

The first thing after recruiting my team would be to plan and make a timeline of the events and tasks to be carried out throughout the year. I want to make the most of my time, so it is vital to be on track. I am currently trying to recruit for my team, so I am also going to have team building activities for my team in order to ensure synergy.

 

  1. What are some concrete ideas to improve Chillax Lah! since the Hustings?

Chillax Lah! was a really fantastic event last semester, but there is always room for improvement. Some of the things I have planned for this year include Safe Space, a session where students could join and talk about anything without being judged, a Yoga Session, Stress ball giveaways and more. I also plan to continue everything that was done this year as well

 

SA Sports Officer: Mariyam Nadha Ibrahim

 

  1. How do you feel about winning?

It was first unexpected because I was the only candidate and it was understandable that students would want some competition between candidates to bring out the best in them. Thus, I expected RON to win too. But I am more than happy that the majority of the voters voted for me and I am delighted to become their next SA Sports Officer.

 

  1. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you’re in office?

First thing I would do is gather previous year’s data and set goals to achieve higher, hence work to deliver the student body a joyful year in sports. At the same time, I would officially begin preparations for the upcoming events I have planned ahead.

 

  1. As there were complaints about the absence of ambulances during the Nations Cup last year, how will you ensure the safety among students in future sports events?

I understand the importance of presence of an ambulance during such a mass event, hence to ensure the safety in the events I would try to arrange first aid ready at all times and try to keep an ambulance and if not, try to have another means of transportation on standby that would allow the injured person to be taken to a hospital and get treated earliest possible.

 

Written and interviewed by Lee Sheen Yee

Photographs by Kuan Meng Xian

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