[Gina Wong | Contributing Writer]
It’s the season again where all Malaysians gather for a competitive sports competition.. Nottingham Malaysian Games (NMG) is an annual event and was created in 1985, it is also one of the largest student-led events at the University of Nottingham and in the UK. Approximately 6,000 Malaysiansturned up for this huge event on the 22nd November, organised by the President of Nottingham Malaysian Society, Ashley Leong Pik May.
There are a total of 14 games in the event with some of the most popular being Volleyball, Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis, Football, Basketball, Netball, and some of Malaysia’s traditional games, Batu Seremban and Congkak.
“The aim is to gather all Malaysians around the UK and develop the sportsmanship among students and promote a healthy lifestyle,” said Pik May.
This year’s Nottingham Games was overall a success and received many positive comments. “The planning was good,” said Mark Low, Champion of the Men’s Singles Squash. “No chaos and all instructions were clear.”
A conjunctive event, the Malaysian Food Festival had a huge response and most of the Malaysians were happy and excited to have the chance to enjoy their national food. There are many varieties of traditional foods sold at the event such as Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang, Fried Kuey Teow, Kuih Melayu, Ayam Perchik and many more.
“The food is great,” said Chong Seng a student from Hertfordshire. “It’s also a good opportunity to introduce some of our traditional food to the locals.”
During the Nottingham Games, committees encountered problems that any event might face. Wei Han, Secretary of Nottingham Malaysian Society said: “The biggest problems that we had this year were the crowd control methods and the registration in the morning. As we have spent six months preparing this event we managed to minimize the problems, and the event went well.”
So many Malaysians across the UK are away from home, it was heartwarming to see such a successful event and get to see old friends.