Edward Lim Yik Ming

Name: Edward Lim Yik Ming
Course: Mechanical Engineering
Proposer: Tau Teng Chong (2nd Year Geophysics)
Seconder: Kuok Wern Ng (2nd Year Chemistry)
Run-Down Position: None

To be thousands of miles away from home, yet to feel like I never left. This is the sense of belonging that MSoc has instilled in me. Through intense MNight practices and the countless social events proactively conducted by my seniors, I have forged indelible memories and everlasting bonds with freshers and seniors alike that have kept MSoc close to my heart. MSoc is so much more than just a means to interact with other Malaysians. MSoc is my family and that is my motivation for running for VP, to give every fresher that same atmosphere of family.

As Vice President, my goal is

–  To work closely with the president and committee members to ensure we are united in our vision for MSoc. This includes communicating efficiently within the committee to ensure planned MSoc activities are run accordingly and allow information regarding our events or events run by other societies to be conveyed effectively to our members.

–  Organise more joint-events with other Malaysian societies such as charity drives and friendly sports matches for our members to interact and network with their peers from other universities.

As producer of MNight, I will strive to

a)   Liaise with other societies in Imperial. We successfully reach out to Malaysians all over UK by saturating social media through our pragmatic marketing but it is rare for non-Malaysians to stumble upon our material. Therefore, I will reach out to the other societies to help endorse MNight within their ranks. In return, we will help advertise their events to our members. I will inform the other societies on the date of MNight as soon as it is finalised to prevent misunderstandings when booking the Great Hall and negotiating for room bookings for MNight practice. Additionally, forming a good relationship with the societies such as DramSoc is essential in ensuring MNight runs smoothly.

b)   Avoid timing clashes for MNight practices and meetings. I will require every party involved to forward their timetables so I can structure the weekly MNight practices strategically. This is to accommodate the schedules of both the performers and the choreographers and to avoid clashes where possible. This would hopefully quell the need for choreographers to hold extra practices to make up for conflicting times.

c)   Recruit choreographers earlier. I hope to have a rough outline of our script and the planned performances before our Pre-Departure Camp. This will allow us to gauge interest in certain dances through feedback and suggestions from the freshers. The dances should capture the theme and transition seamlessly into the play. We could also recruit choreographers from the new intake in the event that a heavily favoured dance is without a choreographer.

d)   Expand props team. I plan on appointing two props team directors. Props team manager is a role that requires finesse and is crucial to Mnight. By splitting the role, I hope to reduce the workload on the managers and ensure efficiency. The roles of handling the props and managing the flow of the props onto and out of the stage will be delegated between the two. I also plan on allowing seniors to join props team as it helps increase the workforce while also allowing more seniors to be involved with MNight.

e)   Introduce MNight to Freshers ASAP. Ideally, I would like to introduce MSoc and MNight to freshers as soon as they are accepted into Imperial via email. These emails would brief freshers on the events run by MSoc such as MNight to stimulate interest among the freshers early on. The Facebook group for Imperial College Malaysian Freshers should also be updated periodically with MNight material before the term starts to keep freshers who are not active in pre-departure activities informed.

f)  Have screenings for dances before the winter holidays. These screenings are aimed to gauge the progress made after a term of practices and to receive feedback and criticism from seniors. It also acts as motivation for the performers and choreographers to keep focused during practice before the winter break.

I will work closely with the directors, choreographers and crew to conceive a play that will captivate the audience with an immersive showcase of Malaysian culture, dance, music and most importantly, Malaysian flair and spirit. My seniors have set the bar and I hope to not only match but raise the high standards of Imperial MNight and live up to the reputation of being the best MNight in the UK.

My involvement in the various facets of MNight has spurred me to provide each and every participant an unforgettable experience that will enrich their time in Imperial regardless how small or big their role in the production. I aim to make Mnight a memorable journey that culminates with the manifestation of every member’s effort and sacrifice. The experience from my tenure as director for my high school drama is invaluable when producing a theatrical event such as MNight. Though the stage is grander, the same management and communication skills apply.

The road ahead is a blank canvas, and with every step we leave our mark. We might stumble and stain our canvas and these missteps will remain as we form the rest of our painting. The beauty of art however is that every masterpiece has these little faults. It is our ability to recover from every mistake and surge onward undeterred that defines our art. I have wholeheartedly poured countless hours of my time and given my undivided commitment to MNight as a performer, and I would be honoured to be given the opportunity to tread this path again as the producer.