THE dedication and sacrifice of frontliners to see to the needs of patients from all walks of life during the Covid-19 crisis is crystal clear.
Management and Science University (MSU) launched a song as a tribute to frontliners, in conjunction with its Malaysia Day 2020 celebration at its Shah Alam campus.“We are very appreciative of the commitment and work of frontliners and we want to say ‘thank you’.
“The song is a collaborative effort between MSU alumni, staff, students and management, ” said MSU president Prof Tan Sri Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid in an interview.
Prof Mohd Shukri mooted the idea and chose “Terima Kasih” as the song’s concept.
“The concept reflects who we are at the university, embodying our spirit, values of our students, staff and alumni, and also the things that we want to do at the university, ” he said, adding that the university was committed to producing balanced, holistic and well-rounded graduates that included academic components, skill sets and the human touch.
Prof Mohd Shukri said the varsity had organised various humanitarian projects for frontliners during the Covid-19 pandemic, and those initiatives were reflected in the production of the song.
The projects included Yayasan MSU’s Meals on Me (MoM) for frontliners during the movement control order (MCO) period and MSU Protective Clothing Project for Medical Frontliners as well as joint efforts by MSU faculties to distribute personal protective equipment to MSU Medical Centre, Hospital Shah Alam and Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang.
Prof Mohd Shukri, who is one of six lyricists for the song, said he was grateful and that it was “overwhelming” to be part of the project.
“Our students were supportive of the idea and the MSU alumni also came forward to assist it, which gave momentum to the efforts by the university.
“MSU has produced doctors, pharmacists, nurses and (other) frontliners who worked hard during this Covid-19 pandemic. I am really proud of them, ” he shared.
MSU School of Hospitality and Creative Art’s music department head and lecturer Muhammad Razin Abdul Shukor composed the song while alumna Wany Hasrita, a medical science degree student, was one of the four lead vocalists for the song.
There are two rappers — Raja Zaeful Zarim Raja Ahmad Nizam and Effy Izwan Mustapha — with backup vocals from MSU De’ Voice Choir Club, MSU Students Representative Council and MSU Performing Arts and Cultural Club.
The 4.54minute-long song, which features MSU alumni from various professions, was produced by MSU’s media and strategic communication department’s MSUTV.
“It took a couple of months to produce the song. We started the idea during the early MCO period, ” said Prof Mohd Shukri, adding that it was part of talent creation among the students and alumni.
“We have done a few songs in the past such as for Teachers Day and National Day.”
As of Sept 23, the song has garnered 4,768 viewers.
Prof Mohd Shukri said, “We received feedback from industry partners about the song. People loved it and appreciated our efforts.”
“I feel good about being able to contribute something to the frontliners, ” said Muhammad Razin.
“This is the right time (for the launch of the song) to show our gratitude to those frontliners.”
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