Sounds like a line from a rap song doesn't it?
But no...This time it isn't. The MC in question here is me.
Lately I've been getting a lot of requests to become MC (Master of Ceremonies) for official UTM functions. The last one I had to do was barely two weeks ago... But I really had a lot of fun for that one. It was entitled "Hi-Tea With Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah", and yes, I did meet Her Royal Highness and chat for a bit with her. In many ways, she surprised me more than I would care to admit... For so many years, at the end of our Friday Prayers, the Imam would recite a du'a which would be considered strange to people who are not from Johor, because at the end of the du'a, the imam would launch into a roll-call of all the members of the Johor Royalty, asking the Almighty to bless each and every one of them... The interesting thing is in my observations, many people would just simply zone off at this point, simply because for many people, the Royalty was a detached institution for which had no real relevance to many...It seemed like they were just names that one would hear after prayers, and faces that one would occasionally see in the news...
But that all changed for me that day.
Her Highness was charming, and welcoming, and...strangely approachable. It was just a pleasure being in her company, hearing her speak English with a pleasant tinge of an English accent... And the readings she would quote when responding to particular questions put forward by the international students she was having tea with. She was in every word a princess.
All this I watched by the sidelines, beside my post at the rostrum. The ever-ready Master of Ceremonies, attentive and alert, should the need arise for announcements or interactions between the attendees of the event, or if the event needed a little spice...
I have learned to accept that I am good at this job, and have gained recognition for it, even in the upper echelons of the University, and beyond...
Another MC job for me in KL?
A minister attending you say?
And the Vice-Chancellors of every major university in the country?
Bring it on, I say..
It's the return of the MC.