NewClear: Igniting Taste, Fighting Pollution
By: Lim Min Jun
PENANG, 6 OCT – In an alluring blend of gastronomy and environmental awareness, a group of students from the Bachelor of Communication (Media Production) of Han Chiang University College of Communication hosted NewClear Food Stall on 3 and 4 October, 2023 at the HCUC canteen. The event featured a delectable selection of food, exciting games, and enticing lucky draws, all with a serious underlying purpose – raising awareness about the hotly debated nuclear waste pollution issue.
Featuring a diverse array of delights ranging from traditional Malaysian breakfast dishes like nasi lemak and roti bakar to fast-selling herbal tea eggs, the seven food stalls offered an enticing selection, including delectable fried foods and refreshing jellies. The wide variety of culinary options left HanChiangers utterly spoiled for choice.
Besides that, the enthusiastically participated game ‘Save the Little Fish’ added a delightful touch of fun to the culinary extravaganza.
To delve deeper into the significance of NewClear Food Stall and its impact on the community, Chan Pin Rui, the organising chairman shared, “If you join our event, we allow our audience to draw what they think will happen to the animals of the ocean (after the release of radioactive water into Japan’s waters, which occurred 7-8 weeks before the event). After scaling down, our main aim is to make people aware that this is a big issue. The reason for selling food is to attract attention since there are no vendors in the canteen, so people can come and see what is happening.”
Throughout this event, student vendors were actively involved in the event, including Jingle Tan, a Year 2 Semester 1 student from Diploma in Mass Communication. Selling a variety of foods, including sandwiches, mochi, and soya milk with a group of friends, Jingle revealed that they are actually a group of friends who have played together for a long time, wanting to take experience and have fun together through this event.
Additionally, several dedicated lecturers also joined the initiative, emphasising the collaborative spirit of our HCUC community. One of the participating lecturers, Ms. Nur Adillah Maaz, who actively participated as a vendor, showcasing her culinary skills and dedication to the cause, stated that the Malaysian dish stall set up by her team of lecturers not only supports her students (organising team of NewClear) but also adds to the diverse variety of food. Despite being a bit tired because she cooked everything herself, she’s happy as everyone enjoyed the food, satisfying her efforts.
Due to overwhelming positive response and the collective goal of raising more awareness, the event was extended for an additional two days, collaborating with TongXin Heart, allowing more HanChiangers to experience the diverse flavours and engaging activities.