We rarely get to go to an all-boys school for eGames.
On the latest weekend, 1st until 3rd of March, we went on a little “road trip” to the famous Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) located in the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
Well, it is not literally a “road trip”.
We did what we do best – Providing and engaging Malaysians to the e-sports scene!
This was our first time ever joining one of MCKK’s prestigious annual event that is the MCKK Premier 7s. The event was blazing hot, in many aspects: The weather, the event itself and the controversy.
What eGames Were There?
One might wonder.
How was eGames involved in an international rugby tournament, right?
I don’t blame you, it’s not common.
And top it off, this might be the first, and probably not the last.
The MCKK Premier 7’s is an international event and when it comes to international events, there are always big companies sponsoring the event.
That’s how we came in.
We were invited as part of Unifi’s attraction booth so naturally, Kitamen brought in our gear for some electronic games, namely HTC VIVE for Beat Saber, Racing Simulator set for F1, and the usual Fifa 19 which seems to be the craze for a majority of Malaysians.
The kids went havoc man!
And the rugby players lined up to have a go at the games and things got even more heated up when they tried competing with each other to beat the highest score.
Though it’s a small introduction to electronic gaming, the crowd had positive feedback and they’ve even made plans to do a bigger event the next time.
What is MCKK Premier 7s? –International Rugby Intensified.
Enough of eGames, let’s get back to what the event is about.
MCKK Premier 7s 2019 was an international rugby 7-side (or rugby sevens) tournament under the age of 18 years old between premier and international schools rugby team with the tagline “Premiering Talent and Sportsmanship”.
For those of you gaming nerds (Including myself) who did not know about rugby 7-side, each team consist of 7 players and were typically played 7 minutes halves and hence the name rugby sevens.
MCKK Premier 7s 2019 was organized by the alumni of MCKK, Malay College Old Boys Association (MCOBA for short) with the subcommittee, All-Blacks Revival (ABR) and was a three-day event that had vendors selling different kinds of sports-related products ranging from cosmetics to MCOBA’s official merchandise to rugby gears.
And since it’s an international event, there were a lot of schools across Asia which participated in the tournament and all of them came with one sole purpose – to grab the NJ Ryan Cup.
The event was smooth of course but like any huge events, there are also some attention-grabbing moments and theirs was…
The Japanese Cleaning Controversy
The Japanese people are very particular about cleanliness so when they see rubbish, they intuitively clean it up as they go.
One in particular was from the Japanese school of Shizuoka Seiko Academy (SSA) which went viral on Twitter over the past few days.
A twitter account with the username @ali70asyraf uploaded a video showcasing these Japanese students picking up cigarette butts and trash with the caption:
“Japanese team come to Mckk7,pastu dioarang see putung rokok and sampah ,cuba fikir diorang datang nak join tournament rugby ke nak bersihkan negara orang pic.twitter.com/Ejea2xncxf”
Translated, it’s written “The Japanese team came to MCKK, they saw litter and proceeded to clean the mess. Try to ponder; whether they’re coming here to join the rugby match or did they come here to clean someone else’s country.”
Now now, we all knew how disciplined and courteous the Japanese can be.
Some of you may say that the Japanese are just being themselves, and that it is normal for them to react in such a way, while some others might say that Malaysia should be ashamed of them.
In my own opinion, yes! Malaysians SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THE LATTER!
Upon arriving at MCKK, I saw a lot of trash on the ground and also the fact that there were barely any rubbish bins been placed around the event to begin with which explains why there were many litters on the ground.
Initially, I thought that maybe the organizers did not have enough volunteers to clean up the trash but after finding out from Kohilah Sakaran (Astro Awani), Hamdi MCOBA’s Honorary Secretary that they do in fact have volunteers, it makes me feel even more ashamed of our fellow Malaysians.
Like mak aih, please la put some effort, boskur!
But hold on, 100% blame should not be directed to the organizers and the committees.
Changes begin with us, Malaysians.
We must care more about our environment.
It is our home-ground and it is our collective responsibility to take care of our environment.
For me, the organizers did a pretty excellent job of organizing the event.
In fact, it was the 9th time the event had been organized. Talk about whoa~
On the day of the event, I had the chance to meet with the SSA students to take photos and even ask them about how they find our beloved Malaysia. They said Malaysia was nice and they had fun being here. Yaay!
All and all, I would like to encourage Malaysians to care more about our environment.
Throw your rubbish into the bin not onto the ground. Only Malaysians can change Malaysia.
Although we weren’t directly invited into the event, we were more than happy to be a part of it when Unifi called us in to join their side.
Handling gaming equipment has always been our passion but when it comes to introducing our electronic sports to huge events filled with players from different countries, we’re extremely ecstatic about it.
Given the chance, we’d be more than happy to try it out so if you’d like us to pitch in, check out our services page to know more about what we do.
Thanks for reading!
Topazdude · March 11, 2019 at 8:23 am
Interesting post to read! I actually learnt about this amazing all-boys school for eGames some day ago, through the twitter from twitter account with the username @ali70asyraf uploaded a video showcasing these Japanese students picking up cigarette butts and trash with the caption. Although, I knew how disciplined and courteous the Japanese can be, so I can expect such from them even being their first time ever joining one of MCKK’s prestigious annual event that is the MCKK Premier 7s. The MCKK Premier 7’s is an international event and when it comes to international events, there are always big companies sponsoring the event. I also wish to part of such an amazing team that will be invited to MCKK Premier as am still looking for such that can aids this my dream, but now I just begin to wonder how was eGames involved in an international rugby tournament? But through this post, I understsnd that the Japanese team were invited as part of Unifi’s attraction booth so naturally, Kitamen brought in their gear for some electronic games, namely HTC VIVE for Beat Saber, Racing Simulator set for F1, and the usual Fifa 19 which seems to be the craze for a majority of Malaysians, which is fascinating. Concerning the twitter post on Japenese cleaning in Malaysia, in which some of us may say that the Japanese are just being themselves, and that it is normal for them to react in such a way, while some others might say that Malaysia should be ashamed of them. Yes, I can categorically say that the Japanese actually relay a great message to the Malaysian on the need to care more about their environment. There is a saying that says “Charity begin at home” and the Japanese actually show theirs in others country. It’s great.
Afiq Le Mahar · March 11, 2019 at 8:53 am
Hello Topazdude! What an interesting comment from you bro. Yes, the Japanese are famous for their disciplined and courteous while Malaysians are quite famous for our “laziness” to care for the environment. That is why I felt like I am called to post this blog as a stepping stone for Malaysians to care more about the environment.
Also, in my opinion, e-sport is a very liquid industry. It can fit into any kind of situation and pretty much a lot of people likes to play games.
Again, thank you Topazdude!
ajibola40 · March 11, 2019 at 4:13 am
nice article there Afiq, how I wish to be there.
Afiq Le Mahar · March 11, 2019 at 8:14 am
You can definitely catch us on our next event Ajibola!
Sammynathaniels · March 11, 2019 at 4:05 am
Wow…. I can only imagine how interesting the game was and I believe it was a great experience to be there. Speaking about the Japanese cleanliness, it is a well known fact that they are so disciplined when it comes to cleanliness. They did the sane thing at 2018 FIFA World CUP in Russia. Their players cleaned up the dressing room and their fans cleaned up the stadium. This act stole the heart of the world away and made the world to see how disciplined they are.
Afiq Le Mahar · March 11, 2019 at 8:11 am
Wow I think we should all follow in their footsteps, that high level of discipline is what makes them the number one country in terms of productivity!
Ayodeji · March 11, 2019 at 4:01 am
Great post, in my opinion I think the voice of gamers is going to play a big role in the future as gaming culture continues to develop and grow. And also games like these provides a good icebreaker, common ground, and a way to spend time together. It’s only natural that it would lead to strong friendships.
I was oppurtuned to check your service page and I was amazed because I’m a gamer. Great posts you got in this website, I’m gonna enjoy going through them one after another.
Afiq Le Mahar · March 11, 2019 at 8:10 am
Awesome to hear that Ayoeji! We provide a variety of services of eGames for just about any events we can handle!
Louis · March 11, 2019 at 3:49 am
I like e sport and the exposure it’s gaining at the moment. In times past, one would only play game at home for really nothing more than relaxation and satisfaction. However, with the emergence of e sport, one can be greatly entertained and also receive good reward. It’s also a joy to watch for the audience as well. We all love the Japanese for their high level of cleanliness too.
Afiq Le Mahar · March 11, 2019 at 8:08 am
Same here Louis!
Buck · March 11, 2019 at 3:49 am
This was a great read!
I was pretty stoked to read that they had you all bring in eGames gear (HTC VIVE, etc) for a rugby tournament. It’s easy to see how different sorts of entertainment at an event like this could help to recharge everyone and add some flair to the tournament. That’s super cool and it looks like everyone had a lot of fun.
Afiq Le Mahar · March 11, 2019 at 8:07 am
We did Buck, it was an interesting experience bringing all those heavy gaming gear outdoors 😀