The tradition of cheering in MCKK

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Cheering teams for games or sports has been a tradition that has been there since 1966. A formal cheering squad when the Haka of MCKK All-Blacks team 1966 was first introduced as the FFS War cry at the start of the game and to be performed by the supporters at the stands. The FFS was changed to Malay College. The Form Five Cheering Squad went on their first outstation assignment to support the Soccer team at STAR, Ipoh, but the team lost 3-1.

MCKK Bung Wak Cheer took shape and since then it has become the MCKK official cheer ‘anthem’. Cheering Squad then has been a practice which lasts until today. The Collegians are good in cheering; and they were proud of their cheering. They have training sessions for cheering, build grand stands to stand, along with some innovations and improvisation with the cheering songs. Something cheering was done with drum beats. They also have cheering shirts comprising of the Quad colours.

A Malay Collegian would be taught the essential cheering songs, to memorise and learn it by heart and synchronise the cheering movement.

It is essential to allow the boys to have adequate practice for cheering, for obviously they will not be good at it. And If they don’t enjoy the cheering during the games, obviously they will not put their hearts at it and shout to the top of their lungs. If we don’t allow a little hardship to instil the right discipline for cheering practice, obviously the junior boys will not memorise the songs and the claps by heart to make it perfect.

The pride about the cheering is symbolised with the honour that the accord to the song Gemilang (after all this is the most snobbish, self-publicity driven self-proclaimed song that MCKK could ever come up with over the years; it perfectly summarises everything that people hate about MCKK…hahaha) – so each time they were asked to sing Gemilang (even if it is a practice); they took it very seriously.

It is a very important College tradition. Even old boys, who have long left the College would still remember bowing low and shouting “Bung wak bung wek wek, bung kak bung kek kek, who are we? Malay College, can’t you see? Yeah!” every time time the College team scores a goal or gets a touch. That still remains up to this day, another proof of Malay College conservatism.

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