How I became a MIHAS volunteer
Indah Profiles Sdn. Bhd. being the secretariat of the event requested 40 volunteers from IIUM. Since I always go to S-DEV office, I saw the advertisement and registered my name right away. To my surprise, half of the volunteers were my friends. So guys, if you want to participate / volunteer in any event in future, do not hesitate to visit S-DEV office regularly.
Food for tasting
This year is the fifth MIHAS exhibition and it was my first time involvement in such a big event. MIHAS exhibition mainly cater for halal food. So one can taste all kind of food or drinks offered by all the exhibitors for free and can even make you tummy full. However, our meals were provided by the secretariat at the café, which I personally think it was not worth the price. By the way, I was assigned to guard the Hall B entrance, ie beside the Win Win Food Industries. Guess what? I always being offered the delicious chocolate snacks! The scenario at the exhibition did not reflect the world food crises at all. How prosperous Malaysia is.
MIHAS had planned very well for the event and it was successful. I observed that the widely promotion through billboard and mass media were done months ahead. As reported in newspaper (I read Berita Harian) that the business done in MIHAS reached to RM2billion. I wonder what was the official number of visitors of MIHAS 2008.
Since MIHAS promoting purely on halal products, I expected other practice/elements also to be ‘Islamic’ including the staff attitude. What I meant was that I did not notice neither of the staff ever went to Surau for any prayers. My God! a Muslim can never neglect the prayer no matter how busy oneself.
Another thing is that the treatment towards the volunteers which did not reflect the Islamic practice. We volunteered sincerely and what we need most is the exposure of organizing an event. The fee was only a compliment.
I used to see PICO building and never thought that PICO is an event management company. (My first pet cat name was Pico too) The company is well equipped for exhibition such as booth, stickers etc. etc. Unfortunately on Saturday, there was a technical problem with the air-conditioning system at Hall C. I heard that some traders were shouting as if ‘cacing kepanasan’. But I prefer the room temperature hot rather than freezing cold. Another thing I noticed that the passage flow was rather a bit confusing especially for the visitors when trying to find way out. However I had my favourite routes and my hotspots are the musolla, the exhibitors entrance and bistro.
Congratulations to all my fellow volunteers for MIHAS. Whatever, I think it was not proper when you are on duty wearing the secretariat shirt went running after celebrities. No offense. As being a professional volunteer, we have to observe our ethics. I also wanted to have a photo taken with Anuar Zain upon his arrival. But since he was a VIP, I just greeted and shook hands (salam). Anyway it was just coincident when he arrived through the VIP entrance while I was covering my friend when he went for praying.
Beside the exhibition of the halal products, MIHAS also held competition of variety categories. The winners for The Best Booth Design were Power Root Marketing (local participant) and Allanasons Limited, India (international participant). While The Most Ingenious Packaging was won by Fidani Chocolatier and The Most promising Entrepreneur was awarded to Hadhari Agro Holdings.
Here’s some of the photos I captured with my handphone. I’m sorry for the quality. These pictures were taken the night before the officiating.
After exhaustive seven days of working for MIHAS, I really enjoyed it. I gained invaluable experiences and had the chance to widened my networking both from UIA and also Indah Profiles. InsyaAllah I will blend the knowledge, idea, concept and technique to organise my next program, 13th MSID Interior Design’s Saturday 2008.