Former SSEAYP participants reunite for Raya

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Former participants of the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) of the 2002 intake recently enjoyed a virtual Hari Raya celebration via Zoom in accordance with the social and physical distancing measures to fight the COVID-19 spread in the country.

One of the celebrants, Amal binti Amin, said the idea of a virtual Hari Raya was inspired by their Singapore peer Jojie, who was in the same intake as them.

“We seldom hold reunions as we have a lot of obligations now, as compared to 18 years ago,” Amal said. “But digital platforms such as Zoom enable us to gather and catch up virtually.”

She added, “I think it’s wonderful to learn that the friendships are still going strong, despite not being able to meet in person. We had a good laugh despite the lack of physical interactions.

“Some of the people from our intake are now living in Australia, Cambodia and the United States (US), so physical engagement is near impossible.

“This virtual meet-up allowed us to overcome the limitations and celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri together.”

Among those who were part of the Hari Raya Zoom event were 2002 SSEAYP participants from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

Amal said, “I hope we would hold such a virtual gathering more frequently in the future, to strengthen the ties among members of our intake.”

Former participants of the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri via Zoom. PHOTO: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI