At the beginning, they just needed me to help and I cannot say no when someone ask me or help.

Without any training or prior knowledge of how to handle event, I became an emcee for a sporting event. I was surprised how natural it was to be an emcee and I felt guilty accepting money for having lots of fun the whole morning. Then I was asked to be the emcee for a formal function - an award giving ceremony. I felt awkward since it was to be done in Bahasa Malaysia. I was self-conscious of my own Bahasa pronunciation. I grew up speaking a local dialect and likened the formal Bahasa Malaysia to be a second language to me. To top that, I did not know much about the address system used mostly in Bahasa speeches. Yes, I'm talking about when to use the term Yang Berusaha, Yang Berhormat, Yang Berbahagia as such. That event went successfully but my lack of mastery in address system was glaring. After a few years and many events, we've now become a faculty from just a language centre, I was sent for a course in emceeing. That was a great help really. I learned the arts of the trade in emceeing. One thing I realise is that everyone has a potential to be an emcee. For many, the fear of facing the audience stop the from venturing any further. Then everyone has to deal with nervousness, but only those who can successfully controlling and managing it can do it. External factors such as the audience, formality of the function, the size of the room or hall, the location of the function, all of it play part in how well one can manage his or her nervousness. Sadly to say that when searching for emcee script on the internet,I didn't find many. I also had calls from junior colleagues asking for a sample of emcee script since they were asked to be an emcee for some events. I did tell the Dean to pass the emcee job to newcomers as everyone benefits from the exposure. But I still get appointed to be emcee for national or international conferences, especially when an emcee to handle event in English language is needed. So, my intention for this entry is really to share some of the emcee scripts that are in my collection through out the years. For starters, I upload one from last weekend.

EVENT: UniSZA and INCEIF MOA Signing Ceremony VENUE: Primula Hotel DATE: July 10, 2010 DAY: Friday TIME: 10:30 – 11:30 A.M. THEME: TENTATIVE PROGRAMME:

10:30 a.m. UniSZA, INCEIF and MEDIA Registration 11:00 a.m. Welcome and short introducton by emcee 11:05 a.m. Speech by Y. Bhg Dato’ Prof. Dr. Alias Daud, Vice Chancelor, University Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) 10:15 a.m. Speech by Y. Bhg. Dato’ Agil Natt, President / CEO The International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) 11:25 a.m. MOU Signing Ceremony Signees: 1) Y. Bhg Dato’ Prof. Dr. Alias Daud 2) Y. Bhg. Dato’ Agil Natt Witnesses: 1) Prof. Dr. Mohd Afandi bin Muhamad, TNCAA, UniSZA 2) Prof Madya Dr. Shahul Hameed Haji Mohamad Ibrahim, Head of CIFP Deptartment INCEIF 11:30 a.m. Press Conference 11:45 a.m. Lunch 12:30 p.m. end

VIP LIST: UniSZA: 1. Y. Bhg Dato’ Prof. Dr. Alias Daud, Vice Chancelor 2. Y. Bhg. Prof. Dr. Mohd Afandi Muhamad Deputy Vice Chancelor for Academic and Internationalization 3. Abdul Manaf Ali Deputy Vice Chancelor for Academic and Internationalization 4. Prof Madya Dr. Nik Wan Omar, Registrar of UniSZA 5. Prof. Madya Dr. Ahmad Syukri Yazid, Dean The Faculty of Bussiness, Management and Accounting 6. Deputy Dean, Head of Departments, Coordinators, Assistant Registrar, Media representatives INCEIF: 1. Y. Bhg. Dato’ Agil Natt, President/CEO INCEIF 2. Y. Bhg. Datuk Syed Othman AlHabsi, CEO Academic INCEIF 3. Prof. Madya Dr. Shahul Hameed Haji Mohamad Ibrahim, Head of CIFP Department INCEIF

EMCEE SCRIPT Prepared By: Puan Hajjah Mahani Binti Mohamad (1) Pre - announcement 1. ASSALAMU’ALAYKOM WRT WBT 2. GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! 3. I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL THE GUESTS TO BE SEATED AS OUR Memorandum of Agreement Signing CEREMONY WILL BEGIN SHORTLY. 4. ALSO PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT OUR HANDPHONES ARE IN SILENT MODE OR BE TURNED OFF

(2) Greetings Doa/salam pertemuan dan ucap selamat BISMILLAHIRAHMANIRAHIM ALHAMDULILLAHI RABB AL-ALAMIIN WASSOLATU WASALA MU ‘ALA ‘ASROFIL ANBIYAA E WALMURSALIN, WA’ALAA AAA LIHI WASOHBIHI AJMAEEEN. RABBISSROHLI SODRI, WAYSSIRLI AMRI, WAHLUL UQDATAN MINLISAANI YAFQOHUU QAULI… ASSALAMU’ALAYKOM WRT WBT AND GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

(3) Protocol Honourable mentions Y. Bhg Dato’ Prof. Dr. Alias Daud, VICE CHANCELOR of UNIVERSITY SULTAN ZAINAL ABIDIN Y. Bhg. Dato’ Agil Natt, PRESIDENT of INTRNATIONAL CTR FOR ISLAMIC FINANCE Y. BHG. PROF. DR. MOHD AFANDI MUHAMAD DEPUTY VICE CHANCELOR FOR ACADEMIC AND INTERNATIONALIZATION Prof. Madya Dr. Shahul Hameed Haji Mohamad Ibrahim, Head of CHARTERED of ISLAMIC FINANCE PROFESIONAL DEPARTMENT (or CIFP Department ) at INCEIF

DEAR RESPECTED DEPUTY VICE CHANCELOR OF UniZSA,

REGISTRAR, DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF BUSSINESS, MANAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTING DEPUTY DEAN, HEAD OF DEPARTMENTS, COORDINATORS, ASSISTANT REGISTRARS, AND GUESTS FROM MEDIA

(4) Welcome guests / Participants WELCOME TO THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY BETWEEN UNIVERSITY SULTAN ZAINAL ABIDIN AND THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ISLAMIC FINANCE.

(6) Background USUALLY, MOA IS ENTERED INTO BY AND BETWEEN PARTIES WITH THE DESIRE TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE FUTURE FOR MUTUAL BENEFITS. THIS COLLABORATION BETWEEN UNISZA AND INCEIF WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE UNIVERSITY TO OFFER 8 COURSES UNDER THE CHARTERED ISLAMIC FINANCE PROFESSIONAL (CIFP) WHICH WOULD QUALIFY THE STUDENTS TO RECEIVE 2 DIFFERENT CERTIFICATES – THE BACHELOR DEGREE IN FINANCE MANAGEMENT WITH HONOURS AND CIFP CERTIFICATE PART 1. WITH THE ADDED VALUE, UNISZA GRADUATES WILL QUALIFY TO SIT FOR CIFP PART 2 CERTIFICATES, WHICH IS RECOGNIZED BY PUBLIC SERVICE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT TO A BACHELOR’S DEGREE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME EVER INCEIF HAS ENTERED INTO MOU WITH A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA.

7) Speech by VC NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE Y. BHG DATO’ PROF. DR. ALIAS DAUD, VICE CHANCELOR of UNIVERSITY SULTAN ZAINAL ABIDIN FOR A SPEECH PLEASE WELCOME!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH Y. BHG. DATO’

9) Speech by President /CEO of INCEIF NEXT, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE Y. BHG. DATO’ AGIL NATT, PRESIDENT /CEO of INTRNATIONAL CTR FOR ISLAMIC FINANCE PLEASE WELCOME! **************************************** THANK YOU VERY MUCH Y. BHG. DATO’

10) MOU Signing Ceremony NOW WE HAVE COME TO THE MAIN PART; THE REASON WE ARE HERE FOR: THE MOA SIGNING CEREMONY. The Signee Representing UniSZA is … Y. Bhg Dato’ Prof. Dr. Alias Daud, VICE CHANCELOR of UNIVERSITY SULTAN ZAINAL ABIDIN And representing INCEIF is … Y. Bhg. Dato’ Agil Natt, PRESIDENT of INTRNATIONAL CTR FOR ISLAMIC FINANCE and the Memorandum of Agreement is to be witnessed by : Y. Bhg. Prof. Dr. Mohd Afandi Muhamad Deputy Vice Chancelor for Academic and Internationalization And PROF. MADYA DR. SHAHUL HAMEED HAJI MOHAMAD IBRAHIM, Head of CHARTER of ISLAMIC FINANCE PROFESIONAL DEPARTMENT (or CIFP Department ) at INCEIF PLEASE WECOME A PRESS CONFERENCE IS TO FOLLOW IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SIGNING CEREMONY.

(11) Closing

AS A SAYING GOES, “TO EVERY BEGINNING, THERE IS AN ENDING.” AND NOW, THE MOA CEREMONY HAS COME TO ITS’ END.

ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR GRACING OUR MOA CEREMONY WITH YOUR PRESENCE AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT!

EVERYONE IS INVITED FOR LUNCH DOWNSTAIRS AT BAYU RESTAURANT.

THIS IS THE END OF THE MOASigning CEREMONY between University Sultan Zainal Abidin, UniSZA and International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance, INCEIF.

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