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The late Dr Aini Hamid leaves a legacy of science and arts

UNM academic, the late Dr Aini Hamid is a scientist who wrote a play on cancer awareness with Klpac

The play titled, You, Me and the Big C, is a theatre production written by the late Dr Aini Hamid, an academic at the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) premiered on 17 September 2022 and ran until 25 September 2022 at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (Klpac).

An eye-opening first-person account was depicted in the play as it was inspired by her life experience following her cancer diagnosis in 2012. Dr Aini dedicated the next decade of her life to increasing cancer awareness and tackling issues related to the disease. This also includes her involvement in the nationwide initiative, War on Cancer in 2019. In 2019, she brought the initiative to UNM, called Checkmate Cancer which was officiated by, Datuk Professor Khalid Yusof in collaboration with War on Cancer Malaysia

Dr Aini was one of the pioneering members of the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Department of Biomedical Sciences and the play was inspired by her life experiences following her cancer diagnosis in 2012. Dr Aini dedicated the next decade of her life to increasing cancer awareness and tackling issues related to the disease.

The play - You, Me and the Big C

The 105-minute play centres around Amy, a modern woman who dreams of becoming a ballroom dancing champion. Life takes a turn when she discovers a lump in her breast.

With her teenage daughter Mia as her source of support, Amy navigates their lives with her cancer diagnosis. As the diagnosis affects all aspects of their lives, the mother-daughter duo navigates the many challenges life poses to and inevitably strengthens their relationship.

Co-written by Terence Toh and Joe Hasham as the director and supported by Klpac and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts (MOTAC), audiences have described You, Me and the Big C as moving, eye-opening and gut-wrenching.

UNM organised a ticket giveaway for its staff and students. Participants had to share an inspiring story about a professor of their choice at UNM on the university’s Facebook page. The top eight comments with the highest number of ‘Likes’ were given tickets to the play.


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Note to editors: The University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) offers a distinctly British education in an Asian setting with a legacy as the first overseas campus of a UK university to be established globally. UNM is recognised for its excellence in teaching and learning, as well as the outstanding student experience offered on its 118-acre campus just an hour south of the KL city-centre. UNM's extensive and diverse research community develops solutions that tackle key global challenges in the areas of food, health, the environment, sustainability, and socio-economic issues within the ASEAN region. The University of Nottingham is ranked 114th from over 1,500 institutions around the globe by theQS World University Rankings 2023 and is rated 5 Star (Excellent) in the SETARA rating system by the Government of Malaysia. Established in 2000, UNM has more than 5,000 students from over 75 countries with 15,000 alumni working with the world’s top 100 global brands.

Posted on 30th November 2022

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