"Zaki, kat mana Gua Charas?"
"Zaki, yang task ni, takleh ke kalo buat macam ni macam ni bla bla bla..., boleh tak?"
"Zaki, sapa yang menang?"
Those were among the questions that I got during the race and during the pre-ceremony of the KOS Greatest Explorer Award.
To face with those questions, I had to keep in mind that I have my own professionalism, position and job to do and I should not interfere other people's work.
For example, referring to the first example above, although I knew where Gua Charas is, but it wouldn't be fair if I answer that question while other groups got to figure out by themselves. They can ask that question to other people, but not to me. I didn't want to be bias.
Next, in the second example, I have appointed my committees in Research Unit who were in-charge of the tasks during the race to be fully responsible with that matter. I have reminded my committees not to give any directions or instructions to the participants as it would cause miscommunication between committees and participants. On behalf of the participants themselves, they had been informed during the briefing session to ask the Research Unit for further questions should they didn't understand the task, not to the people around.
And lastly, since I was among the 0nes who knew the winners before the announcement, I had to keep my mouth shut. Or else, it wouldn't be a surprise for the participants. I got SMS asking whether his/her group won any prize the night before the prize giving ceremony, but being professional, no information was leaked.
Other than that, during the race itself, at Kamdar, I was introduced by my committee the manager of the company and I politely introduced myself and asked him should he got any problems with our programme. I also wished and thanked him for his cooperation in making our programme successful.
Last but not least, I had to keep a distance with my close friends because they also participated in the race. In fact, most of the participants in the race were familiar to my eyes and heart, but to keep the professionalism, I have to be fair with all participants no matter friends or not friends. This is the harderst part actually because we as human can't avoid from having a mercy towards people who are close to us but yet to me, friends or not friends, we must have a barrier when it comes to being professional. Kan?
However, despite all difficulties and problems, I think everyone have given out their best in making the KOS Amazing Explorace successful and enjoyable. Based on the survey form filled in by the participants, mostly we got compliments and positive comments about our programme, alhamdulillah. And most importantly, they want more of such programme in the future.
Sorry beb, gua dah nak grad. Haha! Sape la agaknya yang akan sambung program ni yek? Matematis Muda ada berani?