Padang Besar, July 30 - a total of 26 students participated in academic and community service trips 'Kembara di bumi Asean’ for three days and two nights, organized by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Residential College Uniciti ALAM with the community in Thasala, Nakhon Si Tammarat Thailand.

The adventure was participated by students from various UniMAP residential colleges began at Tanah Melayu Railway Station (KTM) Padang Besar before heading to Hatyai City and next to Nakhon Si Tammarat.

Uniciti Alam Residential College Principal, Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil said the purpose of the ASEAN adventure program is one of the highlights of the university in the international arena through academic trips and community service.

He said Walailak University was the delegation’s first destination that involved six assistant principals, college residence manager and employees of the college dormitory residence for the academic visit.

"In Walailak University, students were given exposure to the lifestyle and culture of students in the university that has 700 students, and at the same time it increases the chances of stabilizing the structure of the residential colleges at our university," he said.

According to Syed Akhmal, in addition to the academic visit, the delegation also held a community service program in Prateepsat Ismail Memorial School and Madrowsatul Ulumiddeen by contributing stationery and cash.

"Delegation had the opportunity to hold community activities such as teaching in religious schools, contributed to the private islamic school and sports activities with students.

"Indirectly, this program is not only beneficial to students but also to promote the university, Perlis and Malaysia to the Asean community, especially Thailand," he said.

UniMAP delegation was also able to visit the Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Tammarat which is among the most important temple in Thailand apart from being  listed among UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Padang Besar, 30 Julai –Seramai 26 pelajar mengikuti lawatan akademik dan khidmat masyarakat ‘Kembara Di Bumi Asean’ selama tiga hari dua malam anjuran Kolej Kediaman Uniciti ALAM Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) bersama komuniti di Thasala, Nakhon Si Tammarat Thailand.

Kembara  yang disertai pelajar dari pelbagai kolej kediaman UniMAP itu bermula di Stesen Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Padang Besar sebelum ke Bandar Hatyai dan seterusnya ke Nakhon Si Tammarat.

Pengetua Kolej Kediaman Uniciti Alam, Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil berkata tujuan  program kembara ASEAN ini adalah sebagai salah satu menyerlahkan UniMAP di persada antarabangsa menerusi lawatan akademik dan khidmat masyarakat.

Katanya, Walailak University merupakan destinasi pertama deligasi yang turut disertai enam orang Penolong Pengetua, Pengurus Asrama dan kakitangan kolej kediaman itu bagi program lawatan akademik.

“Di Walailak University, pelajar diberi pendedahan tentang gaya hidup serta budaya pelajar di universiti yang mempunyai 700 pelajar itu sekaligus meningkatkan peluang memantapkan struktur kolej kediaman di universiti kita,” katanya.

Menurut Syed Akhmal, selain lawatan akademik berkenaan deligasi turut mengadakan program khidmat masyarakat di Prateepsat Ismail Memorial School dan Madrowsatul Ulumiddeen dengan memberi sumbangan berupa alat tulis dan wang tunai.

“Deligasi berpeluang mengadakan aktiviti kemasyarakatan iaitu mengajar pelajar di sekolah agama, memberi sumbangan kepada sekolah pondok swasta serta sukaneka bersama pelajar.

“Secara tidak langsung, program seperti ini bukan sahaja bermanfaat kepada pelajar tetapi mampu mempromosikan universiti, negeri Perlis dan Malaysia kepada masyarakat Asean khususnya Thailand,” katanya.

Deligasi UniMAP itu turut berpeluang melawat Wat Phra Mahathat di bandar Nakhon Si Tammarat yang merupakan antara kuil terpenting di negara Thailand selain tercatat antara Tapak Warisan Dunia UNESCO.

Georgetown, 25 July – Even after four months of retirement, the accomplishments of former Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof Emeritus Dr Kamarudin Hussin is remembered and appreciated while being awarded the UniMAP Leadership Luminary Award 2016.

The award was presented to Datuk Kamarudin at the UniMAP Alumni Luminary Award Celebration (ALUMNIGHT) 2016 organised by the UniMAP Alumni Association and the Student Affairs and Alumni Department (HEPA) that took place at the Hotel Equatorial here last night.

Chairman of the UniMAP Alumni Association Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil said that the award was bestowed to Dr Kamarudin for his 14 years of service and sacrifice in his effort to develop UniMAP.

“He was the earliest luminary to receive the first students of UniMAP when it was still known as the Northern Malaysia University College of Engineering  (KUKUM) in the beginning until it now stands proudly in the national and international stage.

“Therefore, the UniMAP Alumni Association is conferring this award as a token of our appreciation to his presence ever since we were students until today,” he said when met during the event.

Also present were UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal dan Deputy Vice Chancellor HEPA Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan.

Besides Dr Kamarudin, Centre of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology (CEGeoGTech) Manager Prof Madya Dr Mohd Mustafa Abdullah was awarded the Academic Luminary Award, Owner of PROKAS, REMO Sdn Bhd Reza Mohyin (2008 alumni) was given the Entrepreneurial Luminary Award and Ahmad Faeiz Zulkifli (2008 alumni), now a senior engineer at Toyota Motor Asia Pacific in neighbouring Thailand.

Meanwhile, Dr Zul Azhar hoped that all 12,791 members of the UniMAP Alumni will take the opportunity to visit UniMAP to inspire and increase the exposure of present UniMAP students.

“As we know, the employment sector today is challenging. Therefore successful alumni members would be able to provide the latest information to newer members who have recently graduated or those still studying at UniMAP.

“Moreover, alumni members working in the industry or other institutions are hoped to give their support in the employer reputation study to help UniMAP achieve among the 500 top universities worldwide in the QS World University Ranking by 2020,” he said at the ceremony.

He also launched the ‘I Care, You Care & We Care’ Fund to aid underprivileged alumni members or other individuals as well as the UniMAP Alumni Association membership card with TouchNGo features at the event which was attended by almost 200 UniMAP alumni members.

ARAU, 21 July (Bernama) – Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (Modenas) describes the strategic cooperation in the research and development (R&D) of engines with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) as being beneficial to the national automotive industry.

Head of Modenas R&D Division Wan Shahar Wan Teh said that Modenas expects this cooperation to stimulate growth in the motor industry which is active and well-known in the northern region of Malaysia.

He said that Modenas is poised to provide R&D grants in the future but for now the company can only contribute its engines for the learning purposes.

“This cooperation which has been in place since 2012 allows UniMAP students to greatly explore the automotive field, develop advanced technology and increase their marketability,” he said.

Wan Shahar said this during the Riang Ria Aidilfitri UniMAP event at the main campus in Pauh Putra today.

At the event, Wan Shahar donated 10 Modenas motorcycle engines to UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal for use by UniMAP Motorsports Technology Research Unit (MoTECH).

UniMAP R&D in this field is theory-based and we at Modenas will find our common ground. Ultimately, we will optimise the applications,” Wan Shahar said.

Meanwhile, Zul Azhar Zahid said that the sponsoring of 10 engine units is a symbolic cooperation between two parties in forming the UniMAP-Modenas Centre for Excellence in Automotive and Motoring Research.

He said UniMAP will ensure that collaborations or research undertaken will improve the quality of students, be relevant with current requirements and help to expand MoTECH.


Kangar, 20 July – The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) will offer a scholarship to a Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) student for a Bachelor's Degree course at the university.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the RM25,000 scholarship was announced by Perlis Chapter ACCIM Chairman Ch’ng Ban Pai during an official visit to his office yesterday.

“The selection criteria, however, has not been decided yet and this would be finalised in a signing ceremony slated for August,” he said in a statement here today.

According to Dr. Zul Azhar, the visit among others was intended for the exchanging of views on the issues pertaining to placement of university graduates in the employment sector.

He stated that ACCIM with the cooperation of the Department of National Unity had previously talked with a number of other universities on addressing employment issues among graduates.

“He (Ban Pai) also recommended that Bumiputera graduates take the opportunity to work at Chinese-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and ACCIM will help facilitate the process.

“Overall, the early talks were very positive and we also discussed the aspects of training, scholarship and research.

“May this initiative open more doors and opportunities for UniMAP while simultaneously fostering better relations and unity in the spirit of 1Malaysia,” he stated.

Padang Besar, 10 July – 15 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students departed to Bangkok from the Padang Besar KTM Railway Station to attend the Asia Summer Programme 2016 (ASP 2016) hosted by Bangkok University.

The programme which will take place for 3 weeks until 30 July is an annual event now in its fifth year, said UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

He stated that involvement of UniMAP students in the event is part of the internationalisation initiative intended to heighten the aspects of leadership, communication and teamwork between UniMAP students and participants from other Asian universities.

UniMAP is the sole Malaysian university to attend ASP 2016 and our students will be escorted by five staff members led by the Director of the UniMAP Centre for International Language Prof. Dr. Harshita Aini Haroon,” he said in a statement here today.

ASP 2016 is an academic programme which involves a number of study hours and this year it is attended by 121 students from 16 universities, with 15 observers,

26 courses are offered in the programme with the events to be held in the City Campus and Rangsit Campus of Bangkok University.

Meanwhile, leader of the UniMAP students, Lum Ja Son, 21, from Kuala Lumpur, felt fortunate they are able to participate in ASP 2016 even though they have to sacrifice their own semester break.

“The opportunity to join ASP 2016 is rare and is very much worth forfeiting our semester holidays for. Not every student has the chance to participate in a prestigious event such as this.

He further explained that after his ASP 2016 participation was announced last April, he and his friends had to make preparations, including dance training practice for the cultural night while simultaneously being busy studying for the final exams of the semester.

“I am proud to be representing UniMAP and receiving full support from my family even with the limited time available to prepare for this event,” said the first year Engineering Entrepreneurship student from the UniMAP School of Business Innovation and Technopreneurship (PPIPT).

Second year New Media Communication student Kamaliah Mohamad, 22, of Kelantan said that she had to give up celebrating Aidilfitri with her family this year.

Upon returning to Perlis on the second day of Eid, she stated that numerous preparations had to be done including making traditional food and dance costumes for the traditional food festival and their ASP performance.

“Because of this, my companions and I had to return to Perlis earlier and we have no regrets sacrificing our holidays because our roles here can be considered as being minor ambassadors for UniMAP and Malaysia,” she declared.

PAUH PUTRA, 1 July – Even as Aidilfitri looms near while everyone prepares for it in the last week of Ramadhan, it can be a different situation for those who are underprivileged.

This has pushed the Alumni Development Unit, Student Affairs and Alumni Department (HEPA) and the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Foundation into action to help the needy and the disabled (OKU).

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor HEPA Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan said that the donations given were collected from the UniMAP community.

“The programmed involved four underprivileged families and two disabled families in Perlis.

“I hope that these humble contributions would be able to help these families in preparing for coming holiday season,” he said when met after delivering the Barakah Ya Ramadhan With the Alumni and the UniMAP Foundation Programme donation last night.

Also present were the UniMAP HEPA Deputy Dean Dr. Ummi Naiemah Saraih and the UniMAP Alumni Association Chairperson Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil.

Among the donations to the families were daily amenities, raya cookies and RM200 worth of duit raya.

Meanwhile, recipient Rosseli Mat, 78, was grateful for the donation given to his disabled offspring Norfizah Rosseli, 52.

“This contribution would ease our burdens to buy disposable diapers that our daughter uses.

“I am grateful to UniMAP for helping our family's preparation to celebrate Aidilfitri,” he said.

Sungai Chuchuh, 1 July – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students have been waiting in anticipation to return to their hometowns for Aidilfitri.

Even better, the UniMAP students were sent off on their way home by their Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

In his speech, Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul hoped that the students safely reach their destinations to celebrate Aidilfitri with their families.

“Safe journey back to your hometowns for Aidilfitri and send my regards to your parents and family there.

“It is hoped that your return to campus would be imbued with a stronger will to study harder and excel in your studies,” he said at the Diploma Students Homeward Bound Send Off Ceremony at the UniMAP UniCITI Alam Campus recently.

Also present were the UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Fo’ad Sakdan and the President of the UniMAP Alumni Association Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil.

Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil said that three buses were rented to transport 102 UniMAP students to the East Coast for Aidilfitri which is expected to fall on 6 July.

“This is also a UniMAP Student Council (MPP) initiative to ensure UniMAP students were able to return home without having to scramble for tickets at the bus station,” he said.

Kangar, 1 Julai – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Cultural and Recreational Unit (UKR) held an entertainment-during-charity programme with 27 orphans from the Welfare and Charity Association (Rumah Teduh) here recently.

UKR Director Mohd Izwan Izhar Haris said that the programme in conjunction with iftar (breaking of fast) with the underprivileged children took place with a charity busking by UKR performers.

He stated that besides dancing and singing, the Sakan Raja Lawak Group also enlivened the event to cheer the youngsters up, who range between four and 22 years old.

“Besides entertaining them, UKR also donated food and amenities for Aidilfitri celebrations and duit raya to ease their burdens,” he said after delivering the contributions.

Also present were the Rumah Teduh Manager Harisun Abdul Rahman and her husband also the Rumah Teduh religious teacher Azim Zaidi Abdul Rahman.

According to Mohd Izwan, the meal for iftar was sponsored by Restoran Peladang. UKR employees also brought pot luck meals.

“The celebratory mood along with variety of food helped bring joy to the children especially the very young.

“Before departing from Rumah Teduh we spent time playing with fireworks under strict supervision with the children who were excited at our presence,” he said.

Besides being organised by the UKR, the charity programme and iftar event also had the support of the Perlis State National Civics Bureau (BTN).