KANGAR, 30 September 2016 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) representatives succeeded in winning third place at the Perlis Open Poetry Festival Contest which took place at the Perlis State Public Library Lecture Hall here recently.

Team UniMAP A was represented by four participants who brought home a trophy, a cash prize of RM 800 and a certificate, while Team UniMAP B took fourth place winning a cash prize of RM 500 and a certificate.

UniMAP poetry team manager Suhaidah Said said that the UniMAP poetry teams' inaugural performances at the contest provided exposure to the students who in majority were from engineering courses.

“Seeing that this is our first participation, I am certain that the UniMAP poetry teams would be able to advance even further with proper nurturing.

“This success proves that Malay language arts needs to be increased among the youth. We must bolster this interest among them and this role should be taken by Malay Language lecturers and academic staff members,” she said recently.

The UniMAP A and UniMAP B poetry teams consisted of three Bachelor's Degree and three Diploma students, namely Muhamad Fadhil Azhari Abdul Wahab, Syarifah Noor Anisah Tuan Baru, Siti Nur Aishah Al-Hafizat Abdul Ghani, Muhammad Syahir Aimi Saiman, Muhammad Aiman Hassin and Muhammad Ikhwan Shafiq Ramli who are all under the tutelage of Bahasa Melayu instructors  Mohamad Zaki Abdul Halim and Mohd Syamril Aklmar Chek Kassim from the UniMAP Centre for International Languages.

The Perlis Open Poetry Festival 2016 was organised by the National Arts and Culture Department (JKKN) with the cooperation of the Perlis Writers Association (3P).

Kangar, 27 September 2016 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) announced today that it has obtained three stars in the 2016 Best Records Management in the Public University (UA) Category.

The award was bestowed during the Best UA Records Management Awards Ceremony which was held at the Audiovisual Documentation and Restoration Centre (PPPAV) Auditorium, National Archives in Kuala Lumpur today.

UniMAP Registrar Zuber Mohamed represented UniMAP in receiving the award  which was conferred by the Deputy Head Secretary (Management) Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Dr Junaida Lee Abdullah.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal expressed his pride at the achievement and hoped that this will be a boost to the enthusiasm for the UniMAP community especially in aspects of management.

He stated that the award will be a benchmark for records management performance to ensure that the implementation of records management programmes at UniMAP remain excellent.

“Besides that, this is a great acknowledgement for us all especially for the UniMAP employees who have been excellently implementing records management,” he said.

UniMAP received the award after a records management audit performed by an auditor from the National Archives from 16 to 17 August.

Aside from being an acknowledgement, the assessment was created by the National Archives to encourage healthy competition in inculcating a conducive records management among UAs.

Pauh Putra, 27 September 2016 – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) team performed superbly at the UniMAP Woodball Open Championship 2016 being victorious in the women's singles, women's team and the men's team categories in Perlis state inter-departmental matches.

In the women's singles, Rosmawati Abidin who represented UniMAP recorded 63 strokes while UniMAP showed 294 strokes beating the Kangar Municipal Council (MPK) and the Office of the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Perlis (PERALIS).

Meanwhile in the men's team category, the UniMAP team recorded 266 strokes defeating the Public Works Department (JKR) and the Perlis Islamic Department (JAIPs).

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal stated that 20 teams took part in the inaugural championship organised by UniMAP with participation even from schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IPT) thus proving that the sport is capable of attracting young players.

“I believe that this positive development bode a higher number of future talents among the younger generation increasing the organisations of championships in UniMAP or nationally.

“As a university with experience in organising international woodball matches, I am pleased to see participation not just from government departments but also from the public sector from within Perlis and without,” he spoke during the Award Presentation and Closing Ceremony of the tournament at the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) Auditorium.

The Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail who is also the Royal Patron of the Perlis Woodball Association and the Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil graced the closing ceremony to present awards to the winners.

The championship also saw participation by the teams from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Vocational College Lipis, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Perlis and other teams from within and outside the state.

Besides the UniMAP Woodball Arena as the main venue, the arenas at the Teaching Institute of Malaysia (IPGM) and the Dato’ Sheikh Ahmad Square was also used as venues for the tournament which began last Thursday.


Kangar, 27 September 2016 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Publisher for the first time will participate in the Indonesia Book Fair, which is among the strategic initiatives to market the books that published by the UniMAP Publisher in abroad through the collaboration with the Malaysian Scholarly Publishing Council.

Moreover, the participation also received support from the Malaysia Institute of Translation and Books, Institute of Language and Literature and the publishers from Indonesia, also hoped to conclude a number of agreements including an agreement for the distribution of the scientific e-book with the Indonesia BUQU Company.

Director of UniMAP Publisher, Prof. Dr. Asiah Sarji said, UniMAP Publisher also intends to have a final level discussion of buying and selling the copyright with the Rosda Karya Publisher which is also from Indonesia.

"Besides being involved in exhibiting and selling books at the booth provided by the Malaysian Scholarly Publishing Council, a series of meetings and discussions have been organized with the scientific and commercial publishers for collaboration and sales of the copyright work that published by the UniMAP.

"We plan to showcase 10 titles and sold at least two copies of each title. In addition, there are also direct books selling on the subject of media and communications at the University of Pancasila Jakarta and Publishers expect there will be bookings for those books," he says in a statement today.

According to Dr. Asiya again, UniMAP Publisher expects 20 books published by the UniMAP can be listed in the Indonesia BUQU e-book catalog portal in the first six months, whereas the impact of the copyright purchase also expected within a year.

Dr. Asiya added participation for the first time will also witness a new history at the Conference Hall, Jakarta Convention Centre on September 30th with the launch of an anthology of poetry which was written by her.

"It is a very meaningful book to me that it was the result of experience and observation on life as of a teenager in the 1960s until now.

"Poems in the book are divided into five sections that portray about family relationships, love, man, life and the nation of which it is a special gift from me to the UniMAP for the opportunity that was given to serve in the university for the past six years," she said.

According to Dr. Asiya also, she openly and confidently tries to convey to the reader of her feelings and experiences through the writing of poems by using semi-prosaic and it is easy for readers to understand the poems.

The book is available at a price of RM42.00 at the UniMAP Publisher at No. 98, First Floor, Block A, Taman Pertiwi Indah, Jalan Kangar - Alor Setar, Kangar Perlis or call 04-9775159.

Pauh Putra, 22 Sept – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Open Woodball Championship kicked off today with the Higher Learning Institutions (IPT)/Schools category as scheduled and will end on 25 September at the Syed Sirajuddin Areeb Putra Sports Complex Woodball Arena.

20 teams in three categories, namely the IPT/School, Perlis State Departments and Open categories, are competing in the championship.

Among the teams participating are the Islamic University College of Perlis (KUIPs), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and the Perlis Islamic Department (JAIPs).

Besides the UniMAP Woodball Arena, the Malaysian Teaching Institute (IPGM) and the Dato' Sheikh Ahmad Square courses will also be used at the same time this Saturday.

His Royal Highness Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and Her Royal Highness Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil will be attending the closing ceremony of the championship this Sunday at the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) Auditorium.


Pauh Putra, 18 Sept – A student from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) became the champion after beating six students in the final round of the Uthayam 3.0 Intervarsity Singing Competition which was held at Dewan Ilmu, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).

Arulventhan Manokaran took home RM2000 worth of cash and a trophy while the second place winner, Mithelle d/o Francis, a participant from Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan (PIS) Johor managed to take home RM1000 worth of cash and a trophy.

In addition, the third place was won by Sanjeev Naidu s/o Somasundran from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) while the consolation prize was obtained by participants from UTP, University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of UniMAP Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that he is extremely proud because UniMAP was able to host again for the second time, for one of the biggest programmes of the Indian community so far.

Besides, he stated that this proves UniMAP always supports and encourages cultural programmes across all races and believes that programmes like this could discover new talents from students.

“I believe that with commitment and determination, participants will be able to succeed and simultaneously gain valuable experiences which will be useful for them in the future,” he said while giving his speech at the competition.

The Advisor of the Transport Ministry of Malaysia was also present along with Tan Sri Datuk Seri M Kayveas and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Students Affairs and Alumni, Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan.

Uthayam 3.0 is a stage for students from polytechnics and universities all over Malaysia to uncover their talents in singing and this time around it was with the theme of “Sanggama Tamil” in UniMAP.

This programme is organized by the Secretariat of Ponggal Gala Nite 2016/17, which is also known as Chatrah Yugam under the supervision of the Department of Students Affairs and Alumni of UniMAP and Minnal Fm. Moreover, this programme has managed to channel its profit to families who couldn’t support their children’s education fees especially those in the northern states.

Pauh Putra, 16 Sept – The Coordination of Private Higher Education (Kopertis) Region XIII Acheh intends to begin a cooperation with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) with regards to the mobility of student and staff from both organisations.

This intention was expressed by Kopertis during a discussion in conjunction with the visit to UniMAP attended by 30 Kopertis members headed by Prof Dr H Jamaludin Idris.

The Kopertis delegation was greeted by the Dean of Academic Management Prof Ir Rezuwan Kamarudin presently carrying out duties as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan and other UniMAP heads of departments.

There was also a discussion on the development of academic staff members between the two parties.

The delegation was brought on a visit to the Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Library (PTSFP) and the laboratories at the schools.

Kopertis alam rangka lawatannya turut mengadakan lawatan ke beberapa universiti lain di negara ini mulai 14 September lalu sehingga 20 September ini dengan objektif bagi mengadakan kerjasama dalam bidang pendidikan dalam usaha meningkatkan mutu pendidikan tinggi swasta di Aceh.

Kopertis also visited other universities within the country from 14 September until 20 September to initiate cooperations in the education field in an effort to increase the quality of private higher education in Acheh.






ARAU, 14 September: 11 cattle and eight goats were sacrificed during the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Islamic Centre Korban and Akikah Ceremony.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that this traditional UniMAP event which was first held in 2005 was also participated by non-governmental organisations and outside agencies.

“Out of the 11 cattle sacrificed today, three were contributed by UniMAP staff through a salary deduction scheme which began last October.

“Also, a cattle was contributed by Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department,” he said at the UniMAP Korban and Akikah Ceremony yesterday.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and International Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamaruddin, UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Fo’ad Sakdan, UniMAP Registrar Zuber Mohamad and the Director of the UniMAP Islamic Centre Dr. Ku Mohd Nabil Ku Hamid as well as the Deputy Director of the Perlis National Civics Bureau (BTN) Jasmi Jasa.

Dato’ Zul Azhar stated that meat acquired from the slaughter at UniMAP will be donated to five orphanages and tahfiz centres in Perlis.

Among the orphanages and tahfiz centres that have been selected were Rumah Hembusan Kasih, Asrama Yayasan Saad, Pusat Jagaan Anak Yatim dan Miskin Teratak Rahmat, Maahad Tahfiz Al Hikmah and Maahad Tahfiz Al-Quran Ar Raudhah.

“I hope that in the future the number of sacrificial cattle and goats will increase and we welcome contributions from individuals and NGOs who are interested in doing charity through UniMAP,” he said.

The UniMAP Korban and Akikah Ceremony was attended by 300 students and staff members and had acquired sponsorship from the Malaysia Heritage Club (KERIS), an NGO under the banner of the BTN.

PAUH PUTRA, 8 September: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Islamic Centre will organise a Jom Baca Al Quran (Let's Read the Al Quran) programme in conjunction with the World #QuranHour on September 11.

UniMAP Islamic Affairs Officer Nasrul Che Ali said that they expect 600 participants at two suraus, namely Musolla Saodah at the Uniciti Campus and the PFI 2 Surau at Pauh Putra.

“The event will be held at both venues to facilitate students and staff members who are living at residential colleges in close vicinity of these suraus.

“I call on the entire UniMAP Muslim community to come together to support such activities intended to elevate and to encourage Muslims to interact with the Al-Quran,” he said last night.

The inaugural World #QuranHour will be held whereby the Al-Quran will be read worldwide simultaneously for an hour beginning at 9.00 a.m.

The date and time was chosen in conjunction with the wukuf of Hajj pilgrims at the Arafah Plains in Makkah.

This large scale event aims to invite Muslims worldwide to return to the Al-Quran, understanding and making the holy book as our daily guide.

Kangar, 6 Sept – A second year Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Diploma in Mechatronic Engineering student became among 28 participants nationwide chosen to attend the 43rd Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) 2016.

Peshminder Pall Singh, 19, will be attending the programme which is organised by the Japanese Government Cabinet with the collaboration of the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) for 53 days from 25 October to 15 December.

According to Peshminder, he applied for the programme via the KBS last February and attended a psychological examination and the Selection Camp which took place for three days to assess 121 youths nationwide.

He said he did not expect to be chosen for the programme when it was announced in June recently seeing as the tests he had undergone were difficult.

“Along with 28 other participants from around the country, I will be attending the Japan-ASEAN Youth Leader Summit in Japan on 1 November before sailing to Vietnam on 4 November aboard the Nippon Maru.

“We will stay in Vietnam for four days and then in Thailand for another four days, followed by Singapore and Indonesia during the entire voyage before returning to Japan,” he said.

Peshminder who hails from Selangor also said that his family expressed worry on the long duration of the programme which might disrupt his diploma studies at UniMAP.

“I convinced my family that I am able to attend this programme without neglecting my studies seeing that this opportunity is not easily obtained because of the series of difficult tests.

“In fact I hope that my participation will help inspire my friends to attend programmes such as this not just for acquiring new experiences, but also to uphold the UniMAP name in the international arena,” he stated.

SSEAYP is a programme for the youths of South East Asia which began in 1974 as a mutual agreement between Japan and five South East Asian nations namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

330 Japanese youths and 10 South East Asian countries will be participating in the programme.

Kangar, 3 Sept – To inspire the spirit of independence during the 59th National Day, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) with the cooperation of Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka (DBP) organised the Cultural Image, Healthy Mind and Independence Poetry Night Programme.

Among the events slated for the programme which began 1 September were friendly sports tournaments, visits to UniMAP campuses by the DBP delegates, a poetry night and a woodball match.

Dean of Academic Management Prof Ir Dr Rezuwan Kamarudin said that the programme, which was run in conjunction with the national day, was a welcome event seeing as the changes caused by globalisation continue to erode patriotic spirit among the younger generation.

He stated that UniMAP being an engineering university is not a hindrance for it to organise arts and culture events via the UniMAP Cultural and Recreational Unit (UKR) and the Malaysian Royal Institutions Research Centre (PKIRM).

“Thus UniMAP will continue to commit to these programmes in order to preserve our national legacy,” he said in a speech representing the UniMAP Vice Chancellor at the Independence Poetry Night Event at the UniMAP Kubang Gajah Campus.

Also present were the Director of DBP Department of Policy and Research Rusli Abdul Ghani dan the Director of Sports Centre Suhizaz Sudin.

At the event, DBP representative Rasdi Daud recited the poem entitled “Menuntun Si Merdeka” (Witnessing Merdeka) penned by Awang Sariyan and his own poem “Aku Ingin Menciummu Setiap Hari” (I Wish To Kiss You Every Day), followed by recital of his own poem by Nordin Zainal Abidin entitled “Merdeka dan Kita” (Independence and Us).

Director of the UniMAP Publishing Unit Prof Asiah Sarji read a poem she wrote entitled “Aduhai Si Tanggang” (Oh, Si Tanggang) which will be published at the end of the year.

Also, DBP representative Rosdi Mat Raqib played a guitar and sang a song he crafted entitled “Si Penghuni Sepi” (The Lonely Inhabitant).

Additionally, the song and dance performances by the UniMAP UKR Inderasutra Group enlivened the event.

Awards were handed out during the event to UniMAP who had won the badminton tournament while DBP had succeeded in winning the darts competition.

The DBP Delegation consisted of 50 participants from the DBP Bureau of Family Body Culture, Bureau of Tours and Recreation and the Bureau of Family Sports Body.

KANGAR, 2 September: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is committed in the efforts to help the communities in Phang Nga Province, Thailand to strengthen the use of Bahasa Melayu there.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that the Andaman Region Bahasa Melayu Strengthening Programme Phases 1-4 was conceptualised for the sharing of Bahasa Melayu knowledge, involving the sharing of experiences in teaching and learning of Bahasa Melayu in comprehensive methods of knowledge transmission.

“The desire for this programme to take place was expressed by His Royal Highness the UniMAP Chancellor himself after it was suggested by the Malaysian Consulate General's Office in Songkhla with regards to strengthening Bahasa Melayu in six provinces of the Andaman Region in Thailand.

“The UniMAP Centre for International Languages has been given the mandate to identify suitable initiatives to be implemented so this programme could be actualised,” he said at the Andaman Region Bahasa Melayu Strengthening Programme Phases 1-4 closing ceremony.

Also present were Fahad Wittayathan School Advisor Prasert Prasankarn and the director for the UniMAP Centre for International Languages Prof. Dr. Harshita Aini Haroon.

At the ceremony, the Bahasa Melayu learning book entitled Basic Malay Language (Thai Translation) was launched. The book will be a syllabus guide for schools involved in the programme.

Dr. Zul Azhar stated that the programme had been executed in four phases in five schools in Phang Nga Province starting December 2015.

“In phases one to three, UniMAP teaching staff visited Thailand to teach in five selected schools, namely Fahad Wittayathan School, Tarbiah Islamiah School, Darissalam Wittaya School, Baan Bosaen School and Sangkhom Wittaya School.

“In the fourth and final phase of the programme, UniMAP hosted a discussion and syllabus sharing session on the teaching of Bahasa Melayu,” he stated.

24 participants consisting of teachers from the Phang Nga Province and five UniMAP language instructors attended the programme that took place for six days and five nights.

During the closing ceremony, UniMAP also donated books and cash for the development of Bahasa Melayu in the Andaman Region of Thailand, as well as to fulfil its responsibility in community service.