Arau, April 28 - Cooperation between the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is important to ensure synergy between academic institutions, security agencies and the public, to remain strong.

Vice Chancellor of UniMAP, Dato ' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said, in the context of UniMAP’s safety, UniMAP is made of more than 13,000 people including students and staff, and the majorities of them are the members of the public in the state of Perlis.

He added that, the number can reach up to 20,000 if we were to count in their spouse and family members; which makes up nearly 20% of the population of Perlis.

Thus, he explained, UniMAP through the Center for Co-curriculum and Safety Department took an initiative to organize a shooting session involving the top management of both organizations to bring together a closer tie between the two organizations.

"We certainly already have a close relationship with the police through the establishment of Kor Sukarelawan Siswa Siswi (SUKSIS), however, this meeting, through the shooting session, is different as it will bring the top management of both organizations even closer.

"This is to help facilitate the process in the event of any unintended situations involving UniMAP or members of their families," he said in his speech at the prize giving ceremony held in conjunction of UniMAP Head of Departments Shooting Competition. The shooting session was held at Mata Ayer shooting range, in Perlis.

 The prize giving ceremony was completed by Deputy Police Chief, ACP Noor Mushar Hj. Mohd.

A total of 40 heads of department and senior management of both organizations participated in the competition, and the first place of the shooting competition goes to the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Pr. Dr. Zaliman Sauli and second place went to the Direction of Safety Department of UniMAP, who was also the previous Perlis Police Chief, Datuk Zul Aznam Haron. Third place went to UniMAP Residential College Principal Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil.

According to Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar, UniMAP is giving opportunities to PDRM to utilise any infrastructure or facilities including expertise possessed by the university, if it can benefits the society in any way.

On the latest event, UniMAP and PDRM worked together in defusing a bomb that was found at the UniMAP main campus using drone technolgy and robotic expertise.

"UniMAP also provide opportunities for members of the police if they wish to continue their studies in any field of study offered," he said.

 

Sintok, 22 April - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) won the third place in the 1Malaysia Dance Festival organized by the Malaysian Universities Cultural Council (MAKUM) 2017 which was held at the Dataran Budaya, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).

UniMAP was represented by the Sutramaya dance group which consists of Siamese, Iban, Orang Asli, Chinese, Indian and Malay students, managed to take home a cash prize of RM600 together with the Best Costume award.

Director of Culture and Recreation Unit of UniMAP, Mohd Izwan Izhar Haris said the Sutramaya group trained for three weeks before participating in the festival as the members of the group is composed of students of various courses of study.

He added Sutramaya also received guidance and training of all the UKR staff, including Terry Junas as the choreographer and Libren Francis as their escort.

"This is the first success for UniMAP at the MAKUM level, even as third place, but it gives invaluable experience to all the members of the group to face other competition in the future," he said when contacted.

Festival Dance 1 Malaysia was held from 20 to 22 April also saw Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) won the first place, including awards for Best Choreography and Best Performance followed by UUM in the second place while Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has attracted the attention of the jury and won the Special Jury Award.

 

Pauh Putra, 7 April – Good communication at all departments can be the spark that boosts Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) to achieve its desire to be among the top 500 universities in the world.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that good internal communication can facilitate information dissemination and implement the organisational edicts in accordance with university standards.

“Each departmental head must play an important role to ensure that their staff understand their assigned tasks and responsibilities and be able to work as a team.

“Any conflict of opinions must be professionally discussed to arrive at the most favourable decision and each person must respect such decisions,” he said during the Meeting Between Vice Chancellor and Top Management at Department/Responsibility Centre Level 2017-2019 Session.

At the function, Faculty of Engineering Technology Senior Lecturer Dr. Nik Noriman Zulkepli led the top management in an oath taking ceremony.

Dr Zul Azhar said that the appointment of the top management team this time underwent great scrutiny which emphasised on knowledge, experience, direction and the future of each organisation and department.

“This appointment, enacted from 1 March 2017 until 28 February 2019, involved 131 staff members of which 51 percent are men and 49 are women,” he said.

Besides that, Dr Zul Azhar also emphasised for each appointed personnel to exhibit a great deal of energy, integrity and knowledge in order to be a good example to their staff and students.

 

Kangar, 1 April – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) maintained its hold as champions for the fifth year running in a singing contest hosted by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) PerlisFM.

The UniMAP singer, a staff of the Cultural and Recreation Unit (UKR), Mohd Hafedz Halim covered M. Nasir's song Mustika which garnered him the triumph which was held at Dewan 2020 here.

Director of UKR Mohd Izwan Izhar Haris said that this was the fifth running victory since participating from 2013 in the 60s and 70s Songs in Northern Accent Contest.

“This was followed by the 60s Songs in Northern Accent Contest in 2014 which was won by Syamsyuhaida Sabri. Besides Hafedz, Norefendy Ghazali, another UKR staff member, also became a contest finalist this year, which was run in conjunction with the 71st Anniversary of RTM,” he said.

Ultimately, Hafedz took home RM3,000 cash prize and a trophy.

According to Mohd Izwan, UKR is active in participating in singing competitions at state and national levels to provide a broad exposure to its employees.

“Besides contests, we also regularly hold performances that include musical and dance performances at UniMAP and for external functions,” he explained.