PAUH PUTRA, 31 July – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will host the Innovative and Creative Group Convention (KIK) for public universities (UA) which will take place for three days at Dewan Ilmu, Pauh Putra UniMAP Campus.

Co-Chairperson of the UA KIK Associate Prof Dr. Idris Md Noor said that the convention which will ensue from 1 to 3 August will be participated by 39 teams from 20 public universities.

“39 teams will compete their KIK projects here, among them those from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Universiti Teknikal Melaka, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, and the host UniMAP.

“The largest number of entries we have are from UiTM who dispatched five teams from five branches, namely from Kelantan, Kedah, Perlis, Perak and Selangor,” he said when contacted recently.

He elaborated that the winner, runner-up and first runner-up will respectively take home a RM6,000, RM4,000 and RM2,000 cash prize as well as trophies and certificates of appreciation.

The 13th UA KIK Closing Ceremony was carried out by Datuk Nik Ali Mat Yunus, Deputy Secretary General (Development) of the Ministry of Higher Education.

The KIK event is an annual public university programme that began in 2004.

Tanjung Malim, 30 July – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) athletics team excelled during the 42nd Malaysian University Staff Sports Championship (SUKUM) becoming overall champions in athletics by scoring 15 gold medals out of 44 that were being contested.

This victory allowed UniMAP to retain its title as top athletes of Malaysian universities for 10 consecutive years since 2008.

UniMAP Contingent Leader Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd. Fo’ad Sakdan said that the UniMAP athletics team's success will provide the impetus for other teams to excel in other events most of which will begin tomorrow.

Alhamdulillah, the UniMAP athletics team continues to succeed this year and I hope that this accomplishment will act as a starting point for more UniMAP athletes to continue this excellent achievement.

“With the open medal collection system implemented by the host Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) this year, UniMAP had been optimistic in accomplishing its mission to become overall SUKUM champion this year for the 10th time,” he said today.

The UniMAP athletics team also won six silver and four bronze medals overtaking their closest competitor Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) who at second place won seven gold, eight silver and six bronze medals.

Universiti Malaya (UM) took the third place with five gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

Mohd. Fo'ad said that as predicted, UniMAP triumphed in the 100- and 200-meter event upon scoring four gold medals in the men and women's senior categories thanks to Mohd. Helmi Awang and Nurhaslinda Md. Hussin respectively while Dr. Shuhaida Yahud won gold for the women's veteran 100-meter event.

Mohd. Helmi said that he also helped the men's senior 4x100 meter and 4x400 meters quartet team by delivering two more gold medals for the UniMAP contingent which was headlined by three former national athletes Mohd. Robani Hassan, Muhammad Idris Zakaria dan Mohamad Baihaqi Razlan.

“Also contributing to the UniMAP contingent's gold wins were the women's senior 4x100-meter quartet, women's senior 800 and 1500 meters, men's and women's senior 400 meters, men's senior shot put, men's senior discus and men's senior long jump,” he said.

More than 2,500 participants from 20 public universities (UA) nationwide as well as the Ministry of Higher Education contingent took part in the 42nd SUKUM Tournament.

The intention of sharing ocean’s beauty with the less fortunate has made three students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Derma the overall champion (Best Of The Best) for Perlis Makers Day 2017.

The product, named Bild Ozean or the ocean image, is the invention of Shautul Wafie Arizal, 13, Nur Wafaa Aqilah Mohd Ridzuan, 14 and Nur Hidayatul Akma Badri 14 and it allows ocean images to be recorded using a camera placed on the device.

The group leader, Shautul Wafie Arizal said that the idea of ​​creating such product was inspired by his own passion for the view of the sea.

"The idea was then presented to mentors from the University of Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and they have agreed to assist the invention of this product as a medium to share the beauty of marine life images with the less fortunate.

"We are very grateful to our teachers and mentors for their assistance which contributed to  our product being successful today," he added when interviewed after the Prize Giving Ceremony for the 2017 Perlis Makers Day, here recently. Prizes were given by the Perlis Domestic Trade and Consumerism Exco, Asmaiza Ahmad.

The Dean for UniMAP Research Management and Innovation, Prof. Dr. Syed Alwee Aljunid Syed Junid and the Dean for the School of Computer and Communication UniMAP were also present during the ceremony.

Perlis Makers Day 2017 were jointly organized by School of Computer and Communication UniMAP, 1M4U, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, UniMAP Nano Electronic Engineering Institute and Chumbaka Sdn. Bhd.

The competition is organized specifically for form one to form four students highlighting their ideas as an initiative to promote education in the subject of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among younger generation.

Perlis Makers Day was participated by 8 schools in Perlis involving 128 members representing 32 groups. The competition is divided into several categories, namely food and agriculture, automotive / mobility, health, home and shelter, heavy equipment and machinery and retail.

The winner of this competition will represent Perlis to the National Makers Day which will be held in Kuala Lumpur on early August.

PAUH PUTRA, 23 July – The Universiti Malaysia Perlis Diploma Representative Club (DiReC UniMAP) with the cooperation of the Diploma Studies Centre (PPD), the UniCiti Alam Residential College Council and the UniMAP 2016/2017 Student Council organised the UniCiti Game On 2017 event.

The three-day programme was participated by 132 first-year to third-year PPD students. Among the activities during the programme were Defense of the Ancients (DOTA), Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 and Counter-Strike online game tournaments.

Besides that, other physical activities were held such as street soccer, arm wrestling and henna drawing.

The UniCiti Game On 2017 Closing Ceremony was officiated by UniMAP DiReC Advisor Pubalan Nadaraja who represented the Dean of the Diploma Studies Centre (PPD) Prof. Madya Dr Hakimah Osman.

“The 14th DiReC UniMAP-organised programme was intended to strengthen the relationship between Diploma students,” said Pubalan in his closing speech.

Also present was Tuan Syed Akhmal Syed Jamalil, the Principal of UniCiti Alam Residential College.

Kangar, July 21 - Two schools, the Putra National Primary School  and Al Madrasah Al Alawiyah Ad Diniah (Al-Maad) Religious Secondary School to bring the Perlis challenge to the sixth edition of the World Invention Creativity Contest (WICC) which will take place from 28th to 30th of July in Seoul, Korea.

The Putra National Primary School received a total sponsorship of RM10,000 from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) following the success of a young researcher who won the Perlis Engineering Research & Learning Innovation Symposium (PERLIS) 3.0 competition through “Solar Cat Feeder”  product which was held last May in collaboration with Tuanku Syed Putra Foundation.

Al-Maad School received sponsorship from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Center of Excellence Geopolymer & Green Technology (CEGeoGTech) of UniMAP and Malaysia's Research and Innovation Society (MyRIS) and will be presented by six students and four escort teachers.

UniMAP Vice-Chancellor, Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP has always organized various programs and special research and innovation activities among school students to enhance students' interest in the field related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

He said that it was also indirectly a social service of the university, especially to support the target of 60:40 Policy to be implemented to increase the number of science stream students by 60 percent compared to 40 percent of arts stream students.

"According to the 2014 statistics, there are about 46 percent of students who chose STEM streams nationwide and, if seen at the Perlis state level, the amount of STEM streams are still far behind at about 25 percent.

"Hence, through this kind of activity, UniMAP hopes that it will nourish the student's interest in learning STEM's knowledge. Students are given the guidance to materialize their respective research ideas by the educators from all the Engineering Schools in UniMAP, "he added.

He said that after the Donation Handover Ceremony and UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Office’s Aidilfitri Celebration at the KWSP Building, today. At the event, all the students and teachers received gifts and consolations for their expenses in Korea.

Also present were Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) of UniMAP, Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd. Fo'ad Sakdan and UniMAP Registrar, Zuber Haji Mohamad.

The WICC organized by the Korea University Invention Association (KUIA) is a special research platform that brings together student innovation from schools around the world.

The competition will serve as an interactive educational medium in creating opportunities for students to acquire inventive inspiration and innovative  through interaction among participants.

PAUH PUTRA, July 20 - The performance of civil servants is often assessed by the community and in this modern day, it is so easily spread primarily through social media.

To strengthen trust and improve the public service, Public Service Department (PSD) has introduced the Exit Policy for the future improvements of public service.

Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the success of an organization in the civil service is a joint venture and depends on every individual in the civil service.

"We have seen some examples of how the public service name has been slightly spoiled as a result of the misconduct committed by a few civil servants; even though they are not within our organization.

"Corruption, abuse of power, negligence and unethical in carrying out their duties are a number of frequent issues and have been disseminated in the mass media," he said in his speech at UniMAP's Exit Policy Briefing, at Dewan Kecemerlangan, Main Campus, Putra Pauh, yesterday.

Also present were Deputy Director of Policy and Consulting Services Division of PSD, Hasmarulaini Omar and Assistant Director of Psychology Management Division of PSD, Mohd Noor Ikhram Husin.

He further said, civil servants also, should always be sensitive to all the circulars and instructions issued by the PSD.

"The implementation of this Exit Policy refers to officials whose current performance rating is below 60 percent, even though the previous year’s performance was above 60 percent.

"This policy will be implemented through termination of service in the public interest under rule 49 P.U. (A) 395/1993 and then dismissed. I am confident that UniMAP staff will not fall into this category and maintain excellence in every job done, "he said.

The implementation of the Exit Policy for low-performing officers in the Public Service and the implementation of this circular have been approved in the 56th University Board of Directors Meeting No.2/2017.

Through the circular, the government will not hesitate to take action to remove low-performing officers from the Public Service.

"As a dedicated and committed UniMAP staff, you do not have to worry about the implementation of the Exit Policy as this policy has been carefully planned through a fair and transparent assessment to ensure that no government officials are abused," he said.

 

Kangar, July 14 - Arau, 53 less fortunate children from Rumah Kanak-Kanak (RKK) Arau, was celebrated during a Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration organized by Institute of Engineering Mathematics (IMK) Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) here yesterday.

Dean of IMK UniMAP, Dr. Muhammad Zaini Ahmad said the program was part of the university's activities organized by the IMK Welfare Club which was held for the very first time.

He said that the main objective of organizing the event which held at the RKK Arau is to strengthen the relationship between the IMK staff and the less fortunate children as well as to share the joy of celebrating Aidilfitri.

"In addition, this program is also the best platform for staff in highlighting teamwork, management skills and entrepreneurship as well as creative and innovative thinking abilities.

"Hopefully this kind of cooperation will be the starting point for more collaborative programs between IMK UniMAP and RKK," he said at the Aidilfitri Celebration IMK UniMAP - RKK opening ceremony here.  

Also present were Director of Perlis Social Welfare Department, Mohd.Hazam Ismail; The Principal of Rumah Kanak-Kanak (RKK), Anies Suzana Azhan Ahamad. Besides being served with variety of hari raya meals, RKK residents also received duit raya contributions and enjoyed various activities organized throughout the program.

 

PAUH PUTRA, July 3rd – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) targets four gold medals at the Universiti Malaysian Varsity Sports Council Athletics Championship (MASUM) 2017 which will take place at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) from July 7 to 22.

Vice-Chancellor of UniMAP, Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the UniMAP contingent sent 10 participations for Sports, Tenpin Bowling, Sepak Takraw, Tennis, 15-a-side Rugby, Volleyball, Taekwondo, Karate Do, Basketball and Handball.

"Last year, we failed to win any gold medals and were only satisfied with six silver and five bronze for the woodball and karate-do events. With this tidy preparation made this year, we hope the events that we aim will be able to contribute gold medals to the UniMAP contingent.

"Among the events that we aim for gold are tennis, sports, taekwando, and basketball, I hope with this target, athletes will work hard to achieve the target," he said during the UniMAP Contingent Flag Handover Ceremony at PFI 2 Seminar Room, UniMAP Campus, here yesterday.

Also present were Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni of UniMAP Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Fo'ad Sakdan and UniMAP Sports Center Director, Suhizaz Sudin.

He hoped athletes would perform well and make MASUM 2017 a platform in producing UniMAP athletes with potential to be featured internationally. "It's the spirit that needs to be fostered, not just contesting as a mere university representative, but most importantly competing for qualifying in the national team and will bring greater challenges at regional and international levels such as the SEA Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games And the Olympic Games, "he said. 

Arau, 21 June – To answer the government's call in emphasising the concept of high impact with fast implementation at low cost, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) along with five other institutes of higher education (IPT) in Perlis has taken the initiative to cooperate to organise the Ihtifal Ihya’ Ramadhan Event which was held last night.

According to UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, this was the first time six IPTs in Perlis collaborated to hold the event.

“The idea of merging six IPTs for this event was an idea formed by the Duli Yang Teramat Mulia (DYTM) Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail.

InsyaAllah we will collaborate again in Aidilfitri programmes, and other academic- and research-oriented programmes,” he spoke during his welcome speech on behalf of the IPTs at Dewan Harumanis, Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin (PTSS).

The six IPTs involved were Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Kolej Universiti Islam Perlis (KUIPs), Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPGM) Perlis Campus, Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis, Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin (PTSS) and UniMAP.

Dato’ Dr. Zul Azhar also welcomed any such collaboration that could build and strengthen bonds between the IPT communities and create opportunities for future cooperation.

“This cooperation fulfils the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) as encouraged by the government in line with the concept of commonalities and collegiality which is recommended by the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT).

“In fact this concept could be a creative method to provide high value at reasonable cost,” he said.

Also launched at the event was the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) with the participation of the six IPTs.

“For example, the cooperation between UniMAP and PTSS in the aspect of teaching and learning, final year projects and visits to laboratories and facilities has been outlined and will soon be implemented,” he said.

He added that UniMAP has also been cooperating with schools by contributing expertise to cultivating interest among school children in the field of Science, Technology and Mathematics by organising robotics workshops, LEGO robotics workshops, go-kart clinics, research and innovation competitions and much more.

“Such commitment and cooperation would continue to be expanded in the future, InsyaAllah,” he remarked.

During the event, 30 underprivileged and orphaned students from the six IPTs were honoured.

Besides the feast, the students also received duit raya which was given by the Duli Yang Maha Mulia (DYMM) Raja Perempuan Perlis Tuanku Tengku Fauziah binti Tengku Rashid.

The event was graced by the presence of DYMM Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail.

Also present was the DYTM Raja Muda Perlis and the DYTM Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil.

The event was enlivened by 700 guests including state dignitaries, heads of federal and state departments, and employees and students from the IPTs.

Putrajaya, 15 June – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) along with 13 other Institutes of Higher Education (IPT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia Rail Link (MRL) and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) at the Finance Ministry Malaysia, Putrajaya yesterday.

UniMAP was represented by its Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal. The MoU was signed to implement the ECRL Negaraku Industrial Skills Training Programme.

Dr. Zul Azhar said that UniMAP would compile the requirements from the standpoint of students who would be attending the Industrial Training, the teaching staff and the number of researchers in the related field.

UniMAP fully supports the implementation of this programme and as token of our support will send students in accordance with the requirement of the company involved.

“Up to 3,600 students will be needed for the entirety of the programme which covers students for industrial training, graduands and graduates who are seeking jobs in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering starting in 2018,” he said.

In addition, the three field of studies mentioned are UniMAP's strongest fields, and thus he was confident that UniMAP would be able to provide sufficient human resource to fulfil MRL's requirements.

“Even better is that these students would be trained and then absorbed by the contractors involved to continue their service with them even though the project is expected to end in 2022,” he said.

For a period of three to six months, these students with certification, diploma and degrees will work to complete the construction of a 600-km rail line from Gombak, Selangor to Wakaf Bharu, Kelantan.

Arau, 21 June – The Al-Andalus group from the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Faculty of Engineering Technology (FTK) retained their championship for the fourth year running at the UniMAP Interdepartmental Nasyid Festival that was held recently.

They succeeded in surmounting their closest competitor the Ar-Raeez group from the Chancellery for the top spot and consequently taking home the Vice Chancellor Trophy, a RM1,000 cash prize and a certificate of participation.

The Al-Andalus group was also anointed winners in the best costume category and awarded a RM200 cash prize.

The Ar-Raeez group at second place took home a cash prize of RM700 and a participation certificate.

At third place was the Ar-Rijal group from the Bursary Department who also won best performance was bestowed gifts, a cash prize of RM500 and RM200 respectively and a participation certificate.

In his conclusion, Head Jury Mohd. Fitri Alawee Mohamad said that the performance displayed by the participants this year has been the finest yet.

However, he commented that some groups had chosen songs that did not complement the vocal range of the soloists or ones that were unsuited for the contest.

“To get high marks, the selected song must challenge the vocal ability of the singer. But if the song isn't challenging, using fresh vocal modulation and musical arrangement could provide an edge to obtain high marks,” he said.

He added, “I would also like to suggest to the Vice Chancellor to send a UniMAP Nasyid group to a National Nasyid Competition as Perlis representatives and to prove UniMAP's ability at the highest level in Malaysia.

“This is because the quality of the nasyid groups today is on par at national level and to sum up, the contest winners today are some of the best among the festivals in recent years.”

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato’ Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal is certain that the annual Nasyid Festival could be made a platform to train UniMAP staff members.

“The training would ensure team cooperation, creativity, harmony and confidence in public while strengthening relations between UniMAP Departments and Responsibility Centres,” he said while officiating the Interdepartmental Nasyid Festival closing ceremony.

The Festival which is jointly organised by the UniMAP Registrar and Bursary was joined by 14 departments and was held in conjunction with the Ihya’ Ramadhan Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) 2017.

Pauh Putra, June 19 - Perhaps many are unaware that for Malaysians to sleep soundly all night, there are people who have left their children and  wives to ensure we live in peace.

As Malaysians, we should remember and appreciate the services of the army who make sacrifices to ensure that the country remains safe and secure.

On that basis, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), through International Language Center (CIL), organized the English Language Course and the Introduction to Tagalog as a symbol of appreciation for all Malaysian military forces services.

UniMAP's CIL Director, Prof. Dr. Harshita Aini Haroon said that this is the first program which was organized involving cooperation with the Fourth Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment (4 RRD).

"Previously we had no channels to organize such programs. With the advantages we have (language instructors) organizing this course as UniMAP’s small contribution to our armed forces.

"These kind of community programs is also an aspiration of the Vice-Chancellor, who wants UniMAP to increase activities that can help the community," she said.

She added, in addition to teaching English and Tagalog to military personnel, instructors were also able to learn from the experiences shared by the military personnel.

"This is one of the two-way learning programs where both parties can share new knowledge that I believe it is not easy for the public to get it from the military," she said.

Meanwhile, Commanding Officer of the Fourth Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment (4 RRD), Major Mohd Nazrin Hamid, said the opportunity was a new experience for the military to study with the university lecturers.

"Previously we had never been involved with programs or classes together with the public because in the military itself, there is an Education Corp where the instructors were also from the military.

"This class is a preparation for training with Philippine military personnel that scheduled in the early October for the mission of Land Malphi 18/2017 Series," he added.

Mohd Nazrin added that training with military personnel from other country demands our military personnel to communicate in languages other than Malay, so English and Tagalog language preparation classes are so useful to them.

"In this class, we combined personnel from different ranks, as most of the training will involve troops from abroad.

"I hope UniMAP will organize these kind of classes in the future, to give military personnel to experience studying outside of the camp environment," he said.

The five-day course was attended by 50 members of 4 RRD from 13th to 17th June at UniMAP Kampus, Pauh Putra. The class was conducted by five CIL staff, including an international staff from the Philippines.

The learning sessions were focused on speaking skills, listening skills and group work, in order to help military officers to execute the mission more efficiently and effectively.

Pauh Putra, 21 June – During the upcoming Aidilfitri celebration, safety must be emphasised including the aspect of driving and home security during the festive season.

In their efforts to advise employees who will be returning to their home towns for 'hari raya', the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Department of Security  with the cooperation of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Perlis Contingent, the Perlis Road Safety Department (JKJR) and the Perlis Road Transport Department (JPJ) organised the “Secured Property, Safe Arrival at Destination” Safety Campaign.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and International Prof. Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamarudin said that the campaign has a double objective to increase awareness and provide guidance in property safety at home and office, as well as road safety..

“This campaign needed to be carried out at UniMAP level as its community has reached 15,000 consisting of 13,000 students and 2000 staff members.

“From this number, 2,300 vehicles are registered with UniMAP and we expect as high as 40 percent of the staff will be leaving their offices and homes and driving back to their home towns during this festive season,” he said officiating the campaign at the UniMAP Campus Main Gate.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan, Head of the Perlis PDRM Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department Superintendent V.Raja A/L Vadivellu, Director of the Perlis JKJR Mr. Kalai Kumar A/L Periyasamy and the UniMAP Security Department Director Dato'  Zull Aznam Haron.

He further explained that with the festive season and long holiday, it would be prudent for UniMAP to jointly carry out this campaign with PDRM, JPJ and JKJR who are more knowledgeable in their respective fields to present to its entire community.

“We hope that this cooperation will continue on to ensure the safety and comfort of not just the UniMAP community but also the people of Perlis,” he said.

During the event, UniMAP staff and students were provided safety pamphlets and snacks for the journey back to their home towns.

PAUH PUTRA, 23 June – As the joy of Aidilfitri celebration nears, there are those who celebrate it modestly because of their hardships in life.

The Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Department of Student Affairs & Alumni (HEPA) Alumni Development Unit and UniMAP Alumni Association took the initiative to help those eligible to be awarded 'zakat' tithing in the states of Perlis and Kedah.

UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor HEPA Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan said that the donation was collected among the UniMAP community and its departments.

“Last year we were able to distribute donations to seven families in Perlis and Kedah in the form of sundry goods and 'duit raya' totalling RM300 for Aidilfitri celebration preparations.

“I hope that our meagre donations will be able to help these families to prepare for 'hari raya',” he said while distributing the Aidilfitri donations here yesterday.

Also present were the UniMAP Deputy Dean of Alumni Development Dr. Ummi Naiemah Saraih and the Deputy President of the UniMAP Alumni Association Mohd Hafiz Arshad.

Meanwhile recipient Ahmadi Hassan, 37, of Kampung Lembah Keriang, Changloon expressed his utmost gratitude for the donation given to his family.

“I am very grateful to the people who have donated to our family. This will lighten our Aidilfitri burden to some extent,” he said.

Ahmadi who lives with 14 family members including his mother in a house constructed on a Government Reserve Land said that his family hopes that there are generous parties that would be able to donate a house for them.

“My sister who is paralysed and stricken with breast and thyroid cancer is also staying with us,” he said. Ahmadi works at a nearby golf course.