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.