Tanjung Malim, 6 Aug  - Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) contingent emerged as a champion at the Malaysian Universities Staff Sports Games (SUKUM 2017) that held at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) here yesterday.

In the sports event which began on July 29, the UniMAP contingent as the defending champion since 2008 has won 21 gold medals, 12 silver medals and seven bronze medals beats the closest challenger, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in the second place and event host, UPSI in the third place.

Head of the UniMAP Contingent, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Fo'ad Sakdan said the athletics team continued to excel and helped the contingent to secure the championship when they contributed 15 gold medals, thus enabled UniMAP to maintain the status as the strongest athletics team among Malaysian Public Universities for the 10th consecutive year since 2008.

According to Mohd. Fo'ad who is also UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), UniMAP also won six other gold medals through the individual and team (trio) petanque which contributed two gold medals. Also, the men's tenpin bowling and volleyball, as well as women's futsal and VIP cycling, each won gold medals.

"To win a championship is not difficult, but to maintain the championship for a decade, it requires strong commitment and teamwork from all parties including university management, sports center and athletes in general.

"Alhamdulillah, with the continued commitment from the university management, UniMAP continues to dominate the SUKUM for the tenth consecutive time," he said in a statement, today.

SUKUM 2017 was participated by 21 teams comprising of all the Public Universities in Malaysia as well as a team from the Ministry of Higher Education with 21 sports contested in the event.

Athletics events offered the highest gold medals, which were 44 out of 111 medals. Meanwhile, the closing ceremony was officiated by the UPSI Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato 'Dr. Mohd. Shatar Shabran.

According to Mohd. Fo'ad, an open medals tally system which was implemented by this year’s event host, UPSI, helped UniMAP to achieve the overall championship of SUKUM for the 10th time.

He added, before, the championship was based on the winning the contested events, but this year, UPSI created a variation by applying the medal count as the championship determination.

For sports events, Mohd. Fo'ad said, as predicted, UniMAP won four gold medals in the 100 meters and 200 meters sprint events for senior men’s and women’s category through UniMAP athletes, Mohd. Helmi Awang and Nurhaslinda Md. Hussin. Furthermore, Dr. Shuhaida Yahud won a gold medal for veteran women’s 100 meters category.

Mohd. Helmi also said that he helped the senior men’s 4x100 meters and 4x400 meters category which contributed two more gold medals for the UniMAP contingent. Moreover, the team consists of three former elite athletes, Mohd. Robani Hassan, Muhammad Idris Zakaria and Mohamad Baihaqi Razlan.

"Also contributed to the gold medals for the UniMAP contingent were the senior women's 4x100 meters relay category, senior women’s 800 and 1500 meters category, senior men’s and women’s 400 meters category, senior men’s shot put, senior men’s discus and senior men's long jump," he said.


Kangar, August 5th  - A total of 28 teams from 18 primary and secondary schools around Perlis participated in the National Robotics Competition (NRC) 2017 at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), here today.

The jointly organized competition by UniMAP's Mechatronic Engineering School (PPK), Perlis State Education Department (JPN), and Sasbadi  Holdings Berhad put forth two major categories, the Regular (Pro & Rookie) category and the open category themed Sustainabots.

Perlis JPN Head of the Human Resource Sector, Azran Mohamad @ Ahmad said the NRC was aimed at inculcating students' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and hone their skills.

"Currently, High-Level Thinking Skills (KBAT) are focused on students in schools in order to sharpen their skills to solve creative and innovative problems therefore, the NRC was established since 2005 to realize this aspiration.

"The NRC will start at the national, state and national levels. Those successful at the national level will represent Malaysia at the international level in World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in Costa Rica this November," he said while officiating the NRC Closing Ceremony 2017, at Dewan Ilmu UniMAP representing Perlis JPN Director.

Also present were UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Dato 'Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, Dean of Mechatronic School, Professor Dr Abu Hassan Abdullah, and Sasbadi Holdings Berhad Program & Council Noor Faiz Zulkiflee.

Meanwhile, Zul Azhar said the organization of this program is part of the university's social responsibility (USR) as creativity and innovation cannot be taught however can be indirectly implemented through centralized activities.

" This program indirectly helps mobilize young researchers especially at the school level to gain greater exposure both locally and internationally.

In view of this, it is hoped that a lot more opportunities would be presented to UniMAP, especially the Mechatronic School that have been actively organizing robotic competition to jointly contribute towards achieving NRC's objectives as the Ministry of Education (MOE) wishes, "he said. In the competition, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia was the champion for the Regular School (Rookie) category, Sekolah  Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Lailatul Shahreen for the lower secondary category while SMK Syed Alwi for the upper secondary category. In addition, Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SRJK(C)) Hwa Aik won the Pro category while SMK Arau dominates the lower and upper secondary category. In the open category of Sustainabots, SMK Lailatul Shahreen won the lower secondary category while SMK Putra (upper secondary category) and SK Seri Perlis became the winner for the NRC Football category.



Kangar, Aug 3rd  - Thirty members of the 68th Public University Housing Council (MAPUM) meeting held at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), were given the opportunity to gain a diferent experience interacting with the asnaf by the UniMAP Chancellor. They gain the valuable experience through the Kasih Cycle Program with Raja Muda Perlis, also UniMAP Chancellor, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail in the villages around Kangar suburb in conjunction with the 68th MAPUM meeting here.

The Principal of Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), Dr Ahmad Zahirani Ahmad Azhar said that he is excited in joining the cycle program since they are able to approach the village communities.

 “The majority of MAPUM meeting members have never had the of being involved with activities such as this, thus it gives them a valuable and meaningful experience.

UniMAP Chancellor also spend time with us to meet asnaf in the villages. We are able to witness lives of different racial and religious communities in the state, "he said representing MAPUM after following the program from Taman Merpati, Kampung Padang Behor, Kampung Sungai Tepi and Kampung Bakong, here, today.

Also present were UniMAP vice-chancellor Dato 'Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal with UniMAP top management, Perlis State Department Heads, Perlis Islamic Religious Affairs and Malay Customs (MAIPs) and staff of UniMAP's residential colleges.

The MAPUM meeting which began yesterday was chaired by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) Prof. Dr. Ismail Ali.

This is 68th MAPUM meeting is the third one being organized by UniMAP. The meeting was joined by 20 UAs across the country with the objective of sharing the views of management of the UA residential college as well as functioning as an a medium for constructing accommodation management policies at UA residential colleges.

Arau, 2 August – Differences in language and culture should not be a hindrance when the main focus is to serve the community.

This was proven by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corps (SUKSIS) when they selected Pulau Panjang, Satun, Thailand as their third venue for the SUKSIS Community Outreach Program & Engagement (SCOPE) III Programme recently.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor and SUKSIS Corps Commandant Dato’ Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said that crossing borders should not be a hindrance to serve and help those in need.

UniMAP is committed to contributing to the international community that require aid and support especially in academic and social development.

“Thailand is Perlis' closest international neighbour and UniMAP is among the nearest public university to the border of Satun,” he said in his opening speech at Satun.

He added that less than 40-minutes of travel time attracted UniMAP to help develop the community there.

UniMAP will certainly return. Moreover UniMAP's expertise especially in the engineering and technology fields could help create new innovations to augment the village's existing amenities,” he said.

SCOPE III is the continuation of the SCOPE Programme, an international community-oriented initiative, which began 2 years ago.

The two-day one-night programme was attended by 35 SUKSIS Corps officers and trainees with the support of the SUKSIS Corps Commandant.

Dr. Zul Azhar also believes that even with limited time, the UniMAP students were able to gain much experience with various activities and opportunities to interact with the locals.

Among the activities held were the painting of a school, changing of a mosque's signpost, enlivening the mosque's lecture room and a motivational talk with schoolchildren.

Also present were Director of the Security Department Dato' Zull Aznam Haron, Director of UniMAP Co-curriculum Centre Prof. Madya Dr. Khairul Nizar Ismail Residential College Principal Kartini Hj. Alir and Pulau Panjang Village Chief and Representative of Pulau Puyu, Satun, Adnan Johari.

Besides community activities, the UniMAP SUKSIS Corps also visited the Satun Province Police Headquarters and had bilateral talks with the Royal Thai Police.

The delegation that was headed by Assistant Superintendent SUKSIS Corps (ASP/KS) Raja Shah Erman Raja Arifin was greeted by Deputy Commander of Satun Police along with senior police officers.

Among the issues discussed is the cooperation between UniMAP SUKSIS Corps and the Thai Royal Police in joint community-oriented policing activities in the future.

The delegates were also taken to visit areas near the police station and briefed on their daily operations as well as their approaches to reduce crime.

The first SCOPE was held in Cambodia in 2016 and SCOPE II took place in Acheh in early 2017.