Padang Besar, June 25 – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), which has always been determined to produce holistic human capital that contributes to the country’s development and industrial competitiveness agenda, has widened its enrolment for the first time to accept a disabled (OKU) student in its diploma programme.

Perlis-born Muhammad Adib Wajdi Dzulhawira, 18, has been offered a place in the Diploma of Microelectronics Programme for three years or six semesters and is expected to complete the course at the end of 2020.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said UniMAP received information about the student who had failed to secure a place at other higher education institutions due to his disability.

“He obtained good Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results and should be given the opportunity to further his studies.

“But it was informed that he did not make the first intake was due to his leg disability and this should not be the case,” he said after the 2018/2019 Academic Session Student Welcome Ceremony at the UniMAP Uniciti Alam campus yesterday.

He added that UniMAP is convinced that everyone should be treated fairly and any differences should not be a barrier."UniMAP is ready to help him realise his dreams and the first step is to offer him a place of study," he said.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Adib Wajdi, the eldest of two siblings, wants to prove to the world that his disability is not a barrier to becoming successful.

“As the eldest, I want to be the best example to my brother and to make my parents proud.“Thanks to UniMAP for this opportunity and InsyaAllah it will not be wasted,” he said.

Pauh Putra, 13th June – 263 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) students did not have to struggle going to the bus station to catch their express buses in order to return to their hometowns for Aidilfitri as buses had been booked for them to depart from the campus.

The UniMAP Balik Raya Bus Project Programme was organised by the Student Representative Council (MPP) to help students return to their hometowns and launched by UniMAP Vice Chancellor Dato' Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal from the Tun Abdul Razak Residential College (PFI2) at the UniMAP campus at 10.00 PM here today.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (HEPA) Professor Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan was also present at the launch.

UniMAP MPP President Muhammad Amir Hakim Razali said that the programme was carried out with the cooperation of the IR-SAF bus company which provided eight buses for the programme.

“MPP was concerned with UniMAP colleagues who could not buy bus tickets as they were sold out ahead of the celebrations, so this initiative was conceived to help our friends return home.

“In addition, the fare is cheaper than the normal buses and our friends' travel costs are reduced as they need not take other public transports to get to the bus station,” he said when met after the launch of the programme.

Meanwhile, first year Mechatronic Engineering student Abdul Rafieq Haiqal Abdul Rahman who was bound for Kuala Lumpur said that he was excited to be able to go home for the celebrations with his UniMAP compatriots and did not have to travel far to catch an express bus.

He said he would be able to get to know new friends and share with them en route.

“Some would not sleep in transit because of the fun chatting before arriving at our respective destinations and eating sahur together,” he said.

Besides launching the programme, Dr Zul Azhar also spent time distributing moreh meals to students on the bus before the bus departed.

KANGAR – With Aidilfitri just around the corner, the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) School of Bioprocess Engineering stepped forward to help three underprivileged families.

School of Bioprocess Engineering Senior Lecturer Dr. Syazni Zainul Kamal said the Underprivileged Search Programme is an annual event held during Ramadhan aimed at raising awareness on charity, helping to alleviate the burden of underprivileged families and encouraging closer ties between UniMAP staff and the local community.

“We have identified three families who are in need of aid and among the contributions provided were rice, sugar, oil, mattresses, pillows, clothes and cash.

“These donations were contributed by the School of Bioprocess Engineering staff,” he said when contacted recently.

Syazni also said that this program was even more meaningful as they have also helped a student who had rejected a UniMAP Diploma in Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) offer because of financial constraints.

“As a result of the efforts of the Underprivileged Search Committee, we have succeeded in helping this student to obtain aid from the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs).

“The School has also started a flash donation fund and a readmission appeal into the diploma programme and the student would be enrolled for the second intake on June 25,” he said.

Kangar, 1 June – To experience variety in the studies of hadrah arts, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Cultural and Recreation Unit (UKR) showed its support for the border community in Thailand by holding the recent Hadrah Arts Heritage Trail Programme in Phattalung.

The delegation consisting of 30 UKR staff members and eight UniMAP students also had the opportunity to perform and share the hadrah arts of Perlis and Thailand with the local community.

UKR Director Mohd Izwan Izhar Haris said hadrah was popular among people in the northern region of peninsular Malaysia about 60 years ago.

He said the art was then brought to southern Thailand as it is religious which has encouraged him to launch the Hadrah Art Heritage Trail program.

“The arts sharing between Perlis and Thailand was held at the Khuandonwittaya School, providing UKR staff and students with opportunities to broaden their knowledge about hadrah of the communities in both places,” he said.

In addition to this, UniMAP students from the Sutramaya team were also given the opportunity to perform at Halal Food Street Satun 2018.

Mohd Izwan added that in conjunction with the programme, they also have organised volunteer work and recreational activities, such as kayaking in Manang as a teambuilding activity.

“Volunteering activities were held by organising a gotong royong to clean the biggest mosque in Hatyai, namely the Nurul Din Mosque on the last day of the programme, including donating to the mosque committee members.

“This proves that the programme not only focuses on art but also on volunteerism and staff development programmes,” he said.

The programme ran for three days with the intention of establishing good cooperation and ties with the Thai border and to uphold the spirit of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).