ICUUUM ONLINE: The Kedah State Development Office presented aid worth MYR103,800 for education and welfare of UUM students who hail from the state of Kedah.

The Aid for Kedah Student Mock Cheque was presented by the Director of the Kedah State Development Office, Dr. Megat Sany Megat Ahmad Supian to UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Dr. Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani at the Visitors’ Lounge recently.

Dr. Megat said presenting aid worth MYR103,800 to students who are native of Kedah studying in UUM would help ease their burden of continuing their studies.

“As an alumnus of UUM, I have never lost sight of the motto – Knowledge, Virtue, Service.  I have gained knowledge, now is the time for me to find ways to give back to UUM and continue to contribute to Kedah-born students,” he said at the Presentation of Aid for Kedah Students and Donations for the Purchasing of Sewing Machine in the Production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Ceremony.

Meanwhile, according to the Vice-Chancellor, UUM had always taken proactive steps to assist its students especially those in the B40 group in ensuring that they will able to continue to study well and that their welfare will always be taken care of.

According to him, a total of 3,225 undergraduate and 15 postgraduate Kedah-born students were pursuing their studies at UUM.

"Today, the Kedah State Development Office came forward with such meaningful and tremendous help in the effort to ensure that Kedah-born students can continue studying with ease at UUM," he said.

He further reiterated that the university was moving towards digitization which also included the implementation of remote learning to ensure that learning sessions can take place and make certain that students will be able to complete their studies within the specified period.

“It is also my fervent hope that the university will move faster to establish a centre for technology, mathematics and science in line with the state government's aspiration to become a developed state and the community can enjoy a better economy.

He said UUM, in collaboration with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) and the Food Bank Malaysia organisation, successfully helped students in the aspect of social welfare.

"In September 2019, UUM officially became a strategic partner of KPDNHEP and several food and beverage companies to launch the 'UUM Food Bank' initiative to ensure that no students go hungry," he said.

In addition, he said that the MYR30,000 aid from the UUM Alumni Association and Alumni Centre was for the purchase of 10 units of Sewing Machines for the Production of PPE Gowns in aid of front line personnel to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We are responding to the call made by His Royal Highness the Raja Muda of Kedah who would like to see UUM become mindful of the community and do more to help improve the local economy.

"The COVID -19 is not over yet, many have lost their jobs and I hope that with the assistance channelled, we will be able to help the community to generate income and survive through the year," he added.