Six UMS project pro­pos­als ap­proved for fund­ing By Fiqah Roslan

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KOTA KIN­A­BALU: Six grass­roots project pro­pos­als were ap­proved for fund­ing in con­junc­tion with Projects for Hap­pi­ness 2018, to pro­mote hap­pi­ness and ad­dress the root cause of poverty and poor ed­u­ca­tion.

The projects were pro­posed by Univer­sity Malaysia Sabah (UMS) stu­dents and were ap­proved for RM39,375, with a min­i­mum ad­di­tional 10 per cent of funds raised by par­tic­i­pants as part of the con­di­tions to en­hance project im­pact.

UMS was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in Projects for Hap­pi­ness 2018 by Khind Starfish Foun­da­tion, an ini­tia­tive that started in 2014 and is open to all un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents in Malaysia.

The six projects cov­ered health ed­u­ca­tion for in­creas­ing al­co­hol aware­ness in Tam­bunan, en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness in stop­ping plas­tic straw us­age in Kota Kin­a­balu and community de­vel­op­ment in im­ple­ment­ing sus­tain­able tech­nol­ogy sys­tems for clean drink­ing wa­ter in Tawau, Tenom, Pa­par and Ranau.

The projects were guided by lec­tur­ers from the En­gi­neer­ing, Science and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, and Med­i­cal and Health Sciences fac­ul­ties.

UMS vice chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr D Ka­marudin D Mudin said it was the first time that UMS par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gramme and thanked the Cen­tre for In­dus­try and Community Net­work (CICN) for or­gan­is­ing it. He also thanked UMS mem­bers for their sup­port.

“The strong sup­port of lec­tur­ers and stu­dents from the Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing, the Fac­ulty of Science and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and the Fac­ulty of Medicine & Health Sciences is very much ap­pre­ci­ated and we be­lieve the par­tic­i­pa­tion of more stu­dents from all fac­ul­ties at UMS will be ex­pected in the fu­ture.

“All ar­eas of the Projects for Hap­pi­ness project de­sign, which are ed­u­ca­tion, poverty erad­i­ca­tion, cul­tural and per­form­ing arts, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, an­i­mal wel­fare and racial har­mony, shall be looked into.

“We hope that this col­lab­o­ra­tion will con­tinue so we can en­cour­age stu­dent ini­tia­tive, in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship by find­ing cre­ative ways of help­ing to up­lift lives of those who are so­cio-eco­nom­i­cally chal­lenged through sus­tain­able community ini­tia­tives,” he said in his open­ing ad­dress.

His speech was de­liv­ered by CICN di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Dr Coswald Stephen Si­paut. Also present at the event was Khind Starfish Foun­da­tion chair­man Cheng Ping Keat.

Stand­ing, from third right: Cheng and Coswald with team mem­bers who won the Best Project Award with their ‘Sus­tain­abil­ity Des­ig­na­tion and Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Idea of Biosand Fil­ter at Kam­pung Sing­garon, Ranau’.

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