THURSDAY, 30 APRIL
– Members of the university must be versatile and should not spend too much time in classroom alone.
Vice-Chancellor of UMS, Professor Datuk Dr. Mohd Harun Abdullah said, steps taken by the academics and administrative staff to reach out to others in remote areas was a noble effort and should be emulated.
“It will not only be able to reach rural communities but even produce greater range of ideas in order to help empower rural communities to increase awareness on academic achievement,” he said this when launching the 2nd
Rentas Borneo at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, this morning.
Datuk Harun also thanked volunteers from UMS 4WD Club who was the main organiser.
On behalf of UMS, he thanked all those who had helped in organising this challenging programme thus bringing the name of UMS to the interior of Sabah namely Pagalungan.
“Indeed, UMS hopes that each programme organised would bring an impact to the community and the people of the Land Below the Wind.
“Being at the top leadership of the university, I place high confidence that UMS staff would always place priority in doing community work,” Datuk Harun added.
The opening ceremony of the 2nd
Rentas Borneo will be officiated by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Member of Parliament for Pensiangan, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, on 2 May at Pagalungan.
The Rentas Borneo expedition last year saw UMS involving 26 4WD vehicles crossing Beaufort, Sipitang, Tenom, Keningau, Nabawan, Kalabakan, Tawau, Lahad Datu, Tg. Labian, Sandakan, Beluran, Paitan, Pitas, Kota Marudu before ending in Kota Kinabalu. – SS (fl)Photo: Ernest BerinusMeida and Citra Division