By: Salbinous Saribun

KOTA KINABALU: A Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) graduate, who made a short film about her father's artistic life journey, emerged a winner for the Best Screen Play award at the recent Limkokwing Youth International Film Festival.

Siti Nuryshirah Mohd Anwar's short film entitled 'Penjara Seni' earned her a trophy and a certificate after beating 50 other contestants, including participants from China, Iran, Pakistan, Brazil, India, Philippines, Botswana, Swaziland, Syria, and Krygyzstan.

The 14-minute 19 second film featured the life story of her father, Mohd Anwar Mahmud Chuchu, who was a self-taught artist and went through challenges to chase his artistic dreams. The film was Siti Nurshurah's final year project.

Describing her win as unexpected, Siti Nuryshirah said she did not have high hope as she had submitted the same short film to other contests but luck was not on her side.

"However, I do believe that as long as there's an opportunity, there is no harm in trying. I am grateful to have won my first award and it is an international award," said the aspiring film-maker.

Siti Nursyahirah, who is a visual technology graduate, said she had chosen to tell the life story of her father because it was such an inspiring journey that the public should know as it would inspire those going through similar journey.

Through her short film, she hoped to open the eyes of all people that "self-thought artists" do exists and that their talent should not be judged by rank or position.

"My father always tells us how he became an artist. He told us how his school teachers often scolded him for filling up his exercise books with drawings and ordered him to get out of the class for doodling on the blackboard.

"But all these did not deter him from continuing with his artistic talent. My father sold 'kuih' to buy his drawing equipment and his passion for art intensified when a teacher from abroad purchased his artwork for RM5 during secondary school.

"In his adulthood, my father took courage and entered an art contest. Many professional and educated artists also joined. It was here, where my father was looked down upon and labelled as 'pelukis kampungan'," she said.

Siti Nursyahirah said after her father won the competition, he was offered to further his artistic talent in London.

However, due to financial constraint, he had to turn down the offer. Despite the setback he nevertheless managed to open his own art gallery.

Siti Nursyahirah said winning the youth international film festival could not be made possible without the help and support of her siblings, friends, and university lecturers, among others.


"It is my hope that our country organises more art competitions and that the government provides more fund to our artists, especially film-makers.

"The nation has many talented film-makers, who are facing difficulty in producing their work due to insufficient fund. I also hope the quality of Malaysian artists would continue to thrive to be on par with international art activists," she said.


KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) donated 500 Covi-Pro face masks to the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) students of SMK Putatan.

UMS Center for Instrumentation and Science Services director Associate Prof Dr Zaleha A Aziz said the contribution is indicative of the university’s concern to help curb the Covid-19 pandemic spread, including the school areas.

“It is hoped this contribution of face masks can be utilized by the SMK Putatan staff, especially in facilitating the running of smooth teaching and learning sessions,” she said.

Meanwhile, SMK Putatan Student Affairs senior assistant Faridah Yanin expressed her appreciation to UMS for the contribution.

“This contribution is very meaningful to the school, especially in helping to ensure the safety of students from the Covid-19 pandemic threat,” she said.

“This also facilitates the school in ensuring every Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) step set by the Ministry of Health Malaysia is being complied while facing the SPM examination, which started today and STPM, which will start in March,” she added.

Faridah also said that the face masks will be given to 262 SPM students and 170 STPM students for use during the examination.

During the presentation ceremony held recently, Faridah received the UMS Covi-Pro face masks from PIPS science officer Noor Azimah Pelah.

UMS also contributed 250 face masks to SMK St Mary Limbahau Papar earlier this month.

The UMS Covi-Pro face masks are produced by the Engineer Faculty volunteer team led by Dr Choong Wai Heng for the use of UMS frontline staff and members.

UMS also contributed the face masks to frontliners of various agencies like Sabah State Health Department, Likas Hospital, Ministry of Health Malaysia Training Institute, Malaysian Immigration Department and MASwings Sdn Bhd.



image style web logo umsKOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) will be receiving 6,396 students in stages starting March 1 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic's new norms.

For four days of the registration, 6,022 students will be checking into the main campus, 205 at its Sandakan branch and 168 at its international campus in Labuan.

As for its five hostels, UMS Kota Kinabalu can accommodate 7,834 students, while its Sandakan and Labuan campuses can accommodate 954 and 1,739 students, respectively.

"All students have to fill up the UMS-Shield form, an in-house online application developed by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in collaboration with the Faculty of Computing and Informatics.

"Students from Sabah have to undergo (Covid-19) swab tests during the registration.

"All students, whether they are local or from outside Sabah, have to undergo a 10-day isolation period," said UMS in a statement.

It said these measures are to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

It said through these risk assessment screenings, people who are categorised as high risk will be isolated at the treatment centre.

Others who are in the low and medium risk group would be allowed on campus but are required to do QR code scanning at all locations.

"UMS has also identified isolation and quarantine areas should there be any symptomatic cases, should they require further monitoring and follow-up swab tests."

Prior to entering campus, students have to register at the main gate and scan the QR code for MySejahtera and UMS Smart Hadir applications.

Smart Hadir, which is downloadable via Android and iPhone platforms, is another application developed by UMS to track students' attendance and locations.

As for lecture sessions, it said these will be held through physical and online-based methods based on the requirements of the respective courses.

UMS said it will impose the standard operating procedures of frequent hand-washing, wearing face masks as well as physical distancing, while also not allowing any large-scale activities.


By: Faezah Mohamad Dun

KOTA KINABALU: Hospital Universiti Malaysia Sabah (HUMS) has received RM1.5 million in aid from the state government.

The aid was presented by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Mohd Noor at the Chief Minister’s office in the Sabah State Administrative Centre (PPNS).

During the handover ceremony, UMS was represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Associate Professor Ts Dr Ramzah Dambul and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science Professor Dr Mohammad Saffree Jeffree.

The aid was aimed at providing assistance to HUMS in conducting Covid-19 tests and in turn curbing the spread of the virus.

Also present was State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong and Community Development and People’s Wellbeing Minister Ir Shahelmey Yahya.



By: Mohd Affzanizam Mohd Amin

KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) was conferred two awards in the category of Finance and Education during the Public Sector Innovation Award ceremony held at the Sabah State Administrative Centre (PPNS) here.

UMS Treasury Department through its team, Momentum, captured the attention of juries with their innovation in setting up an online payment system which won them the Innovation Award for Finance under the federal category.

The university also received the Innovation Award for Education under federal category through its PPST STEM Warrior team under the Preparatory Centre for Science and Technology (PPST) which demonstrated their innovation in cultivating interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among school students using problem-based learning.

UMS’ victory was broadcast live on the Sabah government official YouTube channel and Zoom application.
The results were also witnessed by UMS representatives for both categories, who received RM3,000 cash prize and a trophy each.

The event, jointly organized by the Deputy State Secretary (Administration) Office and Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) Sabah, received 163 entries for the eight awards under state and federal categories, as well as three special awards namely the State Federal Secretary’s Award, State Secretary’s Award and Chief Minister’s Award.

The ceremony was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor.

Also present were State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong, State Federal Secretary Datuk Samsuni Mohd Nor and State Public Service Department director Datuk Datu Rosmadi Datu Sulai.


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