kiara sprumsMONDAY, 27 APRIL – Of late, corruption is seen to occur rampantly, with the involvement of various groups including the young among civil servants, businessmen, university students and others.

Thus, the Anti-Corruption and Integrity Carnival (KIARA) Sabah State Level organised by the Secretariat of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (SPRUMS) could serve as a platform for educating the young about the value of integrity and sense of responsibility in the fight against corruption.

Director of the Community Education Division Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Dato’ Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil in his speech said this at the closing ceremony of the carnival held at the Main Lecture Hall 2, UMS recently.

He said, having a materialistic mentality, embracing the easy way out and getting rich quickly were becoming more common in the Malaysian culture, thus leading to the problem of corruption, misappropriation and abuse of power.

“Therefore, KIARA is a good effort as a platform for each generation to hold discussions and express views that can help and benefit MACC.

“With the organising of this programme, it is hoped that participants could improve their knowledge and awareness and determination in the fight against corruption, which is widespread,” he expressed.

During the ceremony, Dato’ Shamsun also presented prizes to the participants from secondary schools who competed in several competitions held in conjunction with the KIARA programme.

The carnival in collaboration with the Sabah State Education Department and the Department of Student Affairs UMS had brought together secondary school students from 23 schools around Kota Kinabalu. –MA (fl)

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reaksi kwspFRIDAY, 24 APRIL – The guarantee by Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak that the Employees Provident Fund withdrawals remain at age 55 received positive reaction from the public.

At Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), media survey found that the announcement was welcomed by staff specially those who opted for the EPF scheme.

Kenny Uwai, 33 expressed the leader’s concern as very fair and accurate.

“At 55 years old, we can still spend the money according to our capacity, more so for those who might have university-going children. Therefore, the contributions could ease their burden,” said the Assistant Administrative Officer at the Faculty of Sciences and Natural Resources (FSSA).

For Noranizah Taufick of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (JTMK), the announcement was very encouraging, adding that the Prime Minister was a people-oriented leader.

“At that age, if given a healthy body we can still use the money to work on something like starting a business, cattle rearing and so on.

At least we can enjoy our hard-earned money saved over the years at a relatively relevant age,” he added, who had been working in UMS for three years.

Recently, many were shocked by the news that EPF withdrawals would be extended to 60 years old.

But the issue was cleared through Dato’ Seri Najib in his keynote address at the Invest Malaysia 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. – SS (fl)


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Ragbi2THURSDAY, 23 APRIL – Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Rugby Team is currently in the process of preparation for the Kota Kinabalu Rugby League Championship 2015.

Known as UMS Heron, the second division league champion last season is undergoing training and had held friendly matches in preparation for maintaining their fitness and performance of every player who will be in the tournament.

Head coach of the team, Dr. Mohamad Nizam Nazarudin said, the series of friendly matches were held to help the players get use to the style of play in the competition.

“Stringent training such as fitness and cardiovascular endurance were also carried to strengthen the team,” he told UMS Media.

Not ruling out that the competition would be a stiff on, he stressed that UMS Heron would focus on strengthening the team and not just to win the title.

“Although the team loss a player who hailed from Fiji and has since graduated, I believe that the team has a great mental endurance and the ability to present us with a good game,” he added.

Meanwhile, Team Leader, Deirdre Daryl Dasing said he and his team members aimed to claim the title again, bringing UMS name to a higher level.

“I believe the combination of old and new players will form an incredible aura and strength,” he added with zeal. – ZMD (fl)

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Labuan Charity RunFRIDAY, 24 APRIL – Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Labuan International Campus (KAL) is targeting 500 participants for the Labuan Charity Run (LCR) 2015 on 10 May 2015.

Programme Director, Rachel Lam Kit Yee said the run was held to strengthen the relationship between participants and UMSKAL as the sole university in the Federal Territory of Labuan.

“This programme is in line with the university’s management to enculture EcoCampus besides strengthening relationship between UMSKAL and the local community,” she said when met by UMS media.

According to her, the run was one of the government’s efforts to help protect the environment by making sure that no rubbish were thrown indiscriminately on the beach or the sea which are the route of the run.

She added that the registration for the run can be made online through or by calling the secretariat at 016-5958809 and a fee of RM30 for students and RM50 for non-students will be imposed.

“Cash prizes of RM500, RM300 and RM200 await the winners of the first, second and third placings, whilst the 10 fastest runners in each category will receive a Finisher medal each,” she said.

The prize-giving ceremony is expected to be presented by UMSKAL Director, Associate Professor Dr. Murnizam Hj. Halik. – ZMD (fl)

Source: Azri Onn

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Website UMSTHURSDAY, 23 APRIL – Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) improved its rating in ‘The Provider Based Evaluation (ProBE) 2014' formerly known as Malaysia Government Portals and Websites Assessment (MGPWA).

The assessment was one of the government’s efforts in ensuring that government ministries and agencies improve their online system effectively.

Based on the results published by MGPWA Facebook account, UMS website achieved a five star rating based on assessment conducted by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MdeC) on 1 July 2014.

Meanwhile, the Department of Information and Communication Technology (JTMK) in a statement disclosed that the highest record for UMS in the MGPWA score was a five star status awarded in 2012.

However, the rating fell in 2013 due to a change in the scoring format which was not notified in advance.

Based on these results, the Management and Technical Website Committee consisting of JTMK, Corporate Communications Division and the Media and Citra Division was established to plan and coordinate the university’s website.

The statement also noted that the UMS Management and Technical Website Committee this year planned to upload a new design that was more user-friendly, consistent with the requirements of MGPWA.

Out of 1,086 government agencies’ website evaluated, 293 were accredited with a five star status. – ZMD (fl)

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