By Feria Lee
TUESDAY, 20 OCTOBER – Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) through its Ethnography and Development Research Unit (UPEP), Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage (FKSW) in collaboration with the Northern Corridor Research Centre (NCRC) of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Kedah recently held the 3rd Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Workshop at the Gallery, UMS.
The main objective of the workshop was to provide awareness on the current insight on SIA practices especially at Project Level said the Co-Chair of this 3rd SIA Workshop, Dr. Gaim James Lunkapis in his speech.
“There has been an increasing awareness that in most or if not all project developments, there are human elements involved and that we need to take care of the social impact of every project,” he added.
Earlier, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation, Professor Dr. Shahril Yusof who officated at the opening on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr. Mohd Harun Abdullah in his speech said that assessment must be done in every aspect of development, citing the example of UMS and its road leading to its hospital that is still under construction.
“We need to build a dual-carriageway going to UMS Hospital to cater to the foreseeable traffic,” he said.
The one and a half day workshop also featured talks by experts such as Dr. Paul Porodong, Dr. Dayang Suria Hj Mulia, Dr. Ubong Imang and the Chairman himself who touched on ‘SIA as Stand Alone Report: Issues and Challenges’; ‘Social Impact Assessment of Project Development: Background and Criteria for Project Requiring SIA’ by Associate Professor Dr. Sharifah Norazizan Syed Abd. Rahman of UUM; ‘Participatory Activity on Output and Outcome Evaluation – Grouping’ by Mohd Khidir Majid and ‘Social Studies in EIA Systems in Sabah’ by Daisy Aloysius.
Also present at the opening ceremony were the Dean of FKSW, Professor Dato’ Hamdan Hj. Adnan; Head of UPEP, Associate Professor Dr. Rosazman Hussein; and Director of the Northern Corridor Research Centre (NCRC) cum Co-Chair of the workshop, Associate Professor Dr. Rohana Yusof.