December 2009


THE SHOES

Anne is six years older than me. Growing up, we were very poor, and my mother worked evenings at a factory in a small midwestern town. Not seeing my mother much, Anne took over much of the maternal support, and she was awarded the authority to give me and my younger sister permission to do things. Actually, going to Anne was much better than going to a parent as she could award permission, but never had an urge to punish us when we broke the rules. Therefore, we were a bit more willing to confess our activities to Anne and sometimes benefited from her sisterly advice. During those turbulent teenage years, Anne was always there for me, not only as a big sister, but as a mother and my best friend.
When I was seventeen and had no money, I thought my only chance of going to college was if I could win a scholarship. I had an important interview for such an award. Anne at that time was struggling, surviving on a part-time job as she put herself through the local community college after serving in the army.  I told her of my interview, that General Motors was sending me a bus ticket, and I would get to visit the city for my scholarship interview.  It would be the first time I ever saw a city. I was excited about the adventure and asked her advice on what to wear. I showed her my best outfit and how I planned to be careful how I sat so that the hole in the bottom of my shoe would not be seen, but I wasn’t sure what I would do if it rained. I showed her how I would stand with my arm slightly in front of me to hide the blemish from my factory-second pants from the farmers’ market.  My best blouse was a find at a yard sale, slightly faded but still pretty.

Anne suggested that we go shopping, and we took the bus to the JCPenney store. She took me to the shoe department, and we found a beautiful pair of leather shoes on sale. She told me to try them on, but I thought it was just for fun as neither of us had ever owned anything that expensive before. Sometimes we did go shopping together and tried on things just to see what they looked and felt like, but we never could afford to buy them. It was like playing dress-up. But this time was different. Anne handed me the boxed shoes and said, “Here, I’ll buy these for you.”

“But . . .” was all I could say.
“You deserve them,” she replied.  “This interview is important.  I want to see you get that scholarship.”

I was speechless as I knew this was a lot of money for her, and she would probably have to eat nothing but ramen noodles for at least a month.

I went to the interview and crossed my legs so that my beautiful new shoes shone with pride.  I won the scholarship and became an engineer. Although they were nice leather everyday shoes, I didn’t wear them much because they were so special. I hope Anne didn’t think I did not like them or something.  Now, after twenty years have passed, I still have that pair of shoes with me, and I just wear them on those little occasions when I need to feel special. It’s kind of like having magic ruby slippers when you’re homesick.

On November 23rd to 24th, SRCUTP was invited to join Pra-Majlis Perundingan Pelajar Kebangsaan (Pra-MPPK). Pra-MPPK which was held in ESSET, Kajang, Kuala Lumpur involved Students Representatives Council of various IPTA and IPTS around Malaysia.

Three of our representatives; Wan Abdul Mu’id Basidth Bin Wan Lokman, Mohd Syahmi Syazwan Bin Zahari and Siti Sara Lyana Binti Badly Sham were there to share thought and opinion on national issues and problems face by students which will be issued to the Ministry of Higher Education later on during the actual Majlis Perundingan Pelajar Kebangsaan 2009.

Participants were divided into seven groups to choose and discuss on issues that will be highlighted to the government. Issues of all aspects either related to students, university or the country were openly discussed. Our representatives were very outstanding in giving their piece of mind in the discussion. At the end of the day, all issues were presented by each group to the officers of Ministry of Higher Education for approval. Once approval is given, group will have to start the paperwork during the time before MPPK.

Some of the issues which had been approved for further discussion during the actual MPPK are The Negative Impacts of Media on the Future Generation, Understanding and Application of Satu Malaysia, Enhancing the Sport Industry, Finishing School Program, Introduction of Koperasi Nasional, Enhancing Food Quality and Cleanliness, and many more.

It is such a great experience for us to be there with all of the leaders of other universities. Having the opportunity to sit together and discuss on national issue deeply and seriously was an experience which we will treasure. Changing experience on the problems faced by other universities makes us realize that being a Students Representative is not always about the summon issue, internet problem, food quality problem and many more. It opens up our mind that as future leaders, we should not only be thinking of issue around us or in our campus but the national issues as well. The responsibility of a student does not only about achieving good grades and being active in co-curriculum activities. We should start thinking on how and in what sense can we contribute to the country as a student.

source : http://utpress.blogspot.com/2009/12/pra-majlis-perundingan-pelajar.html

Assalamualaikum w.b.t,

On 23rd November, a group of Form 1 to Form 4 students from Jeli, Kelantan visited Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, UTP. The purpose of the visit was to gain general knowledge about UTP and also to motivate them to excel in their studies.

Management has appointed MPPUTP to conduct sharing session with the students. MPPUTP was represented by Ahmad Umair Bin Zubir, Aziz Aulov and Hasmadi Bin Hasbi. We have conducted the session in Room 2, Undercroft, Chancellor Complex.

At first the session was quite passive. The students looked very tired as they have traveled for the whole day. But after a while we managed to chill them up with some exercises and quizzes. They were eager to ask question on how to excel in study.

Moreover, we managed to discuss a lot of issues such as time management, leadership skills and life as university student. It was a great exposure for them to prepare themselves to face the obstacles as the university students.

For me, it was a memorable moment for us as we can share our experience and knowledge with them. Besides, most of them have given full cooperation during the session by asking several questions. At last, we manage to finish the session at 11.30pm and we received “special“souvenirs from the teachers.

I have realized one important thing during the session. I believe that as university students our responsibilities are not just studying 24 hours but we need to allocate our time to serve the community. They need us to motivate them. They need us to share our thought with them. So my friend, let us change our way of thinking, we are not only belong to UTP but we belong to our community.

Best Regards,

ahmad umair

HICOM MPPUTP 2009/10

PRESIDENT MUHAMMAD HANIFF BIN HUMAM 013-4745996 CV

VICE PRESIDENT I AHMAD UMAIR BIN ZUBIR 019-5206355 CV

VICE PRESIDENT II SERMPHON KLAISEENGERN (THAILAND) 014-3020483 PE

SECRETARY I NURUL AIN BINTI R ASMAN 019-5178408 CE

SECRETARY II JENANI JAYAVALAN 017-5646445 ICT

TREASURER WAN ABDUL MU’ID BASIDTH BIN WAN LOKMAN 019-5229727 PG


EXCO MPPUTP 2009/10

ACADEMIC AND CAREER

NUR AQILAH BINTI MUSTAFA 019-5237704 ICT

ISSA ABDRAMANE (CHAD) 014-2522532 EE

WELFARE

WAN IBRAHIM BIN WAN MAMAT 013-4745300 ME

NUR SYAFIQAH BINTI ABDUL MANAN 019-5426607 CE

ECONOMY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

MUHAMMAD ARIFF ZAKY BIN MOHD ZOLKAFLY 017-5440818ME

ERIC MATTHEW CAPEL 016-4703760 EE

CULTURE AND SOCIETY

SYED MUHAMMAD ABDUL HAQ BIN SYED MAT DAUD 013-2128965 CE

SITI SARA LYANA BINTI BADLY SHAM 019-5694415 CV

PROMOTION AND PUBLICATION

MUHAMMAD REDHA BIN FADZIL 019-5236198 PE

AZIZ AULOV (TURKMENISTAN) 017-6315312 CV

SPORTS AND RECREATION

MOHAMMAD FAKRURRADHI BIN HAMTHAN 017-5880108/019-5210647 BIS

DEVARANI A/P KUMARASAN 012-5475909 ICT

PUBLIC RELATION

AWANGKU ALIZUL AZAHARI BIN AWANGKU MATALI 013-5080016 PE

MOHD SYAHMI SYAZWAN BIN ZAHARI 017-9278246 BIS

Assalamualaikum wbt, and very good evening I bid to master of ceremony, fellow candidates, my supportive friends and last but not lease to all my beloved UTPians. Thank you for spending your precious time with us tonight.

First and foremost, before I start my speech, let me introduce myself,

My name is, Ahmad Umair Bin Zubir.

  1. Currently in 2nd year 1st semester.
  2. In Civil Engineering Department.
  3. I am candidate number 6… and competing for general constituency.

Briefly about my achievement in UTP :

  1. Representative of UTP to “Seminar Pembangunan Mahasiswa” in UUM, Sintok, Kedah.
  2. Assistant Head of Rakan Wirausaha Secreteriat Rakan Muda UTP,
  3. MAS facilitator for Jan 09, Mei 09 and Julai09.
  4. Head of Expo deparment Halal Fest 2009.
  5. Head of AnE deparment for Marsha IW 2009.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I strongly believe that to be a student representative is the best way to develop leadership quality in one self. Great leaders are those who can create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and drive it to completion.”Besides, leaders will not give up easily instead they always strive their best in pursuing their vision while inspiring others to do the same. Believe in me my fellow friends, as I will become a potential leader you will vote for.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In my observation, as a UTPian, we have witnessed that not all the graduated students managed to fullfill the mission of UTP which is to produce well-rounded graduates who are creative and innovative with the potential to become leaders of industry and the nation. Well, I wonder why? Where is the mistakes to be correct, where’s the flaw to be mend, where’s the weakness to be improvise??

Well the finite anwser is most of the students are very exam oriented. As we all know, ESU have taken a drastic action by implementing the CM to the Petronas scholarship in order to enhance their academic performance. Almost 410 or 6.5% of students have been affected by the CM in Julai 2008. It was a serious matter and most of the student decided to focus more on their academic. They refused to join any event and it has restraint their opputunity to develop personal skills in order to become well rounded students.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Leaders of tomorrow,

If I am being elected as SRC, my vision and mission is crystal clear which I will strive my best to spread the intellectual awareness among the student. What I mean by intellectual awareness is the environment that can generate sensitivity among the students about current issues happening around them. Firstly, I will organize intellectual student convention. In this convention, there will be prominent speakers such as Prof Madya Dr Mohammad Agus Bin Yusoff, political analysis and also Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr Khoo Kay Kim, a well-known historian. I am very confident that it will attract the students to participate in this session and it will instil the intellectual awareness among the students.

Secondly, I will put my effort in order to enhance and optimize the UTPress function. I will make sure that UTPress will be the medium to nurture the intellectual environment by establish team of journalist and team of public survey. They will provide articles and surveys related to intellectual matters. Therefore, I am strongly believe with these implementations, we can nurture the intellectual awareness among the students.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Finally, to end my speech, I want to restate that by organizing Intellectual student convention and optimize the UTPress function we would finally achieve the UTP mission which is to produce well rounded graduates.  I believe with your support, your trust, and your vote, we will reach the pinnacle of success. More and more intellectual graduates will be born here and they will contribute for the well being of our nation.

With that, Thank you and have a pleasant evening.

Assalamualaikum w.b.t,

First and foremost, I would like to thank to Allah, the most gracious and merciful, I have been given the strength to life in this world until this time of moment.

I would like to express my highest gratitude to all my friends who supported me in the previous election. Thank you to civilian  for your overwhelming support. Thank you to all my beloved friends. I believe that the victory is not only for me but also for all of you.

God willing, this blog will become the bridge for me to voice out my concern about UTP and also national issues. I believe there are many problems and issues that need to be brought up and solved together. This is the medium for UTPian to speak for their rights and the medium for me to uphold student’s right.

Let us work together, arm in arm so that we can bring new changes for the betterment of UTPian. I am very optimist that we can reach to the pinnacle of success but the key for it is unity.

Once again, thank you for your support and cooperation.


Best Regards,

ahmad umair