The Higher Learning Institution (IPTA) is to produce not only top students but also serves to create human capital useful to the family, community and country. To form a personal development student at the Polytechnic Muadzam Shah (PMS), an Islamic center was established to produce human capital intellectuals and experts in technology. The Islamic Center and mosque building was first built in 2005 and was completed four years later, which allows PMS citizens including students carrying out religious activities with ease.
According to the first Imam of the Islamic Center, Badrul Bastamam Mohd Hakimi, the mosques play a variety of functions can accommodate about 1,500 hinggan 2,000 pilgrims at a time thus become the focus of citizens PMS. Not only comfortable but also offer prayers with them also hold various activities for the benefit of the campus community in particular students. Among the activities is to provide classes fluently, taranum Koran, weekly lectures, Quranic Literacy program and smart prayers. Hakimi said Badrul organized activities in collaboration with the academic staff of the General Studies Department of Islamic religious education. The building consists of two floors with the bottom part is reserved for the men and the upper floor for women. The center is equipped with the Imam room, speaker room, mini library, computer room and meeting rooms. (KK18: February 2nd, 2013 - By: Alina Zaireen Ismail)
Helps to Donate Blood
The Polytechnic Muadzam Shah has responded to the government's campaign to organize blood donation program which was held simultaneously in polytechnics across the country to break the record in the Malaysia Book of Records. The program was held at the Polytechnic Muadzam Shah, Rompin in September 2012. According to the deputy director, Sulaiman Abdul Kadir, the blood donation program which started at 8.45 am and ends at 2.00 pm received an overwhelming response from students. A total of 162 students and staff donated blood at the inaugural program at that institution.
The blood donation program was organised to help the National Blood Bank to fund for blood as well as to perform welfare activities for the community. The program is also an effort to encourage people to donate blood while performing charity. Abdul Kadir Sulaiman hoped that the program will become an annual program of the Muadzam Shah Polytechnic students as an evident of their concerns for the lack of blood at the Blood Bank. (KK17: 8 November 2012)
Adding Knowledge Entrepreneurship
More than 1,000 people around Rompin present Entrepreneurship Program and Career Carnival 2012 held on August 28, 2012 then at the Polytechnic Muadzam Shah (PMS). The carnival was held over two days was officiated by the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education, Datuk Omar Abdul Rahman. With the theme of Entrepreneurship Drives Polytechnic, carnival is a platform for students to enhance their knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship. Thus giving exposure to the procedure to attend an interview and write a resume as preparation for entry into the working world. According to Datuk Omar Abdul Rahman, who held this program and hopefully become a catalyst for efforts to lay a solid foundation for improving the capacity for knowledge and employability of graduates PMS products.
There are many fun activities planned including entrepreneurship briefing jointly Business Group Economic Fund (TEKUN) National, entrepreneurial stalls, prime forum, open interviews and career clinics. Datuk Omar Abdul Rahman said, the students will have much to gain from organizing Entrepreneurship and Career Carnival 2012. In fact, he described it as a one-stop center that allows graduates get jobs related information. However, he advised that the graduates should not expect the institutions to assist them before stepping into the working world. They should understand what is the real-life needs of entering the world of work. Datuk Omar Abdul Rahman advised the graduates to enhance their knowledge in the related fields understand the trying to reach career goals. (KK16: 11 September 2012 - By: Alina Zaireen Ismail)
Produce Innovative And World-Class Students
MARA Junior Science College (MRSM) Muadzam Shah began its operation on 26 June 1995 headed by the Principal, Wan Mohd Yusih Wan Ali. A total of 135 Form 1 students were admitted as a pioneer group on 31 September 1995 together with 10 teachers and a General Assistant. The second group of 100 students were enrolled in December 1995. In the beginning, MRSM Muadzam Shah was established as a lower secondary institution. Students who completed their Lower Secondary Assessment examination (PMR) were sent to other MRSM to continue their studies to upper secondary level.
Physical development was increased in 1999 and students’ intake was made at the Form 1 and Form 4 level for students from Fully Aided Government Schools and post-PMR graduates of MRSM. MRSM Muadzam Shah underwent three phases of physical and infrastructural development. The first phase started from the early stage of its construction until its operations in 1995. At that time, it had only one administration block, a library building, 60 male and 48 female dormitory rooms that could accommodate 432 students. Eight Science Laboratories, 12 classrooms, a prayer place, dining hall and a Principal’s house were also built.
Beginning mid-1997 to 1998, several additional buildings were constructed in the second phase. Among the buildings that underwent expansion was administrative building, library, dining hall and prayer hall which could accommodate 650 congregations. The male and female dormitories, classrooms, core science laboratories, four classrooms or Living Skills workshop, two computer laboratories, staff room, art and design room and cooperative space were also increased. A large hall which could accommodate 1,000 audiences, teacher’s quarters and a school field were also provided. Phase Three involved the construction of a covered walkway and the renovation of the administrator’s rooms and library. (KK14: 4 April 2012 – By: Alina Zaireen Ismail)
BB1M Voucher Assistance
About 1,500 students of Politeknik Muadzam Shah were fortunate to be chosen as recipients of 1Malaysia Book Voucher (BB1M) valued at RM200.00 in last January 2012. The presentation of BB1M was made by YB Senator Datuk Maznah Mazlan, Muadzam Shah State Assemblyman. According to YB Senator Datuk Maznah, the book voucher represented one of the government’s initiatives to enhance the love for knowledge culture among university students. As Deputy Minister of Human Resources, she informed that the voucher was a ‘special gift’ from the government to university students so that they could purchase reference materials for learning purposes.
Although most university students were exposed to internet technology, the reference books could provide the required information as well. She added that reference books were important to every university student since a lot of knowledge were unavailable in the website. As long as students continued to use reference books as scientific and research resources, she believed that they would not disappear due to the various branches of knowledge available. Thus, the students should work hard and excel because they were a group of fortunate students who were not forgotten in the realisation of national education goals. Moreover, they would be the ones to determine the direction and future of the country one day. (KK13: 25 January 2012 – By: Alina Zaireen Ismail)
Exposure To Science And Mathematics
Sixty-seven students from 19 seconday schools in Pahang took part in the Mathematics Quiz held on last 2 August, 2011 organised by the Kuantan Campus of the International Islamic University (UIA). Among the schools that took part in the competition were Mara Junior College, Kuantan, Mara Junior College, Muadzam Shah, Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi, Kuantan, Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Ahmad Shah, Pekan, SM Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Kuantan, SM Sains Tengku Abdullah, SM Teknik Kuantan, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Clifford, SMK Indera, SMK Ketari, SMK Mahmud, SMK Tun Razak, SMK St Thomas, SMK Tanah Putih, SMK Air Putih and SMK Tengku Afzan. The objective of the quiz was to expose students to courses offered by the university especially in science and mathematics. The occasion was attended by YBhg Datuk Mazlan Mohamad, Pahang Director of Education and Professor Dr Kamaruzzaman Yunus, Dean of the Kulliyah Science of the university.
According to YBhg Datuk Mazlan, the two subjects are very important as they help to develop a society that is innovative and progressive apart from active users of technology in future. The brains of students who are exposed to figures are more complex and can think better quantitively. The dream of making the country a developed and high income nation will be successful if the students are educated in the field of science and technology. The overall champion of the Mathematics Quiz went to SMK Sultan Abu Bakar. Seventeen-year old Soh Chin Lip, a student of the school was awarded a gold medal and a cash prize of RM500.00 and a trophy. He expressed his happiness and excitement at being proclaimed as the winner as this was his first time participating in the competition. (Last Update: 24 August, 2011)
Sehati Sejiwa Partners
The determination of Dr Mohd Ariff Kassim and his wife, Dr Siti Rosnaini Mohd Hanafi, in seeking knowledge finally paid off when they received their doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Accounting, during the 74th Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Convocation held at the Dewan Agong Tuanku Canselor (DATC), Shah Alam on 12 May 2011. The couple, aged 35, began their courtship while undertaking a diploma programme in Accountancy at UiTM Machang. They were married in 2000 shortly after completing their undergraduate programme of Bachelor in Accountancy at UiTM Arau, Perlis. They were among the 704 graduates that received their scrolls from the Chancellor of UiTM, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku DYMM Al-Wathiqu Billah Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah.
Both Dr Mohd Ariff Kassim and Dr Siti Rosnaini Mohd Hanafi who worked as lecturers at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), Muadzam Shah in Pahang furthered pursued their studies at the graduate and post-graduate levels at UiTM Shah Alam. According to Dr Mohd Ariff, even though he had to commute from Muadzam Shah to UiTM for 40 months, he did not feel burdened as he was always accompanied by his wife, Dr Siti Rosnaini Mohd Hanafi. In fact, they always had their revisions together and worked up at night to perform the Tahajud prayer with the hope of success in their studies. Despite the many challenges, they managed to overcome them and always talk to resolve problems that arose during the course of their studies. (Last Update: 21 June 2011)
The Largest 1Malaysia Logo
The Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah campus students of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) at Bandar Muadzam Shah had crafted a name in the Malaysia Book of Records for building the largest 1Malaysia logo using paper balls. It was built at the Muadzam Shah Sports Complex on 15 March 2011. The 2011 Largest 1Malaysia Logo was the theme of programme organised by the English Language Club, Citra Seni Club, Chinese and Indian Cultural Bureau as well as Techflow Uniten. It also received huge support from The Star, Muadzam Shah branch of Maybank, UNITEN’s Library, lecturers and shop owners in the area.
According to the Programme Director, Erzan Shafizan Gulam Mohd, the programme had taught the students in terms of their way of thinking, creativity and communications. The programme carried across the message of the 1Malaysia concept as espoused by YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister which stresses the need to cooperate and intill the spirit of tolerance among the communities in the country and UNITEN in particular. The programme was also an effort by the organisers to foster cooperation among team members who were involved in the programme.
The organisers had also carried out a welfare activity in conjunction with the programme by giving out financial and material assistance to less-privileged families living around the campus. The three families comprising Malay, Chinese and Indian were chosen by the Pahang Social Welfare Department.(KK9: 23 March, 2011)
Producing Innovative Graduates
The Muadzam Shah Polytechnic began its operation on 1 August, 2003 and is located in Bandar Muadzam Shah. While waiting for its permanent campus to be completed, the polytechnic has been using the premises of Sekolah Menengah Teknik (SMT) Muadzam Shah and the Muadzam Shah Knowledge Gallery to conduct its classes. It is the 19th polytechnic built by the Ministry Of Higher Learning. Its first batch of pioneer students came from the January 2004 and July 2004 intake comprising of 63 and 77 students respectively. They were taught and guided by 46 pioneer academic staff while the polytechnic’s day-to-day management is supported by 69 non-academic staff of all categories.
The polytechnic is headed by Haji Rosli Hamid who is the Director and assisted by Haji Nor Rahim Muhayat as the Assistant Director. Its administrative structure consists of units such as Student’s Affairs, Advance Education and Training, Development and Maintenance, Information Technology and Industrial Training. In terms of academic structure, it has six departments headed by heads of departments namely, Commercial, General Studies, Information, Communication and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Hospitality and Tourism, Design and Visual Communication. The polytechnic is committed in producing graduates who are responsive, innovative and capable of contributing their knowledge in the country’s development.
Various activities have been organised in order to develop the potential and leadership capabilities of its students towards achieving excellence, getting rid of nervousness, shyness and inferiority complex and instead be more positive and maturity in thinking. This will lead towards producing students who have high self-resilience, responsible in undertaking duties and smart in making decisions or problem-solving. Among the programmes organised include mentor mentee, sports carnival, technique of answering questions workshops, business proposal workshops, robot soccer competition and student’s excellence motivation programmes. (KK8: 7 January, 2011)
Our third Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak had a great ambition to build Bandar Muadzam Shah as an education town and managed by its own management. Now, the dream comes through and Bandar Muadzam Shah synonym as a town for education. All type of education facilities from kindergarten until higher education has been provided efficiently here. It is not astonish to say that there are a lot of international students complete their higher education here.
One of the school located in Bandar Muadzam Shah is Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Muadzam Shah. This school is the first school built in Bandar Muadzam Shah and was started in 1983 and provided hostel facilities because majority of its students are stayed far from the school. Besides hostel, this school also started its own dental clinic in 1986. In 1993, total amount of the students increased to 1300 and the school management introduced 2 school session to avoid classroom problems among the students.
In order to make the school to be the great A school, since 1993 the school management had marked its own vision and mission. The vision of the school is to create excellent, quality, moderate and harmonist students in the aspects of intellect, soul, physical and talent through the effective and systematic education system. The mission of the school is to maintain the excellent academic, co-curiculum and characteristic development results of the school almost 2010.Besides Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Muadzam Shah, the other schools in this area is Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Perwira Jaya, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Perantau Damai, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Chanis and etc.