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UMK INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CHOOSE NOT TO RETURN TO THEIR COUNTRY

Rabu, 22 April 2020 15:05

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PENGKALAN CHEPA, 22 APRIL: In the wake of the demands of local students waiting for the opportunity to return to their families, it is different from the international students of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan. They decided to stay here. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the Malaysian government has issued a Movement Control Order (MCO) which is now entering its third phase since its enforcement since 18 March. The MCO has prevented nearly 80,000 students from various public universities across the country from returning home. The MCO is implemented as one of the measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Sanjay Kumar, a UMK doctoral (PhD) student from India and now at Jeli Campus, said he had no problem with the MCO being enforced by the Malaysian government at this time. The opportunity was used by him and other colleagues to focus on their respective research papers.

"My focus is now on my academic studies. I miss my family but we all know the pandemic is everywhere. So what's the difference between staying here or returning to India?" he said.

This view of Sanjay was agreed upon by his other friends.
He said most of them had no problem with the MCO being enforced by the Malaysian government at the moment to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic globally.

According to him, the UMK international student group remains strong and positive. They fully understand and support the orders from the Malaysian Government and the methods social distancing during these difficult times as this is the best way to weaken COVID-19.

Sanjay added that he, along with his fellow PhD students such as Abdul Halim Sheikh of Bangladesh and Ferid Abdulhafiz Kemal from Ethiopia, expressed appreciation and gratitude for the assistance provided by the Student Affairs Office and Alumni who provided nutritious food such as bread, energy drinks , fruits, water and daily food throughout the MCO period.

Meanwhile, Samsidine Aidara from Senegal who rented a house near the Jeli Campus UMK said as a part-time language learner and teacher at UMK, he also utilised the Teaching and Learning (T&L) method online throughout the MCO period while at home.

He said during that time he also used online meetings through video conferencing to keep in touch with colleagues and students.

“Yes, the MCO is not a 'honeymoon period' and do not take the advantage because of the MCO. However, for almost a month there is no face-to-face lecture but all students are given homework and quizzes to be monitored so that they can continue to learn French, " he said.

“There are actually many benefits during the MCO period for our best use. I hope we all support the efforts of the Malaysian government to stay home by praying solemnly for the protection of Allah Almighty as this is the only way to end this pandemic crisis,” he said.

Samsidine's views were agreed upon by Ainnur Shahirah Hashim, a graduate student from Indonesia, who agreed not to return home and chose to remain in Kelantan with friends.

“Since the first phase of the MCO, the E-campus digital platform has facilitated online two-way communication between lecturers and students including lectures, quizzes, video broadcasts, and more.

“I hope everyone supports the government's efforts to stay home safely with our families. We are also grateful to the Malaysian frontliners for protecting and saving many lives in the face of this coronavirus pandemic,” she said, living in Kampung Ketereh with Ainnur, Khadija Ali Elmi of Somalia.

The current number of UMK international students are 48 from 18 countries.

By: Corporate Communication Centre

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UMK GELAM FOREST RESERVE IS ON FIRE

Ahad, 19 April 2020 15:17

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UMK GELAM FOREST RESERVE IS ON FIRE

 
BACHOK 19 April  I The swift action of members of the Bachok Fire and Rescue Department and Tok Bali successfully prevented a fire from spreading in the Gelam forest area of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) Bachok, in the early morning of 18 April 2020.
 
UMK Head of Security, En. Wan Salman said a team from Tok Bali Fire and Rescue Station (Pasir Puteh) arrived at the scene at 11.30 after receiving an emergency call at 11:15 am.
 
He said a fire engine with the strength of eight firefighters from the Tok Bali Fire and Rescue Station managed to control the fire from spreading into the larger forest area at the UMK Bachok campus.
 
“The incident was spotted around 10.20am by the Patrol Unit Head Shift after seeing smoke in the area near the UMK deer farm.
 
“Fire fighting operations were later joined by the Bachok Fire and Rescue team with 12 firefighters and two fire engines. The operation to extinguish and control the fire took about five hours and the fire was extinguished at 6.30pm,” he said.
According to En. Wan Salman, the cause of the incident is still under investigation. The incident, however, did not involve any buildings near UMK as the fire was successfully controlled from spreading.
 
He said firefighters and the UMK Security Unit were still monitoring to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.
 
“During the operation, we were informed that there are some obstacles to putting out fires because of the fire incident took place deep in the forest," he said.
 
Meanwhile, En. Wan Salman called for the cooperation of the villagers in UMK Bachok area together to protect the environment, especially the Gelam forest.
 
“This is important because these Gelam trees areas retain the much needed human and environmental resources. This Gelam forest area is also important in the agricultural sector in Bachok area,” he said.
 
UMK Bachok is 776 acres and is predominantly Gelam Forest Reserve. The presence of this jungle gives UMK a unique edge because it does not exist in any other public university. The area involved in the fire is approximately 8 acres.
 
"The Gelam forest is home to many species of birds as well as herbs for traditional medicine. There are also beehives that we believe have attracted certain people to enter this UMK forest area secretly. We hope for the public to take care of the environment and appreciate the uniqueness of this Gelam forest as it is hard to find anywhere else. "
 
According to him, the fire incident was the worst in UMK Bachok's history as it’s constantly facing fire threat from open burning activity by outsiders.
 
By: Corporate Communication Centre

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HUTAN SIMPAN GELAM UMK TERBAKAR

Ahad, 19 April 2020 15:14

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HUTAN SIMPAN GELAM UMK TERBAKAR

 
BACHOK 19 April I Tindakan pantas anggota Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Bachok dan Tok Bali  berjaya mengawal kebakaran dari merebak dalam satu kebakaran di kawasan hutan pokok gelam   Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) Bachok, pada awal pagi 18 April 2020.
 
Ketua Keselamatan UMK, En. Wan Salman berkata, sepasukan anggota dari Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat (BBP) Tok Bali, Pasir Puteh  tiba di tempat kejadian pada jam 11.30 selepas menerima panggilan kecemasan pada jam 11.15 pagi.
 
Katanya, jentera bomba  dengan kekuatan lapan anggota dari Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Tok Bali telah berjaya mengawal kebakaran api dari merebak ke kawasan hutan yang lebih luas di kampus UMK Bachok.
 
“Kejadian tersebut mula dikesan  kira-kira jam 10.20 pagi  oleh Ketua Syif Unit Rondaan selepas melihat kepulan asap di kawasan berhampiran ladang ternakan rusa UMK.
 
“Operasi memadam kebakaran  kemudian turut disertai oleh pasukan Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Bachok dengan kekuatan 12 anggota dan dua jentera bomba. Operasi memadam dan mengawal kebakaran mengambil masa lebih kurang lima jam dengan api berjaya dipadam pada jam 6.30 petang,” katanya.
 
Menurut En. Wan Salman, punca kejadian masih dalam siasatan pihak bomba.  Insiden tersebut  bagaimanapun tidak melibatkan mana-mana bangunan berhampiran UMK kerana api berjaya dikawal daripada merebak.
 
Katanya, pihak bomba dan Unit Keselamatan UMK masih membuat pemantauan bagi memastikan api padam sepenuhnya.
 
“Dalam operasi tersebut, pihak kami dimaklumkan bahawa 
terdapat beberapa halangan dalam memadamkan kebakaran kerana kejadian kebakaran berlaku di kawasan tengah hutan," katanya.
 
Sementara itu, En. Wan Salman memohon kerjasama penduduk kampung di kawasan UMK Bachok bersama-sama menjaga alam sekitar terutamanya kawasan hutan gelam tersebut.
 
“Ini penting kerana kawasan pokok gelam ini menyimpan sumber ekosistem yang amat di perlukan oleh manusia dan alam sekitar. Kawasan hutan gelam ini juga penting dalam sektor pertanian di kawasan sekitar Bachok,” katanya.
 
Keluasan UMK Bachok ialah 776 ekar dan sebahagian besarnya adalah Hutan Simpan Gelam.   Kehadiran hutan gelam ini memberi keunikan kepada UMK kerana tiada di universiti awam yang lain.  Kawasan yang terlibat dalam kebakaran berkenaan anggaran 8 ekar.
 
"Hutan gelam ini menjadi habitat pelbagai spesis burung dan juga tumbuhan herba untuk perubatan tradisi.  Di dalamnya juga terdapat sarang sarang lebah dah kita percaya hal ini telah menarik perhatian orang tertentu untuk memasuki kawasan hutan UMK ini secara sembunyi-sembunyi.  Kita mengharapkan orang awam bersama-sama menjaga alam sekitar dan menghargai keunikan  hutan gelam ini kerana ianya sukar ditemui ditempat lain."
 
Menurut beliau lagi kejadian kebakaran ini adalah yang paling teruk dalam sejarah UMK Bachok yang sentiasa berhadapan dengan ancaman kebakaran akibat dari aktiviti pembakaran terbuka oleh pihak luar.
 
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