3RD NATIONAL CONVENTION OF STUDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL.
On 15th – 20th June 2009, 3rd National Students’ Representative Council Convention, (Konvensyen Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar IPTA Kali Ke-3) was held at Tun Hussein Onn University (UTHM). Twenty institutions of government tertiary education and four institutions of private tertiary education took part in the convention. Among the speakers invited were Yang Berhormat Dato’ Mohd Khaled Nordin, the Minister of Higher Education and Yang Berhormat Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education. During the dialogue about two and half hours with Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, issues rose by the other SRCs as well as from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) were; IIUM SRC refuse to be labeled as what people called as opposition but rather critical towards certain issue. They also request for section 15 of Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 to be abrogated but yet, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah is in favour for it to be amended. In the resolution of the convention, IIUM SRC proposed that Islamic teaching should be introduced to all universities and wanted the practical allowance to be provided as before.
DIALOGUE REGARDING HELMET ISSUE.
On 27th June 2009, located at Experimental Hall, IIUM a dialogue between students and administration was held. The dialogue was organized by Secretariat of Public Relation, SRC in collaboration with Secretariat of Welfare, SRC. The officers invited to the dialogue were Dr. Akmal Khuzairy Abdul Rahman, Director of Student Development Division, Mr. Abdul Wahab Hj. Zawawi, IIUM Security Officer, and Mr. Muhamad Azrul Hazerin, Assistant Director of Legal Unit. About 100 students attended the dialogue. The main issue clarified by the speakers was regarding the enforcement of wearing helmet to all motorcyclists inside IIUM which scheduled to commence on 1st July 2009. However, the administration promised to enforce rule gradually. On the other hands, some students had requested to postpone the enforcement at least one month after the commencement of semester 1, 2009/2010 session. Some security issues were also discussed during the dialogue such as theft cases in Mahallah, lack of parking spaces at the Kulliyyahs, summons imposed on the students and other welfare issues.
INTELLECTUAL FIESTA 2009.
During Intellectual Fiesta, IIUM SRC had organized five sub events. One of them is the dialogue of Economic World Crisis held on 4th June 09 at the Main Auditorium of IIUM. Speakers invited were YB Khairy Jamaluddin, Rembau MP, YB Nik Nazmi, State Assemblyman of Seri Setia and also Miss Nani from Harvard Law School. Moderator for this event was Prof. Aslam from the Economics Department, KENMS. This event was attended by more than 500 people who are IIUM students, people around Lembah Klang and also students from other universities. SRC had also organized a trip to Arkib Negara on 5th June 09. 60 students had taken part in this trip. During this trip they had discussed about the thoughts of Tun Hussein Onn, 3rd Prime Minister of Malaysia. On 8th June 09, a theater entitled “Whose Afraid of Farabi?” was held at the Main Auditorium. Around 500 students attended the play. For the 4th and 5th sub event, SRC will organize an outreach program in several schools around Lembah Klang Valley and Islamic Scholars Remembrance programme through information printed on bunting and to be has all over the campus.
TRADITIONAL GAMES CARNIVAL 2009.
On 6th June 09, Secretariat of Sports and Culture, SRC had organized Traditional GameCarnival 2009 that was open to all Cultural Based Societies (CBSs) and Kulliyyah Based Societies (KBSs). The carnival was held in Saidina Hamzah Male Sport Complex and attracted 200 students to join and took part in the games. The games played by the participants on that day were “permainan guli (marbles), galah panjang, konda-kondi, congkak and teng-teng”. The objectives of organizing such event are to educate local students to appreciate the Malaysian heritage andalso to introduce local culture to the International students. Mdm Norliza Che Hassan, Assistant Director of Cultural and Art Unit said that the programme was good and she said that SRC should try to organize it as an annual event. She mentioned that SRC should also include international traditional games from other countries to make this carnival more interesting and wonderful for the next time.
OPERATION HOUR OF LIBRARY
SRC had received several requests and suggestions from students regarding IIUM Library operation hours. They suggest the library to be opened 24 hours during examination period, especially the reading area. SRC had forwarded the matter to IIUM Library and meet the Assistant Director of Library, Mdm Nuraqmar Az Amirudin. She said the issue has already been raised during library management meeting on June. The demand from students is quite difficult to be fulfilled since the suggestion will involve the extension of IIUM Library staffs shift. Furthermore, it will increase the number of theft cases in library and other security issues. However, the decision is not finite and such suggestion to the IIUM Library can be forwarded to Chief of Librarian through letter. IIUM Library also wants to promote inter-library book loan. Students who are interested to borrow books from any libraries in Malaysia can do so by fulfilling the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) form provided.
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MUHAMMAD FIRWAN NORLIZA
PUBLIC RELATION SECRETARIAT
MOHAMAD KAMARUL HELMI MOHD NAWAWI
SPORTS & CULTURE SECRETARIAT
STUDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL 08/09