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27th November 2019

Panchor, Muar, Johor

Muhamad Bakhtiar Azni, Corporate Communications, and Government Affairs Officer, SWM Environment Sdn.Bhd, Profesor Madya Ts. Dr. Norshuhaila Mohamed Sunar, Head Officer for Civil Engineering Technology (JTKA), 13 lecturers, 95 second-year students of the Department of Civil Engineering Technology and villagers Mukim, Panchor.

Faculty of Engineering Technology (FTK), University of Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) through the Department of Civil Engineering Technology (JTKA) has organized the “University for Society” Program at SULAM Panchor for 10 weeks from September 15 to November 23.

The SULAM program is called the “Sustainable Green Community” involved 95 second-year students in the Department of Civil Engineering Technology for an introductory course in Environmental Engineering with 13 lecturers and the community around Panchor.

According to Program Director, Mrs Nor Maizzaty Abdullah the program was a collaboration between UTHM, Muar Municipal Council (MPM), Southern Waste Management (SWM) and the Jorak / Panchor District Head Office involving five villages namely Jawa Village, Kampung Pengkalan Bukit, Kampung Terus Kampung Melayu and Kampung Sri Tanjung and Berohol / Melini.

The program was also aimed at raising awareness of the local community about the importance of preserving the environment through the implementation of activities such as conducting water quality testing on the Panchor River, compost production from food waste and plogging and recycling activities.

“The program is also intended to provide information on water quality in the Panchor River as well as to expose villagers on their skills in utilizing food leftover composting through the demonstration,” he added.

He added that the program has become a platform for collaboration between various government and private agencies to encourage the community to conserve the environment.

Also present were student research exhibitions as well as Solid Waste Separation and Recycling Practice talks by Muhamad Bakhtiar Azni, Corporate Communication and Government Affairs Officer, SWM Environment Sdn. Bhd

The closing ceremony of the program was officiated by Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Norshuhaila Mohamed Sunar, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering Technology (JTKA).

He said in his speech that such programs could further highlight the role of UTHM Pagoh in contributing knowledge to the community in line with the intention of the Ministry of Education Malaysia to make the university a “University for Society.”

“The implementation of these activities also provides an opportunity for FTK lecturers and students to share information and expertise in the field of environmental engineering,” he said.