Sintok – The release of the Motorcycle Convoy and Merdeka chant by the Vice-Chancellor of the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Prof. Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan along with the University Management Committee (JPU) marked the launch of the celebration of independence month and Malaysia Day at the university level at the foyer of the Sultan Sallehuddin Chancellery building today.
In his opening speech, he expressed hope for the active participation of both staff and students in order to make the celebration of the independence month and Malaysia Day more vibrant.
He mentioned that the celebration will include a variety of activities, aiming to strike a balance between work and the planned leisure programmes.
“I would like to congratulate the motorcycle convoy comprising 66 individuals, including both staff and students. This convoy will be touring Changlun town as part of the UUMFIT Merdeka activities. Moreover, other events as the flying of the ‘Jalur Gemilang’, the independence speech competition and the decoration of departments and schools with the independence theme will also take place,” he said in his speech.
Meanwhile, he also advised campus denizens to consistently maintain a healthy lifestyle, cultivate a positive attitude, engage in physical activity, wear a smile and foster a sense of unity while embracing the values of patriotism.
In line with the theme of the celebration “Malaysia MADANI: Determination in Unity, Fulfilling Hope”, the Vice-Chancellor has urged all campus denizens to utilise this platform to organise activities, foster camaraderie and cultivate a sense of unity.
During the event, Prof. Dr Mohd Foad discussed the concept of fun in the workplace, as outlined in the Twelve Pillars.
He emphasised the significance of finding pleasure in one’s work, as it helps cultivate a sense of love and devotion towards the tasks one is responsible for.
He also highlighted the importance of considering work as a form of worship, taking personal initiative, being willing to collaborate and striving to create something beneficial.
Meanwhile, the celebration of the anniversary of independence and Malaysia Day holds significant value and meaning as it symbolises freedom, sovereignty and success.
In conclusion, he urged all campus denizens to joyfully celebrate the month of independence. In addition, he encouraged everyone to pray for Malaysia’s continued freedom from all forms of colonialism, both external and internal.
Also in attendance were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni), Prof. Dr Ahmad Martadha Mohamed; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dr Russayani Ismail; Members of the University Management Committee and President of the UUM Student Representative Council, Mr. Muhammad Izuan Faiz Abdul Rahman.