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Fatimah: Giving comfort to disabled responsibility of all

KUCHING: Listen to the voices and aspirations of the disabled community and learn from experienced practitioners and researchers to promote an inclusive society.

This call came from Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, who asserted that concerted efforts and a shift in attitudes in particular were required to address disability.

“Facilitating and equal participation of people with disabilities and achieving an inclusive society is not just the job of the Welfare Department. There should be inter-ministry and inter-agency actions and together we can achieve more.

“Welfare is the responsibility of all, not only belongs to a certain ministry,” she said when opening an international conference ‘Disability Studies: Heading in the Right(s) Direction?’ organised by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) Centre of Excellence for Disability Studies and Faculty of Social Sciences at a leading hotel here yesterday.

Fatimah said people might experience disabilities through accidents or normal process of ageing and therefore it was essential for everyone to help ensure that disabled members of the community be given the opportunity to participate in all facets of life.

She added the disabled community must not be further disabled by the environment they lived in.

She also admitted Sarawak lacked the necessary facilities to accommodate the needs of disabled persons.

“I must say we are still very far behind in terms of accessibility for the disabled compared to countries like Japan. I am often told of stories about people with disabilities who cannot find employment even though they are fully qualified.

“When they do find employment, they find hurdles at the workplace, and their special needs are not met. Are our public amenities and transport accessible to people with disabilities? Are our means and format of communication accessible to people who are visually impaired?”

On a related matter, Fatimah disclosed that a group of people would pay a courtesy call on her next week to talk about the feasibility of Sarawak hosting the Malaysian Paralympic Games in 2016.

She pointed out 2016 would be an election year for the state while the lack of facilities would hinder movement of the paralympics.

“I thought wow, is it possible? I also thought about how we are going to transport the paralympic athletes from one place to another. How about other facilities? Communication and language?”

Meanwhile, Sarawak will host Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) 2016. Sukma is an event held once every two years and Perlis was the host this year.

Among those present were Unimas vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi and organising chairperson cum director of Unimas’ Centre of Excellence for Disability Studies Association Prof Dr Ling How Kee.

Source: The Borneo Post

Bahagian Penerbitan terbit buku baharu tentang jenayah digital

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KOTA SAMARAHAN, 20 November : Bahagian Penerbitan UNIMAS telah menerbitkan buku baharu berjudul ‘Jenayah Digital: daripada penyelidikan kepada penyelesaian’ yang ditulis oleh dua pensyarah dari Fakulti  Sains Komputer dan Teknologi Maklumat (FSKTM) UNIMAS iaitu Encik Syahrul Nizam Junaini dan Muhammad Asyraf Khairuddin.

Dalam program bicara buku bersama penulis buku yang dianjurkan serentak kelmarin membuka peluang kepada penulis, Encik Syahrul Nizam untuk berkongsi pengalaman dan pengetahuan beliau tentang jenayah internet termasuk cabaran semasa menulis buku berkenaan.

Beliau berkata, sepanjang penyiapan buku tersebut, mereka telah melalui pelbagai cabaran dan kesukaran termasuk merujuk lebih 100 jurnal dan kertas kerja berkaitan keselamatan maklumat dan etika Internet dalam bahasa Inggeris.

“Buku tersebut juga berguna sebagai rujukan kepada pelajar terutama pelajar UNIMAS bagi subjek berkaitan jenayah internet dalam kursus TMC3012 (Etika dan Profesionalisme) di FSKTM,” katanya.

Encik Syahrul Nizam turut berterima-kasih dengan staf termasuk bahagian editorial, pereka dan pemasaran di Bahagian Penerbitan UNIMAS atas kerjasama menerbitkan buku ini.

Hadir dalam program tersebut ialah Pengarah Bahagian Penerbitan UNIMAS, Dr Ahi Sarok, staf-staf dan para pelajar UNIMAS.

Artikel : Sarena heidir || Foto : Azlandy M.A.T

DisCon2014: Langkah tepat UNIMAS bela nasib golongan kurang upaya

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KOTA SAMARAHAN, 20 November : Sebanyak 60 kertas kerja akan dibentangkan di dalam Persidangan Antarabangsa Pengajian Ketidak-Upayaan: Menuju Ke Hala Tuju Yang Betul? (DisCon2014),  bermula hari ini.

Persidangan yang berlangsung selama dua hari telah dirasmikan oleh Menteri Kebajikan, Pembangunan Keluarga dan Wanita Sarawak, Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

Kertas kerja yang dibentangkan antara lain menyentuh tentang pendidikan dan pengajaran untuk pelajar kurang upaya, mempromosi hak menerusi polisi dan perundangan, penyertaan komuniti, media dan sebagainya.

Dalam ucapan perasmian, Datuk Fatimah Abdullah berbangga dengan keprihatinan UNIMAS untuk menganjurkan persidangan seumpama itu apatah lagi ia melibatkan ramai penceramah dari dalam dan luar negara.

Beliau berkata, dengan adanya persidangan itu, maka kekangan dan masalah yang dihadapi oleh golongan kurang upaya dapat diketengah dan dicari jalan penyelesaiannya menerusi kerjasama semua pihak.

“Golongan kurang upaya sentiasa menjadi sebahagian dari masyarakat kita. Maka kerana itu, adalah menjadi tanggungjawab moral sebagai ahli masyarakat untuk memastikan golongan ini diberi peluang menyertai segala bentuk hak-hak kehidupan seperti peluang pekerjaan, aktiviti sosial dan kebudayaan, fasiliti latihan, maklumat, kesihatan dan sebagainya,” katanya lagi.

Manakala Naib Canselor UNIMAS, Profesor Dato’ Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi dalam ucapan ringkas berkata UNIMAS telah mengambil langkah memperkenalkan pengajian ketidak-upayaan menerusi pengwujudan Pusat Kecemerlangan Kajian Ketidak-Upayaan (CoEDS) yang bermula pada bulan Mei 2011.

Menurutnya, CoEDS yang dibawah Fakulti Sains Sosial mengumpulkan pensyarah dan penyelidik dari pelbagai bidang sains sosial seperti kerja-kerja sosial, antropologi dan sosiologi, pengajian komunikasi dan media, teknologi maklumat dan banyak lagi.

“CoEDS sekarang ini sedang menjalankan aktiviti pembangunan dan penyelidikan untuk mengenal-pasti  keperluan dan aspirasi golongan kurang upaya.

“Malah kajian turut menjurus tentang penyertaan masyarakat secara lebih luas untuk mempengaruhi polisi dan sebagainya,” katanya lagi.

Sementara itu, antara penceramah jemputan persidangan itu adalah daripada Australia, Indonesia, Filipina, Jepun dan Malaysia.

Ini termasuk Senator Bathmavathi Krishnan, Dr Russel Shuttleworth, Dr Siti Hawa Abdullah, Profesor Lesley Chenoweth, Francis Johen Adam dan lain-lain.

Artikel : Sarena Haidir || Foto : Azlandy M.A.T

 

Five ‘Best Graduates’ scoop SAINS cash prize of RM2,000

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Ji Yeh showing his scroll to his father Wong Sow Khek and mother Tay Bee Eng.

KUCHING: Five students from the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FCSIT), University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) received the Best Graduate Award 2014 that came with a RM2,000 cash prize.

The prizes sponsored by Sarawak Information Systems Sdn Bhd (SAINS) were presented to the winners by the chief executive officer of SAINS, Datuk Teo Tien Hiong in a ceremony yesterday.

The recipients of the awards were Lay Foong Yee who obtained a Bachelor in Computer Science in Multimedia Computing, Ian Charles Mius obtained the same degree, specialising in software engineering and Tan Sier Lie in Network Computing.

Wong Ji Yeh received the Computational Science Award and Sia Kie Yung the Information Systems Award.

Wong, a 24-year-old Johorean, also received the Pro Chancellor’s Award.

When met by The Borneo Post after the graduation ceremony, Wong said his secret to success was to work hard, pray hard and not forget to do good deeds.

Although Unimas was not his first choice, he soon find out that its computer course as of high standard.

“The equipment was up-to-date and we were guided by skilled lecturers. I believe that those who excel in Unimas will have a bright future in the job market,” he said.

He is currently working as a system analyst with a private IT firm in Singapore.

A total of 1,547 graduates received their scrolls on the last day of the graduation ceremony yesterday.

The three-day convocation ceremony from Nov 1 saw a total of 3,240 graduates receive their scrolls.

Source: The Borneo Post

 

Unimas graduates’ hard work pays off

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Smiling graduates waiting to get their scrolls.

A total of 3,240 graduates received their scrolls at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) 18th convocation ceremony over the weekend.

Of the total, 3,016 had completed their undergraduate studies while 224 were post-graduate students.

Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said they included the first and second batch of students in the Master of Science (Learning Sciences) by Coursework programme, comprising 27 graduates.

Unimas chancellor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud called on the university to develop new academic programmes which would meet the needs of industries and the state for the next 10 years.

He said this was in line with Sarawak’s rapid economic growth and manpower requirements, besides helping to establish Unimas as a hub of educational excellence in the region.

“Unimas is an important institution of higher education as it plays a significant role in the state’s development agenda and human capital advancement.

“I would like to see strategic and smart partnerships between Unimas, the state government and industry players, both local and international, to strengthen its academic performance,” he said in his speech in the first session of the convocation.

Taib also hoped Unimas could contribute further to the development of higher education in Sarawak.

“Unimas must systematic and smart in its efforts to continue its academic and research excellence. Cohesive steps should be taken to raise academic quality, broaden the scope of research to attract the interest of students and staff as well as strengthen smart partnerships with industries,” he said.

Meanwhile, Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said the university now had 16,452 students, including 4,085 new students who enrolled in September.

He said the university had increased its facilities to accommodate the growing number of students, such as a new hostel and a new building for the Medical and Health Sciences Faculty.

“We are also planning to build a teaching hospital to enhance our medical and health sciences programme,” he added.

Source: The Star Online

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