Friday, April 23, 2010

Memory of TEC X

Assalamualaikum wbt

Alhamdulillah, praised be to Allah that we’ve successfully finished TEC X, the most memorable TEC ever organized hopefully. This year, based on raw statistic, TEC X had received more than 6000 visitors’ inclusive students from other IPTs and school students. Again, another milestone created. Congratulations!

It was a totally exciting experience leading and working with this team for approximately 5 months. It was my first time entrusted by MPP as the Project Manager. To tell you the truth, I never want to be there. When I know Abg Amir Hamzah and Anas (PMs for TEC08 and TEC09), I never believe that I’m capable to get through their path. Seriously. For those who are not UTP students, even though this is not a hot MPP Post, UTPians really want to know who are CONVOFAIR and TEC Project Manager because these are two biggest and most-awaited events in UTP. Including me I guess, haha. I always curious who’s going to be the Project Manager for these two events. So, you can expect that people holding these two posts are at par with MPP as ‘public figures’.

Well, I hate to hold such position. I really mean it. I just like to work.. without my name and pictures appear nowhere. And suddenly people ask me to hold such thing. Can you imagine? It’s too heavy. There were a few conflicts at the beginning. Of course I can’t open the story here. In the end, I accept it reluctantly. But I know that I have to be positive and when we accept certain responsibility, definitely we should be aware of a hadith:

Whenever God makes a man responsible for other people, whether in greater or lesser numbers, he will be questioned as to whether he ruled his charges in accordance with God’s decrees or not. And that will not be all. God will question him even about his family members.
Source: Ibn Hanbal, on the authority of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar.

Plus, we should be inspired of this verse from Al-Quran:

“Go ye forth, (whether equipped) lightly or heavily, and strive and struggle, with your goods and your persons, in the cause of Allah. That is best for you, if ye (but) knew.” (At-Taubah: 41)

To begin this event is not that easy. Unexpected ‘burden’ fell to my head. I shouldn’t reveal it here. But I’m glad that this team is actually managed to overturn that ‘burden’ considering most of them are still green.  We were quite disappointed at first because we couldn’t get a team with skill and experience as good as previous TEC. The only choice left is to develop one which is much tougher. You can ask the committee how tough it is… haha… Alhamdulillah, the result is AWESOME!!

I’m sorry that I can’t write much. Time is hunting me here and there. I just want to congratulate all the committees for their hard effort to make this event a success. Yes, it is a success and will be the most memorable one so far. The memory with all of you will remain in my heart forever insyaAllah. Good luck to all of you. I think this will be my last event in UTP hopefully. Going to AMD Penang this June for my 8 months internship programme. Gonna miss you like crazy. =)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Don’t point finger at mamak shops for health problems

We refer to the frontpage article “Food ‘fat-ish’” (Sunday Star, April 11). Presma or Persatuan Pengusaha Restoran Muslim Malaysia strongly objects to the way Indian Muslim restaurants (mamak shops) are being singularly targeted as the only shops operating 24-hour outlets and serving foods high in fat, calories and cholesterol.

This is a biased statement as other fast-food restaurants selling foods high in fat, calories and cholesterol are also operating 24 hours but they are not mentioned.

Is it more acceptable to eat burgers, fries and soda drinks at 24-hour Western fast food restaurants than eating in our restaurants?

We hope the Health Ministry will stop issuing this kind of statements that condemn food served by a particular race. Instead, it should address the root cause of the heath problem, which is lifestyle.

Such discrimination is against our Prime Minister’s 1Malaysia concept.

According to research done at a US leading institution, processed foods such as burgers, ice-cream, cigarettes, liquor and fries are more likely to cause health problems than unprocessed foods such as rice.

It seems the ministry does not have the correct nutritional details about Indian Muslim food.

It is similarly judgmental in only featuring graphics showing calorie content of foods served only in Indian Muslim restaurants.

Why not put burgers and fries and other similar foods available in other 24-hour restaurants alongside the same chart?

It is worth mentioning here that unlike fried chicken, fries and burgers which mainly use only oil and salt, Indian Muslim foods contain many spices such as chilli and turmeric, which have proven health benefits in combating flu and other diseases.

We hope the newspaper can give proper coverage on this issue and let the public make their own decision based on all the facts. We are worried that if this kind of reporting continues, it will be misleading the public.

Any food will be hazardous if not consumed in a proper and balanced way. Other more hazardous things such as liquor and cigarettes are widely available and were not mentioned in the report.


President, Persatuan Pengusaha Restoran Muslim Malaysia.

Response: Kentut busuk punya government. ni la penyakit diabetes kerajaan kita. Bangga sangat dengan restoran barat yahudi zionis laknatullah tu daripada our very own mamak. Boleh dah tu nak resign. Menjahanamkan negara sendiri nampak gayanya. Sakit, sakit

Friday, April 2, 2010

TEC X: Opening Speech

Mr. Muhammad Faris bin Roslan
Project Manager
Technology, Education and Career 2010
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
30th March 2010

Bismillahir Rohmanir Rahim.

Our guest of honour,

Yang Berbahagia,
Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal Abidin bin Syed Mohamed Tahir,
Managing Director
PROTON  Holdings Berhad

Yang Berbahagia,
Datuk Dr. Zainal Abidin bin Haji Kasim,
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli bin Baharom,
Director of Student Services,
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

Mr. Haniff bin Humam
President of Student Representative Council
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

Sponsors, representative from companies,

Secretariat of TEC 2010,

Ladies and gentlemen.

Assalamualaikum w.b.t and a very good afternoon I wish to all.

First and foremost, let’s express our gratitude to God, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful for blessing us with great health. As the project manager of TEC 2010, I am honoured to thank our special guest,Y. Bhg. Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal Abidin bin Syed Mohamed Tahir for allocating his valuable time to be with us here today for  the Officiating Ceremony of Technology, Education and Career 2010 or better known as TEC X.

    My very special thanks also go to all the private and government organizations for their involvement in this year’s TEC. It is due to their continuous cooperation and support, that this annual event has been successfully organised each year since 2001. We are glad and happy that this collaboration between the university and participating companies has become so well established and beneficial for both parties.

Ladies and gentlemen,

      ‘Decade of Renascence’ is the theme for the tenth anniversary of TEC. It emphasizes the establishment of a legacy that reflects over a decade of fortitude to thrive in both good and challenging times. TEC X is creating a benchmark for the next generation to develop future creative and well-rounded students. The intention is to give students’ minds a wider perspective of career opportunities together with the determination and commitment to survive in this demanding era.

Ladies and gentlemen,

    The Executive Director of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER), Datuk Dr Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem, has been quoted as saying “The Malaysian economy is expected to face tougher and more challenging times following concerns that the US may be heading for a double-dip recession”.

Although reports claim the global economy is moving out of recession, it is not completely out of the woods. To make sure that Malaysia can recover, our country needs people with expertise, satisfying the qualifications to be employed. Academic qualifications are important to ensure that companies will be competent enough to face any changes and lead to better economic growth.

As Malaysia goes towards its aspiration of a fully-developed nation, graduates must keep up the pace to be equal, if not greater than their foreign counterparts. Everyone has to do their part in contributing to the country to ensure the future of our growing nation. In this respect, TEC X is organised to become a guide for students to develop their capabilities. It is a platform to provide exposure to UTP students as well as students from other Institutions of Higher Learning on the possibilities that can be offered by the industries in terms of career and training prospects. These capabilities, in turn, will bring innovation and advancement to our country, through technology and education. We believe that TEC X can, and will able to shift paradigms and make waves to bring the country to even greater heights in the eyes of the world.

    On a final note, once again my extreme gratitude goes to Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal Abidin bin Syed Mohamed Tahir, sponsors, companies and organizations who have been  involved and supportive towards TEC X. My utmost gratitude also goes to UTP Management and Staff for their undivided support and guidance especially Mr. Nor Idham bin Che Ghani, our Career Advisor. Not to forget my beloved secretariat of TEC X and MPPUTP that have devoted a great deal of their time and displayed their full commitment ensuring that TEC X is a successful annual event for all.

With that, I Thank you.

P/S: takde modal sgt, speech pun jadi la.. haha