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10,000 varsity students in mural's bid
Published on: Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tawau: A total of 10,000 undergraduates are expected to participate in creating 600 murals nationwide in conjunction with the World Volunteer Day Mural Project 2017 next month.

Volunteer Council of Malaysian Public Universities (Maskum) Chairman Prof. Datuk Dr Mohamed Fadzil Che Din said so far 400 murals have been completed involving around 6,000 undergraduates.

He said this at a press conference in conjunction with the inauguration of the project at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sabah Branch at Tawau Campus in Balung, which was officiated by Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching.

According to him, they targeted 500 mural this year for the project but the number increased because of the volunteerism spirit among the graduates.

"We have 20 public universities in the country and this project is 80 per cent carried out by Year One undergraduates and 10 per cent by Year Two, Three and Four undergraduates to celebrate the concept of volunteerism among them," he said.

Besides murals on campuses, the project was also carried out in urban and rural areas, including in kindergartens, schools, worship houses and inaccessible alleys which now improved due to the mural painting.

Mohamed Fadzil said the project was not only successful in producing high-value volunteer-holistic graduates but also contributed to charity activities while saving costs to institutions involved in the project.

Yap praised the project as a good record to illustrate the spirit of volunteerism among young people, especially students in public institutions of higher learning.

The project, she said, was the brainchild of the Education Minister Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh who wanted to see the teaching staff, supporting staff and undergraduates in a mass volunteerism programme.

Yap said the spirit of volunteering needs to be polished in every undergraduates to be relevant in today's life and the government's commitment to declare the National Volunteer Year 2009 is a sign of the importance of volunteerism as a country asset. - Lagatah Toyos

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