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A Resurgent Malaysia Festival of the Mind


Can you solve this addition ‘27+86+78+99+72+10’ in less than five seconds without using a calculator? While most people gave up without trying, one man stood by undaunted. This was West Wong, touted as the ‘Malaysia Human Calculator’ who did it the sum in a flash at the 9th Malaysia Festival of the Mind held at Dewan Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik in UTAR Perak Campus recently.

West Wong, who is a UTAR alumnus, was invited as guest speaker for a crowd enlightening session which followed the launching ceremony of the 9th Malaysia Festival of the Mind. In what appeared to be a spectacular showpiece from the Math prodigy, West demonstrated his startling arithmetic and calculation abilities, and maintained his cool despite being bombarded with an outpouring of uncharacteristic complex equations from the animated crowd. His ability to produce razor-sharp answers in a hairsbreadth of time has garnered the crowd pleaser widespread adulation.

A Resurgent Malaysia Festival of the Mind

“I discovered my knack for numbers at the age of nine, and have not looked back since,” said Wong, co-founder and tutor of Nexus Learning Centre who is also the bronze medallist in the category of Flash Anzan at the 2012 World Mental Olympics (Memoriad) in Antalya, Turkey. West pioneered a historic feat for Malaysia, bagging the country’s first-ever medal in the final showdown of world-class Math wunderkinds. He is now bent on nurturing talents to represent Malaysia in the upcoming Memoriad in Las Vegas in 2016. His parting remark to the crowd was, “Believe in yourself and love what you do!”

Present were UTAR Council and Malaysia Mental Literacy Movement (MMLM) Chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik,  UTAR Council Member Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, who was also the guest-of-honour for the two-day event, UTAR Planning and Development Committee Advisor Tan Sri Hew See Tong, UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik and senior UTAR officials.

The annual Malaysia Festival of the Mind is a brainchild of MMLM, and is jointly organised by MMLM, UTAR and Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) University College. Through its activities, the festival aims to create greater awareness among Malaysians of all ages and all walks of life on how to develop thinking, memory and creativity skills. Admission to the festival, exhibition, talks and workshops are open to the public for free.

“Reborn” Campaign attracts 800 Visitors


“Reborn, Revive & Recreate!”, a slogan for “Reborn” Campaign held in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) by the final year Public Relations students carries the meaning of reviving life through organ donation and recreate the spirit of volunteerism particularly among UTAR students and staff.

Reborn Campaign attracts 800 Visitors“This is the first organ donation campaign that UTAR Public Relations students have organised. Given the low number of organ donation pledges, we believe a first step such as creating awareness should come first,” said Lim Jean Nie, the Campaign Director. “Volunteering can be in many forms and organ donating is one of them. There were more than 200 pledges collected in just 4 days,” she added.

The main attraction of the campaign, the “Reborn” Exhibition, attracted more than 800 visitors. Visitors were astounded by the spectacular human body tunnel with handmade gigantic organs displayed beneath it. “The students had shown remarkable creativity in executing the campaign on campus,” said Dr Hasby Haron, Clinical Manager of Kuala Lumpur National Transplant Resource Centre.

Malaysia has a very low number of organ donors, resulting in nearly 15,000 patients being put on the waiting list to undergo organ transplants. “I was amazed by how the organs and information were exhibited and it was very interesting. Besides, I have pledged to be an organ donor as I believe we can save someone’s life even after we have left this beautiful world,” said Tan Vern Ye, a UTAR Accounting student.



As part of its year-long 10th anniversary celebration, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS) held the first International Conference on Behavioural and Social Science Research (ICBSSR) 2012 at UTAR Perak Campus on November 2.

Themed ‘Celebrating Scholarly Connections from Global Interchange and Interdisciplinary Perspectives’, the conference aimed to provide the platform for academicians and researchers to present and exchange views on social and behavioral sciences and to bring together diverse avenues to explore theoretical and practical discussion to advance knowledge.

Officiating the conference, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malaysia, Dato’ Lee Chee Leong said, “With the advent of technology and innovation, holistic solutions take a myriad of perspectives and an inter-disciplinary approach.  It is thus an encouraging step that the faculty has taken to motivate interdisciplinary research in the field of behavioural and social science”.

Also present at the opening ceremony were UTAR President Ir Professor Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Vice President (Student Development and Alumni Relations) Assoc. Professor Dr Teh Chee Seng and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Assistant Professor Dr Sebastian K. Francis.

A total of 200 participants, presenters and paper reviewers from Malaysia, Singapore, China, USA, Hong Kong, Australia and other countries attended the one-day conference. There were 70 research papers presented at the conference.  Assoc. Professor Dr Teh Chee Seng, the keynote speaker at the conference, presented his paper on ‘Challenges and Current Issues in Behavioral and Social Science Research – Going the Way Forward’.

Renowned criminologist, Professor N. Prabha Unnithan, Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice, Colorado State University and former editor of the Social Science Journal conducted a workshop on ‘How to publish in ISI-Indexed Journals’.

The conference covered a wide interdisciplinary discussion such as online teaching and learning issues, sustainable development, marginalized communities, universal cultures, cyber psychology, online behaviour, neuropsychology and others.

UTAR Student Receives Murata Scholarship Award


Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) student Lim Boon Kiat (pic, fourth from left) received the Murata Scholarship Award at an award presentation ceremony held in Batu Gajah, Perak.

Lim, a second year Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Industrial Engineering student, received a scholarship award of RM30,000 from Murata Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Mr Yoshihiro Tanaka (pic, left). The award presentation ceremony was witnessed by UTAR Vice President (R&D Commercialization) Professor Dr Lee Sze Wei, Dean of FEGT Dr Yap Vooi Voon, Head of Department of Industrial Engineering Mr Yang Chuan Choong, staff of Murata Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Lim’s family members.

According to Lim, who hails from Sungai Siput, Perak, the scholarship will greatly reduce his financial constraints. “Having gone through two stringent rounds of selection process, I am on cloud nine knowing that I am a recipient of this prestigious award,” rejoiced Lim, who will be bonded to Murata for three years upon graduation. Excited at the opportunity to serve a large, diversified conglomerate, Lim pledged to give his utmost dedication to the remaining years of his tertiary education.

Mr Tanaka congratulated Lim and hoped that the scholarship will drive more students to take up industrial engineering. He expressed hope to see more innovative ventures between UTAR and Murata in future.

Industrial engineering focuses on applying engineering principles to improve the performance of an integrated system involving man, material, method and machine in the manufacturing, industrial and service sectors. In short, industrial engineers help to improve productivity and quality.

Scholarships for UTAR Students


Three Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) undergraduates received scholarships from Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) at a ceremony held at the UTAR Perak Campus recently.

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) scholarshipThe scholarships were presented by KLK Bhd Regional Director (Peninsular Malaysia), Teh Sar Moh Nee to Oon Xoong Harng, Tang Zhi Wei and Sim Wee Kee, who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Science. Each received RM30,000 for their three-year programme.

“This is the first time KLK scholarships have been presented to UTAR students,” said UTAR President Ir Professor Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik.  He congratulated the recipients and thanked KLK for giving the scholarships.

“Involvement by the private sector players such as KLK, a business corporation, and UTAR, a private university, is vital to the success of the agriculture sector in Malaysia,” said Professor Chuah, adding that UTAR had spearheaded initiatives related to Agricultural Science and Agronomy. Among them were the establishment of the Tan Sri Philip Kuok Professorial Chair in Agricultural Science and the holding of seminars on agriculture technology.

Teh, in response, said that it was heartening to know that the university is offering the Agricultural Science programme that would bring profound benefits to the country. He congratulated the trio for being the chosen ones.

Tang, who comes from a single-parent household, said that the KLK scholarship would ease his mother’s burden significantly. Recipient, Oon said that the scholarship acts as an encouragement for him to work harder. “It motivates me indirectly to be a more responsible person, forthwith.” Sim, who hails from Sabah, hoped that his pursuit of agricultural science would enable him to contribute positively to the country’s agronomic sector.

Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad is a Malaysian multinational corporation which is listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. The corporation is involved in plantations, oleochemicals, property development and retailing.


Best Graduate Award


This year’s Synthomer Best Chemistry Graduate Award was won by Khoo Hooi Tee of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). She received the award at a presentation ceremony held at the Perak campus on Wednesday, July 25.

Synthomer Best Chemistry Graduate Award, Khoo Hooi Tee, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). Khoo received an additional RM3,000 along with the award. Minhat Wahid, Synthomer Sdn Bhd’s Director of Human Resources, presented the award on behalf of the corporation. Khoo has successfully completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chemistry degree with a First Class Honours. Convocation will be in October.

Khoo is the third recipient of the Synthomer award. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in the field of chemistry and hopes to secure a scholarship.

The presentation is made more meaningful as it coincides with the university’s 10th anniversary. The October Convocation will be held in the new hall.

For the record, UTAR went into a formal partnership on Research and Development with Synthomer Sdn Bhd in 2010. Johore-based Synthomer Sdn Bhd, one of the world’s major suppliers of lattices and emulsion polymers, currently sponsors two postgraduate students at UTAR.

Among the dignitaries present at the ceremony were UTAR Council Chairman, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, UTAR President, Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Dean Faculty of Science, Dr Lim Tuck Meng and Vice President of Research and Development, Dr Lee Sze Wei.