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    UITM Perak branch initiates Social Responsibility (USR) Programs on solar lighting

    On 18 March 2023, UiTM Perak Branch, Malaysia, under the Green Campus Committee and Green Safe Cities (GreSAFE) Research Group, collaborated with the housing community of Puncak Iskandar, Perak, and the local council of Perak Tengah, Malaysia in disseminating the solar lighting technology towards enhancing the safety level of the neighborhood. Under the initiation and support of the UiTM Perak technical team, Assoc. Prof. Sr Dr. Nur Azfahani Ahmad addressed that this program is sequential knowledge and technology transfer program using a community-based approach.

    This program has successfully gathered 30 academic and supporting staff of the UiTM Perak Branch, 15 staff from the local council, and more than 50 community members in the installation process of 12 units of solar lighting system in the housing surroundings, the amenities, and playgrounds. The municipal councilor, Mr. Syukri Azaari, highlights that this program helps to strengthen the safety, security, well-being, and inclusivity of the community toward crime prevention. It aligns with the Malaysian Twelfth Plan (2021-2025) and United Nation Sustainable Development Goals No 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and No 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) by synchronizing the plan of Malaysian Science, Technology, Innovation, and Economic (MySTIE), specifically Smart Cities and Transportation. The community leader, Dr. Norhazlan Haron has supported the program and agreed that the people’s quality and welfare are improved with the aid of green energy. It significantly strengthens the country’s prosperity by enhancing the excellence of academia through green technology applications.

    At current, UiTM Perak Branch under the Green Campus initiative and Green Safe Cities Research Group are actively conducting various activities focusing on resilient and safe communities in Malaysia. It includes activities on crime prevention through environmental design, green environment of safe cities, and resilient cities with green management.