As Malaysia continues to control the spread of Covid-19 cases, UiTM Perlis Branch earned pride and wowed the nation by setting the Malaysian Book of Records as the most number of handmade face shields produced over the course of 24 hours.
The two-day event “Face shield for Front liners 2.0” began on 27th November 2020 at Dewan Cengal, UiTM Perlis Branch. This community-driven project was organized by Division of Research, Industry, Community, Alumni and Entrepreneurship (RICAEN), UiTM Perlis Branch, Students Representative Council and College Representative Council.
Over 12,000 face shields were made by a proactive team consisting of 354 volunteers including 143 staffs and 211 students of UiTM Perlis Branch. This effort was made possible with donations worth RM 11,000 raised from UiTM Perlis Branch employees and many helping hands such as Islamic Religious Council and Perlis Malay Custom Council (MAIPs), Malaysian Surveyors Association, Ancom Corp. Care Sdn. Bhd, Geomatics Alumni Association of UiTM Perlis Branch, Semenza Alumni Association, Alumni Association of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Skudai, Academic Staff Club (KKA) UiTM Perlis Branch, and Badan Integrasi Anak-anak Kelantan Perlis (BIAAK).
This event also receives co-operation from the Malaysian Air Force (Air Operations Command) and Malaysian Navy (30th Bridged Infantry) whom were responsible to distribute the face shields to the Health Department of Sabah. This endeavor highlights the corporate social responsibility for the welfare of the health personnel and front liners.
The Rector of UiTM Perlis Branch, Prof. Dr. Hj Khudzir Bin Hj Ismail in his speech, said that this community program is in line UiTM’s concern for the front liners whom are battling the pandemic.
“We never intended to break the record, however, we are extremely proud with the achievements and are delighted to serve more to our community,” he added.
The rector addressed his special token of appreciation to Sr. Gs. Dr. Fazly Amri Mohd, the Coordinator of Industry, Community, Alumni and Network (ICAN), UiTM Perlis branch, who led the project and to all UiTM Perlis staffs and students, for their moral support and contributions towards the front liners.
He believes UiTM Perlis branch will organize more community-driven projects in the future that benefits the front liners and health personnel.