Faculty of Business Management (FBM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia had the privilege to organize a Consumer Advocacy Program involving students and staff of UiTM on 11 March 2020. The program which was organized jointly by FBM, UiTM and the Malaysian Association of Consumer and Family Economics (MACFEA) was held at UiTM Puncak Alam.
The main aim was to provide exposure and awareness on initiatives being implemented by the Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) on Food Bank Program and Cybercrime.
Tuan Ahmad Saifulzaman bin Mahadi, the spokesperson of Yayasan Food Bank, highlighted that this would be the right platform to assist the community of the target group in reducing their burden, especially in facing Covid 19 and the escalating cost of living.
Prof. Dr. Nuraisyah Chua Abdullah, a law lecturer from the Faculty of Law, UiTM Malaysia spoke on “Cybercrime” where she emphasized that “participants must be more thoughtful when engaging with online transactions, especially the threat cybercrime presents, and what are the best ways to protect their computer and their personal data”.
In conjunction with this program, the Ministry had also presented a grant of RM35000 to Prof Faridah Hassan, Associate Prof Dr Erni Suzila Kassim and the FBM team to conduct a study on Food Bank in Malaysia, focusing on the B40 community and the university students.
Meanwhile, this program also featured the presentation of prizes for the Creative Video Competition in conjunction with the Consumer Advocacy Program. With the theme on cybercrime, Miss Nur Wahida Binti Wahab and her team were crowned the winner with RM500.00 cash prize. Muhammad Shafiq Bin Zainal Abidin and Aidiel bin Asri bagged second and third place, with RM400 and RM300 cash prizes respectively. All participants were treated with lucky draws sponsored by the Ministry.
The main aim of this meaningful program was to help the participants, especially from the B40 community to be vigilant and not to be easily influenced by the content of adverts displayed on social media, in addition to the initiatives provided by the Ministry on the Food Bank program.