‘Wall Of Fame’ Launched To Proclaim Prominent UKM Alumni
By Saiful Bahri Kamaruddin
Pix Shahiddan Saidi
BANGI, 9 June 2016 – The National University of Malaysia (UKM) recently launched its ‘Wall of Fame’, a large space set aside showcasing some of its most prominent alumni who have contributed to the progress of the nation and the growth of the university.
The launch was officiated by Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali in conjunction with UKM’s 46th anniversary celebrations and witnessed by scores of alumni, including Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Liow, who was honoured as the Most Famous Alumni, said he was deeply touched as a former student to have been selected among many members who had stood out since the university’s inception 46 years ago.
Liow, in his remarks, acknowledged that his time at UKM had prepared him well for the challenges of the future and equipped him with the necessary knowledge and skills.
He also had a novel approach to publicizing the achievements of UKM.
“Why not use social media and tweet about the latest positive development at UKM when you receive the information from alumni members. For those who had graduated recently, let your parents know that you are OK by tweeting,” he said
He called on the alumni to return to the university regularly to take part in the various activities and to contribute further to the development of the university.
“Although you had graduated a long time ago, you should return as an alumni and contribute to the progress and development of the university, he emphasized.
He also signed an anti-smoking campaign organised by students.
Apart from Liow, the wall featured Second Deputy Minister of Education Chong Sin Woon, Malaysian Teachers’ Foundation executive chairman Tan Seri Alimuddin Mohd Dom, Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Datuk Seri Shukri Abdill and Accountant-General Datuk Che Pee Samsuddin.
The Vice-Chancellor, in officiating the ceremony, expressed hope that the Wall of fame would be a source of inspiration to students.
“As one of the oldest educational institutions in the country, we continue to play the role of producing graduates and alumni who contribute to the success and development of the university, community and country. Graduates or alumni of UKM have their own strengths and they should emulate the more established universities in the world such as Harvard University and the University of Oxford as they have large systematic networks of alumni who organise all the programs and activities of the universities, which receive support from their alumni,” he noted.
UKM has produced more than 176,000 alumni since its establishment in May 1970.