UUM ONLINE: A total of 660 cadet officers of the Undergraduate Civil Defence (SISPA) Corps were commissioned as Junior Lieutenants (CD) at the 8th National SISPA Corps Commissioning Ceremony held at the Mu'adzam Shah Hall, recently.
The commissioning ceremony was officiated by, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Dato' Seri Dr. Shahidan Kassim. Also in attendance was the Commandant of the UUM SISPA Corps, the Honorary Assistant Commissioner (CD), Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of UUM.
In his speech, Dato' Seri Dr. Shahidan said that the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, together with the Ministry of Higher Education and institutions of higher learning, had furnished the right platform in providing the space and opportunity for the youth of the nation to build their character through their involvement in the SISPA Corps.
According to him, the SISPA Cadet Officers should play their complementary role in the preservation of national security by standing steadfast as one of the pillars upholding the peace and prosperity of the people.
"Today’s commissioning should be likened to a field for shaping the Civil Defence organisation into a balanced and high performance organisation in the process of strengthening the structure and balance of the mobilisation of the Malaysian Civil Defence Force.
"Apart from this, awareness of public safety and emergency situations amongst the people can also be heightened through the SISPA Corps by way of awareness raising programmes and activities. In fact, I would suggest establishing a community that would be able to provide immediate response within 15 minutes of an emergency occurring," he said.
Meanwhile, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa said that UUM was the first university to offer credited co-curriculum courses since its inception and that now students could choose from over 70 courses that were offered, based on their respective interests.
According to him, UUM, the host of the day’s SISPA Corps Commissioning Ceremony, also took pride in the fact that 47 of its SISPA cadet officers, comprising 40 women and seven men, had received their commissions as Junior Lieutenants (PA).
"They are part of the 660 SISPA cadet officers from public and private universities and teacher education institutes from all over the nation who received their respective commissions.
"I hope this commissioning will prove beneficial as a means of interaction with members from the other IHL, apart from being an agent for the sowing of seeds of unity, national integration and nationalism in the hearts and souls of the younger generation. I hope, too, that the cadet officers would utilise their experience of being volunteers to develop their character towards becoming people who are disciplined, trustworthy, skilled, passionate, and anchored in a strong sense of their self-worth ", he said.
At the event, the award for the Best SISPA Cadet Officer went to Junior Lieutenant (CD) Mohd Akmal Hakim Abdul Razak from UUM, who was amongst the 15 recipients who led the list in the award presentation. The ceremony also witnessed the re-appointment of the Vice-Chancellor as the Commandant of the UUM SISPA Corps.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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