GEORGE TOWN, April 5 – Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC), Multimedia University (MMU), and University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering (UNIMY) had come together to become partners in their effort to empower youth by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The signing ceremony with MMU and UNIMY took place on 31 March 2022 and 1 April 2022 respectively. All three parties were eager to enter into this partnership to declare their mutual intentions in establishing collaborations, sharing resources, exploring opportunities to develop, support, and enrich the research, educational, and training and development programmes in the field that will be beneficial to all parties involved. Those present during the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony with MMU were:

  1. YB Soon Lip Chee, Penang State EXCO for Youth and Sports
  2. Dr. Gwee Sai Ling, General Manager of Penang Youth Development Corporation
  3. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su’ud, President-cum-CEO of Multimedia University
  4. Prof. Dr. Wong Eng Kiong, Vice President, Student Experience and Entrepreneurship Development
  5. Puan Sri Kusuma Wati, Director, Student Affairs Division (STAD)
  6. Dr. Ong Jeen Wei, Director, Alumni Engagement, Career and Entrepreneurship Development (ACE)
    Meanwhile, present during the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony with UNIMY were:
  7. YB Soon Lip Chee, Penang State EXCO for Youth and Sports
  8. Dr. Gwee Sai Ling, General Manager of Penang Youth Development Corporation
  9. Dr. Ts. Zulkarnain Kedah, Deputy Vice Chancellor
  10. Noor Azizah Binti Atdenan, Registrar
  11. Prof. Dr. Khairul Baharein Bin Mohd Noor, Director of Academic & International
  12. Dr. Syahril Anuar bin Idris, Head of UNIDIGIT & Commercialisation Unit
  13. Muhammad Amin Sahari, Head of Academic & Collaboration
  14. Nalena Balachandran, Head of Industry Engagement & Graduate Employability (IEGE)
  15. Amira Azizan, Manager of Academic & Collaboration Office

This MoU sets out a general framework for the establishment of an academic link and cooperation between the parties and to facilitate the detailed discussions on the scope of the academic link and cooperation.

All the parties involved will be taking all the necessary steps to work together in good faith to examine and determine the feasibility of pursuing the Project in relation to the areas of community engagement/outreach/volunteerism events; education activities; youth employment projects; knowledge and skills transfer events; entrepreneurship and student exchange programmes.

Penang Youth Programmes and other related advice, talk, or seminar to students and youths; and to establish a joint working team, if necessary, to effectively and efficiently examine the feasibility of the Project. During the signing ceremony, Penang State EXCO for Youth and Sports, YB Soon Lip Chee mentioned that youth are the backbone, the future leaders of the nation. 

“For them to become a great leader, our youth must be well educated and well informed and it is our duty to ensure so. Youth are at the age where they are full of vigor and energy to learn, to try new things, to challenge the norm, and to change the world. So, as their elders we have the responsibility to steer them in the right direction, creating a platform for them to explore their interest and passion, to learn and to venture in something new in a safe environment.”

On the other hand, the General Manager of PYDC, Dr. Gwee Sai Ling stressed that a knowledgeable youth with strong leadership will ensure the continuation of a country and without proper guidance, they would not be able to fully reach their potential.

Thus, failure to develop the youth is a recipe for disaster for any country. More of a reason why they should always work together, sharing knowledge with the youth to ensure their development. With the signing of this MoU, they will be able to share resources to do what is needed, guiding the youth, developing them, and supporting them. 

Alternately, the President-cum-CEO of MMU, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su’ud noted that due to various phases of the Movement Control Order (MCO), the students are not able to participate in social and self-development activities like what their seniors did.

Therefore, there is a need to organise student character development activities close to their state of origin. With Penang Youth Volunteers Programme and Youth Centres under PYDC’s supervision, MMU and PYDC can collaborate and make good use of these resources to benefit the youth in Penang state in general and MMU students from Penang in particular.

Alternatively, the Interim Vice Chancellor of UNIMY, Dr.Ts. Zulkarnain Kedah mentioned that with the signing of the MoU between PYDC and UNIMY, it opens more opportunities to collaborate of conducting programmes, encourage students to engage with the community outside of the campus to broaden their perspectives, and giving them the space and support that they need to develop further. He also commented that it is wholesome to witness the effort Penang State Government to take various initiatives to develop the youth.