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    Connecting a university and a village

    James Kon

    Kampong Belimbing’s Village Consultative Council (MPK Belimbing) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia’s Management and Science University (MSU) agreeing to cooperate in aspects of community building and human capital development, as well as research and education of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) yesterday.

    As MSU’s adopted village, Kampong Belimbing will be the centre for community activities involving MSU alumni in Brunei, the local community and school students.

    In an interview, MSU President Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid said the cooperation was organised by the Brunei Chapter of the MSU Alumni.

    “This is one of the major programmes of MSU to instil the culture of SDGs,” he said. “In this context, we have established numerous programmes across Malaysia but we have also brought this programme around the world.

    “Today, we are thankful that the Kampong Belimbing community has accepted our programme through the Alumni MSU Brunei Chapter.

    High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Raja Reza bin Raja Zaib Shah witnesses the MoU signing between the village and the university. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
    The Malaysian envoy participates in community activities at Tasik Sarubing Recreational Park

    “This will help to provide long-term awareness on SDGs,” he said.

    Signing on behalf of MSU was Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri while Village Head of Kampong Belimbing Haji Daud bin Jihan signed for MPK Belimbing.

    Prior to the signing, a number of activities promoting awareness on SDGs were also held, including a brisk walk around the Tasik Sarubing Recreational Park, a SDG pledge wall and a tree planting ceremony. Around 20 schools participated in the activities.

    Community activities such as cleaning and beautifying the landscape around the recreational park, facility upgrades and tree plantings have been held since last September.

    High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Raja Reza bin Raja Zaib Shah, the guest of honour, witnessed the signing ceremony.

    Also witnessing the signing were MSU Vice Chancellor Professor Puan Sri Datuk Dr Junainah Abdul Hamid and Assistant Brunei-Muara District Officer Haji Amirol Hafidzin bin Haji Muhammad.

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