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Thursday November 22, 2012

College in Jitra wins national entrepreneurial challenge

FIVE students of the Bandar Darulaman Community College (BDCC) in Jitra, Kedah, made the college proud by bagging the overall prize in the national-level Community Colleges Entrepreneurial Challenge (CCeC) 2012.

Their winning product was a yellow noodle brand which they named Mee Kuning Aman and two special flavour pastes they called Tom Yam Paste Aman and Black Pepper Paste Aman.

Team members Alief Muhaimin Asri, Mohamad Hafiz Abdul Ghani, Mohammad Fakri Azwar Hat, Sakinah Saad and Nurul Hatikah Ramli took home RM7,000, the Higher Education Minister’s Trophy and won a learning trip to Surabaya in Indonesia for coming out tops.

They won another RM3,000 for emerging champion in the food product category in the competition which was held from Nov 2 to 4 at Dataran Datuk Sheikh Ahmad in Kangar, Perlis.

Alief, Mohamad Hafiz and Mohammad Fakri are Certificate of Computer Support final year students. Sakinah is an architectural plan course (Level 2) student while Nurul is a Computer Network course (Level 1) student. They are aged between 18 and 25.

Team leader Alief said they were surprised by the win as they faced competition from over 80 community colleges in the country.

“To participate in this competition, we have to register an actual company with the Companies Commission of Malaysia and operate the business for at least four months before the contest,” he told a press conference recently.

He said the team members had attended some courses to learn the process of making yellow noodles and pastes before operating their business to penetrate the local market, especially restaurants located near the college.

“The business is going well and the noodles sold out almost every day,” Alief said, adding that the team planned to buy a larger machine with the cash prize to increase their productivity.

BDCC lecturer Rahanita Abd Rahman and mentors Hayati Zakaria and Irmayariani Kamalsha led the team.

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