University staff and students show unity in kayak expedition

UniMy students and staff kayaking during the expedition.

UniMy students and staff kayaking during the expedition.

WITH the spirit of patriotism, teamwork and sportsmanship in the air, 30 students and staff from the Universiti Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering (UniMy) showed what it meant to embody Malaysia’s 58th Merdeka theme, Sehati Sejiwa, with a show of teamwork and solidarity through a mini kayak expedition, Kayak Patriotik UniMy, at Kelab Tasik Putrajaya, Precinct 8, Putrajaya recently.

The mini kayaking expedition was the brainchild of UniMy’s Student Representative Council in collaboration with the Centre for Student Affairs and Development to mark the National Day celebration.

The unique event was also noted as the first ever kayak expedition by an institution of higher learning in Putrajaya.

“To celebrate the National Day, we decided it would be a nice change to organise a team sport activity where the whole UniMy family can join in together be it by kayaking or cheering us on,” said UniMy’s Student Representative Council president Mohamed Nor Faiz Shahudin.

“Some of those participating are experienced kayakers as UniMy offered kayak lessons as part of our co-curriculum last semester while others are new to this.

“Regardless, we applaud everyone’s determination to come together and do something in the spirit of unity,” said Faiz.

The kayakers departed from Kelab Tasik Putrajaya after flag-off by UniMy vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid and were treated to picturesque sceneries along the route including Seri Perdana, Taman Botani Putrajaya and Masjid Putra before making their way back to the starting point.

“It is very heartwarming to see the tireless effort by both the students and staff has borne fruit today and the support from the participants as well as the supporters.

“I hope they will continue to organise similar of events for all to participate whether it is for goodwill or as part of the UniMy family activity,” said Khairuddin.

Kayakers were briefed on safety procedures by the Kelab Tasik Putrajaya staff before the flag-off.

Safety boats were also available throughout the course of the mini expedition in case they were needed.