SEVENTY six students from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) made their mark in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) for “The Most Number of Booklets Made from Recycled Papers”.
Project Paplet, a term that was coined from the words ‘paper’ and ‘booklet’ produced 10,114 booklets from more than 1.5 tonnes of paper in a day.
“We calculated the equivalence of the production and from it we found that we had saved 21 trees,” said Siva Nagappan who is a first year Bachelor of Electrical Power Engineering student.
Siva who is also Soft Skill, Enhancement and Learning Support (SEALS) Uniten Club programme director, said waste management requires power and energy.
“We’re starting from the root cause of the problem which is to separate the waste and to do something with it,” he added.
Project Paplet was supported by UEM Sunrise Bhd, Khazanah Nasional and Uniten as their corporate partner. The project received cash contributions, used paper and sponsorships to ensure its smooth running and success.
“We couldn’t have done it without the strong support from our sponsors and most importantly the public which donated used papers and continuously supported us towards making this project a reality,” said SEALS Club advisor Evelyn Yeap Ewe Lin.
“We are glad to announce that the University of Illinois and several local universities are kickstarting their own version of Project Paplet.
“We would love to provide support and benefit the country in the long run,” said SEALS Club advisor Muhammad Hanif Abdul Karim.
The beneficiaries of this programme included several non governmental organisations and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
The event was held at Publika recently. College of Foundation and Diploma Studies dean Assoc Prof Dr Zainuddin Hassan officiated at the event.