Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Inter-Varsity Alumni Golf Tournament 2010

The 2010 edition of the Inter-Varsity Alumni Golf Tournament was held at Danau Golf Club, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi on Sunday 19 December.

PAUPM was represented by a 16−member team lead by Dato' Dr Mohamad Hashim Ahmad Tajudin with Dato' Dr. Makhzir Mardan and Dato' Ahmad Said as the VIP Guest Players. Hj Anas Ahmad Nasarudin was on hand to give moral support prior to the tee−off.

The team from PAUTM emerged champions for this year's tournament. PAUPM team members En. Yasak Masod, En. Roslin Ismail, En. Fuad Yatim and En. Izuan each won individual prizes while Dato' Ahmad Said won one of the novelty prizes.

UiTM will host the tournament next year.

Friday, October 29, 2010


PAUPM will be participating in the upcoming MAHA 2010 which will be held at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS) from 26th Nov. to 5th Dec. 2010. Members who own/operate businesses related to agriculture/horticulture/agrotourism are invited to join us. For more more information email us at event@paupm.org or call 0193362445 (Hj. Jamalus).

Tun Razak My Hero, Says Economist

A leading Australian agricultural economist has paid tribute to former prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein for his vision in promoting land development schemes and improving smallholdings in Malaysia in the 1960s."Tun Abdul Razak was a personal hero of mine," Dr Colin Barlow told the 18th biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia at the University of Adelaide in South Australia Thursday, when he presented his paper entitled "Malaysian Agriculture in Transition 19602010”.

Dr Barlow said soon after arriving in Kuala Lumpur in 1963 to work at the Rubber Research Institute, he realised rural agencies and research bodies lacked the weight to improve Malaysian agriculture and much had to be done.

"What was needed in this 1960s situation was to focus much more on bettering individual and group smallholdings. We needed a person with authority, having a common touch and in tune with rural people's aspirations."And we found him in Tun Abdul Razak. He became the architect of giving practical application to popular desires - a personal hero of mine." Dr Barlow said Tun Abdul Razak, the then Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Rural Development, was`an individual combining great vision with skills in leadership and administration.He facilitated the organisation of replanting and new land development schemes, he said.

"Tun Abdul Razak engineered major improvements to rural education and health, along with roads and other infrastructures, proceeding in the 1970s to pioneer wider national transformation through the New Economic Policy," he said.Dr Barlow, who has been involved in rural development for many years, especially in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, told the Adelaide conference "a further crucial initiative" of the 1960s in Malaysia was the establishment of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), which was fashioned after difficult beginnings into a highly successful body".

This opened up and managed many new planted areas, first under rubber and later oil palm, he said. A crucial key to Felda's success was Tan Sri Raja Muhammad Alias Raja Muhammad Ali, a person who worked in the organisation for 35 years and was chairman for almost half that time. He was an effective and a visionary leader and administrator, without whom the giant social enterprise was quite likely to have faltered and failed," Dr Barlow said.

He said former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had pre-dispositions towards developing agriculture and achieving socio-economic equity while his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tended to emphasise the development of manufacturing and the IT sector. Dr Barlow, who has a deep attachment to Malaysia, said he was looking forward to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's New Economic Model, cited as the route to Malaysia becoming a high-income nation.

"I profoundly hope it leads to Malaysia's continuing success," he said.

He said Malaysian agriculture, which has been described as a "third engine of growth", has potential for further expansion, but it depended on the intentions of future governments.

Dr Barlow has written several books on Malaysia, his most recent book was titled "Malaysian Economics and Politics in the New Century" (Edward Elgar, 2003, edited with Francis Loh Kok Wah).


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

UPM Alumni icon entrepreneur Dato Aziz Bakar (Air Asia) with Tuan Syed Zikri (ECERDC) and Dr. Hauiruddin (Qzen) discussing another possible business opportunity. The teh tarik joint at Daya Bumi happens to be the meeting place for Dato Aziz and Dato Seri Tony fernandez to incubate the idea Air Asia as a low cost airline, and now a national success story. We pray the success of Air Asia rubs onto any venture PAUPM members embark on.

Anas, Class of 76

Thursday, October 7, 2010

34th Convocation

On the occasion of the 34th Convocation of Universiti Putra Malaysia, the President, membes of the Executive Committee and members of PAUPM extend heartiest congratulations and warmest welcome to the Class of 2010.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ahlah Wa Sahlan Ya Ramadhan Al-Mubarak

Presiden dan Ahli-Ahli Jawatankuasa PAUPM mengucapkan selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa di bulan Ramadhan yang mulia ini. Bersamalah kita berdoa semoga Allah s.w.t menerima semua amal ibadat yang kita kerjakan di bulan yang penuh rahmat dan berkat ini.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Goodwill Visit to Sabah


Due to clash of dates on both sides of the South China Sea, the visit has to be postponed. The new dates would most probably be a few weeks after Aidil Fitri. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Original Post

How does a weekend of golf, sightseeing, shopping and dinner, all in the company of friends, sound to you? Sounds good? What if you can do all these in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah? Sounds even better? Come join us on the PAUPM Goodwill Visit to Sabah from 6 - 8 August 2010.

The tentative program is as follows:

6 August 2010
- Late morning arrival at Kota Kinabalu, check in at Sutera Harbour Resort.
- Solat Jumaat at Masjid Negeri.
- 1:30 p.m. tee off for golfers, free and easy for the rest.
- Private dinner.

7 August 2010
- 7:00 a.m. tee off for golfers, city tour for the rest.
- Rest of the day, free and easy.
- PAUPM Dinner with Alumni in Sabah.

8 August 2010
- Visit to Mt. Kinabalu Park & Ranau Hot Springs or Island hopping.
- Evening, return to Kuala Lumpur.

Costs per person and other information will be announced shortly so please check out updates to this posting in this blog.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

SERDANG - the cradle of National Development?

For most, the UPM Alumni (PAUPM) pride would rekindle and strengthen their sense of belonging. Till this day the alumni are not just, Malaysia-based, from Perlis to Sabah or Kelantan to Sarawak, they traverse from as far as China to Iran and, Bosnia to Nigeria. UPM has come so far since its inception in the early 1930s, from a humble beginning as Sekolah Pertanian to its current mainstream presence as Universiti Putra. And from merely producing agricultural graduates it has produced thousands of engineers, food technologist, economists, MBAs, etc. It has even produced medical doctors. What is pleasantly `shocking' is that it has even churned out more than 400 aeronautical engineers. In short the former `sekolah pertanian' has availed teaching scopes that has touched the frontiers of science.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tan Sri Prof Datuk Dr. Nik Mustapha (class of 76) the VC and management of UPM.

Tracing back its history, its growth certainly runs parallel to Malaysia’s industrialisation journey. Where were we before the era of electronics and automobile? If it weren’t for the systematic and methodical evolution and implementation of industrial crops such as rubber and oil palm, we would not have the `learning curve’ as a nation to move into the `heavy industry era. And this certainly has been attributed to the human capital inputs generated by UPM (since the sekolah pertanian days). UPM Alumni dominated giants such as Sime Darby, Felda, Tradewinds and the likes continue to dominate and contribute our national economy. Alumnus Tan Sri Rashdan Baba, Tan Sri Dato Dr Mohd Noor Ismail, the late Tan Sri Basir Ismail , and Dato Dr Aziz Abu Bakar (ARAB) are, to name a few of the technocrats, that have influenced corporate Malaysia.

As Alumni we are certainly full of pride for what UPM has done to the nation, and our lives. The SERDANG VILLE Blog is initiated as a platform for the PAUPM members to connect and interact. SERDANG - the cradle of National Development? Is offered as a starting provocation.

Anas Ahmad Nasarudin (class of 76)

What Next Agriculture?

The 6th Malaysia International Agro-Bio Business Conference 2010 is coming back to town! Please make yourselves available between 22nd till 23rd July 2010. Don't miss this opportunity to join the world class conference.

There are Knowledge sharing sessions by over 30 international food and agriculture experts and industry players from over 5 countries.

The event is jointly organised by MARDI, Marditech Sdn Bhd and Expomal International Sdn Bhd

For more information, please go to the official website.

See you there!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Your Inputs Please

We will be putting up 2 new pages in this blog, Alumni Stories and Alumni Businesses.

Alumni Stories will include news about and events involving alumni.

Alumni Businesses will feature businesses owned and operated by alumni.

So let's make this blog a vibrant one. If you have news about fellow alumni, alumni-related events or own and operate a business please contact us at member.paupm@gmail.com. If you can send photos, that's even better.

We are waiting, so what are you waiting for?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Greetings from PAUPM

Greetings from Persatuan Alumni UPM (PAUPM). This eBulletin is another channel the association is using to reach out to its members. At the same time we sincerely hope members would give their feedback and suggestions on the activities they wish the association to organise.

The PAUPM Secretariat is now operating from a bungalow, which it is sharing with the UPM Rugby Club, located close to the UPM Rugby Field.

With only 3 full time staff, the Secretariat seeks active participation from members to assist in identifying, organising and carrying out activities. We need volunteers from among the membership to assist us in the following activities:
  • Paintball,
  • Futsal,
  • Bowling,
  • Cycling,
  • Adventure.
Should you wish to help, please leave you contact details in the comments.

We do hope you use this blog to actively interact with us.