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Another two months, another host of excit-
ing events here at UTP! The months seemed
to have a very clear theme, with several com-
petitions being held this November & De-
cember, including the UTP National Rapid &
Blitz, UTP Tennis Close, Quiz Wise, Vocab
Challenge and Karnival Sukan Perpaduan.
HOT would like to congratulate the victors of
every contest, and also offer our consolation
to those who were not so lucky. Give it your
all next year guys!
Event organising committee mem-
ber, Lee Weng Soon (CE, 1
Sem), says that this is the
first time UTP has organised a
World Chess Federation (FIDE)
rated tournament where players
may improve their universal FIDE
ratings by performing well in tour-
nament. The event was jointly or-
ganised by UTP Chess Dragon,
Fundamental and Applied Science
Student Ambassadors (FASSA),
Malaysian Chess Federation
(MCF), Persatuan Catur Negeri
Perak (PICA), and Jabatan Belia
Dan Sukan Negeri Perak.
For full standings for all age groups
and further information regarding
the tournament, please visit
scan the following QR code with
November- The Nation-
al Rapid & Blitz Chess Champion-
ships held at UTP’s Multi-Purpose
Hall for two days were without any
major surprises. The tournament’s
highest rated participant, Filipino
player Rolando Nole (International
Master), bagged first place in the
Open category for both Rapid and
Blitz tournaments, with compatriot
and fellow tournament favourite Ian
Udani coming in just behind him for
both events. Nole, the only player
that day with coveted chess title-
International Master (IM), left with
total winnings of RM1500.
UTP’s very own Cedric Lemuel Lee
Sem) completed his
first ever Open tournament with a
respectable 3.5 points from a possi-
ble 8 in each event, taking home the
Best UTP Player award. It was a
considerable feat for the jovial 19-
year-old as he was competing
against professional chess players
far more experienced than him.
When asked about his small but
meaningful triumph, he comment-
ed, “It’s pretty cool la. I really
didn’t have anywhere else to spend
my 60 bucks (with reference to the
entrance fee) so I took part, and
now I’m UTP’s top player!” Cedric
is a former district player from
Nine-year-old chess prodigy
Jagathees Guna Balan produced a
remarkable performance for some-
one his age in an Open event, fin-
ishing with 5 points in the Rapid
tournament. Jagathees is no
stranger to overachieving in the
chess arena, having previously
represented Malaysia in the World
Youth U-8 Championships. Un-
doubtedly, young Jagathees is an
up-and-coming name to looking
out for in the Malaysia chess scene.
In This Issue
National Rapid & Blitz
Quiz Wise 2012
Explore Traditions, Discover Yourself
UTP Tennis Close
Self-Management for English Students
Charity Food Fair
UTP’s Branding Journey
Karnival Sukan Perpaduan SRN
Sizzle & Scoop: Palestine Flash Mob
IM Nole (left) receiving his grand prize. Cedric Lemuel Lee in action.
INTERNATIONAL MASTER SWEEPS TOP PRIZES AT NATIONAL
RAPID & BLITZ 2012
By Marc Raphael, PE 1st Year 1st Sem
Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli bin
Ting Nguong Seng, EE, Yr. 2
Bong Yin Chung, CE, Yr 1
Joyce Shamini, CV, Yr 1
Marc Raphael, PE, Yr 1
Teresa Clare Ratnam, PE, Yr 1
Josephine Koh Chin Hui, CE, Yr 1
Tronoh, 19th November- Equip yourself with as much general
knowledge as possible, show it off, and win something big! That’s
exactly how Quiz Wise 2012 went on at Undercroft recently. We would
like to congratulate the champion group that swept away a whopping
RM700 as the Grand Prize!
“That guy wearing the black T-shirt, he is very intelligent. He knows
the answers even before the questions are completed,” said Ammar
Fahmi Abdullah (PE, Foundation 1st Sem.). Ammar was referring to
Chandra Shekhor from group Armageddon which won the competition.
Chandra (ME, 2nd Yr/2nd Sem.) was seen as the dominant participant
in his group consisting of Ilaman Gulesenov (PE, 2nd Yr/ 2nd Sem.)
and Annadurdy Anash (EE, Final Yr/Final Sem.), another two brilliant
Quiz Wise 2012 is the fourth instalment of the event which happens
annually in UTP. The Project Manager this time around was 21-year-
old Tareq Muhammad al-Shami (PE, 1st yr/ 2nd sem) from Yemen.
Kudos to him and his committee members for making Quiz wise 2012,
sponsored by Have It Late, a grand success. Have It Late is a small
student-run convenience store in Village 4, with operating hours of
11pm to 4am.
One of the main highlights of the event was a performance by Inter-
beats, UTP’s very own hip hop dance team. Besides that, there were
performances from Mozambican students and a piano recital. During
intervals, the audience was tested on their general knowledge, with
souvenirs being handed out as prizes for correct answers.
A total of 35 teams, with 3 members each, took part in the event this
year. The competition started with a knockout round at 6.00 p.m. In
this round the groups had to answer 40 questions in 30 minutes on
paper. The four teams that got through this round were Apple, Arma-
geddon, Have It Late (not to be confused with event sponsors, Have It
Late) and Tahu Sumedang.
Eventually Armageddon emerged as champions while Tahu
Sumedang, consisting of Alfian Rachman, Rifqi Randi and Fakhri
Akhdan, finished as 1st runner-up. Have It Late, consisting of
Mahmoud Tareq Shaheen, Mochtar Bebaha and Aaron Chia Yun Zhen
was the 2nd runner-up and 3rd runner-up was Apple, consisting of Nik
Aieman Raziq, Muhammad Haziq and Muhammad Danial.
VIPs present at this memorable event were Mr. Marfauza Bin Mat
Jusoh (Senior Executive, Student Support Service), Mr. Saiful Hizam
(International Student Adviser), Ms. Nurizzati Binti Ramli (Deputy
President, Student Representative Council), Mr. Motasem Ab-
dulaghader (Secretary 1, International Student Council) and Ms. La-
bina Patricia (Vice President, International Student Council).
Quiz Wise 2012
By Munir Jaman, Foundation 1st Sem
Mr. Marfauza Bin Mat Jusoh presenting the mock-cheque
worth RM700 to the champions.
All the participants of Quiz wise 2012
Chandra Shekhor from the group Armageddon answering a
Explore Traditions, Discover Yourself!
Tronoh, 25th November – “Explore Traditions, Discover
Yourself” carnival was held to display the contemporary
artwork of our local artists featuring the uniqueness of di-
verse Malaysian heritage and arts. The carnival, held as part
of Festival Apresiasi Seni Budaya (FARSYA 2012), ena-
bles them to truly express their individuality and exhibit
their works in the liberty of heart and mind.
There were several competitions and games held for visi-
tors. One of the highlights was a pottery workshop. Partici-
pants get to experience first-hand how to mould Labu
Sayong, a form of Perak’s cultural pride in pottery. The
games conducted were fun and interactive games consisting
of local and international origin.
Among the games played which originated from Malaysia
were Carrom, Congkak, Sepak Raga Ratus, Tuju Guli and
Tuju Tin. There was also an interesting game of Chinese
Chess, one which is almost unknown due to the bigger
western chess overshadowing it.
Several agencies that were invited to the event like Tourism
Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, Perbadanan
Kemajuan Kraftangan Perak, Balai Seni Lukis Negara,
Kementerian Perpaduan, Kebudayaan & Kesenian,
Yayasan Kesenian Perak, traditional food and handicraft
entrepreneurs around Perak answered inquiries relating to
heritage and arts issues that are disregarded and obscure.
By Adhwa Anuar, ICT Foundation/2
Some of the heritage exhibition items have almost disap-
The importance of the event was to spread information about
the uniqueness of Malaysian heritage. The carnival was
hoped to promote integration. It is also in conjunction with
the government campaign on improving awareness of the
arts, cultures and heritage among students.
The organizer, The Arts and Culture Lifestyle of Sekretariat
Rakan Muda Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (SRMUTP)
organized the event with the theme “Explore Tradition, Dis-
cover Yourself” in hope that vital values of the Malaysian
arts and culture will be embraced and relived by the youth.
Culture should not be left to die with time and be devoured
by foreign culture but should be promoted and grown instead.
In general, our youth nowadays, have forgotten the vital val-
ues of our Malaysian arts and culture as though it has died
with time. As Malaysian youths, we must embrace this pre-
cious gift from the past and do our best to relive what our
ancestors’ have left for our generation and the generations to
Xiangqi a.k.a Chinese chess. Sepak Raga Ratus.
November – “I never thought I could actually win
the tournament!” This is what Amirul Ariff bin Sazali (CE, 2
Sem) had to say of his triumph in the recent UTP
Tennis Close Championship. The event, which saw a healthy
number of participants this year, was organised by Sekretariat
Rakan Muda, and held at UTP tennis courts on the 22
Amirul, whose preparation for the tournament was constantly
being disrupted by unfavourable weather conditions, expressed
immense surprise with his victory, and thanked God for his
achievement. He was also delighted at being able to gain an
upper hand over his contender in the final, Mohd Zulkarnain B.
Hashim, who knocked him out in last year’s semi-finals. “My
opponent in the final is an extremely good player. Alhamdulil-
lah, thanks to God, after playing under the burning hot sun I
managed to beat him,” said Amirul.
In the women’s category, it was newcomer Syazwani binti
Mohd Ali (ME, 1
Sem) who emerged as champion,
beating Wan Nooraishah binti Wan Abdul Kadir (CV, 1
Sem) in the final. Syazwani (Syaza), who only enrolled here
at UTP back in September, was just as surprised with her win:
“I wasn't expecting the victory at all since all the players have
played really well during the tournament!” Like Amirul, Syaza
only began training a week prior to the event, which explained
why the victory exceeded her expectations.
When asked if they would be returning to defend their titles,
both champions expressed their eagerness to do just that, with
Amirul hoping he will not be too busy in his 3
Year to prepare
for next year’s tournament.
Unfortunately, not everyone went home a winner that day. For
some, it was simply a learning experience. Vincent Koh (CE,
Sem) and Cedric Lemuel Lee (CE, 2
Sem), teaming up for the doubles event, lost all their matches
but were still happy to have participated. “Next year we’ll be
champs!” said Vincent, who tells us that his partnership with
Cedric is still new, and will take time to develop into a force to
be reckoned with. That’s the spirit guys!
Event organising committee member Khairul Anwar Bn. Mu-
Sem) told HOT that there’s talk of an offi-
cial UTP Tennis Club on the way soon. According to Khairul,
rumour has it that Block B (a reference to the co-curriculum
department) is looking to establish some new sports clubs, as
the new Vice-Chancellor is apparently a sports-lover himself.
Are there some exciting changes in store for sports fans here at
UTP? We’ll just have to wait to see!
Amirul Ariff Takes Gold at UTP Tennis Close
A heavily tanned Amirul on his way to a hard- fought victory.
Syaza (left) with runner-up Nooraishah after their match
By Marc Raphael Parrikal, PE 1st Year/ 1st Sem
considered as a medium for UTP’s female
students to enjoy outdoor activities and to
promote a healthy lifestyle. The theme for
Hey Ladies 2012 was “Vibrant, Vogue and
Versatile”. Organisers hope to develop the
event into an annual program. Hey Ladies
project manager Izyan Farhana Kaher,
(CE, 2nd year/ 2nd sem) highly recom-
mends Hey Ladies to all female students
of UTP, as she considers it a platform for
TRONOH, 1 December- If it’s
adventure that you seek, then this
unique collaboration between
Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar Uni-
versiti Teknologi Petronas
(MPPPUTP) and HELWI will
surely satisfy your thirst for
adrenaline. These eye-catching
events were organized specifical-
ly for the female community here
at UTP, i.e., its female staff and
students. The purpose of conduct-
ing the event was to develop the
female community in Universiti
Teknologi Petronas (UTP). Hey
Ladies comprised of two main
events, “With You” and “Keep
Calm and Off to Gua Tem-
purung”, with the latter being the
highlighted event. “With You”
was a one-day event organized on
the 30th of November 2012 to
inculcate love and respect towards the cleaning staff in UTP, es-
pecially the women. Activities included sharing sessions by one
of UTP’s own final year students, Ms.Nurnazihah Aziz followed
by a brief motivational talk by Puan Maznah, UTP’s counselor.
The main event, “Keep Calm and Off to Gua Tempurung”, saw
the participation of approximately 30 students. The event was
Participants all smiles at Gua Tempurung.
By Syazana Lyana, CE 1st Year, 1st Sem
“With You” Sharing Sessions with UTP’s Cleaner
By Charlene Sharmini Fernandes, CE, Foundation/2
TRONOH, December 6th- The Eng-
lish Language Club of UTP recently
organised Self-Management for Eng-
lish Students Week, a week filled
with fun-packed educational activi-
ties for students here at UTP. Among
the events organised as part of the
program was a book fare, Vocab
Challenge and a Scrabble tourna-
The book fare was a big hit as it
brought highly sought after books for
low and reasonable prices. There
were numerous books of various
languages, giving the book-worms a
tough decision on choosing their
favourites. Multimedia accessories
and stationaries were also sold at
moderate prices here at Pocket C.
A Vocab Competition was also
held on 5th of December. Partici-
pants in groups of four had to de-
fine given words and brainstorm
for words of similar meaning. Be-
sides improving participants’ vo-
cabulary, this competition also
promoted teamwork and brought
out the best in participants’ com-
munication skills. The winners
walked away not only beaming
with pride but also with a cash
prize of RM300.
The club is proud of its achieve-
ment and aspires for more partici-
pation from the students of UTP in
their upcoming events. Next up on
their schedule is a Christmas Visit
to an old folk’s home.
Participants ready to compete in the Vocab Challenge.
Winners of the Vocab Challenge.
Tronoh, 20th November- A Charity Food
Fair organized by UTP Rotaract Club has
successfully attracted throngs of UTPians
to contribute substantively to the funding
of an upcoming goodwill project in Cam-
Stationed along V3-V5 walkway, the
food fair carried on for three day from
5pm to 12am starting from 18th Novem-
ber. Stalls that were set up sold Mingo
Mingo ice cream, Uncle Bob Fried
Chicken, Takoyaki, burger bakar, otah,
oblong, fried ice cream, nuggets, French
Fries and herbal eggs which were strung
out and quickly snapped up by the cus-
tomers. It was initially a big challenge to
the organizing team in terms of publicity
as not many people were aware of it.
However, well-planned intensive publici-
ty via Internet had disseminated the news
rapidly throughout campus. It was heart-
warming to see cash come pouring as
they were going to be used for a charita-
ble purpose of providing clean water sup-
plies to Cambodian kids.
Whetting Your Appetite Charitably
By Low Zhen Teng, CV, 2nd Year/2nd Sem
ple. UTP grabs all the opportunities possi-
ble to market itself as a recognized top
university offering internationally recog-
nized industry-relevant programs.
Some points learnt on how to market
yourself in the working world. First of all,
you must be different from others in terms
of thinking skill. Not only challenge your-
self but also enhance your communication
skills. Image holds it all since people
judge a book by its cover. Next, be confi-
dent and proof your capability, be willing
to spend money on activities that
strengthen soft skills. Do have friendly
competitions to get ahead in academic as
well as co-curriculum.
Lastly, UTP graduates are a rare breed so
we do have an extra edge against other
Tronoh, December 5th- “It is not slick-
ness, polish, uniqueness, or cleverness
that makes a brand a brand. It is truth. --
Harry Beckwith” quotes the President of
Rotary Club of Kinta.
Rotarian Zulkarnan, President of Rotary
Club of Kinta, Manager of Corporate
Service UTP, was invited to be the
speaker for a Marketing Talk entitled
“UTP’s Branding Journey”. It was con-
ducted by RACUTP in the afternoon,
from 2pm to 4pm at Pocket D3. The pur-
pose of the talk is to help UTP graduates
brand themselves as well-rounded gradu-
ates and outstand themselves in the work-
ing world other than getting flying col-
ours upon graduation.
What comes across your mind when we
talk about branded products? People are
attracted by branding nowadays. Brands
and their promising taglines are power-
ful. Labelling is important after all.
Stakeholders make decisions based on
their impression on the ‘products’ even
before seeing it! How you choose your
university is also based upon that princi-
UTP’S BRANDING JOURNEY
Organizing teams also set up stalls to sell
some finger food.
By Tan Bee Chea, PE, 1
The speaker at the event, Rotarian Zulkarnan.
Karnival Sukan Perpaduan SRN
operation between races through sports in
his speech at the opening ceremony.
Karnival Sukan Perpaduan SRN is a sports
program organized by Sekretariat Rukun
Negara University Teknologi PETRONAS
(SRNUTP) in co-operation with Jabatan
Perpaduan Negara dan Integrasi Nasional.
Tronoh, 11th November- After being held
for 4 days, The Sport Carnival Unity SRN
ended successfully at Main Hall.
Participated by SRN clubs from other uni-
versities even from East Malaysia, the num-
ber of participants reached approximately
300. The participants hail from various
parts of Malaysia, with representatives
from, UUM Kedah, UMP Pahang, USM
Penang and many more.
According to Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor
Rosli Bin Baharam, Deputy Vice Counselor
of UTP, sports can be used as a platform to
promote co-operation between races. By his
own experience as a volleyball player, he
learned a lot on working as a team in trying
The project manager, Wan Amirul Mukhriz
Bin Wan Muhammed, said that the main
purpose of the event is to promote co-
By Syazana Binti Kamarjalman, CE, 1
By Chiam Cheah Jun, Foundation/2
TRONOH, 25th November– The
two things that you will find most
fascinating about Malaysia is its
people and culture. The Festival
Apresiasi Seni Budaya (FARSYA)
2012 has served its purpose well
by brilliantly exploring not only
cultures of the three main ethnic
groups in Malaysia, but also those
of international students.
This event was a combination of
Karnival Sukan Rakyat (KSR) and
Malam Prihatin Sanggar Mustika
(MPSM), with the latter being the
main event. Developing a deeper
understanding towards the main
cultures and races in Malaysia
was the main purpose of the
The activities held included tradi-
tional games competitions such as
the Congkak competition and a
Labu Sayong demonstration. Or-
ganisers also prepared a variety
of world famous Malaysian
delicacies to be enjoyed.
DiGi was the main sponsor of
FARSYA 2012. According to
the organizing committee mem-
ber Nur Haedzerlin Md. Noor
(EE, 2nd year/2nd sem), these
events were no doubt a success
and is highly recommended for
those who value cultures.
A participant during the Labu Sayong demonstration.
Congkak tournament in progress.
Slugging it out in the tarik tali event. “Coconut” bowling. Participants posing for a group photo.
Enthusiastic participants after the flash mob. Flash mob in action at Pocket D.
Outgoing SRC President Mr. Wan Ibrahim Al-Kutani addressing
the large crowd that had gathered for the peaceful demonstration.
EKSPRESI GAZA 2012
A student taking part in the protest.
Our Deputy Vice Chancellor joining students in writing his state-
ment of support for Palestine.
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