College Activities

KLT Architecture students participated in Sibu Street Art Festival 2019

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Sibu Street Art Festival was back to town on July!

 Definitely, students from Architecture department would not miss this great chance to participate in the event. It is indeed a great practical experience for students. Students were granted opportunity to be in charge of the mural’s composition and painting. It is a great platform as it boosted students’ inspiration by presenting their idea through mural painting. The whole painting was completely done by the students with the lecturers as facilitators in advising and assisting them throughout the whole process. All the paintings from participants were showcased from 17 until 28 of July. The end product of the mural paid off students’ hard work. At the same time, it did boost and enhance self-confidence among the students.

Appointment of AR Jih Ren Chang as Industrial Advisor for Architecture Department, Kolej Laila Taib

In efforts to enhance the quality of its programme and to enable staff and students to get the latest updates of the industry, AR Chang Jih Ren is officially appointed as the Industrial Advisor of Architecture Department, Kolej Laila Taib. This appointment is in line with the college’s vision to ensure that the college’s programmes are industry relevant and that our students are job ready when they graduate from the college. AR Chang started his practice in 1981 and since then has been involved in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, interior designing and project management. Throughout his years of practice in Malaysia, AR Chang’s designs has won him several awards ranging from timber houses to stadiums.

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During his visit to the college on 17/7/2019, AR Chang gave a talk to the students on tropical house designing and urban planning. In the talk, he highlighted that it is vital for an architect to ensure that the floor plans are workable, and building forms have to be aligned with the functions. An assignment critique session was conducted where AR Chang advised the students to always consider the practicality, cost and sustainability in designing.

Appointment of Industrial Advisor for KLT QS department

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Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) has always been committed in delivering quality learning experience to our students. To ensure our students have the right skills that meet the expectations of their future employers, KLT has officially appointed Sr Wong Chii Nguong, the director of ELP Quantity Surveyors (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd as the industrial advisor of the Quantity Surveying (QS) department.

In his role as the industrial advisor, Sr Wong will impart his extensive industrial knowledge and experience to the QS students in order to enhance their industry exposure as well promote engagement via learning. During his visit on 9th July 2019, Sr Wong conducted a talk entitled “ Is Quantity Surveying still relevant?” for all the QS students. During the talk, he emphasized on the important roles played by QS in the construction industry from the beginning stage until the completion of works. He mentioned that QS should be appointed at the design stage so as to provide cost advice and ensure that the architect’s design will fit the client’s budget. Sr Wong also addressed that there has been increasing concern on the quality of QS graduates joining the profession. There are higher demands from employers on the standard and competencies of QS graduates. Hence, he encouraged the students to fully equip themselves with both hard and soft skills in their learning.

The college will continue to work closely with the industry to ensure students gain the knowledge and competencies required at the 21st century workplace. We believe that collaboration with industries will allow undergraduates to be exposed to real case studies and latest industry insight as well as enabling the college to constantly update the syllabus to meet industry demand.

KLT is the first private higher educational institution to achieve recognition from Malaysian Qualifications Agency (previously known as Lembaga Akreditasi Negara), Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam, Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia, Institution of Surveyors Malaysia, Chartered Institution of Builders and Institution of Engineers Malaysia. KLT offers six diploma programmes, which are accounting, architecture, civil engineering, quantity surveying, business management and electrical & electronic Engineering. KLT scholarship is available to all deserving Malaysian who achieve a minimum of five credits in SPM or minimum of 4 credits in UEC or other equivalent qualifications. The college welcomes all walk-in-enquiries from Monday to Friday (8am to 5pm). For online enquiries, visit https://klt.edu.my or call 084-311888.

Students Christian Fellowship Life Camp 28/6 – 30/6

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1 Corinthians 9: 24 – 27

24Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

SCF Life Camp 2019, with the aim to instill in the students the determination to resist secularity of the world and the faith to be the Lord’s loyal disciples so as to compete in this world for the crown that lasts, was successfully held in Centenary Memorial Park on the 28th – 30th June, 2019.

This year, the theme of the camp is “Keep Running! Youth!” Students participated in talks and sharing sessions, and mission games. Reverend Ling Zhon Cheng shared with the students on the topic of ‘Breakthrough’, giving students insights of how they could overcome hurdles of life in the name of the Lord. Brother Ling Yii Paen shared with the students the impact of postmodernism and the roles of Christians as light and salt in this era.

Mission game on the first night, ‘A Fine Line’, students went through six stations: sins, broken relationship, trial, Lamb of God, resurrection, and salvation. Students were to experience the helplessness in life and the eventual salvation in the house of the Lord. On the second night, students went through the six stations of mission, humbleness, faith, seek for God’s plan, unity, and fellowship in ‘The Growth Plan’. Students were exposed to the essential criteria on seeking and growing in the path towards the Lord.

This camp went all out to touch the students in the mind, and the soul; they learn, they feel, and they experience. The students left this camp inspired and recharged to face hurdles in their life be it in their studies or their search of the Lord.

8th Archi Camp- Mukah

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Architecture Students Association organized a 2-day-1-night camp to Mukah Kingwood resort on 14/6-15/6. This is the 8th Archi camp organized by the association since 2012. 46 students participated in the camp and led by 2 lecturers. The group departed from College at 7:30am, and arrived at Kingwood resort around 11:00am. The program began with flags design and kite making. This was followed by station games in the afternoon. Some of the games were stationed at the swimming pool, and students enjoyed swimming and had lots of fun.

At night, every group was given the task to build a house by using the newspaper to occupy all group members. This mission requires basic knowledge of building construction and teamwork. Some groups were able to build it with simple method, yet strong structure. Kite flying competition was carried out the next morning. Only one group was able to fly their hand-made kite, but this was a good experience for some of the students, as they never flew a kite before. Dance performance happened later that morning. The camp adjourned at 1:30pm on 15/6. This Architecture camp developed bond between juniors and seniors, and also leadership skills among students.

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QS Department relaxing trip to Bukit Aup Jubilee Park

As the proverb goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. To strike the right balance between academics and social activities, the QS department organized a relaxing trip to Bukit Aup Jubilee Park in Sibu on 5th July 2019 . The trip consists of 45 QS students and 4 QS lecturers. The event was created with the intention to promote interactions between both lecturers and QS students from different cohorts. Various team building games like relay challenge, treasure hunt, tower building and BBQ sessions were conducted on the day. Throughout the event, students and lecturers have the opportunity to come together to socialize and get exercise in a fun manner. The department will continue to strive in creating such positive study environment in developing the all-round personality of students.

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Educational Trip of Business Management & Accounting Department

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Business Management and Accounting Department of Kolej Laila Taib conducted a two-day educational trip to Kuching on 13th and 14th June 2019. A total of approximately 63 students and 7 lecturers attended the educational trip, led by the Programme Coordinator of Business Management and Accounting, Dr Ashley Tong. The aim of the trip was to provide students with visual experience in a practical and interesting manner.

Students were given an opportunity to visit P’ Residence Club House, developed by Tenaga Stabil Sdn. Bhd., which is located at the new growth node of Batu Kawah. The management team of P’Residence welcomed all the lectures and students warmly and tour them around the show units. There was a briefing session conducted by the general manager of P’Residence to share about some property knowledge and the concept of P’Residence.

On the second day of the educational trip, all the lecturers and students was paying a visit to Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus. Through the visitation to Swinburne University, students had the opportunity to gain an insight about the background, the Business courses and Professional Accounting courses such as ACCA and CPA offered by Swinburne University. There was a campus tour offered by the marketing team of Swinburne University.

The second destination for the day was scheduled at Tea FM, Sarawak’s first Mandarin Chinese and English local private radio station, which is jointly set up by KTS Group. Through the sharing session, the students gained a better understanding about the unique business principles and excellent business model of KTS Group. Special thanks to Senior Executive of KTS Trading Sdn. Bhd., Kevin Lau for sharing on the background of KTS. The radio host, Tea FM Radio Program Director Amelyn also shared the fun of broadcasting.

Educational trip acts as the foundation for improved learning experience. Learning is more effective when it comes through experience. Students are able to learn from fun and interactive session outside the monotonous college routine and it provides a chance to learn from fresh perspectives. All the lecturers and students enjoyed a lot and benefited from this educational trip.

QS Department site visit on 19 June 2019

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A site visitation to construction site was organized by the Quantity Surveying Department of Kolej Laila Taib with the objectives of giving the students more exposure on building materials and construction technology of building. A total of approximately 12 students and 2 lecturers attended the site visit by Majesticplex Housing Development Sdn Bhd. The proposed project is a 10-storey budget hotel.

After arrival to the site, a short brief about the project was given by the Site Supervisor. Students were exposed to see the timber formwork and reinforcement bars for concrete stair. Next, the Site Supervisor guided them to the upper floors where students were given the chance to see different types of materials, such as packets of Portland cement, ceramic tiles, pipes for cold and hot water and etc. Lastly, students raised up their queries regarding the site visit. With sincerity, KLT presented the Site Supervisor a souvenir and photos were taken as a memory.

This site visit is indeed a beneficial trip as students gained valuable insights into real life applications of the theories and knowledge that have been taught in class.

Site Visitation to SKY-E MARINE SDN. BHD

On 14th June 2019, Kolej Laila Taib’s Civil Engineering (CE) and Quantity Surveying (QS) departments organized an educational visit to a shipbuilding company named Sky-E Marine Sdn. Bhd. The visitation group consisted of 6 lecturers and 24 students.

The visit started with an introduction by the Sky-E Marine Sdn. Bhd’s director, Mr. Choi Man Siew and MS Ship Design Company’s director, the Naval Architect, Mr Sia Kee Ho. Mr. Choi first led us to the workshop which is equipped with plenty of computerized machineries. As informed, in old days, those steel materials were measured and cut manually by the labors, and nowadays majority have been replaced with computerized system, thus saving much more energy, cost and time.

Mr. Choi added the Malaysian shipbuilding and ship repair industry was mainly driven by local players with the capabilities to cater for the naval and commercial sectors. Currently there are more than 100 shipyards in Malaysia with majority of them in Sabah and Sarawak. He detailed that Sibu is the main shipbuilding hub with a total around 50 shipyards, whereby majority are actually family-owned businesses. Along Rantau Panjang, Sibu, there are 17 shipbuilding companies.

The following session was briefed by Mr. Sia pertaining to the role of Naval Architect in ship design industry. He elaborated that Naval Architect is actually dealing with the advanced software which manages to design the ship in 2D and 3D dimensions. Not only drawing features are available in the software, but there is also a vast amount of features that allow for the calculation of materials, centre of gravity etc.

The students asked about the prospect of working as a civil engineer or quantity surveyor in his company and whether specific requirement or skill is needed. Astonishingly the answer given by Mr. Sia was out of expectation as he emphasized that knowledge is important, but the attitude and willingness to learn are the key qualities he is looking for. The point was fully seconded by the lecturers. Students were also being offered the chances to complete their internship in his company, provided that they fulfil the criteria stated earlier.

Mr. Choi brought students around at the shipyard and introduced the ships they are currently building. Amongst the 17 shipyards at Rantau Panjang, the largest ship is now under their construction. To date, the techniques used for shipbuilding industry are mostly conventional. Owing to the Australian clients’ requirements, Sky-E Marine Sdn. Bhd. enforced special quality assurance and quality control in their shipbuilding processes. Their low shipbuilding cost and flexibility in collaborating with the foreign clients and the have made them the top priority shipbuilder by the foreign clients.

Civil engineering is using Eurocode as a guideline for construction purposes. Likewise, shipbuilding industry has its own guideline set by International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) for references. Mr. Tan Hok Yeng, the general manager of ClassNK SIBU-LAR, explained to the students that the objective of ship classification is to verify the structural strength and integrity of essential parts of the ship’s hull and its appendages, and the reliability and function of the propulsion and steering systems, power generation and those other features and auxiliary systems which have been built into the ship in order to maintain essential services on board.

With a great pleasure, the site visitation was ended with a tour to the largest ship at the shipyard. Students were all startled by the incredible skills of building up such a magnificent ship on land. The “WOW” sounds could be heard around when the students stood at the top of the ship. It was a fantastic experience for KLT’s lecturers and students to have themselves exposed to the shipbuilding industry. All the credit should go to Sky-E Marine Sdn. Bhd. for the very kind and warm hospitality for the site visitation.

Collaboration between KLT and Cytron Technologies

Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) collaborated with Cytron Technologies, a Penang-based tech company, to conduct robotics and coding training for its students and also teachers from nearby schools. This outreach campaign is a joint effort between Cytron and KLT in support of the national #mydigitalmaker movement which aims to transform Malaysian youth from digital users to producers in the digital economy.

On 17th May 2019, twenty-six KLT students attended a 3-hour introductory workshop conducted by trainers from Cytron Technologies. During the workshop, they gained hands-on experience learning to program rero:micro robot using Microsoft Makecode Editor.

rero:micro robot, designed and manufactured by Cytron Technologies, is an affordable educational robot that is especially designed to encourage beginners to learn coding in a fun and easy manner. It comes with a game track and a 10-lesson booklet with step-by-step guide, fun facts and coding challenges.

The following day, KLT hosted 22 schools teachers from around Sibu, Sarikei, Mukah and even Kapit for RAC’19 Competition Briefing and Workshop for Teachers. RAC, which stands for RERO Annual Championship,  is a robotics and coding competition run by Cytron Technologies in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). Besides attending this workshop, the teachers are further equipped with modules and resources to train their students. RAC’19 Sarawak state level competition is scheduled to take place on 18th July 2019, followed by national level in September and international level in November.

With this collaboration, KLT hopes to encourage more students to pursue further education in STEM related fields.