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Kolej Laila Taib is launching a new programme – Interior Architecture

To meet the rapid demand of the interior designers, educational institution plays a vital role in cultivating the talents of interior designing, improving the industry practitioners’ professional quality and design level, supplying the society’s demand for high-quality interior design talents, and promoting sound development of the industry.

In line with this, Kolej Laila Taib is launching a new programme – Interior Architecture. Students can now pursue an interior designing programme without traveling a far. The college has been offering Architecture, Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying programmes, relevant to build environment since 1997. Hence, the launching of Interior Architecture will complement the needs of knowledge and skills in build environment.

The differences between the new Interior Architecture programme and the existing Architecture programme of the college lie within its course content.  In Interior Architecture, first-year students will cover subjects related to architectural design, such as design technology, and theory and architectural structure.  Moving into the second & third years, they will focus more on interior design subjects, such as ergonomics, color matching, and material application.  On top of that, the college will utilize the latest design software to assist the students to obtain the latest professional technology.

To know if you’re suitable to study Interior Architecture, ask yourself: Are you interested in designing? Are you creative? Do you have an innate feeling of colour, space layout and building? If your answer is YES, then the programme is right for you. Through joining the programme, not only you master the knowledge, you will also learn the necessary skills.

Registration for July intake is now open for enrolment with only RM100 registration fee. You can also find out more about Laila Taib Scholarships or loan for students.  Please contact us at 084-311888 or WhatApps to 016-3809818 for further enquiries. Online application is also available through the official website www.klt.edu.my.  Follow our Facebook Page Kolej Laila Taib – KLT for all the latest updates.

ACQUIRING DRONE-FLYING SKILL IN KLT!! A VALUE TO YOURSELF

What is drone?

Drone has been a common name for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), where no human pilot is required on board to operate. In other words, drone is a type of remotely controlled pilotless aircraft, which can come in numerous shapes, sizes and various function. Commonly, it is made from light composite materials for better maneuverability during flight. Other than maneuverability, drone can be equipped with numerous additional equipment, such as cameras, GPS, Geographic Information System (GIS), sensors and other related software or hardware.

 

What can it help in engineering world?

Drone is a flexible platform that offers wide range of functionalities and roles in different fields. They play roles in observation, site mapping, site inspection and aerial data collection, which are crucial in improving the efficiency and cost utilization in industry operations. Several field applications of drone in Malaysia are discussed below.

Recently in Malaysia, drone has been considered by Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM), an authority for UAV under Malaysia’s airspace, to be a convenience device in agriculture sector with large scale plantation area mainly for field surveillance, and spraying pesticides and fertilizers. In order to achieve higher yield per hectare, better implementation of agriculture practices are been considered for better efficiency and cost saving. They are currently regulating and legalize the use of drone in the field to ensure the safety of drone use in field.

Apart from the agriculture field, UAV has already been utilized by utility companies like Tenaga Nasional Bhd (for power lines), Telekom Malaysia (telecommunication towers and applications), Petronas (oil and gas pipelines), highway authorities (traffic monitoring) and railway corporations (tracks).

In brief, drone utilization has become a norm in Malaysia industries, contributing to optimize the manpower planning and cost saving in daily operations.

 

What are the challenges in learning drone-flying?

Drone is still considered a new technology in consumer sector; it has recently become more accessible to individuals due to the technology advance and pricing. As acquiring drone-flying skill has never been easy, this arises some challenges in managing or educating these individuals to operate drone in a responsible manner. The challenges in educating the operators of drone are briefly discussed in the following sections.

For most individuals, it is the first time they are exposed in operating a drone. These individuals are not experienced in operating, and not familiar with the regulations in flying a drone safely and legally. This might pose some safety issues to especially the commercial pilots. There were some reports on civil drones flying near to commercial planes or helicopters, risking collision possibility. Although no collision between civil drone and commercial flights have been reported yet, we need to prevent and reduce these risks. Thus, upon acquiring these drones, individuals are required to undergo training and make aware of local restrictions for flying the drone. Individuals have to make themselves known of the height limit, restricted airspace and other situations that pose risk to local safety.

Technically, flying and operating a drone is not that challenging or difficult. Almost all existing modern smartphones are able to run the software for drone operation, as the specification requirement is not demanding. The training period for the new operator can be done in a few hours with minimal understanding for the maneuverability, photo taking, video recording and other built-in features. The challenge for the operator is to understand the factors affecting the performance or maneuverability of the drone. For example, at height over 100m, the wind speed is a great factor that affecting how the drone feedback on the input by operator. Under bad weather condition, wind resistance can affect the flight time, flight speed and possibly topple the drone. The underlying consequences are being taken lightly by these individuals, as they believe the performance of drone is capable to handle these environmental factors.

Apart from wind factors, individuals have to understand the flying range of the drone. By flying range, we are looking at the horizontal range, and flight time. Most of the commercial drone have typical single trip horizontal flying range between 500m to 3km. The flight time of typical drone ranging from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. These typical specifications may be misleading for some new users, as a deeper consideration is required to understand the real limit of the flight range. For example, under normal weather condition, drone is able to fly to maximum back and forth range of 3 km and possibly more under the specified flight times. However, under windy condition, the flight time to achieve similar range would be a lot more. Hence, there might be misjudge of flight limit, and the drone might consume most of its battery power during halfway of the trip. Normally, drone has safety feature to force land the drone before depleting its battery power. Although this safety feature may sound reliable, there are only minimal obstruction sensors been installed on board. Simply, during force landing, we cannot ensure that the force landing environment for the drone to be safe. The drone might end up on a road with busy traffic or hitting power line cables, where any of these situations are risky to cause accidents and unwanted property losses.

The next factor is the height limit set by CAAM and the restricted airspaces. In Malaysia, the height limit for any commercial UAV is 120m. For most of the drone, there are built in height restriction warning to inform user on the breaching of height limit. The reason for this restriction is mainly to prevent possible collision with commercial planes or helicopters. Local authority has categorized specific fly zone in their regulation, for the users to follow and expect strict actions taken when regulations have been violated.

In summary, the challenges above mainly revolves around the individual who operates the drone. They must be self- aware or properly trained to understand the consequences and limit of the drone.

 

How is drone-flying incorporated in teaching and learning in KLT?

Due to the increasing demand from industries and the rapid advancement of drone technology, KLT would like to grab the opportunity to offer free drone flying training which will be incorporated in existing engineering programs. Two types of drones will be used for teaching in the programme, which is the DJI Mini 2 and DJI E99 drone.

In order to facilitate comprehensive programme, drone training will be divided into 2 sessions, theory and practical sessions. In theory lesson, students are made aware of the local regulations and restrictions in operating a drone. They are required to understand the basic safety rules of flying the drone in open space. Apart from that, an introduction on the basic components of drone will also help enhance the students’ essential knowledge in drone. After familiarize with the components, students will be exposed to the user interface of the DJI Mini Fly App and learn about the basic features.

In practical session, lecturers will first demonstrate on how to maneuver the drone, and things to remember when operating it. Students are then given DJI E99 drone for maneuver practice. After a few try outs, students are given the DJI Mini 2 to operate at restricted height limit. There will be several interactive tutorials and achievements for students to join. Assignments will be given to individual such as taking picture of specific structure from specified height and perform survey record within a specific region.

KLT is committed to promote the use of drone in industry for better efficiency and cost saving. Recently, KLT submitted a proposal for the Roofing Maintenance Access Project for the Sibu Central Market to SMC. During the preliminary planning stage, DJI Mini 2 drone was actively used to survey the target building. The project was to look for ways to access the existing roofing of Sibu Central Market to provide access for building maintenance team to clean up the gutters and perform maintenance on the ventilation units.

Several snapshots and video were taken using DJI Mini 2 to pinpoint the locations for proposed accesses. Also, we were able to investigate the current roofing conditions and able to make modification updates on our proposal. We compiled the photo taken and video footage from DJI Mini 2 drone as presentation to SMC committees. This project serves as a great experience for KLT to further promote the use of drone in relevant industries.

In conclusion, drone technology has shown popularity among existing industries, up to a stage where skill to operate the drone becomes one of the future professional development. In conjunction to the industry demand, KLT offers free basic training programme for individual who are interested to learn the basic skill in operating a drone.

Influence and Make an Impact

“Great leaders communicate and great communicators lead.” – Simon Sinek

In line with the intention to nurture students to be great leaders in the future, the Department has taken the initiative to invite Mr. Deric Tang to talk to our students on the topic ‘Influence and Make an Impact’ on the 9th of April, 2021.

Mr. Deric Tang is the Product Manager at Treal Technology and the co-founder of BB Bird Nest & Honey. He is also the Vice-President of Public Relations of MAD Toastmasters Club. As a leader and a toastmaster himself, Mr. Deric gave a very impactful talk to the students highlighting the important criteria of a leader. Bringing in his own personal experience as both a subordinate and a leader, his was able to explain leadership from both perspectives which is very practical for the students.

 Quoting Mr. Deric, leaders should possess the CEO ability a.k.a. Communication, Empathy and Optimistic. Prioritize listening in communication to listen; be empathetic to trust and better understand subordinates; and, be optimistic with ideas and suggestions. A leader should not be too full of themselves as that will close all doors to communications and ideas.

Virtual Career Talk: Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Accountancy Profession in Malaysia

It was a very fruitful afternoon for the students of Diploma in Accounting, KLT to participate in a Career Talk, organized by Malaysian Institute of Accountants and supported by the Department on the 11th of December, 2020.

Registering with MIA is considered the ultimate aim for Accounting graduates or anyone pursuing the Accounting profession. The talk mainly revolved around the pathway to register with MIA after graduating their tertiary education in accounting. A clear picture was painted for the students on how to prepare themselves in getting themselves registered with MIA in the future. For the Final Year students, suggestions were given by the speakers to either pursue a degree or register with professional bodies such as ACCA, CPA and etc. with the latter being a better, more professional pathway.

It was indeed a great honor to have Ms. Sandra Lim, Senior Executive of MIA Sarawak Regional office as the speaker of the talk and co-speaker Ms. Eleanor Shim, Head of MIA Sarawak Regional office for their insightful messages to the students. 

KLT PCB designing & prototyping workshop

The Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering of KLT organized a workshop on designing and prototyping Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for their students from 21st to 26th February 2020.

The workshop provided students with knowledge on designing circuit on printed circuit board using one of the popular CAD software, Eagle.

From the design stage using the software, students will produce the real PCB using a CNC machine. This is different from the conventional way of producing PCB through the etching process. The PCB milling process using the CNC machine requires no etching chemical which is harmful to the environment, therefore no used chemical disposal problem will arise. By using the CNC machine to mill the PCB, the students were also exposed to advance computer controlled machining.

Soldering is one of the basic skills that every E&E student has to master. The workshop also provided the students with a hands on experience in soldering of circuit board.

Quantitative knowledge workshop at KLT by Edustats

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A workshop to disseminate knowledge on the quantitative knowledge and its application in the industry was held at Kolej Laila Taib on 11st February 2020. The workshop is organized by Edustats, a forefront organization that provides quantitative analysis consulting and software in order to help the industry to make a better decision.

The half-day workshop was participated by lecturers and students of KLT, which are from different programs offered by KLT such as Diploma in Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Business Management and Accounting. The workshop was conducted by Mr Harley Ooi, the business consultant of Edustats.

Through the practical hands-on session in the workshop, the participants learnt how to use Excel to do simple modelling and how to make decision when there is no data to start with. For better understanding and illustration, the instructor also provided examples of case studies in different aspects such as project management, finance and engineering risk.

“The workshop was quite beneficial to me as it exposed me to the importance of using analytic skills for better decision making through simplistic way” said one of the participants.

KLT will continue to be committed in providing high quality education by working closely with the industry. This is to ensure that both the lecturers and students gain the knowledge and competencies required at the 21st century workplace.

KLT Architecture programme assuring course quality

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At the end of the semester, Architect Chan Jih Ren was invited to give advice and comments on students’ design works. Dr. Alice, the head of Architecture Department of University Technology Malaysia (UTM) was also visiting the college and participated in the evaluation of the students’ works.

Kolej Laila Taib’s Architecture Department not only pays attention to the quality of students’ works, but also ensures that the strength and knowledge of students can meet the needs of the field.

Architect Chan pointed out to the students as to how to make the space design more practical and environmentally friendly, pin pointed on the choice of building materials used as well as building construction, and so on. It was indeed a very benefitting session for the students.

On the other hand, Dr. Alice reviewed the curriculum and students’ works throughout the year, and considered that the courses of the department are in line with the dual approval of the Ministry of Education and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). She revealed that she welcomes and encourages fresh graduates to apply to enter the University Technology of Malaysia (UTM) for further studies.

Dr Renco Yong talked on contemporary business issues to KLT’s business students

About 32 Business Management students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended a talk by Dr Renco Yong on 13th December 2019. The objective of the talk was to share with the students about the contemporary issues in the real business world and how should the students apply their theoretical knowledge in the industry.

Dr Renco Yong has been appointed as industrial advisor of Kolej Laila Taib for Business Management Programme effective from 1st July 2019, to assist in the development of KLT’s Business Management Diploma Programme to be in line with national economic transformation programme. Dr Renco Yong is the executive director of GIMHWAK Enterprise Sdn. Bhd., and he is also the president at Sarawak Association of Maritime Industries (SAMIN). He is the founder and president of Sibu Chinese Chamber Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) Young Entrepreneur Committee (YEC), and advisory council member of UCTS as well.

During the talk, Dr Renco Yong advised the students to understand their ability, recognize their strength and then fully utilize their capability to achieve the best result. Choosing a right team member is very important. He encouraged students to mix with different team members during their college project or assignment, so that they get to know how to handle different character and personality while working together.

According to Dr Renco Yong, many businesses nowadays are thinking of having partnership, merging or consolidation to resolve issues of shortage, such as capital resources, finance, human capacity and technical knowledge.

Dr Renco used some simple examples to explain complex business knowledge and model to students. He further mentioned that it is important to study and understand your business partner and buyers’ behavior in order to find the best solution to sustain and excel the business.

He finds that Sibu is a wonderful place for young entrepreneurs to start up their business with minimum capital investment, because it is less competitive and possesses many resources, especially with the full support from association and government.

At the end of the talk, he hoped to see more young graduates staying in Sibu and make Sibu a more comfortable and livable city.

About 70 KLT accounting students attended SST talk by Ms. Noelle Lily Morse

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About 70 accounting students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended a talk on Sales and Service Tax (SST) by Ms. Noelle Lily Morse from Kuching on 6th December 2019.

The objective of the talk was to raise students’ understanding and knowledge on Sales & Service Tax (SST) which is very much relevant especially to the accounting students.

Ms. Noelle is a HRDF certified trainer and she was former senior assistant director of Customs I, Indirect Tax Practitioner (GST/SST). In her 28 years of service in Royal Malaysia Customs (RMCD), she has served in many sections including Import & Export, Customs Intelligence, Companies Audit, Internal Tax (SST 1.0) GST and SST 2.0.

Ms Noelle explained what SST is to the students and showed the difference between sales tax vs service tax. She further elaborated on the taxable manufactured goods, prescribed (taxable) services and also SST cycle.

At the end of the talk, Ms Noelle gave some quizzes to the students and presented small gifts to the top scorers as reward. She also encouraged the students to log on to SST Portal – https://mysst.customs.gov.my to obtain more information about SST.

KLT AC Industrial Advisor’s Talk on Contemporary Accounting Issues

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About 100 Accounting and Business Management students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended a talk by Chartered Accountant Mr Mok Hua Ping from Hii King Hiong & Co on 29th November 2019.

The objective of the talk was to raise students’ understanding on contemporary accounting issues which may assist them in obtaining better knowledge on the relevant courses.

Mr Mok Hua Ping has been appointed as industrial advisor of Kolej Laila Taib for Accounting Programme effective from 1st July 2019, to assist in the development of KLT’s Accounting Diploma Programme to be in line with national economic transformation programme.

Mr Mok Hua Ping is member of Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) and also member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He is currently the manager of Sibu branch in Hii King Hiong & Co.

According to Mr Mok Hua Ping, for hundreds of years the role of the accountant has been to provide information to facilitate decision making, but an important change is underway. Future-focused accountants will not only be providers of information but will develop and apply a deep understanding of business issues in order to become crucial partners in the strategic decision-making process.

Among the biggest drives of change in the accounting profession are technology, innovative new business models, new financing options, the changing of workforce, growing pressure to operate sustainably and the need to manage the stakeholders.

He revealed that the growing use of automation is seeing technology increasingly replace human labour for repetitive, rules-based tasks, such as data entry. Software can perform such tasks many times faster than people can. On the other hand, relieved from bookkeeping-style duties, accountants have the opportunity to engage more fully in complex strategic work.

Mr Mok further mentioned that emergent technologies, including big data, analytics, blockchain, automation and artificial intelligence, are all contributing to a transformation of the accounting profession. Common consequences that arise from these technological changes and the business innovations are to reduce the need for accountants to perform basic tasks while making more information available to support analytics and the development of operational and strategic business advice.

At the end of the talk, Mr Mok provided recommendation to the students on the pathway to obtain professional accounting qualification and encouraged the students to further pursue an Accounting degree upon completing KLT’s Diploma in Accounting.