By: Yasmin Yusoff
Photo: Mohammad Izrul Abdul Jabar
SERDANG, March 10 – The Free Market UPM 2.0 Programme enabled Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) staff and students to buy basic and essential items to assist the needy.
International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister, Datuk Ahmad Maslan said such a programme provided an opportunity for donors and contributors to come to the rescue of the deserving poor by participating as volunteers of the programme.
“Besides enabling them to donate basic items to the poor and needy, this programme also helps to foster closer ties between the community and university staff and students,” he said when launching the programme, themed “Beri atau Ambil Apa Sahaja!” organized by UPM’s Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail (KTDI) with the cooperation of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Culture and Arts Centre, the Registrar’s Office of Student Affairs Division (BHEP), UPM FreeShop, Information Development and Communication Centre (IDEC), Adi Karya Sdn Bhd and Pertubuhan Sahabat Alam Maya.
Also present at the event were Youth On Unity (Y.O.U) Chairman, Dato’ Nazifuddin Najib; UPM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni) Prof. Dato’ Mohammad Shatar Sabran and KTCI Principal, Dr. Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman.
Datuk Ahmad, meanwhile, said all forms of contributions were welcomed either in cash or kind, and recipients would be getting each and every item for free.
UPM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris said UPM took the initiative to set up Free Shop where donors could contribute new or old items such as clothing, kitchen utensils, baby essentials, electrical goods or toys.
“It is our hope that this programme could really help the needy,” she said.
Free Market 2.0 also featured charity shows for visitors, a blood donation campaign and Food-for-Free activity. – UPM.