MASS Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) was given the honour of being the official partner for the Land Transportation Symposium organised by University of Malaya’s Engineering Society.
Themed “Land Transportation, the Catalyst of Development”, the symposium which was held at Perdana Siswa in University of Malaya (UM) on 22 May 2013 aimed to provide students an insight into the land transport industry, particularly in railway and car manufacturing.
As an activity leading to the symposium, the Society visited Japan where they managed to learn about the advanced railway systems and the modern technology being applied there. This visit was done as part of the Engineering Society Overseas Study Scheme 31 (ESOSS-31) for the year 2013.
This visit enabled the students to bring back to Malaysia knowledge which was relevant to the on-going transformation of Malaysia’s transport industry. The findings were compiled into a report and displayed in an exhibition during the symposium.
MRT Corp Director of Strategic Communications and Public Relations, Encik Amir Mahmood Razak, who was the key speaker at the symposium, gave a presentation on the importance of the MRT for the country. He also talked about the positive impact the MRT Project would have in the future.
Encik Amir said engagements with students were vital in educating them on the need for a better public transport system in the country. He said awareness among the younger generation was necessary as efforts to provide better public transport would benefit them as future users.
The MRT Information Truck was also stationed at the lobby of Perdanasiswa during the event. Students visited the MIT where they got the opportunity to get a 360 degree view of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang alignment by using the interactive “Hawkeye” application.
Visitors to the truck as well as the participants of the symposium also received reading material about the MRT Project.
The event was also attended by UM Acting Dean of Faculty of Engineering Professor Dr Faisal Rafi Mahamd Adikan, ESOSS-31 Advisor Dr Hazlee Azil Illias and ESOSS-31 Director Mr Tan Zhi Quan.