Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in UTP (Part 2)

COVID-19 prevention banner in my university

What’s up, everyone?

First of all, let me tell you that I am still doing fine at UTP. The Movement Control Order (MCO), which aims to restrict the movement and stay at home as much as possible, has been extended twice. Initially, what began as a two weeks order has just become six weeks. The decision to extend it was done by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. It runs from March 18 to April 28. So far, there is no news of the decision to extend the order.

In UTP, our welfare is greatly taken care of. We were given food and beverage e-vouchers worth RM15 per day until the last day of the MCO. So far, my university will be sponsoring RM540 per student that stayed back, assuming that there is no extension on the MCO. The e-voucher issuance began on March 24 — April 28 (36 days). Thank you very much, UTP!

I have just completed my online test (Polymer Process Engineering and Engineers in Society). I managed to get through both of these subjects and felt more relieved upon completing the tests. Currently, I am ready for the endgame, which is Extended Assignment (EA). It is an open-book style, which is expected to be slightly difficult because you have to refer to online sources. Thinking critically is crucial to answering the questions. After we finished answering the assignment, we submit it by uploading it.

Endgame is coming

Plant Design II viva and Final Year Project II viva

I had my viva for Plant Design II and Final Year Project II.

For Plant Design II, I designed the methanol reactor, which uses syngas (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen gas) to produce methanol. The viva began is done with my group members. My examiner asked every group member questions. I was on the conversion to methanol, my corrosion allowance and the stream number for methanol reactor inlet and outlet. Overall, the viva was great, we make changes to our individual report as recommended by our examiner. I thank all of my group members for the role they played in Plant Design Project I and II.

I am located at the furthest right, that is my Chinese name if you are wondering

As for my Final Year Project II viva. I was asked by my examiner certain questions such as the novelty of my project, the use of this non-metal semiconductor, the number of samples I have, etc. It lasted for less than 10 minutes and it went smoothly. I was pleased when my examiner and my supervisor stated my literature review is thorough. After that, I made some further changes to my final year project dissertation and submitted it.

Guess who is my supervisor and examiner? Btw, my partner for FYP is on the fourth right.

COVID-19 in Malaysia: 5,389 cases (As of April 19)

Almost every day, Malaysians like me will glue to Facebook to watch the live stream broadcast of the Director-General (DG) of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham, to catch the latest number of cases of the COVID-19 in Malaysia. The press conference is usually at 5 pm or 5.30 pm Malaysian time.

These past few days have been showing signs of improvement in the number of cases in Malaysia. The number of new cases in Malaysia for April 15–19 are listed below.
April 15: 85
April 16: 110
April 17: 69
April 18: 54
April 19: 84

The total number of COVID-19 cases, deaths, recoveries and active cases

Let’s do our part by not going out unnecessarily. Do not be complacent. Together, Malaysia and the rest of the world will defeat and eliminate the COVID-19 virus. #KitaMestiMenang, which means we must win in Malay.

Thank you to Dr. Noor Hisham, and his team at the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the frontliners (Doctors, nurses, polices, military, food delivery people, etc.). Your work is truly appreciated!

Lastly, let me share you something special:

The letter to the DG and his response to a kid is so touching that I can feel the onions in my eyes.





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Made in Malaysia. University student seeking out to discover and learn new things daily.

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