Abang Jo invited to launch UPM’s Tok Nan Chair

Abang Johair (centre) together with Abdul Karim (second left), Hii (right) as representative from UPM Bintulu Campus look on.

KUCHING: A memorandum of understanding (Mou) will be inked between the state government and University Putra Malaysia (UPM) Bintulu Campus for the establishment of ‘Pehin Sri Adenan Satem Research Chair’ (Tok Nan Chair) to carry out research on Sarawak’s ethnic groups.

The MoU ceremony will take place during a two-day International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities (ICOSSH) at Grand Margherita Hotel here on Wednesday (Oct 27).

In connection with that, Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MTAC) Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah paid a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at his office, Wisma Bapa Malaysia, yesterday (Oct 25), to invite him to launch the chair.

The chair is intended to enable the university to get insights into the late Tok Nan’s interest in the arts, culture and heritage of Sarawak.

At the same time, through the chair, UMP is given the authority to conduct the related research on minority ethnic groups such as Sekapan, Baketan, Berawan and others.

A total of RM2.4 million has been allocated by MTAC for the purpose.

Also present during the courtesy call were MTAC Permanent Secretary Hii Chang Kee and UPM Bintulu Campus Faculty of Humanities, Management and Science Dean Associate Professor Dr Mohamad Maulana Magiman.

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