KOTA SAMARAHAN: The second Borneo Islamic International Conference (KAIB) was held online through the Zoom platform last Thursday (Mar 11) based at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak Samarahan Campus 2.
The programme, which was organised by Pusat Pengembangan dan Penyelidikan Islam Borneo (PPIB), UiTM Sarawak, was themed ‘Islamic Medicine and Treatment in Facing the Covid-19 Pandemic’.
The brief opening ceremony for the conference was declared open by UiTM Sarawak Rector Professor Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali.
KAIB Online Series 2 was joined by 10 institutions of higher learning throughout Borneo, namely UiTM Sarawak, UiTM Sabah, Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan Brunei, Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali Brunei, Universitas Lambung Mangkurat Banjarmasin Indonesia, Universitas Mulawarman Samarinda Indonesia, Institut Agama Islam Negeri Samarinda Indonesia, Institut Agama Islam Negeri Pontianak Indonesia, Universiti Islam Negeri Antasari Banjarmasin Indonesia, and Institut Agama Islam Negeri Palangka Raya Indonesia.
The conference this time featured six keynote speeches comprising academics and researchers in the field of Islamic medicine and treatment from within and outside the country – from Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, China, and Pakistan.
These speakers were Prof Dr Irwan Mohd Subri from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Dr Swandari Paramita (Universitas Mulawarman Samarinda, Indonesia), Prof Dr Tang Lilong (Ningxia Medical University, China), Dr Adanan Basar (Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan, Brunei), Dr Mohd Afifuddin Mohamad (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia), and Mufti Naeem Shahid (Islamic Institute of Halal Sciences Jamia-tur Rasheed, Karachi, Pakistan).
The purpose of the online event was also to promote KAIB Online Series 3, which will be organised here in April. It is hoped that with KAIB being held online, more people would be interested to participate.