SMK Tamparuli, winner of PETRONAS All About Youth (AAY) 2015, was nominated by PETRONAS for
the National Innovation Competition through their project titled “Awas! Bahaya
Di Hadapan” (Caution! Danger Ahead) in June this year. The project saw the
students create a flood alert system installed at the low-lying Jambatan
Tamparuli (Tamparuli Bridge) for the safety and convenience of the community
using the bridge. Built during the colonial era, the bridge is frequently
inundated by flood water during heavy rain and poses danger to motorists.
Utilising a RM50,000 grant awarded by PETRONAS AAY last year, the team
successfully implemented the flood alert system at both Jambatan Tamparuli and
Riverbug Kiulu, a popular white water rafting spot among tourists in Sabah. The
system is also connected to the nearest police station and alerts will be sent
if water rises to dangerous levels.
SMK Tamparuli was shortlisted as one of the
competition’s 20 finalists and presented their project at the headquarters of Malaysian Global Innovation
& Creativity Centre (MaGIC) at the
final judging in October.
Speaking at the award ceremony held in conjunction
with the closing ceremony of the Global Entrepreneurship Community 2016, team
captain Janet Anne Albert, 17, attributes their success to the PETRONAS All AAY programme.
“We dedicate this win to PETRONAS AAY. We have come a long way since we first started the
project. Today we are honoured to be given the chance to compete amongst
university students and academic professionals and emerged as one of the
winners in the National Innovation Competition,” said Janet Anne.
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, PETRONAS AAY is a three-year old
programme aimed at nurturing well-rounded youths in the areas of social
development, community wellbeing and environment.
The programme is part of PETRONAS’ corporate social
responsibility efforts that focuses on capability and character building
programmes for school children through experiential learning outside the
As part of PETRONAS’ support towards the NBOS
initiative, selected projects from PETRONAS
AAY 2014 and 2015 were nominated for the National Innovation Competition. The
competition which consists of three categories namely Civil Service, Social Entrepreneurship
and For-Profit Business, is aimed at inviting entries of creative and
innovative ideas from across the country that meet the National Blue Ocean
Present at the award ceremony was Tan Sri Dr. Mohd
Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance
Group Strategic Communications