JOHOR BAHRU, 12 April 2017 – A group of Urban and Regional Planning students, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) won Champion in the Young Mayor Competition: Planning a Clean and Green Township 2017 under the Senior ‘B’ Category organized by Activistar Private Limited, Singapore.

UTM team having a light moment with their model design.

The team members comprised of Wan Muhd. Aqib Wan Mohd. Ashaary, Josephine Lee Siaw Ling, Nagananteni Subramanian, Nurul Ainaa Anuar, Nurul Amirah Zulkipli , Nur Husna Mahizan and their group advisor Dr. Siti Hajar Misnan.

They received SGD1000 and a trophy. Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic won the first and second runner up respectively.

Another UTM team comprising of Raja Ahmad Syakirfikri Raja Samion, Azreen Nadzirah Azmi, Umiera Yasmin Ibrahim, Siti Noor Syuhadah Abd. Mulok, Nakhwa Sa’don, Siti Amirah Mokhtar and their group advisor Dr. Gobi Krishna Sinniah were delighted to make the final round.

The competition was held at the National Design Centre, Singapore on 1 – 2nd April 2017 with the theme “Phnom Penh Rising”.

Activistar’s first Assembly Series of five cities (2011-2016) features Hanoi, Iskandar Malaysia, Yangon, Manila and Jakarta.

The second Assembly Series of the next five cities began with Phnom Penh (2017), and offered all participants a fresh look of South East Asia.

Teams from the whole of Southeast Asia were invited to participate, especially students from the case-study country. This was in line with the vision to reach out to as many youths as possible because the sustainability message is universal and is beyond borders.

The competition was to encourage cross border exchanges among youths to increase knowledge and cultural exchange which involved four stages: 1) Workshop, 2) Written Proposal, 3) Multimedia Presentation, and 4) Model Building.