UCTS, companies sign MoA to study ‘kelulut’ honey, propolis


Yong (fifth right) and Khairuddin (seventh left) exchange the MoA documents while Tiang (fourth left) and others look on.

SIBU: University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) has started to venture into the production of ‘propolis kelulut’ and honey harvesting after signing a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Simpulan Emas Sdn Bhd and Need Lee Enterprise here last Wednesday (March 20).

The agreement between the parties is for a collaborative research project, particularly on ‘kelulut’ (stingless bees) honey and propolis.

UCTS was represented at the signing ceremony by its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid while Simpulan Emas by managing director Yong Hue Lee and Need Lee by managing director Tiang Need Lee.

The objective of the MoA was to enable UCTS researchers to study the physicochemical and antioxidant properties of Malaysian ‘kelulut’ honey and propolis. Simpulan Emas and Need Lee for their part are to collaborate by sharing their resources and expertise.

“The MoA is a good opportunity for UCTS researchers to carry out studies on the ‘kelulut’ industry. At the same time, we hope this can improve UCTS research output and university-industry collaboration.

“We are very happy and thankful to them for choosing us to work together in this kelulut research,” Khairuddin said when speaking at the ceremony.

UCTS School of Postgraduate Studies dean Assoc Prof Dr Hii Siew Ling, Centre for Research and Development director Prof Dr Salfarina Abdul Gapor and University Courses Services Centre director  Associate Prof Dr Thomas Moh Shan Yau witnessed the MoA signing.

Located in Sibu, UCTS is the culmination of Sarawak’s vision and commitment in establishing a world-class institution of higher learning. Founded in 2013, the university, through its six schools, offers a broad range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to meet the unique requirements of Sarawak.