Karnival 3K attracts 1,000 residents

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SHAH ALAM: “Karnival 3K”, a yearly affair organised by Electrical Engineering Department of Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, has attracted about 1,000 residents in the vicinity and polytechnic students, to take part in the event, today. About 16 agencies from various government, private sectors and non-government organisation were involved in the one-day programme. Among the agencies are, National Cancer Council (MAKNA), Advance Pact Sdn. Bhd, iM4U, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Petaling district health office, Fire and Rescue Department, Kota Anggerik, National Transplant Centre and many more. The polytechnic deputy director Mohd Zin Hassan said the annual programme was aimed to raise awareness on hygiene, health and safety of all parties.

Besides creating awareness, he said, the programme is a platform to build a bridge between the local community and the students including the agencies. In his speech, he said, currently the life expectancy of senior citizens is increasing and according to National Statistics Department, studied showed that the population of senior citizens, aged 60 years old has increased to 2 million in year 2009, as compared to 1.5 million in year 2000 in the country. “The number is expected to increase to 3.4 million of senior citizens, by 2035.

This is because the way healthy lifestyle is practised,” he said. He said he was happy to see the number of the students’ participation. “Many of the students have donated blood and pledge for organ donation. We are happy that the programme was a success. I think without the students and the residents’ cooperation, I do not think that we may able to hit our targets, in blood donation and organ donation,” he said, after closing ceremony of the carnival, held at its main campus. Meanwhile, the one-day carnival carried out activities such as, free health screen, blood donation, gotong-royong, book sales, exhibitions and many more.