KUCHING: The IEEE Sarawak Subsection and Swinburne IEEE Student Branch visited Kampung Salak on Saturday (July 28) as part of IEEE humanitarian activity to assist the villagers in the betterment of their facilities.
This IEEE Humanitarian Project led by Dr. Then, also known as the Alternative Lighting Project (ALP) will split into 2 phases. The team consists of former Senior Vice President, Grid System Operator for Sarawak Energy Berhad, Mr Victor Wong and Dr. Tay Fei Siang, Swinburne Lecturer. In Phase 1, the team aimed to conduct feasibility study for understanding the need of local communities. The team surveyed different areas in the village after the morning discussion with the Penghulu Wahid Bin Mat. While phase 2 of the project, to be completed on early September 2018, includes the site preparation and installation of the alternative lighting system. The villagers will learn to install and use the alternative lighting system in the second visit. The team strives to deliver ongoing support to help more villages build toward sustainable prosperity.
“Kampung Salak has 500 years of history and is known for its fishing activities. Our village is made up of 600 villagers with many different races but we all get along well and celebrate festivities together. The village has potential for development and other tourism activities too but unfortunately, our village lack the equipment to provide everyone with comfort and electricity,” Penghulu Wahid said.
The IEEE team has decided to install up to 50 units of solar powered PIR (Passive infrared) motion sensor wall lights and solar powered street lights in the village, especially at town hall, boat harbor, school, and well areas. Alternative lighting provides a number of benefits such as reductions in crime, amenity, streetscape enchancements, and convenience of the night time emergency. The alternative lighting system is powered entirely by solar energy. It is the most cost-effective way to provide lighting solution to the local villages. This project provides a suite of resources that inspire and enable IEEE volunteers to carry out impactful humanitarian activities at the Sarawak local communities.
“We hope to promote IEEE in Sarawak and contribute to the rural communities, especially through our IEEE smart village and ALP project,” Dr. Then said. IEEE Sarawak Subsection is the first subsection of the professional association in this country, started on 11 Dec 2015. It marks an important milestone of the development of IEEE in Sarawak.