Friday, July 5, 2013


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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Best Teaching Award 2013

Received this Best Teaching Award on 26th of June 2013.  I would like to thank Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for this special recognition in my teaching carrier. Special acknowledgement to all my students who have voted me for this year award.   This is my second award in this category, the first award that I received was in 2006.  

Best Teaching Award 2013 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Professor Nozomu Kotake from Kagawa University Japan

Professor Nozomu Kotake has visited my research laboratory at Faculty of Science and Technology in UKM.  Professor Kotake is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Kagawa University in Japan and he is an expert in Geotechnical Engineering.  I firstly met Prof Kotake at the GEE 2013 Conference in Seoul three weeks ago (early June 2013). I would like to thanks Prof Kotake for the visit.  The visit was also accompanied by Prof Abdul Rahim Samsudin. 

Prof Kotake from Kagawa University Japan during his visit to the centrifuge facility at UKM.  Photo taken with Prof Dr Abdul Rahim Samsudin.

Photo for the future, Prof Kotake and I during the visit. 
Having lunch with Prof Kotake at Puri Pujangga in UKM

Monday, April 1, 2013

EIA consultant for proposed sanitary landfill at Bukit Payong, Johor

The proposed project site is located at Bukit Payong in Johor. The geology is simple, comprises of sandstone, siltstone, mudstone and conglomerate from Bukit Payong rock formation.   Most of the rock in this area is already weathered produces thick layer of clay-rich residual soil that acts as natural clay liner with low permeability (less than 1 x10-9 m/sec).  Geologically speaking, the site is located on a suitable location.  The syncline (gently folded rock) provides a good containment system for groundwater and will prevent the migration of leachate into surrounding area.

The project was already completed in December 2012 and I was one of the consultants appointed by UNI-Technologies Sdn. Bhd. to look at the hydrogeology of the site.

Volume 1: Executive Summary of the EIA report

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Updating my blog using Blog for IPAD MINI

This is a trial of how to update my blog using Blog, a free Apps from Apple store. Success!!.

2nd visit to Holy Mosque in Mecca

Alhamdullilah, all praise be to Allah. I had another opportunity to visit the holy mosque Masjidil Al Haram in Mecca for a second time. It was such a beautiful experience and will be remembered forever. I had the opportunity to perform Umrah, Tawaf the Baitullah and performing Saie between Safa and Marwah. While I was in Mecca, the expansion work of the mosque was still in progress. it will double up its capacity and will be completed by 2020. May Allah give me another opportunity to visit His mosque and this time I will take my wife with me, insya Allah.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Acid mine drainage phenomena in Pahang

Several active and abandoned mines in Pahang have been visited very recently.  It was part of the fieldtrip to supervise my research student who is currently investigating this phenomena.  The main objectives of the study are (i) to make a good prediction of AMD based on the lithology of the site; (ii) to prevent this from happening in the future by using natural materials such as zeolite, limestone, zero valent iron and modified clay.

Figure 1.  4WD is required for this fieldtrip to tackle rough terrain to the study site

Figure 2.  This small stream is affected by the AMD phenomena from active iron mine located upstream of this stream.

Figure 3.  The reading of pH value measured using portable pH meter indicating acidic pH of the water in this stream (pH = 3.17).