A group of Urban and Regional Planning students, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia won Champion in the Young Mayor Competition: Planning a Clean and Green Township 2017 under Category Senior B organized by Activistar Private Limited, Singapore. 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 5 cities (2011-2016) features Hanoi, Iskandar Malaysia, Yangon, Manila and Jakarta. The second Assembly Series of the next 5 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. This was to encourage cross border exchanges among youths to increase knowledge and cultural exchange. The competition involved four stages: 1) Workshop, 2) Written Proposal, 3) Multi Media Presentation, and 4) Model Building.

The annual event saw participation in three categories, Junior, Senior A and Senior B. Two (2) groups from UTM, Malaysia were selected to compete in the final round together with eight (8) other groups from Singapore under the senior category – college, polytechnic and university. The judges comprised of members of the architectural/planning professionals, universities, embassies, multi-national corporations and consultants from Indochina.

The team from UTM1 comprising Mr. Wan Muhd. Aqib Wan Mohd. Ashaary, Ms. Josephine Lee Siaw Ling, Ms. Nagananteni Subramanian, Ms. Nurul Ainaa Anuar, Ms. Nurul Amirah Zulkipli , Ms. Nur Husna Mahizan and their group advisor Dr. Siti Hajar Misnan won the first prize. They received SGD1000 and a trophy. Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic won the 1st Runner Up and the 2nd Runner Up respectively. Winners of the competition received their prizes from the judges and the Organisers.

Although the UTM2 team comprising Mr. Raja Ahmad Syakirfikri Raja Samion, Ms. Azreen Nadzirah Azmi, Ms. Umiera Yasmin Ibrahim, Siti Noor Syuhadah Abd. Mulok, Ms. Nakhwa Sa’don, Ms. Siti Amirah Mokhtar and their group advisor Dr. Gobi Krishna Sinniah did not win, they were delighted to make the final round.