(19 April 2022) The opening ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FPSK) building and the launch of the Quran Isyarat Application of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) was officiated by His Majesty Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Tuanku Aishah Rohani binti Almarhum Tengku Besar Mahmud, Tuanku Chancellor of USIM held at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences which was also attended by the Minister of Higher Education, the Honorable Datuk Sri Dr. Noraini Ahmad.

The USIM FPSK building construction project located in Bandar Baru Nilai, Negeri Sembilan started in 2017 on 62 acres of land. After 18 years of this faculty operating in Menara B, Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur since its establishment in 2005, the new building of this faculty has started full operation in October 2020.

To date, a total of 12 cohorts of medical graduates have been successfully released and continue to spread their service and expertise to the community.

USIM Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato ’Dr. Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin in his speech said, this project is expected to be a ‘path opener’ to the construction of the USIM Faculty of Dentistry and Teaching Hospital building to complete the development of the USIM Health Complex. “USIM hopes that the USIM Teaching Hospital project and the new building of the Faculty of Dentistry can be realized to meet the needs of the community, especially in Negeri Sembilan and the ummah.” Clearly he is again.

In addition, to accommodate and support the aspirations and implementation of the Inclusive Policy for People with Disabilities in Higher Education Institutions led by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Ibnu Ummi Maktum Research Center (UMMI) at the Faculty of Quran and Sunnah Studies (FPQS) was established to conducting research to explore new knowledge towards promoting the well -being and life balance of the OKU community based on Maqasid Syariah and the Islamic approach.

According to Datuk Sri Dr. Noraini Ahmad, “UMMI created another history when it successfully developed the first Quran Isyarat Application of its kind, for the hearing impaired community in Malaysia. This success has attracted the interest of Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM) to invite researchers from UMMI to jointly promote this application at Dubai Expo 2020 as an international exposure ”.

“The Government led by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato ‘Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob is very concerned about the OKU community and the formulation of the OKU Policy is the Government’s commitment in ensuring that OKU get equal rights and opportunities for full participation in society. The same concern is also shown among the IPT families where in the 2022 Mandate of the Minister of Higher Education, I have emphasized the need for infrastructure and facilities to be provided preferably to the disabled, ”he explained.

The development of this application began with an effort to meet the demands of the Malaysian Muslim Deaf Association (PRISMA) and the Negeri Sembilan Association of the Deaf (NESDA) as early as 2015 to learn the Quran in accordance with their hearing and speaking disabilities. Once developed and going through several phases of development, the app is now ready for use by deaf community users around the world.

The uniqueness of this application further qualifies it to receive Malaysia Book of Records recognition as the “First Sign Language Al-Quran Application”.