09:47:52 am on May 8, 2007 |
KUALA LUMPUR- International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Luxor Network Sdn. Bhd. have taken a first step to produce a healthy society by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for sea cucumber (gamat) research at Crowne Mutiara Plaza Hotel on 4th May 2007.
Yg. Bhg. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Syed Arabi Idid, rector of IIUM representing the university and Luxor Network Sdn. Bhd. was represented by Yg. Bhg. Tan Sri Samsuri Arshad, who is also the Chairman of the company. Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Dato’ Mohamedsha Mislam was there to witness this significant event.
“This MoU is meant to understand on the function of gamat and know its potentiality in becoming one of the powerful healing sources. By collaborating with IIUM, we can have more expertise for this area and we could develop to reach the maximum result.”
“It is our hope to sell gamat as a benchmark of Malaysia and to give an impact of Malaysian product to the world,” said Tan Sri Samsuri in his speech.
While the Rector of IIUM said “IIUM is a comprehensive university because we do not only stress on research and religious teachings, but we also focus on science matters. However, there are some people still do not know about this yet because we are lack of commercializing our products.
“Hence, this MoU is hoping to make gamat and IIUM to be well- known through out the world.”
The VIP witness, Dato’ MohamedSha mentioned he looked this MoU as something that would benefit both IIUM and Luxor Network. “Luxor has made a right decision by choosing IIUM to do this research. I hope this would not be the first and the last MoU between IIUM and Luxor Network, but it could be extent to other areas as well,” he added.
Besides, he was impressed to see this occasion and he wished all other companies and universities would work together for the betterment of the future.
As a matter of fact, gamat or sea cucumber has been a traditional remedy used by locals to treat wounds and promote general well-being. Gamat’s healing properties have been known and use by traditional healing practitioners since 300 years ago.
However, its therapeutic benefits have only been recognized and developed by the community only in the last decade. Moreover, less than 20 countries in the world is doing research and developing gamat as an important remedy in the society.