Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-lah, GCB, KSTJ was the 34th Sultan of Perak and was the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia from 26 April 1989 to 25 April 1994. The child of a royal father and commoner mother, he grew up in Perak, Malaysia. During school he played field hockey, subsequently playing for the Perak team. He trained to be a lawyer in the United Kingdom. Upon returning to Malaysia, he soon became a judge and quickly rose through the legal ranks. In 1965, he became the youngest person appointed to the High Court of Malaya, and in 1982 he became the youngest ever Lord President of the Federal Court, the country's highest judicial rank.After his uncle died in 1984, Azlan Shah became the Sultan of Perak. He became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia in 1989, serving a five-year term before returning to his post as Sultan of Perak. In 2009, he exercised his royal authority to prevent the dissolution of the Perak parliament, sparking a constitutional crisis. Ultimately, the legal system ruled Sultan Azlan had acted properly.During his career, Sultan Azlan Shah was awarded more than 3 dozen Malaysian and foreign honours. Dozens of buildings and other projects were named after him, including a genus of insects. He was known as the "Father of Malaysian Hockey" for furthering field hockey at home and abroad, and was the patron of dozens of organisations. With his wife Tuanku Bainun Binti Mohd Ali, Sultan Azlan had five children. Wikipedia.

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Yahya H.,Universiti Sains Malaysia | Yahya H.,Azlan | Othman M.R.,Universiti Sains Malaysia | Ahmad Z.A.,Universiti Sains Malaysia
Materials Science Forum | Year: 2017

Porcelain balls as grinding media are produced by firing process of clay, quartz and feldspar mixtures. This application need high technological properties such as high compressive strength and hardness, wear resistance, low water absorption and excellent chemical resistance. These properties are associated with higher firing temperatures. The porcelain balls were prepared by mixing 30 wt% clay, 40 wt% feldspar and 30 wt% quartz. The samples were sintered at 1200 °C, 1230 °C, 1250 °C, 1270 °C and 1300 °C for 2 h with heating rate of 3 °C/min. Both green powder and fired samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM).The properties of the fired samples were evaluated by compressive strength, hardness, shrinkage, water absorption, bulk density, and porosity measurement. Increasing of compressive strength, hardness and density are associated with increasing of firing temperatures. Porcelain balls PB1 and PB2 can be produced as grinding media with optimum mechanical and physical properties at firing temperature 1270 °C and 1250 °C, respectively. © 2017 Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.


Halpin K.,Life Technologies | Hyatt A.D.,CSIRO | Fogarty R.,Flinders University | Middleton D.,CSIRO | And 7 more authors.
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | Year: 2011

Bats of the genus Pteropus have been identified as the reservoir hosts for the henipaviruses Hendra virus (HeV) and Nipah virus (NiV). The aim of these studies was to assess likely mechanisms for henipaviruses transmission from bats. In a series of experiments, Pteropus bats from Malaysia and Australia were inoculated with NiV and HeV, respectively, by natural routes of infection. Despite an intensive sampling strategy, no NiV was recovered from the Malaysian bats and HeV was reisolated from only one Australian bat; no disease was seen. These experiments suggest that opportunities for henipavirus transmission may be limited; therefore, the probability of a spillover event is low. For spillover to occur, a range of conditions and events must coincide. An alternate assessment framework is required if we are to fully understand how this reservoir host maintains and transmits not only these but all viruses with which it has been associated. Copyright © 2011 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


Koh F.X.,University of Malaya | Panchadcharam C.,Azlan | Tay S.T.,University of Malaya
Journal of Medical Entomology | Year: 2016

Little data are available on the prevalence and transmission of vector-borne diseases in stray dogs in Peninsular Malaysia. This study was designed to determine the occurrence of vector-borne pathogens in Malaysian stray dogs using serological and molecular approaches. In total, 48 dog blood samples were subjected to serological analysis using SNAP 4Dx kit (IDEXX Laboratories, Westbrook, ME). The presence of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma DNA in the dog blood samples and Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Latreille) ticks was detected using nested polymerase chain reaction assays. Positive serological findings against Ehrlichia canis and Anaplasma phagocytophilum were obtained in 17 (39.5%) and four (9.3%) of 43 dog samples, respectively. None of the dog blood samples were positive for Borrelia burgdorferi and Dirofilaria immitis. DNA of E. canis and A. phagocytophilum was detected in 12 (25.5%) and two (4.3%) of 47 dog blood samples, and 17 (51.5%) and one (3.0%) of 33 R. sanguineus ticks, respectively. Additionally, DNA of Ehrlichia spp. closely related to Ehrlichia chaffeensis was detected in two (6.1%) R. sanguineus ticks. This study highlights the prevalence of anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis in dogs in Malaysia. Due to the zoonotic potential of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma spp., appropriate measures should be instituted for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases in dogs. © The Authors 2015.


Nurddin S.M.A.S.M.,Azlan | Selamat M.,Azlan
Advanced Materials Research | Year: 2014

The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of ZrO2 on the crystallization and properties of leucite phase from K2O -Al2O3- SiO2 glass-forming melts. A starting glass composition of weight %; 60.7-63.2% SiO2, 16.6% Al2O3, 11.6% K2O, 5.10% Na2O, 2.5-5.0% ZrO2, 0.5% TiO2 and 0.5% LiO2 was melted in an electric furnace, followed by quenched in cool water to produce glass frit. Malaysian silica sand from Terengganu was used as the SiO2 source. The glass powders were ball milled and compressed to form 13mm diameter discs using cool isostatic pressing. The discs were sintered at 650°C, 700°C, 750°C, 800°C and 850°C for 1 hour and characterised using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). The results indicate that the amount of ZrO2 additive is one of the key factors controlling of leucite crystallization. The properties of sintered disc specimens were studied using three point bending, diametral and Vickers microhardness test. The results showed that the mechanical properties of leucite glass-ceramics increased as the amount of ZrO2 was increased. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.


Loganathan T.M.,Azlan | Purbolaksono J.,University of Malaya | Inayat-Hussain J.I.,University of Tenaga Nasional | Wahab N.,University Technology of MARA
Materials and Design | Year: 2011

The motivation of this work is to improve fatigue life of the alloys steel power transmission shafts of the palm oil screw press machines in a Malaysia palm oil company. In order to improve daily productions of the palm oil, a high extraction efficiency of the machine with bigger crushing forces are required. Consequently, the failures due to torsional fatigue would become susceptible to the shafts. The shaft materials of SAAB 709 which has nearest equivalent properties to AISI4140 were then taken for sequential treatments and examinations. Carburizing processes with different combinations of soaking temperatures of 850 °C and 900 °C and soaking times of 2. h and 4. h were carried out. Standard mechanical tests were then conducted for determining the hardness and the ultimate tensile strength of the specimens. Different soaking temperature and time would result in different carburizing depths that in turn influence the fatigue endurance limit under bending torsional loadings. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


Jainury S.M.,National University of Malaysia | Jainury S.M.,Azlan | Ramli R.,National University of Malaysia | Ab Rahman M.N.,National University of Malaysia | Omar A.,GICT Proton
Computers and Industrial Engineering | Year: 2014

The mixed-model assembly line (MMAL) is a type of assembly line in which a variety of product models are assembled on the same line. The use of highly variant parts on the assembly line need to be considered carefully to enable satisfactory material flow control and allow for smooth production. To increase the quality of parts supply and parts assembly in MMAL, Toyota has introduced an innovation system known as Set Parts Supply (SPS). In this paper, we investigate the parts supply issues in SPS implementation using a case study in the automotive industry. The linkage of parts supply strategies with Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is introduced to improve the SPS implementation which are (i) synchronized parts supply, (ii) e-kanban system and (iii) Synchronized Supply Sheet. From the research findings, the integration with MES has contributed to the Just In Time in parts supply at the supermarket area and assembly line. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Khalid R.,Northern University of Malaysia | Baten Md.A.,Northern University of Malaysia | Nawawi M.K.M.,Northern University of Malaysia | Ishak N.,Northern University of Malaysia | Ishak N.,Azlan
Journal of Advanced Transportation | Year: 2016

Summary An M/G/C/C state dependent queuing network measures the performance of a system whose service rate decreases with the increasing number of residing entities. However, the performance in terms of throughputs, levels of congestions, the expected number of entities, and the expected service time is typically analyzed based on a series of arrival rates without any further discussion on the optimal arrival rate. This paper derives the optimal arrival rates of corridors in a topological network using calculus and numerical analysis approaches. These optimal rates are then used as capacity parameters in the network's flow model to obtain the optimal arrival rates that maximize its total throughput. To ease the construction and performance evaluation of the network, we design and construct an M/G/C/C framework based on the Object-Oriented Programming approach that integrates the lingo software as an optimization tool. The framework is then tested on virtual and real networks. This framework can be used to develop a more advanced traffic management tool for studying and managing traffic flow through a complex network. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Arbain R.,Azlan | Baharun N.,Universiti Sains Malaysia
Materials Science Forum | Year: 2015

Hematite nanoparticles with average particle size of 75.6 and 93.4 nm were produced by mechanical grinding technique using planetary ball mill. The ground hematite were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis technique, specific surface area analysis (BET), transmission microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The effects of different properties of hematite particles used as a catalyst for decolorization of synthetic dye, Remazol Red 3B (RR3B) were investigated. The experimental results show that smaller particle size of 75.6 nm decolourized at the rate of 95.8% within 10 min reaction while larger particle size of 93.4 nm decolorized at the rate of 95.9% within 60 min reaction. The decolorization of RR3B dye by both catalyst were achieved with minimum iron leached (<5 mgL-1) which fulfill the Malaysian Environmental Quality (Industrial Effluent) Regulations 2009. The continuous mode for decolorization of RR3B was carried out and complete decolorization was achieved with low iron dissolution which demonstrates the possibilities of using milled hematite as catalyst for large-scale textile industry wastewater treatment applications. © (2015) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.


CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) today announced that it has received a Cisco® Partner Summit Global award, recognized as Distributor of the Year. Cisco revealed the winners at a Global Awards reception during its annual partner conference this week in San Francisco, California. “We are honored to be recognized as Cisco’s Global Distributor of the Year,” said Angie Beltz McCourt, vice president, Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data. “It has been our privilege to work with Cisco for more than 20 years, and we look forward to continuing to grow our business together. This award validates our team’s commitment to aligning with partners across the world to execute and deliver innovative excellence. Congratulations to the entire dedicated Cisco team at Tech Data for an exceptional year, as well as those throughout our entire organization who contribute to the success of our partnership every day.” Awarded to exemplary channel partners, the Cisco Partner Summit Global awards are designed to recognize best-in-class business practices and serve as a model to the industry. Areas of consideration include innovative practices, architecture-led approach successes, strategic business outcome-focused programs, seizing new opportunities and sales approaches. “It gives me great pleasure to recognize our partners’ incredible accomplishments, breakthroughs, and innovations that address our customers’ most pressing business issues,” said Wendy Bahr, senior vice president, Global Partner Organization, Cisco. “I’m honored to present the Global Distributor of the Year to Tech Data in recognition of its outstanding achievement in helping customers on the path to digitization and true IT transformation.” Cisco Partner Summit Global awards reflect the top-performing partners within specific technology markets across all geographical regions. All award recipients are selected by a group of Cisco Global Partner Organization and regional executives. At Cisco Partner Summit, Tech Data was also named Distributor Partner of the Year (Germany), while Azlan, Tech Data Europe’s specialist brand for value-added distribution of enterprise networking, server, storage and software solutions, was named Distributor Partner of the Year (France) and Capital Partner of the Year (France). To engage with Tech Data's Cisco Solutions Group, email ciscomomentum@techdata.com, call (800) 237-8931 ext. 77776, or visit Tech Data's Cisco Solutions Group dashboard at www.techdata.com/cisco. About Tech Data Tech Data Corporation is one of the world’s largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 105,000 resellers to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users in more than 100 countries. Tech Data generated $26.4 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016. It is ranked No. 108 on the Fortune 500® and one of Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies.”  To learn more, visit www.techdata.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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