• University of Malaysia Sabah (UMS)

    Malaysia | In action since 2008

Project Highlights:

Payao Phase II

Fishermen working in the islands off the coast of Malaysia face three significant problems: a decreasing number of harvestable fish, scarce locations to fish and exploitation by middlemen who buy their products at low prices. Our Enactus students from University of Malaysia Sabah collaborate with local fishermen by using a device called the Payao to bring fish to them; the fishermen no longer are required to travel long distances to get to the fish. The team also formed a local fishing club and cooperative which seeks and secures regular buyers to ensure a fair price for the goods sold by the fishermen.

Impact(s): 23 fishermen; 1 business formed; 3 jobs created

What’s next: The team plans to expand the project to the shallow waters around Sabah, Malaysia, and to share the Payao module in other places where this device is needed.


This project advances these key Global Goals:


Team Profile:

Students involved

Past WC appearances

Faculty advisor(s):
Dr. Ismail Ali; Dr. Bonaventure Boniface; Dr. Fiffy Hasnidah Saikim

Our proudest moment of the past year:
During the early days of this project, the communities were able to accept us and listen to our project trajectories. This reassured us that we can actually implement these projects within selected communities.

Biggest challenge from the past year:
Lacking resources on expertise, money and time.

Team described in one word:

Get to Know Us:

Sarah got involved with Enactus when a friend explained its mission. “Before Enactus, I wasn’t really into joining clubs or extra activities on campus because I was afraid I couldn’t manage my time for my studies,” says Sarah, now the Vice President of Administration and Finance for her team. “I managed to get onto my university’s dean’s list last semester despite hustling around volunteering kilometers away from my campus.” Sarah is an Honors Software Engineering major who is scheduled to graduate in  September 2020.

More about Sarah:

  • What I’m reading: “Love & Misadventure,” by Lang Leav
  • Theme song: “La Vie en Rose,” by Daniela Andrade
  • Who inspires me:  My mother
  • Enactus in one word: Journey.
  • Best Enactus moment: “Meeting new friends and becoming emotionally attached to them.”
  • In five years, I will be … “graduating with my first-class degree, having a stable job related to helping communities through my major and financially secure.”

Connect with Sarah! 

Muhammad is a Marine Science major scheduled to graduate in September of 2020. His interest in sharing new ideas and inventing led him to get involved with his Enactus team on campus. Muhammad serves as the treasurer for his team and is most proud of implementing two projects in  communities. “I’m one of the earliest members joining this team from the start of both projects till the end,” he says. “I have observed the whole progress and all of the teammates’ involvements.”

More about Muhammad:

  • What I’m reading: “The Harry Potter Series,” by J.K Rowling
  • Theme song: “Thunder,” by Imagine Dragons
  • Who inspires me: Angelina Jolie
  • Enactus in one word: Beautiful
  • Best Enactus moment: “In disbelief during the winning moment of Enactus Malaysia National Cup.”
  • In five years, I will be … “working in a good job with secured salary but at the same time contributing or helping the poor community in some ways.”

Connect with Muhammad!


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