A practicum is defined as a college course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously studied theory. Practicums are common for education and social work majors.
Recently, I accompanied my Post Grad for MSc Human Resource Development (HRD) students from Human Resource Training Design's class, lead by their lecturer, Associate Prof. Dr. Nik Hasnaa to the Custom Marine Training Center at Tanjung Surat, an island at Sungai Johor estuary. Their mission is to conduct a training on "Effective Communication" to the new supporting staffs of the Royal Malaysian Customs. This centre which can accommodate 100 trainees at any one time, is one of the components of the Southern Integrated Gateway in Johor. It replaces the former Custom Marine base in Tanjung Puteri.
The history of modern customs in the country was actually started from Tanjung Surat with the creation of "Datuk Pengawa Timur" post in the 1920s. At the time, Johor products like gambir, tin and black pepper were exported through Tanjung Surat.It became less important when the products were brought directly to Singapore using the Johor Causeway. Now, over 30 personnel are assigned to the base to carry out anti-smuggling operations using 11 patrol boats in waters southeast of the Malaysian peninsular.
Congratulations to my Post Grad students for conducting an excellent practicum at Tanjung Surat :-
Azrul, Ismail, Maslina, Shiba, Mashitah, Disey, Hastuti and Noramira