I came to UTM 22 years ago…did my Marine Technology (Mechanical Engineering) bachelor degree there after SPM. Graduated in 1999, then continue my master study there as well. Finished my study in 2002, then took up the job as a research officer in Marine Technology Laborary. In 2003, I applied and joined as a Lecturer in Marine Technology Department.
I went to Japan to study my PhD in Hiroshima University in year 2005, under Monbokagakusho scholarship. Finished my study and back to UTM in year 2008 with a Dr title hereafter (easier for people to remember me as Dr Koh, or just Dr when they don’t recall my name). It is an amazing experience in Japan…and I started up my personal business (ShaShinKi.com) in Dec 2005, 2 months after arriving in Japan.
I continue to work and serve in UTM after coming back from Japan in Oct 2008. Some people asked which one is my full time job? Lecturer or Camera Seller? Public University Lecturer is one of the best job in Malaysia, if not in the world. You manage your own time, your own money (research grant), your own students. You get handsome pay, with benefits and protections as a government servant.
In Jan 2016, I decided to take a year off from UTM. Unpaid leave. It is a tough but long due decision.
In March 2017, I submitted my resignation letter, after 13+ years with UTM as an academician. God’s grace has always been flourishing on me. I thank my family, friends, colleagues for the support and blessing.
Life is short, I wanted to try something else.