Syiah Kuala University Alumni Association (IKA Unsyiah) held a halalbihalal at AAC Dayan Dawood Building, Tuesday (06/16/2020). The activity was followed by the Unsyiah academic community and Aceh forkopimda by implementing the Covid-19 health protocol. Present as lecturer was the Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning who was also the Head of BPN, Dr. Sofyan A Djalil, S.H., MA., MALD through the video conference channel from Jakarta.
Chairperson of IKA Unsyiah, Sulaiman Abda, M.Si, said that the implementation of halalbihalal this year was very different because invited guests were restricted as well as keeping distance during the activities. However, this condition did not dampen his party to connect the friendship and strengthen the brotherhood. He also invited all parties present to always unite, ignoring differences in order to build and advance Unsyiah, Aceh and Indonesia, especially in the conditions of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The same thing was also expressed by the Rector of Unsyiah, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M. Eng., Who said that during the Covid-19 outbreak, this was the first time Unsyiah had organized an event that invited relatively a large crowd. The implementation of halalbihalal is intended to strengthen friendship and maintain the cohesiveness of the Unsyiah extended family.
"Recognized or not, the Covid-19 outbreak has changed a lot of things. The impact is touching various joints of development, and indirectly undermines the inter-community gathering, "said Prof. Samsul.
As an Unsyiah institution also will continue to contribute to tackling this outbreak. One of them is by the functioning of the Infectious Disease Laboratory as a place to test Covid-19 swab specimens. This laboratory can test as many as 400 samples per day and the results can be known within 12 hours.
Meanwhile, Sofyan Djalil in his speech invited the academics to always improve themselves every day and get rid of negative thoughts. According to him negative thoughts can have a negative impact on the spirit, temperament, and time spent on something that is not productive.