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Yayasan Sime Darby scholarship awards doubled this year
416 deserving underprivileged Malaysians receive scholarships worth RM21.6 million compared to RM9.5 million awarded to 198 students last year.
KUALA LUMPUR, 11 August 2016 – The saying “where there’s a will, there’s a way” aptly describes the sheer determination of a visually impaired University Malaya student, Mohamad Firdaus bin Ngatiman, one of the 14 scholarship recipients of the Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Special Needs Bursary Awards. 

Despite being differently-abled, his love for sports since primary school catapulted him to represent Malaysia for discus throw and shot put in the ASEAN Para Games. The gold and silver medallist of the 2013 and 2015 ASEAN Para Games recently won another two gold medals for shot put and discus throw at the Paralympiad Malaysia Sarawak Games 2016.

The bright young boy who won the Best Student Award from Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar, Johor Bharu with a 3.92 CGPA for Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) 2014 said his dream was to be a linguist. 

“Besides my passion in sports, I have always had a deep interest of our national language and my inspiration is to be like Prof Dr Nik Safiah Karim, a pioneer and expert in Bahasa Malaysia.”

“Thanks to YSD’s bursary award, I am now able to pursue my passion and prove that despite my limitations, I can still excel in my studies and inspire others to pursue what they believe in,” Firdaus added. 

Education has been the main thrust of YSD, the philanthropic arm of Sime Darby Berhad since its inception in 1982 to nurture and build the country’s talent pool. To date, YSD has spent more than RM230.8 million for scholarships and bursaries, benefitting 2,926 students from various backgrounds. 

This year, YSD is awarding more than RM21.6 million in scholarships and bursaries to 416 promising Malaysian students from low income families, including those who are physically challenged. Scholarships were also awarded to Sime Darby employees and their children as well as to outstanding young Papua New Guineans to study at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). 

At the YSD Scholarship Award ceremony today, 352 students received bursaries worth more than RM11.9 million under the YSD Bursary Programme to pursue tertiary education in any field of study at local public and private universities. 

Meanwhile, 42 students received scholarships worth RM8.7 million to pursue pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate studies at top universities in Malaysia, United Kingdom, China and Indonesia. 

YSD also awarded Skill Enrichment scholarships worth over RM800,000 to 22 vocationally inclined students to pursue diploma in nursing, physiotherapy and medical laboratory technology at Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College. 

In heeding the call to develop the talent pool within the Group, for the very first time, YSD has introduced the Sime Darby Employees and Employees’ Children Education Programme. Seven Sime Darby employees and 30 Sime Darby employee’s children were awarded scholarships to pursue tertiary education at various levels at recognised higher learning institutions locally.  

YSD Governing Council member Tan Sri Dato' Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin, shared his views on the merits of a sound education.

“A well-educated and skilful population forms the key to a successful nation. In line with Malaysia’s Vision 2020, YSD aims to be a catalyst to provide access to quality education to those from various backgrounds to enrich and chart a better future not only for themselves but also for their families. This is what we call, bringing the greatest good for the greatest number.”

“I would like to quote a popular saying for all the young people here today. Education, like the mass of our age’s inventions, is after all, only a tool, everything else depends on the workman who uses it. Treat your scholarship as an opportunity of a lifetime. Be committed in your studies to realise your full potential and unlock doors for opportunities that you cannot even begin to imagine for yourselves right now,” he added. 

The highlight of the awards ceremony was the inaugural Chairman’s Award which was given out to four selected scholars who achieved outstanding academic, extra co-curricular and volunteer activities during their studies. 

The man of the hour this year is Muhammad Fairul Azreen Mohd Zahid, a YSD STAR scholar who recently graduated from Tisch School of Arts, New York University (NYU) in Master of Fine Arts in Dance with a CGPA of 3.80. His stellar accomplishments included being the first Malaysian to receive the Best Student Work at Tisch Dance Department and being NYU’s representative for the National Ballet of China. His piece in dance workshop has introduced Malaysian arts to the world specifically in the United States, Germany, China, Italy, Philippines and Sri Lanka. 

This week, a seven-day YSD Scholar’s Development Programme will also take place at Sime Darby’s Merlimau Training Centre to introduce and equip YSD’s Excellence scholars with relevant leadership and personal skills to prepare as future leaders of Sime Darby.



 At the Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Scholarship Awards Ceremony today. YSD Governing Council Member YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin (centre) as witnessed by YSD CEO Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin (second from left) was seen giving out a scholarship award to Mohamad Firdaus bin Ngatiman, a recipient of the YSD Special Needs scholarship and a Gold Medallist in the Paralympiad Malaysia Sarawak Games 2016 for shot put and discus throw. He is pursuing Bachelor of Malay Studies (Malay Linguistic) at Universiti Malaya. 


 Azree Fekree bin Zamzuri (fourth from left), receiving his scholarship award from YSD Governing Council Member YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Noordin as witnessed by YSD CEO Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin. Azree, who is differently abled is a recipient of the YSD Special Needs scholarship and is pursuing Bachelor of Education (with Honours) in Special Education at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.


YSD Governing Council Member YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Noordin seen here presenting to Ainaa Farhanah binti Amali her YSD Special Needs scholarship award as witnessed by YSD CEO Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin. She is pursuing Bachelor (Hons) Graphic Design at First University College, formerly known as KBU International College. 

A group photo of Sime Darby senior management and the recipients of the inaugural YSD Chairman’s Award; an award for stellar scholars who have achieved outstanding academic, extra co-curricular and volunteer activities during their studies. From left, YSD CEO Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin, EVP Human Resource Sime Darby Berhad Tuan Haji Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, Muhammad Fairul Azreen Mohd Zahid (YSD STAR Scholarship), YSD Governing Council Member YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Noordin, Adi Safuan bin Rosli (YSD Bursary Scholarship), Vanessa Chin Min Li (YSD Excellence Scholarship), YSD Governing Council Member YBhg Datin Paduka Zaitoon Dato’ Othman and Sime Darby Motors Director of Corporate Affairs Datuk Aishah Ahmad. 

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