Raising up the poor

  • Nation
  • Friday, 02 Aug 2019

FOR a nation to progress, education is essential, said TNB chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie.

Coupled with its commitment to empower education in Malaysia, TNB established the My Brighter Future (MyBF) scholarship to provide education opportunities by providing financial assistance to poor children.

“This will not only contribute to the development of human capital, it can even improve the student’s living standards as well as their families.

“The MyBF scholarship is a continuation of TNB’s commitment to empower education in Malaysia.

“We believe education is the way to change a nation for the better, ” he said during the closing ceremony of the MyBF Convention 2019, in a speech text read out by TNB president and chief executive officer Amir Hamzah Azizan.

The scholarship was established last year, taking in 2017 SPM leavers as the first batch of recipients.

A total of 1, 000 candidates were offered the scholarship through the UPU (centralised university unit), of which 945 accepted.

Higher Education Department director-general Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir commented that, “TNB not only chose to sponsor their education, but is also investing in long-term human capital development by shaping the students’ self-esteem and providing leadership qualities to them to become competent people for the nation.

“Under the MyBF scholarship terms, students do not have to repay the amount sponsored to them.

“The decision by TNB to sponsor students in need of economic support is a positive step and is welcomed by the Education Ministry, ” she said at the convention.

Dr Siti Hamisah said this year alone, the ministry has allocated RM33mil in financial assistance to foundation students in 12 public universities and RM24mil for students in community colleges across the country.

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