As a young lad from a rural area of Sabah, I was very hopeful entering UKM – hopeful for better access to education, to improve myself, and contribute to the community when the time came. I had big dreams of opportunities to prove that my background would not hinder me from being successful in the future.
I was a very social student. I represented my faculty in football, and I was active in the Student Council. One of my best moments was meeting then-Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Yusof Mohamed Noor, to voice our grievances about the lack of campus facilities and the issues surrounding student welfare. It was a rare opportunity that helped shape my leadership and communication skills.
UKM taught me many life lessons about dealing with challenges head-on, that nothing substitutes hard work, and that with the right attitude, passion and determination, we can achieve far beyond what we envision. The skills I gained have been beneficial in helping me steer the Inland Revenue Board today.
Carry on "Inspiring Futures, Nurturing Possibilities" (UKM’s motto). Remember, it's not how you start but how you end that matters. Keep giving your best until you become the best. Happy 50th anniversary, UKM!
Datuk Seri Dr Sabin Samitah, CEO & Director-General of Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia (Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia), Bachelor of Science (Geology) 1983
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