KOTA KINABALU: Recipients of the annual scholarship from Yayasan Sabah vow to return to Sabah and serve the state after completing their tertiary education.
Twenty-five students from various schools and family background were awarded scholarships for excellent performance in the recent SPM examination an event here last month.
One of them, Siti Nurdarahin Lapirin said she wanted to become a civil engineer and after graduating from the university of her choice – Universiti Teknologi Petronas – she would come back and help develop the state.
“I want to build roads, flyovers and bring major development to Sabah, especially my hometown Tawau,” said the 10A SPM achiever from Maktab Rendah Sains Mara, Tawau.
Siti, daughter of a fish trader, said she wanted to help make Sabahans enjoy great and safe amenities.
“If I leave the country to serve elsewhere, it will be an ungrateful thing to do after getting financial aid to further my studies,” she said.
The eldest of four siblings attributed her success to her mother, Mariana Tohing, who had always reminded her to study and pursue her dreams.
Another recipient, Debbie Deliza Lee Yee Ting of SM St Michael Penampang said she aimed to pursue medical studies and become a doctor.
The 9A SPM achiever said: “I hope I will excel in university so that I can come back to Sabah and treat the ill,” she said.
Lee, who is the only child in her family, said she would return and work in the country because it was short of doctors and specialists.
“I do not want to use my expertise in a foreign land because people here in Sabah and the country are in need of our services,” she said.
Earlier at the event, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman reminded students to make proper use of the scholarship and opportunity given to pursue their dreams.
“Study hard and come back to Sabah to serve once you have graduated,” he said.
He advised them to stay committed and focused so that they could later work hand in hand with the government and community to develop the country.
Yayasan Sabah director Datuk Sapawi Ahmad urged students never to forget their roots when they were abroad.
“Gain as much knowledge as possible and come home with the expertise gained for the betterment of our country,” he said.
A total of 488 students have benefited from this scholarship since it was introduced in 1990.