Varsity dinner raises RM800,000 for students

Prof Mohamed Ibrahim (centre, blue batik shirt), flanked by Bacho (in blue jacket) and UTP board member Karima Mohd Noor (green dress) with representatives of the sponsors at the dinner in Kuala Lumpur.

MORE than RM800,000 was raised for deserving students at Tapestry of Colours Charity Dinner 2023 organised by Yayasan University Teknologi PETRONAS (YUTP) with support from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and PETRONAS.

UTP vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib said,“Since YUTP was set up in 2007, it has awarded a total of RM77mil in scholarships and bursaries to more than 2,400 students.

“YUTP will continue its efforts to provide deserving students opportunities to pursue an education.”

The charity dinner, UTP’s signature event, received an overwhelming response from distinguished corporate and individual donors.

They included CIMB, Maybank, Dialog Group Bhd, MISC Group, JP Morgan, HRSB Holdings Sdn Bhd, Transwater, OCBC Al-Amin Bank Bhd, Malaysian Petrochemicals Association, Tiger Gas, Kenanga Investors Bhd, Principal Asset Management Bhd and Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company Sdn Bhd.

The charity dinner also saw a crowdfunding effort for five different UTP social responsibility projects which share the primary objective of supporting future generations.

UTP’s gamelan group, Sanggar Kirana, is aiming to preserve the cultural heritage of gamelan while UTP’s rugby team, UTP Drillers, wants to provide training and facilities to produce all-star rugby players.

Meanwhile, the university’s Youth Cleanup Day programme aims to combat global solid waste problems and raise awareness on saving the environment.

The other two recipients of funds are Beacon of Hope which provides food for the underprivileged, and the A-Qual Life project to provide access to clean water for the Orang Asli community in Simpang Pulai, Perak.

More than 350 guests attended the dinner at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur which also marked UTP’s 25th anniversary.

They included UTP board of directors chairman Datuk Bacho Pilong, PETRONAS executive leadership team members, UTP board members, industry partners and alumni as well as corporate guests.

They were entertained with performances by Sanggar Kirana as well as UTP’s other performing arts groups.

“The university is very appreciative of the sponsors’ contributions which will help us support students in various ways.

“We aim to not just provide much-needed scholarships and bursaries but also to boost their development via mobility programmes, club events and technopreneurial activities.

“We also wish to continue cultivating research and innovation,” Prof Mohamed Ibrahim said.

“We hope that more corporations and individuals will come forward to support YUTP.”

All cash contributions to YUTP are tax deductible under sub- section 44(6) of the Income Tax Act 1967.

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