Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) organised a symposium to discuss the subject of poverty and ways to eradicate it. The forum, held at the multi-purpose hall within the premises of the Chief Minister’s residence recently, was attended by public and private sectors staff and members of non-governmental organisations. Over 300 participants were present in the hall when the Chief Minsiter, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir delivered his keynote speech.
The objective of the one-day symposium was to finds ways to eradicate poverty in the state and also to provide an opportunity for the participants to interact with one another. “Hopefully, in the course of this one-day discussion we’ll learn more from each other,” said Zambry mindful of the benefits the forum would engender. Since the formation of YBU in 2009, the foundation has managed to resolve several incidences of poverty in the state. “Presently, only about 1,700 cases are still pending,” he said.
Zambry then witnessed the tripartite signing of a memorandum of understanding between YBU Education Services Sdn Bhd, Perak Institute of Technology and Quest International University. The memorandum will provide opportunities for poor students to pursue tertiary education at Quest University and Perak Institute of Technology at discounted prices.
“This is an opportunity for students to further their education without burning a hole in their pockets. YBU Education Sdn Bhd will foot the bill based on one’s capacity,” Zambry reminded the appreciative audience.