Three Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) undergraduates received scholarships from Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) at a ceremony held at the UTAR Perak Campus recently.
The scholarships were presented by KLK Bhd Regional Director (Peninsular Malaysia), Teh Sar Moh Nee to Oon Xoong Harng, Tang Zhi Wei and Sim Wee Kee, who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Science. Each received RM30,000 for their three-year programme.
“This is the first time KLK scholarships have been presented to UTAR students,” said UTAR President Ir Professor Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik. He congratulated the recipients and thanked KLK for giving the scholarships.
“Involvement by the private sector players such as KLK, a business corporation, and UTAR, a private university, is vital to the success of the agriculture sector in Malaysia,” said Professor Chuah, adding that UTAR had spearheaded initiatives related to Agricultural Science and Agronomy. Among them were the establishment of the Tan Sri Philip Kuok Professorial Chair in Agricultural Science and the holding of seminars on agriculture technology.
Teh, in response, said that it was heartening to know that the university is offering the Agricultural Science programme that would bring profound benefits to the country. He congratulated the trio for being the chosen ones.
Tang, who comes from a single-parent household, said that the KLK scholarship would ease his mother’s burden significantly. Recipient, Oon said that the scholarship acts as an encouragement for him to work harder. “It motivates me indirectly to be a more responsible person, forthwith.” Sim, who hails from Sabah, hoped that his pursuit of agricultural science would enable him to contribute positively to the country’s agronomic sector.
Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad is a Malaysian multinational corporation which is listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. The corporation is involved in plantations, oleochemicals, property development and retailing.