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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)

Educating The Masses

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) is embarking on an altruistic effort to educate the less fortunate by forming an education wing known as YBU Education Services Sdn Bhd. The primary objective of this subsidiary is to help poor students in the state to pursue their education to tertiary levels. YBU’s Chief Operation Officer, Jodh Singh Dhillon (pic right) said this to Ipoh Echo recently.

“The foundation has entered into an agreement with three institutions of higher learning in May as part of our plan to initiate this education programme,” he said. The three institutions are Quest International University Perak, Perak Institute of Technology and TAJ International College. “The Perak Entrepreneur and Skills Development Centre (PESDC) will be incorporated soon,” said Dhillon. The centre provides vocational skill training for successful candidates.

Quest University and TAJ College have set an allocated of RM1.5 million and RM500,000 for the programme respectively.

“Those wishing to pursue their studies in any of the three institutions can apply direct to YBU,” said Dhillon. The loans provided will cover both education and living fees. The living allowance is a one-off payment based on the applicants’ course. “The institutions will process the successful applicant’s loan for the whole course inclusive of discounts.”

The living allowance ranges between RM300 for certificate courses to RM1200 for diploma and degree courses. This is part of the state government’s strategy to improve the living standards of the masses, as provided for under the Gerak Amanjaya initiative started by the Chief Minister, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

Quest University offers degree courses in medicine, accounts, finance and business administration. TAJ College, on the other hand, offers diploma courses in electrical engineering and business administration in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi MARA. The Perak Entrepreneur and Skills Development Centre provides vocational-skill training in electronics, welding, air-conditioning and refrigeration.

The registration of new students for Year 2013 will begin early next year. “We expect some 200 to 500 to register for the programme,” said Dhillon.

Those keen on applying can get details from the foundation’s office at Aras D-2-1, Greentown Square, Jalan Dato’ Seri Ahmad Said, Ipoh or call its office at 05-255 5945/5946.

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RM3.8 Million Spent On Credit Scheme

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The micro-credit scheme introduced by Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) in October 2010 is into its third year of operation. The scheme has helped over 1800 Perakeans to expand their business opportunities. A total sum of over RM3.8 million has been expended so far.

“It’s money well spent,” said Hairul Anwar Mohamed Noor, YBU’s Chief Financial Officer to the media. Hairul was met after a cheque-presentation ceremony held at the foundation hall recently.

“Today 63 applicants received credits worth RM379,000 in total. The money will be used either as starting capital or for the expansion of their businesses,” said Hairul to reporters at the end of the ceremony. “What’s most heartening is that some of the earlier borrowers have managed to repay their loans in full and within the stipulated period.”

These early birds sought a second and a much bigger loan. Their applications were approved and some received their loans at the ceremony.

Short courses on financial management, accounting and good business practices are held from time to time at the foundation office. “This is to better equip the borrowers for the challenges ahead,” said Hairul.

Rashid Bah Shuyuk, 47, from Sungai Rusuk, Tapah came to know of YBU’s offer after reading about it in the national daily. Rashid received RM8000 for his sundry shop business in his village. “I need not resort to Along (loan sharks) for the money,” he said gleefully.

Widow Suria Omar, 34, from Tanjung Piandiang was elated on receiving a RM3000 loan from the foundation. “I’ll invest the money on a new sewing machine,” she said. Suria operates a flourishing tailoring business from her house in the coastal town of Kerian District.

Lee Book Kian, 51, from Taiping was very pleased with the RM11,000 loan he received. “I’ll use the money to expand my clothing business.”

Zurmarni Baharudin, 31, from Ipoh operates a beauty salon in Gunung Rapat. She acquired a soft loan of RM5,000 to start her business two years ago. Having settled in full the initial sum, she applied for a second loan. “The RM15,000 I got today will be used to purchase newer products and equipment, as the beauty business is very competitive.”

The recipients were appreciative of the state government’s efforts in helping them realise their dreams.

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Students Inspired

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Some 47 primary school students from schools in Upper Perak were selected to attend a three-day motivational course organised by Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) recently.

The students, aged between 10 and 11, were accommodated at Hotel Seri Malaysia Ipoh where the course was conducted. Dato’ See Tean Seng, the Communication Manager of YBU, was on hand to receive the young participants. “The course is aimed at preparing them for the coming UPSR examinations. The modules will consist of lectures and a field trip to Cameron Highlands.”

The youngsters’ rural background was the major criterion for selection. They need to be motivated to perform well in the public examinations. The field trip, according to Dato’ See, was a form of recreation after a long day in the lecture hall. “The scenic view up in the highlands is inspirational, giving the kids a sense of well-being,” he added. This was evident from the comments made by the participants at the end of the two-day trip.

“I felt privileged to be picked for the course,” said Mohd Harith Sidi, 11, from Sekolah Kuak Hulu. His joy was shared by Siti Nasharah Mohd Subki, 11, from Sekolah Air Panas, Pengkalan Hulu. “I get to interact with other students of my age. Both concluded that the trip to Cameron Highlands was exhilarating.

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Former Technician’s House Gutted

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)Mohd Hatta Mohd Junaidi, 61, a retired technician and his wife, Norhani Samsuddin, 59, can only reflect on the good times they shared in the house they lived in for over 25 years.

Their family house in Taman Panglima Gunung Rapat was destroyed in a fire caused by an electrical circuit in August. “It happened around 7.45pm. I was at the surau performing my Maghrib prayers when I was alerted by my son,” he told reporters. Mohd Hatta rushed home only to see the tail end of the fire. “It happened so fast. Luckily, none of my family members were hurt.”

Hatta’s daughter managed to pick up her infant child and escaped with her mother, Norhani in the nick of time. All of their belongings were destroyed. Damages were estimated at over RM100,000. Mohd Hatta had just finished paying the loan on the house.

“It’s my destiny,” Hatta lamented. “I am lucky my family is intact. I’ll pick up the pieces from here,” he said looking forlornly at his burned house.

Farid Zambri, an officer with Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) was at the site upon receiving news of the tragedy. He gave RM500 to the victim. “Although Hatta doesn’t fit into our list of recipients, the foundation donates, nonetheless,” said Farid.

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Tok Batin’s House Up in Smoke

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)Tok Batin Nasri Ngah, 41, of Kampung Pisang, Jalong could only look when his wooden house was gutted to the ground on August 22. “It happened so quickly,” he said. “I was in the kitchen boiling water over an open stove when the fire started. The fire engulfed the whole house leaving me little time to salvage my belongings.”

Luckily for the Orang Asli elder none of his family members were around when the fire broke out. “They were out visiting their relatives and friends as it was the fourth day of Hari Raya,” he remarked. “I dare not speculate what the outcome would have been had any of them been here. Thank God.”

The fire victim was met at the site of his burned house recently by members of Yasayan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU). They were there to survey the extent of the damage and to provide assistance where possible.

Nasir received a food package, courtesy of YBU, from the visitors. The foundation is considering building a new house for Nasir upon recommendations by the survey team.

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Ramadan – A Season for Giving

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan’s (YBU) charity programme, during the fasting month of Ramadan, was a huge success judging from public’s responses. Dubbed, “Imarah Ramadan” the charity programme began on July 28 in the state constituency of Sungai Manik and ended in the parliamentary constituency of Parit on August 10.

The programme was a mix of visits and interactions where officials of YBU feted the locals at mosques and community halls. They broke fast together with the invitees and ended each session with the donations of raya gifts in the form of materials and duit raya. The beneficiaries were mainly the poor and the marginalised, orphans being the biggest group.

In Langkap, 70 received hampers while in Changkat Jering the number was 45. In Teluk Kecil, Pangkor, some 330 received a batik sarong each. The programme was extended to the palm oil mill workers of Felcra Nasaruddin, Bota and an orphanage in Parit. Officials broke fast with the workers while some had sahur with the orphans. Fifty hampers were given away to the workers while the orphans received duit raya packs.

Foundation Chairman, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad felt that the programme had been beneficial, especially to the target groups. “It helped in establishing bond and creating rapport with those concerned,” he remarked. “It will be a permanent fixture on YBU’s calendar”.

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Funding for New Scheme

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU),  Skim Rumah Insan Amanjaya (SRIA)The state government has allocated RM10 million to Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) to fund the foundation’s Skim Rumah Insan Amanjaya (SRIA). The newly-introduced housing-loan scheme is aimed at helping the poor own a house of their own.

“The money will enable YBU to build affordable houses for these groups of people, which is not only comfortable but also presentable,” said Chief Minister Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir during the launch of the scheme at the State Secretariat hall recently.

“Race, religion and social background will not be the criteria for selection,” said Zambry reiterating the state government’s determination to eradicate poverty in line with the objectives of 1Malaysia and Perak Amanjaya.

The money will enable YBU to build houses for 180 poor families in Perak. Applicants must be between 18 to 60 years old and have a combined household income of less than RM3000 a month. Houses built under the new scheme are priced at RM50,000 each. They are single-storey houses measuring 20 x 40 feet with three rooms and two toilets. Loans taken on the house are interest-free and the repayment period is between 10 to 20 years.

At the launch, the Chief Minister gave replica keys to 10 owners of new houses under the scheme. M. Muniamah, 53, from Sitiawan was elated with her pricey possession. “I no longer have to live in rented houses. The scheme is definitely beneficial for people like me,” she told Ipoh Echo.

Present at the launch were Dato’ Saarani Mohamad, Chairman of YBU, and Khairul Azwan Harun, a member of the board of directors.

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Seminar on Leadership

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Unit 1Malaysia, Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)A seminar on leadership organised by Unit 1Malaysia, a subdivision of Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) was held at a resort in Lumut recently. The objective of the two-day seminar was to impress upon participants their responsibilities in making Malaysia a secure country.

The 150-odd participants were from the Indian community in the state. They were taught the importance of racial harmony and how relationships between the major races in the country should and should not be. Dato’ Zainal Abidin Omar, Chief Executive Officer of YBU and Keshvinder Singh, Adun for Malim Nawar were among those present at the seminar.

“The expose has achieved the desired results,” said V. Elango, manager of Unit 1Malaysia. “It’s essential that the community gets the right message from the right source rather than tainted views from the wrong source,” he added.

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)

Houses for Flood Victims

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)Five flood victims from Sungai Jernih and Kampung Siam of Kubu Gajah, whose houses were destroyed during the recent floods in the area, can now heave a sigh of relief. Their misfortunes, which gained much publicity following the April floods, prompted Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) to respond in kind. The foundation has undertaken the responsibility of building new houses for them. The beneficiaries are Zainab Abdul Kadir, 80, Mohd Termizi Tajudin, 50, Zakaria Alwi, 71, his wife Sabariah Mat Asek, 61, and Chik Hashim, 80. Their houses were swept away by floodwaters. Sabariah’s house in Kampung Siam collapsed due to a weak foundation caused by the inundation.

“The aid package is worth over RM60,000,” said Dato’ Zainal Abiddin Omar, Chief Executive Officer of YBU. “We’ll build the new houses at a safer site, as the present location is no longer suitable.”

The recipients were lost for words when asked to comment. “It’s God-sent,” said Sabariah. “I’ve never expected such generosity,” remarked her husband, Zakaria Alwi.

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100 Donors Have Registered

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) , organ donationYayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) has extended a helping hand to the on-going organ donation campaign. The campaign, initiated by volunteer Dr Ghantan Palanisamy, is aimed at creating awareness among Malaysians on the benefits of organ donation.

The country-wide campaign is in full swing and with the involvement of YBU, the possibility of it making an impact in Perak is great. Ghantan’s target is a thousand donors. “Over a hundred have registered so far,” he said. “The target is achievable provided the message is far-reaching.”

The foundation has obtained the participation of Ipoh General Hospital, Universiti Sains Malaysia and volunteers of YBU. “Hopefully, more will join in,” said Ghantan to Ipoh Echo.

Readers keen on knowing more about organ donation can call 05-208 5161 or visit this website for details: www.agiftoflife.gov.my.

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