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Nigerian Delegation Impressed

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Nigerian Delegation Impressed

A Nigerian delegation consisting of government officials visited Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) at its office in Greentown Square recently. The objective was to get acquainted with the various programmes undertaken by the foundation to improve the quality and standard of living of the underprivileged and the marginalised.

The team led by Abu Bakar Abu Rahman was briefed on the activities of the foundation by Yayasan Bina Upaya Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Ismail Saffian. The Nigerians were very impressed particularly with YBU’s microcredit scheme which has been actively pursued by the foundation since its inception in 2009.

Team leader, Abu Bakar reiterated his interest in formulating a similar programme for implementation back in Nigeria. “I find YBU’s microcredit programme very effective and also cost efficient,” he told reporters.

Besides micro-credit, programmes such as the giving away of food hampers, housing for the poor and the homeless, business-training courses and coaching for underprivileged students are also being considered.

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Yayasan Bina Upaya’s New CEO

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Dato’ Ismail Safian (pic right) was appointed the new CEO of Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBUDR) by the foundation’s Board of Directors.

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With over 24 years of experience in management behind him, the new CEO will put it to good use to improve the image of YBU, especially its role as an agency to eradicate poverty and caring for the under-privileged and the marginalised, regardless of their ethnicity.

Ismail was grateful for the trust shown to him and will try his best to bring YBU to another level.

“Management is not something new to me, as I was involved with managing a number of agencies before this,” he said. Incidentally, Ismail has been involved with the foundation since its formation in 2009.

Ismail met reporters at the foundation’s office soon after his appointment recently.

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YBU Spreads Its Wings

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) has long entertained the idea of setting up its own enterprises, as part of a cost-reduction exercise and to improve its operations. This idea was realised with the recent opening of a collection, packaging and distribution centre at Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh.

YBU Spreads Its WingsThe opening of YBU Healthcare and Nutrition Centre enables the foundation to better manage its collection, packaging and distribution responsibilities, as it has done away with middlemen. The opening ceremony was officiated by Dato’ Saarani Mohamed, Chairman of YBU.

“Engaging middlemen to do the work is expensive. It’s not cost effective. Thus resorting to a centre of our own makes sense,” said Dato’ Sarani to Ipoh Echo.

The foundation sends out 80 boxes of goodies a month to each of the 59 state constituencies. This works out to 55,000 boxes a year. “Imagine the cost if we’re to stick to a third party to do the work?” reasoned Saarani.

YBU Spreads Its WingsPlans are in the pipeline to open more of such centres throughout the state. “This is in anticipation of an increase in demand for our goody boxes,” Saarani added.

Present at the launch were Khairul Azwan, Deputy Chairman of YBU, Dato’ Zainal Abidin Omar, former CEO of YBU, Director of Pharmaceuticals Sdn Bhd, Khoo Chee Keong and Chief Operating Officer of YBU Healthcare and Nutrition Centre, Isfarina Mohd Bali.

Besides the healthcare and nutrition centre, the foundation operates a pawning business in partnership with Ar-Rahnu Bank with the cooperation of Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (Yapeim).

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Explorace Helps Bond People

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YBU - Explorace Helps Bond People 01YBU - Explorace Helps Bond People 02The Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) sponsored Pangkor Explorace 2013 held on the island recently was a huge success judging from the public’s response. The foundation’s objectives were two-fold, to extend its volunteer base and to increase its networking. Both were achieved within the stipulated time – two days.

Jodh Singh, organiser of the race and manager of YBU’s Volunteer and International Unit, remarked that his unit, through programmes such as the one held in Pangkor, had managed to produce responsible volunteers out of youths.

“I wish to echo the sentiments of Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, who insisted that volunteers need to act and behave professionally in order to earn people’s trust and respect,” said Jodh. “The other factors are empathy and concern for the people they serve. They can’t be good volunteers if they don’t have these qualities,” Jodh added. He too felt that the volunteers could help foster good relationship between the people and the foundation.

YBU - Explorace Helps Bond People 03Some 60 participants representing 20 teams took part in the two-day race. They were required to do community works involving the cleaning of compounds ala gotong royong, community cooking and running errands for villagers. The activities were aimed at bonding the volunteers and the villagers in the spirit of oneness.

The foundation enlisted the help of associations and societies from Manjung District. They were Belia 4B Manjung, Manjung Amateur Radio Club, 1Love Manjung Community and some government agencies.

Lumut’s Kumpulan Lemang Sebatang won first place and took home RM1000 as prize money. Runners-up were Seladan Mantap made up of YBU volunteers and Lumut’s Kumpulan Duyung. They won RM700 and RM500, respectively.

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Branch Drawing In the Crowd

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Branch Drawing In The Crowd1Branch Drawing In The Crowd2Branch Drawing In The Crowd4Branch Drawing In The Crowd3Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan’s (YBU) newly-opened branch at the Ipoh Urban Transformation Centre is a big hit with clients. Hardly a month after it’s opening, over a hundred Perakeans, of varying social backgrounds, have patronised the centre. And the number is growing by the day.

“Visitors have expressed satisfaction with the services available at the centre. They’re pleased with the reception and treatment by the foundation staff manning the centre,” said Assistant Manager, Mohd Jeffery Amin Hamid to Ipoh Echo.

The branch is open seven days a week (except public holidays) between 8am to 10pm. “The discretion to keep operating hours well after the designated times and days, however, rest with the management,” added Mohd Jeffery. The reason is obviously to be of service to the poor and the marginalised. The foundation’s altruism is, therefore, not lost in transition.

To publicise the branch’s services, flyers and notices are distributed to all agencies operating within the centre.  “It’s aimed at promoting ourselves to the general public and that of the foundation,” said Mohd Jeffery.

The nation’s leaders will be visiting the centre soon. Among them is the Minister of Finance 2, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah and the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who has planned his visit on Friday, February 15.

S. Poomasury, 52, who came to submit her application for a micro credit, was elated by the reception she received. “I am truly amazed by the efforts put in by the staff. They have gone beyond the norms to be of service to the public,” she posited.

R. Balakrishanan, 62, was another satisfied customer. “The availability of the foundation’s office at the centre is most appropriate considering its accessibility and disposition.”

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Gifts for Poor Students

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One hundred and thirteen poor students of all races received gifts in the form of shoes and school uniforms from the wife of the Menteri Besar, Datin Seri DiRaja Saripah Zulkifli recently. The simple presentation ceremony was held at the Aeon Shopping Complex (formerly Jusco) in Kinta City.

Datin Seri Diraja Saripah ZulkifliThe gift package, worth RM150 each, is part of Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan’s (YBU) programme for the poor and the marginalised in Perak. The students, picked on the basis of their academic achievements, have been “adopted” by the Menteri Besar. They stand to benefit from the programme by way of financial support from the state government.

Besides shoes and uniforms they are also provided financial assistance amounting to RM50 a month. “An accumulated sum of RM150 is credited into their bank account every three months,” said Hairul Anwar Mohamad Noor, YBU’s chief financial officer to Ipoh Echo.

Norikramuddin Mohd Najib, 14, a Form Two student was beaming with joy when met. “It’s a good start for my school year. The new uniforms and shoes are a motivating factor for me to do well in my studies,” she said. Nori aspires to be a teacher and promises not to let her “adopted” parents down.

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Opportunities in the Automotive Industry

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Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) plans on optimising opportunities in the automotive industry for the benefit of youths in Perak. In realising this noble aim, the foundation, along with Barisan Nasional Youth (Perak), has engaged the services of DRB-HICOM (Diversified Resources Berhad-Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia Berhad), the nation’s largest automotive conglomerate, to initiate a viable training scheme.

Yayasan Bina Upaya (YBU)The programme named, Skim Latihan Automatif Amanjaya, is a bold attempt at churning out trained personnel for the automotive industry. “It’s in line with the state government’s aspiration to make Perak an automotive hub with the establishment of Proton City in Behrang,” said Dato’ Ahmad Shaffie, the Menteri Besar’s political secretary. He told this to the media after presenting certificates to 11 workshop operators and 30 students who had successfully completed a training course under the scheme at the foundation’s hall recently.

Perak BN Youth Chief and Deputy Chairman of YBU, Khairul Azwan Harun, in echoing Dato’ Ahmad’s sentiments, reaffirmed the movement’s commitment in making the scheme a success. “We’ll get at least 40 youths to attend each training session. It’s not something impossible considering our networking and influence,” said Khairul to Ipoh Echo.

The 6-month course is fully sponsored by workshops under the ambit of YBU. The training syllabus covers an extensive array of motoring subjects and upon completion, the students will be equipped with enough knowledge to start his own business or to improve his skills in motor repairs. “It’s geared to make him a complete mechanic and an entrepreneur,’ remarked Khairul.

Amirul Azmil Yaacop, 22, from Grik was grateful for the opportunity given to him by YBU. “I’ve gained considerably from the course. It’ll come in handy when I start my own workshop in a while,” he enthused.

Isma Aliff Ismail, 26, owner of Aliff Auto in Tasek, shared similar sentiments. “It’s a noble way to alleviate the problem of unemployment among youths in Perak. I am most fortunate to be a party to the scheme.”

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New Houses for Flood Victims

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New Houses for Flood Victims2 Yayasan Bina Upaya (YBU)New Houses for Flood Victims3Three houses in Kuala Dipang, which were completely destroyed during last year’s flood, will be rebuilt immediately. The good news was conveyed to Ipoh Echo by the Chief Financial Officer of Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU), Hairul Anuar Mohamad Noor during a voluntary service programme in Kampar recently.

The programme was conducted by some 200 volunteers from the foundation’s IBU (Ikon Bina Upaya) team. They, along with members of the public, did a “gotong royong” to clean up the town beginning from their assembly point at the Methodist (ACS) School, Kampar and ending at the Kuala Dipang bridge. The bridge was given a fresh coat of paint by the volunteers. “Besides sprucing up the area we’ve also erected a notice board warning visitors the susceptibility of Kuala Dipang to floods,” said Hairul.

The area cleaning and posting of signage were part of a directive from the Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir to the foundation. “It’s the government’s social responsibility to the people and we’re here to implement it,” Hairul remarked. He later distributed food parcels to 150 villagers of Kuala Dipang who had gathered to assist in the “gotong royong”.  Hairul was pleased with the villagers’ keen participation. “It’s not only encouraging but inspiring too.”

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Free Eye Check

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Yayasan Bina Upaya (YBU)There’s good news for Perakeans, especially those with eye ailments, for they will be eligible for free eye checks whenever Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) volunteers come a-calling. This was announced to the media by the Manager of the foundation’s International Relationship and Volunteers Unit, Jodh Singh, during a walkabout programme in Kampar recently.

The offer, according to Jodh Singh, was made by Dato’ Dr Jasvinder Singh, an eye specialist attached to Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh. “And since the offer was given to the foundation as an aid programme for the rakyat, I’ve proposed that it be made an integral part of YBU’s service to the community,” said Jodh Singh to Ipoh Echo. The eye team from the hospital will subsequently come along with the volunteers on their routine visit to designated parts of the state.

Yayasan Bina Upaya (YBU)“It’ll definitely benefit the rakyat, since not many can afford an expensive eye test at a private clinic. Moreover, coverage is considerably wider, as volunteers have to go to many parts of the state to do their humanitarian works,” Jodh insisted.

On the issue of volunteers, presently there are over 4000 registered with the foundation. Efforts are underway to increase the number to 10,000 as envisaged by the Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

“It’s undoubtedly a lofty target but not something impossible. The free eye check is value added and will provide us the impetus to serve the people better,” said Jodh. He reckons YBU’s team of volunteers, aptly named IBU (Ikon Bina Upaya), is a good selling point to attract more to join the team. “We’d be able to achieve this target in due time, given the mood on the ground.”

Present at the Kampar walkabout were the Adun for Malim Nawar, Keshvinder Singh and YBU’s Chief Financial Officer, Hairul Anuar Mohamad Noor.

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Widow to Get a Reprieve

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Widow to Get a ReprieveTangamani, 53, a widow and mother of two college-going boys, is in dire straits. She is incapacitated as both of her legs are weak due to paralysis. This restricts her ability to move about freely. Her husband passed away last year adding to her misery.

Before occupying the council flat in Taman Harmoni, Buntong, the family was living in a run-down shack in Kampung Baru Jelapang. The move was on orders from Chief Minister, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir who visited them during Deepavali in 2010. Having no means to pay the RM124 monthly rent, Zambry got Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) to assist. The foundation paid RM2,976 to Ipoh City Council so the family could stay for two years rent-free. The tenure will end on December 31 this year.

As the deadline approaches, Tangamani is beginning to get edgy. She has asked for a reprieve considering her condition and plight in raising her two boys, the eldest is a student at University Sabah Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu while the youngest is pursuing a technical course at a polytechnic in Arau, Perlis. The widow’s only source of income is the RM200 she gets from the state welfare department. “It is barely sufficient for my medicines,” she told Ipoh Echo.

“We’ll consider her request for an extension,” said Hairul Mohamed Noor, YBU’s Chief Financial Officer who was at the flat during a media interview recently. Hairul handed over the payment receipt for November to Tagamani.

“The plight of the poor and the marginalised goes unreported,” said Hairul. “We’ll make it our duty to identify them and provide them with the necessities they so require. No Perakeans should be deprived of the opportunities they rightly deserve.”

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