KUALA LUMPUR: More than RM500 million has been spent by the Sabah Foundation (YS) for education development in the state and from the amount, about RM214 million were allocated for the scholarship of 4,823 students in pursuing their education for diploma, degree, and medical profession.
Its director, Datuk Sapawi Ahmad, (pictured above) said from 1970 to 2014, YS has given out loans for education to 8,883 students, costing RM191 million.
He was giving his speech during the breaking of fast ceremony with the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who is also the chairman of YS Board of Trustees, and Sabah graduands at PWTC, yesterday.
He said YS has also utilized almost RM50 million to give scholarship for 464 local students with exemplary performance to continue their studies at their preferred universities and currently there are 30,000 students who have benefitted from YS establishment.
“We recognize students who get outstanding results in their SPM and offer them Sabah State Excellence Award Scholarship,” he said.
According to him, the main priority in the state education progress is always improved to ensure that Sabah’s talented generations in the educational field are not sidelined.
“We are confident with our investment in education which will give huge return in the future and we will ensure that Sabah young generation will continue to enjoy the best education,” he stressed.
Sapawi also reminded students not to squander their opportunities and to be mindful in handling any information by validating their authenticity.
“We will be overwhelmed when there are too many information, making it difficult to handle (information), and may lead to misuse,” he said. – SayangSabah