22nd December, 2010
KOTA KINABALU: Kolej Yayasan Sabah is expected to attain University College status by the year 2012, said Director of Yayasan Sabah Tan Sri Khalil Datu Haji Jamalul.
He said Yayasan Sabah College now has a total of 2,600 students enrolled in the varied skills, technical, vocational, professional and academic programs at various stages.
He said a total of 19 types of programs are offered at the college and new programs are also planned to be implemented.
“The College has shown good performance both in terms of good management practices and finance,” he said.
He said this when addressing the Yayasan Sabah Group Annual Dinner 2010, at Magellan Sutera, here, on Monday night.
The event was also attended by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Peter Pang, State Secretary Datuk Sukarti Wakiman and Deputy Director of Yayasan Sabah Datuk Dr. Johan Ariffin Haji Abdul Samad.
In terms of loan and scholarship sponsorships, Khalil said Yayasan Sabah Group this year had sponsored a total of 900 new students where 370 were offered scholarships and 530 received sponsored loans to continue their studies at secondary school level to Higher Education level in and outside the country.
“The total expenditure for the sponsored students currently studying this year amounted to RM25.9 million,” he said.
He said, in terms of loan repayment for this year, the Yayasan Sabah Group has managed to recover a total of RM5.005 million in loan repayment exceeding the set target of RM4.8 million.
He added that although the Yayasan Sabah Group is in a less favorable financial situation, it has continued to actively implement its corporate social responsibility.
“The six Yayasan Sabah zones are the West Coast South Zone (Kota Kinabalu), South Interior Zone (Beaufort), Northern Interior Zone (Keningau), North West Coastal Zone (Kudat), North Zone East Coast (Sandakan) and the South East Coast Zone (Tawau) have been implementing the Intellectual and Mind Development, Socio-Economic Development and the Socio-Cultural Program.
“Through these programs a total of 65,590 participants have benefited from the program,” he said.
In addition, he said, the Yayasan Sabah Group also continued to implement various social programs under the Yayasan Sabah Bersama Rakyat program aimed at improving the living standards of rural communities, especially the less fortunate.
“This year a total of RM1.7 million has been allocated to implement various projects such as construction or repair of house of the poor, building basic facilities such as bridges, piers, wells, pipelines and gravity-based programs and aid to villages.
“Through this program, the six-zone offices have been carrying out a total of 129 projects that have benefited the 5,995 people of the target groups,” he said.
Khalil said, this year, the Group also introduced Yayasan Sabah Rural Excellence and Innovative Programs in an effort to support the government’s efforts to increase rural development.
“This program is a concept of ‘comprehensive development of rural communities and balanced with emphasis on human capital development in a holistic manner,” he said.
He added that, in implementing any program, women are not marginalized but are given the opportunity to engage in entrepreneurship.
“They were given loans through the Women’s Loan Scheme for Small Traders. Besides financial assistance, they are also provided with courses, workshops, seminars, business, management, marketing, accounting principles, as well as specific skills according to the type of business.
“So far a total of 63 women have benefited from this scheme,” he said.