Education award propels rural students to success
HUNDREDS of bright rural students have benefited from an education award initiated in 1996 under the auspices of Kadazandusun Huguan Siou, or paramount leader Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
KOTA MARUDU: Among them were more than 200 students from this far-flung district, who have become respected members of the community and professionals in their chosen fields.
Kota Marudu member of parliament Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the award had assisted the students in one way or another.
The award is given out to children of members of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA), helmed by Pairin, who excelled in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah, Penilaian Menengah Rendah, Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examinations.
Ongkili, who is also science, technology and innovation minister, said many of the past recipients were now teachers, engineers, doctors, lawyers and civil servants.
"Education is the basis for success in life. It will equip one to become competitive and independent in seeking a livelihood."
Ongkili also revealed that he would spearhead the setting up of a formal education trust fund to be managed by the Kota Marudu KDCA on a long-term basis.
"The fund will be set up under the state trust enactment to ensure continuity and adequate financial base through charitable deeds and sponsorship."
He also pledged RM50,000 from his forthcoming government gratuity as a minister to kick-start the trust fund.