Orang Asli students get new lease of hope through the KDU – ECM Libra Foundation initiative |

Orang Asli students get new lease of hope through the KDU – ECM Libra Foundation initiative

A group photo of Orang Asli taken together with Dr Chong Beng Keok (Principal of KDU College Penang) & Mr. Lim Beng Choon, Trustee of ECM Libra Foundation
"Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said this and it was certainly the case for five Orang Asli students who were brave enough to leave the comfort and traditional thinking of their homelands in the interior districts of Malaysia to further their studies at KDU College in Penang.

Born resolutely strong, many of these Orang Asli teenagers have come a long way from their humble backgrounds and have worked very hard to achieve respectable results for their SPM examination but have often been held back from their dreams due to their less fortunate socio-economic background. Today, there is hope for these Orang Asli as through the Good Samaritan efforts of various parties such as The Orang Asli Ministry of SEMOA, the awareness of their plight and dreams have been brought to the attention of the most established private tertiary education providers in Malaysia namely KDU College Penang.

Moved by the resilience and will of these Orang Asli students, KDU Penang created a special Orang Asli relief initiative and offered special scholarship packages for these students. To ensure the success of this initiative, KDU Penang also brought in ECM Libra Foundation to assist with the bursary loan packages for these needy Orang Asli to finance their studies and living expenses. One of the Trustees of The ECM Libra Foundation, Mr. Lim Beng Choon, was personally in KDU Penang on 10 January 2012 to meet and interview the Orang Asli students to understand their family background and career ambitions.

In recognizing this significant occasion, CEO and Principal of KDU College Penang Dr. Chong Beng Keok also mentioned that this special Orang Asli scholarship package which covers up to 50% of the applicant's tuition fee is part of KDU Penang's CSR initiatives and is something the institution is definitely looking to continue for a long time.

Mr. Lim Beng Choon, Trustee of ECM Libra Foundation, concurred with this notion and expressed that he is touched by the will of these students to succeed in life and as such, is happy to be part of this helping initiative. He says it is very much a part of the founding principles of the ECM Libra Foundation to help provide an opportunity for education to the very poor. ECM Libra Foundation is covering 50% of the applicants' tuition fee as well as their living expenses.

One of the scholarship recipients, Maria Magdalena anak Atan also said "When I heard about this special KDU and ECM Libra scholarship initiative from SEMOA, I immediately grabbed the opportunity as it is a once in a life time chance for me to further my education and succeed in life. I would like to thank KDU Penang and the ECM Libra Foundation for this opportunity!"

This special Orang Asli Scholarship initiative by KDU College Penang with the assistance of the ECM Libra Foundation is one of the many CSR initiative based scholarships that is being offered in 2012 to commemorate KDU Penang's 21 years as a quality private education provider in Northern Malaysia. For further information on our quality programs and scholarship initiatives, come visit our campus and speak to one of our education advisors today or call 604-226 6368. Join our January and April 2012 intakes now!