KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) is pledging to aid its underprivileged students.

“The B40 Endowment Scholarship Fund is targeted towards assisting students who come from poverty-stricken families,” said Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi.

In addition to that, Unimas also provides the Student Welfare Endowment Fund for students who experience personal as well as financial problems.

“Unimas, in collaboration with Sarawak Baitulmal Fund (TBS) and contributions from corporate bodies and the public, had already distributed a total of RM3,090,112 to 1,876 from September 2018 to June 2019,” said Prof Kadim during the officiating ceremony of the Wakaf Yusuf Marais hall, yesterday.

A sum of RM247,950 was given to 419 B40 students–represented by Leonard Louis Ganai, a student from Unimas—during the mock cheque handing-over ceremony at the Wakaf Yusuf Marais hall. The students consist of undergraduate programme students as well as pre-university students.

Prof Kadim (second right) handing the mock cheque to Leonard when officiating at the opening of the Wakaf Yusuf Marais hall here yesterday. From left: OBYU Holdings Sdn Bhd chairman Ahmadi Yusoff (rear), OBYU Holdings corporate consultant Abang Noordin Datuk Abang Zainuddin, Unimas Board of Directors chairman Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Sulong Matjeraie and Unimas registrar Henry Tening Sengeng. Photo: Ghazali Bujang