PT Minamas Gemilang Awards IDR5.79 Billion (RM1.85 Million) in Scholarships to 72 Outstanding Indonesian Students

JAKARTA, 15 October 2012 – As part of its commitment to provide educational opportunities to the local community, Sime Darby Berhad, through its Indonesian subsidiary PT. Minamas Gemilang (Minamas), today awarded scholarships worth IDR5.79 billion (RM1.85 million) to 72 deserving students.

The significant 27% increase in the value of scholarships compared to last year is a sincere gesture on Minamas’ part to reach out to more Indonesians, especially those studying in universities outside the Java region. Last year, scholarships worth IDR4.61 billion (RM1.25 million) were awarded to 55 promising Indonesian students to pursue their diploma and undergraduate studies at selected universities in Indonesia.

Minamas stepped up its efforts this year to create awareness on its scholarship programme through numerous outreach activities which included interviews outside Jakarta.

This year, scholarships amounting to IDR3.1 billion (RM0.99 million) were awarded to 52 students to study agriculture, accounting and engineering at nine selected universities.

Another 20 scholarships for agriculture and accounting worth IDR2.69 billion (RM0.86 million) were also awarded to children of Minamas’ employees as well as students from communities and schools in localities where Minamas operates.

Sime Darby chairman Tun Musa Hitam, who is also the President Commissioner of PT. Minamas Gemilang (Minamas) and PT. Anugerah Sumber Makmur here, said he was pleased with Minamas’ initiative.

“Our commitment towards education and developing young, outstanding individuals is reflected in the scholarships we are awarding today. Many of you have faced a lot of hurdles in your journey to get here but never let those hardships dampen your hunger and thirst for knowledge to reach the top. With the assistance and support given by Minamas, we are confident that our scholars have what it takes to become the future generation of leaders for our organisation,” he said.

The programme is also in line with the goals of the Indonesian Government to increase access to higher education for young people, to improve the country’s talent pool. lThe Government has stated that increased access to higher education is essential for Indonesia to compete in the global economy. 

According to the Indonesian Ministry of National Education, participation in higher education is low in Indonesia, with just 22% in 2009/2010 for students aged between 19-23 years old.

Mohd Ghozali Yahaya, Head of Plantations Upstream, PT Minamas Gemilang, said: “We believe the private sector can play an important role to raise the higher education rate in Indonesia. Businesses like our own, which have grown with many employees should play a part to educate the nation’s young people. This will almost certainly have a positive impact on our economic future,” he said.

This is the fourth year since 2009 that Minamas collaborated with Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) or the Sime Darby Foundation (SDF), which is the primary driver of Sime Darby Berhad’s philanthropic initiatives.

Those with scholarships are guaranteed employment with Minamas after they have satisfactorily completed their studies. The full scholarship programme covers tuition fees, living expenses, books and thesis allowance, a one-off computer allowance and graduation fee.

Most of the scholars come from very impoverished backgrounds where their families’ household incomes are between IDR500,000 to IDR5 million (RM160 to RM1,600) per month.

One of them is Fazlur Rahman Lubis, an agriculture student at Universitas Tanjungpura in Pontianak, Kalimantan, who was forced to seek accommodation at the campus musholla (surau) due to financial constraints. Fazlur, who is from Medan, was later offered a small room at the surau after he sought permission to stay there.

Despite his hardships, Fazlur went on to excel in his studies with a CGPA (cumulative grade point average) of 3.91 and is also actively involved in several organisations at his university.

Other notable recipients include Firmansyah Hermanto from Universitas Gadjah Mada. In addition to his consistent academic performance, Firmansyah has also achieved several accolades including Agriculture Ambassador for Gadjah Mada University and the Magelang Regency Tourism Ambassador in 2010. He was the third place winner of the Yogyakarta National Undergraduates' Science and Technology Olympiade in 2010.

Additional incentives include a Scholars’ Development Programme (SDP) sponsored by SDF for high achievers. It goes beyond the classroom to provide them with career guidance and networking opportunities through various engagement activities which are in line with Sime Darby’s CSR practices. 

Since last year, SDF has sponsored 34 Indonesian students in the SDP. The SDP is held annually in Malaysia with a collective gathering of young, brilliant minds from not only Malaysia and Indonesia, but also from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and soon, Liberia - countries where SDF also awards scholarships. Students are exposed to a melting pot of cultures to help broaden their outlook, develop a deeper sense of awareness and appreciation for diversity as well as to enhance their interpersonal skills. 

During the scholarship awards ceremony held at the XXI Grand Ballroom of the Jakarta Theatre, long-service awards were also given out to 29 Minamas employees who had served between 20 to 25 years.

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