Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2016
Khazanah Na-sional will sponsor 100 high achieving students to
pur-sue education in technical and p r o f e s s i o n a l subjects
nowned universities overseas. This pro-gramme aims at selecting
the very best and grooming them to eventually lead GLCs. This will
enhance the management capability and quality of management of
That was an excerpt from THE 2005 BUDGET SPEECH by YABhg. Tun
Dato Seri Abdullah bin Hj. Ahmad Badawi, the Prime Minister of
Malaysia at that time. That was when it all begin and the rest is
history. Yayasan Khaza-nah was formally established on 21 July
2006. And this year in 2016, we celebrate our 10 years journey in
making a difference in not only the life of a person but to this
be-loved nation and the partner countries that we support through
our Khazanah Asia pro-gramme.
When I was offered the opportunity to join Yayasan Khazanah, it
doesnt take so long for me to make the decision to jump ship.
Every-one knows Khazanah Nasional is one of the big boys in the
market. And being given the opportunity to be part of a foundation
that looks at developing leaders for Malaysia how much more can you
ask if you want to play your role in contributing back to the
country that you love.
For me, Yayasan Khazanah is somewhat dif-ferent than the other
scholarships that is available in the market. Yes, it provides
finan-cial means for students to pursue their studies whether it is
to study locally or overseas but that is not all. While the rest of
the scholar-ship provider are looking for their future employees,
Yayasan Khazanah on the other hand has a greater purpose to produce
a steady supply of talents that eventually be-come talent pool not
only for Khazanah Na-sional but for the nation. And perhaps one
day, these scholars also become the change agent for humanity at
large in their own fields they are in.
I think Yayasan Khazanah at this point of time have been doing
well in charting the future of many of our scholars. Our Alumni is
now growing in numbers and I am proud to see that those members are
well in their respective careers. So that spirit should not
Always remember what Mr Kamarul said this scholarship is not to
make you rich. This scholarship is given to your community by the
millions of taxpayers through you. So, look back and reflect. Ask
yourself - Have I done enough as a Yayasan Khazanahs schol-ar? Will
I be able to make a different in the world Im living in today for
the betterment of the future?
You are chosen to be a Yayasan Khazanah scholar because we can
see the potential in each of you. But, only you can decide whether
to unleashed those potentials within you. I am proud to be working
in Yayasan Khazanah and be a part of your journey in becoming
somebody in the future. So, as a Yayasan Kha-zanah scholar - Be
proud and make us proud!
Looking forward to seeing you during the 10th Anniversary Gala
Facts & Figures Alumnis Studio
Zulaikha Zainal Effendi Nicholas M.H. Khong Md Jahid Faruki
Bobby Darmawan Putri Syaidatul Akma
Activities & Happenings YKPSP Corner
In This Issue YK Link Special Edition
From the Editors Desk
Geniuses arent Born, They are Nurtured
By Zulaikha Zainal Effendi Alumni Khazanah Bestari Scholarship
Currently at KYUEM under the Khazanah Global Scholarship
Geniuses arent born, they are nurtured Toru Kumon
I dont believe anyone was born to be greater than another. I
believe we were all born as equals; a small ball of miracle eager
to make a change. Time will pass and depending on the nurturing
given and the hard work one is committed to, some gems will shine
brighter than others. Ultimately, thats the work that they do in
I wish I could explain to all the people that ever called me
smart or talented that they got it all wrong. I was not chosen to
become a Kha-zanah scholar because of my capabilities. Instead, I
am who I am today because I was given the chance to become part of
the Khazanah family.
I was not even 13 when I was first recruited. Not even 13,
completely clueless and vulnerable. Then I began growing.
My managers faith gave me the strength to combat insecurities
growing up (from hormonal issues and fashion advice to subject
Her love recharged me when I was low (sometimes more literal
than others, especially when she visits us with food during class
The managements expectations made me responsible.
Their passion for the country was contagious and infectious.
Their words of wisdom rooted deep in my heart.
Their genuine love and care taught me compassion and
Their strictness on academics and discipline gave me courage to
stand up for equity.
Their understanding and generosity opened up a whole new world
I caught my first snowflake, got lost in the dessert, rode on a
camel, stood frozen on a winters night, jumped when the beat
dropped, played a cello without really knowing notes, swam 3000m in
a storm, spoke on a rostrum with spotlights and hundreds of eyes
trained on me. I was elated, frightened, in love, heartbroken,
wishful thinking, pessimistic, dazed; extreme emotions that left me
breathless and amazed.
Being with Khazanah, it doesnt rain. It pours. And thats what
life is really about.
I was given the privilege to grow in the best conditions with
the best group of people. I can only hope that at some point of
time, my wings will be strong enough for me to carry the rest of
Ma-laysia with me on this beautiful journey.
To Yayasan Khazanah, thank you for the past 10 years. Heres to a
A Life of Purpose
By Nicholas M.H. Khong Alumni Khazanah Watan Scholarship
Currently working at Institute of Bioscience,, Universiti Putra
Being a Khazanah scholar will always be a significant chapter of
my life. Not only did YK provide me with the conditions optimised
for my ever challenging PhD journey, the best thing in YK is that I
am bonded with a bunch of crazy yet amazing friends.
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From the annual meet-ups (annual dinner) to the timely trainings
and sharing sessions back to the annual YKCR Day, were the mo-ments
I have always looked forward to..
It was never a breeze through the park for me to get into YK
scholar-ship programme, and yet when I got in, it is definitely not
a bed of roses either. Days after days for years (it feels like
decades, though), I would need to manage expectations from almost
everywhere: sky soaring expectations. But thats exactly what it
takes to be a Khaza-nah scholar: The Amusing, The Amazing, The
Recalling the gist of the short essay that I have submitted in
dur-ing a stage in the YK selection process, I wrote: The purpose
of my life is to lead a life of purposes. What exactly is the
purpose of life to me? As a gentle reminder to present me I aspire
help myself to progress each and every day; and I hope the
ever-improving me could be of help to others, no matter how tiny it
might be. Recollect-ing what I have been doing so far, I am glad
that I have not sway from that path (yet) and YK would definitely
be on top of the list of whom deserves acknowledgements for. I
certainly hope that my YK brothers and sisters could be able to
find what they truly want to do and love to do, purposefully*. It
is always okay to be yourself, no mat-ter how weird it may be
sometimes. Last but not least, practise com-mon sense all the time,
and please remember the practise part.
* Note: Purposely and pur-posefully are different.
"Purposely" means deliberately, as in, I pur-posely broke the
vase Fatimah gave me because its ugly, and now I dont have to use
"Purposefully", by contrast, means with determina-tion,
intention, or meaning, as in, She purposefully pursued the
solu-tion to the puzzle, working on it through the night.
Marvelous Journey with YK
By Md Jahid Faruki Alumni Khazanah Asia Scholarship Currently
pursuing a Master in Photonics (Physics) at Universiti Malaya
My family and friends came to Dhaka International Airport to bid
me goodbye. More than 10 people including my parents, siblings,
uncles, cousins and friends sent me at the airport. They travelled
300km just to say goodbye to me. My mother was crying when she
waived goodbye to me. That was my first abroad trip and I was
immensely excited about Malaysia. I was dreaming about an exciting
life. Studying abroad was so desirable to me and I had dreamed a
lot about it. At the same time, I was so nervous leaving a familiar
culture, food and environment. I wasnt sure who will take care of
me in an unknown country. As I came down from the plane, the fear
became stronger. For the first time I felt so lonely in a new
My worries stopped when I found two wonderful YK staff (Mr.
Shahrul and Mrs. Shariza) holding a poster written Yayasan
Khazanah. I was so relieved! They greeted Welcome to Malay-sia.
That was the beginning of my life in Malaysia. Since then, YK has
become an un-detachable part of my life.
How should I define YK? A scholarship provider? A talent
groom-ing organisation? A garden of emerging leader? Or an amazing
organisation of enthusiastic people full of positive energy? I have
no idea how I can describe YK. I always believe that Certain things
are difficult to put into words and the best feeling is better left
unsaid. Let the world decide how great YK is!
I passed 5 marvelous years with YK and Im so lucky being a part
of it. I received enormous support from YK both academically and
non-academically. YK nurtured me a lot and it made who I am today!
Besides academic, I also participated in many leadership trainings
organised by YK where I learned on leadership and al-truism. I have
never missed a single programme organised by YK despite having a
tight academic schedule. That, I believe shows how precious the
programmes were for me!
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I love the togetherness of YK scholars. I love the bonding time
and getting to know new scholars. I still miss YK events!
I consider myself lucky getting the chance to join many
leadership training programmes, Civic internship etc which helps me
to grow as a conscience leader to bring betterment to the society.
All the pro-grammes are good, well-structured and it added many
values to my life. The most memorable event was corporate warrior
where YK brought us to a jungle in Pahang and we had to stay there
for 3 days in tents. It rained heavily for the entire 3 daysas if
someone made a hole in the sky. In spite of the bad weather, we
were made to fight with opponent in paintball game, cook for
ourselves and take care of our group members if they get injured
with the paintball bullet (like a war, every team had their own
area in the jungle and need to kill every members of the opponent
with paintball shooting, and need to conquer a briefcase which the
content was highly confidential). I certainly learned a lot from
this activities especially during the re-flection sessions at
How beautiful my life was (as an YK scholar)! It was tremendous!
I could never get them back again! If I had a chance, believe me I
real-ly want to go back to them right now. To my juniors - enjoy
your life as YK scholar and never forget about your dream. You are
the best and show it to the world that you are the best. Chase your
dream, work hard for it and most importantly be a good human. Love
for Yayasan Khaza-
nah, love for Yayasan Khazanahs lovely staff, Love to all YK
scholars. YK is an amazing or-ganisation and keep making us amazed
all the time. Love you guys.!!
Journey of a Lifetime
By Bobby Darmawan Alumni Khazanah Asia Scholarship Currently
working at Bank BJB, Bandung
Pursuing graduate studies has always been my dream since small.
However, as I was busy with my job, family and etc, the dream
remained a dream. I only lit the dream in my heart. But I believe
one who dreams and try hard to make the dream comes true will be
successful. Finally the opportunity came when I was awarded a
Yayasan Khazanah Asia scholarship, a form of collaboration be-tween
Yayasan Khazanah and CIMB Niaga. After document sub-mission, I was
called for assessment in Jakarta. I did my best to impress the
selection committee and I did it.! The next step was to apply for
university. I did my research and found Master of Busi-ness
Administration in University Malaya as my preference. There, I went
to Kuala Lumpur to reach my dream. The journey has just begun!
The Steep Journey
A question always arises in the beginning of my days in
Malaysia. "Bobby, do you pay your own tuition fees or are you under
any scholarship?. By the time I explained that I got a scholarship
from Yayasan Khazanah, people were in awe. Never crossed my mind
that I got a very prestigious scholarship. From that moment I
realized this honor is not a just an honor, but a responsibility. A
major one. Opportunity given to me was not something to be wasted.
I had to prove to my sponsor that they did not give this tremendous
boon to the wrong person. I must succeed! But it turned out that
the trip was very steep. It was very difficult to manage time,
especially between school and family. Let me share with you my
daily routine back then. Early in the morning I have to leave home,
jostling in public transportation (usually LRT) to take my daughter
to school. While she was at school, I go to li-brary to study or do
my assignment. Then I will have to fetch her from school and we
will go home. After a short break at home, in the afternoon I had
to go back to the campus. Back home with shattered body, in the
late evening, I have to continue working on unfinished assignment.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week seemed to pass quickly.
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I had no problem in studying. But to do everything in English as
an-other story. In general, we Indonesians, seldom use English in
our daily practice. Set aside the writing in English. But in
campus, lecture was delivered in English. Assignment was written in
English. Exam was answered in English. In the beginning of my
enrollment, I wrote my idea in Bahasa and then I used Google
Translate to create article in English. It sounded funny and
hilarious. There were time when I re-read my answer during exams; I
had no idea what I wrote. It was a catastrophic. My Malaysian
friends helped me with my moderate English. They did proofreading
prior to my assignment submission. They corrected my part for group
assignment. They helped me a lot and thank you is just not
Well Equipped To Be Success
Now lets talk about how my sponsor shaped the scholarship
recipi-ents. Yayasan Khazanah demanded students not only to succeed
aca-demically in school but must also be well equipped with soft
skills that are beneficial upon returning to workplace. For that
reason, we were required to enroll in Mastery Classes, series of
soft skills train-ing such as Business Class, Presentation Skills
Class, etc. My favorite class was Presentation Skill. I realised
that my main strength is presentation. Maybe because I did a lot of
sales activities in the place I worked before. Sales pitching are
my breath. But the training that I attended was totally different
with Mrs. Rohanie Abdullah as the fa-cilitator and she was very
good! Until now, the method of presenta-tion she taught is highly
applicable. My another favorite activity was Paint Ball War. It was
rough. But to be in war zone with your friends (and some of them
becoming enemies) really grew our solidarity.
Adding up for students capability, business internship was
compul-sory for us. I was lucky to be accepted as an intern at a
telecommuni-cations company. I was placed in the Sales Department.
Not that very different with my job in CIMB Niaga but the industry
was new for me. Doing business internship quenched my thirst of
work environ-ment. Yayasan Khazanah also approved my request in
becoming a Research Assistant for my professor on campus. My thesis
research was part my professors grand research. I had the
opportunity to pre-sent my findings on a conference in Melbourne,
Australia. Yayasan Khazanah funded my trip! All those activities,
which was initially made compulsory by Yayasan Khazanah, truly gave
me tremendous experiences. My horizon was widen. I have the
experiences interact-ing with good qualified people.
Malaysia is My Second Home
Malaysia has every tourism genre. From historical site up to
deep rain forest is available in here. Hard to pick which one is
the best but my familys favorite tourist destination is the island
of Penang. Before I came to Kuala Lumpur as Khazanah scholar, I had
been to Malaysia several times. However those holidays were very
different with the experience living in the country. I really
permeated Malaysian daily life and local culture. I realize that we
are one family of archipelago, Satu Nusantara. Let us set aside the
differences and focus on the simi-larities. After all, both of
nations eat steamed rice cooked with coco-nut milk. Malaysians call
it Nasi Lemak and Indonesian people living on the island of Sumatra
call it Nasi Uduk.
As for the desserts, Malaysian dAis Batu Campur (ABC) is what we
In-donesia call Es Teler. Same beverages but different names! One
more similarity, we are big fans of DURIAN! For durian, I vote for
the Musang King as the grand champion!
Malaysian people are wonderful too. Few people gave me hard-ship
but thousands gave me joy. Combined all together I dare to say that
Malaysia is my second home.
Returning Home as a Whole
For my brothers and sisters, newly members of the Big and Happy
Family of Yayasan Khazanah, I can assure you that this gift will
change your life. Be responsible with the grace that has been
giv-en. Remember you are the chosen one thus please do not waste
this gift. You come to Malaysia to study and not for anything else.
Gain knowledge not only in college but also in daily life. Make
lots of friends, build connections and networking. Widen your
horizon by traveling. Most importantly, be grateful and always be
close to God.
I never thought myself a smart one. Not a crme de la crme in
class. I know that I must work hard to achieve something. I have to
put extra effort than others. I always keep that in my mind and
apply that to achieve my goals. If I can, I believe others can do
Upon returning home, I worked for two years in CIMB Niaga to
serve my bond due to scholarship. Now, I am attached to Bank BJB, a
local bank owned by government of West Java as Team Leader in Micro
What was started must be ended because life is a journey. My
journey since setting foot in Malaysia until I returned to
Indo-nesia has made me in-credible rich. I am rich in life
experience. The story of happy, sad, and cheer-ful or any other
moments are extremely valuable and cannot be exchanged with
anything. I returned home full with the fullest. Standing on a
stage proudly and receiving a certificate of study com-pletion
during Graduation Ceremony are my tribute for my loved ones who
have supported me unconditionally. And I believe they will do this
until the end.
Experience as YK Scholars
By Putri Syaidatul Akma Mohd Adzmi Alumni Khazanah Global
Scholarship Currently working at Faculty of Law, Multimedia
University I never imagined Id go abroad to study. I never imagined
Id do a PhD and I never imagined Id be in one of the best
university in the world. Yes, YK made it possible. Studying abroad
is one of the most insightful endeavours a person can make. It not
only encourages in-dependence and responsibility but it is also a
When I received my degree, never would I have thought that I
would study again. What more, studying abroad. I buried my ambition
to study abroad when my application for a scholarship program was
rejected at 17. However, after 4 years practicing as a lawyer, I
decid-ed that I want to pursue my studies further.
Confident that I have learnt everything that I needed to know
about research in law, I started my PhD. I thought I have what it
takes to do a PhD. I remember thinking, doing PhD is just 3 times
of a master programme. Boy, I was wrong, how nave can one get. My
first writ-ten work was tough and the comments were unpleasant.
Multiple rounds of revisions after, it got slightly easier. The
whole process shattered my self-confidence and my self-esteem.
There were times when I feel that I should just pack up my back and
go home and nev-er turn back.
Sometimes, you will be at your lowest point, not knowing what to
do. This is when it is crucial to surround yourself with
like-minded peo-ple and to have a good support system. Build your
network of friends and most importantly, stay close to your family.
Embarking into something new is always scary, but, with a good
support system, you will be fine. YK provides that support.
As YK schol-ars, we are meant to be smart, re-s p o n s i b l e
, c o n f i d e n t , m o t i v a t e d , honest, com-mitted and
much more. Just google the key qualities of a leader and you will
find a whole list, because, thats what we should be aiming for to
be future leaders in our own right and to be the nations most
valuable asset. Looking back at the different stages of assessment,
I thought, it might be tough, I might not survive the whole
experience, but one thing for sure, I will not regret it. As a YK
scholar, you carry a brand name.
So, even though your life can be uneven, it's a work in
progress, which means it has its fair share of some bumpy ride and
there is no magic potion to make it work. But you learn along the
way. Studying abroad, I learned about myself. I got to know parts
of myself that I never knew existed. Things that were once
im-portant to me no longer matter and things that didn't seem
important be-fore and now matter more. I certainly came back a
changed person (for the better I hope).
Being part of the Khazanah Global Scholarship pro-gramme is a
liberating experience. It opens up to opportunities I would nev-er
have thought Id be able to experience. I feel blessed to have the
opportunity to listen to world-renowned scholars, debate among
experts from other parts of the world and at the same time, to be
able to travel and explore vast array of local heritage, to be able
to embrace different cultures, to understand local traditions and
to facilitate social bonds and networks. And I hope yours will be
With our INCEIF Scholars
Catching-up session with our little
scholars at KYS
Chat over lunch with MMU
Briefing at SMS Tuanku
Munawir Briefing at MRSM
Briefing at MRSM
with the Newbies
Word of Wisdom from Mr
Look how excited they are to be
part of the YK family!
Welcome on board boys & girls! Other Activities
Programme @ KYS Placement Unit Visits
Majlis Tahlil &
Programme @ KYS
On 21st July, 2006 YK was incorporated as a non profit
organisation. Alhamdulillah, we have officially turned 10 this
year. We had a
subtle Majlis Tahlil & Kesyukuran to celebrate on the day
itself. We would like to thank our BoTs, Scholars, Alumnis and
making the event a success.
L eader s h ip . Cu l t ure . Mys e l f . Y K PSP S er ie s 1
Jour ney by Muhammad Z ar i s B in Z a k ar iah
These are all the things I thought myself were so well-versed
in, after years & years of facing difficulties & learning
from them. Alas, I realized this past week that my learn-
ing is not complete, as it is the intrinsic nature of learning
Just a few days into the program, I was exposed to the true
power of controlling my perspective on life. With a few simple
substitution of words, life can become challenging instead of
problematic, and doing our best will forever overcome the
uncertainty of trying.
Beyond the previously mentioned, it has come to my experience
that they are more underprivileged souls struggling to make ends
meet than I had imagined. Each one of them troubled by their past,
tortured to this day by their untold story. Yet, they remain
resilient & strive for their happiness, for which I believe the
rest of us have an obligation to provide.
Without a doubt, the actions of myself and my small group of
peers will very unlikely reverberate throughout the nation. Only
with the collective action of the entire citizenship can a
definitive shift be brought, yet they remain unaware, thus raising
the need for a call-to-arms. Fortunately, the art of persuasive
speech is not lost on me, and has been further refined throughout
the program to allow us to engage the pop-ulace with little more
than our voices.
The understanding of cultures will prove to be fundamental in
this effort, as by knowing our differences will we truly start
seeing our similarities. The boundaries of race can then be
transcended to forge a path to a greater nation in camaraderie.
I believe that the 8 competencies that form the core of this
program will allow me to improve myself
alongside my fellow scholars towards becoming the pinnacle of
human capital. By then, I will be ready
to use my knowledge & abilities to become an agent of
awareness, an agent of change, & an agent of
YKPSP Team would like to thank all participants of YKPSP UG
Series 1 & 2, and also YKPSP PG Leadership Module
for your awesome and lively presence! We hope to see you guys