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Dr. Morni Distributes Hari Raya Goodies to SIDMA Staff.

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

In honouring the spirit of Ramadhan and spreading the Hari Raya cheer, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College) distributed Hari Raya Goodies to all SIDMA College staff, including staff from its subsidiary companies such as Bentleytel Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Didi Childcare Centre and Fiona Travels and Tours Sdn Bhd.

The initiative which was held at SIDMA Atrium on 21 June 2017 was conducted with the full support, cooperation and collaboration from SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) under the Chairmanship of Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor.

The goodies containing basic Hari Raya celebration necessities which comprises of a variety of poultry, beef, fruit drinks, sugar, cookies and ketupat were handed by Dr Morni to SIDMA staff who will be celebrating the Hari Raya Aidilfitri on 25 June 2017 (upon the sighting of the moon) with the presence of Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO).

According to Dr Morni, the giving-out of goodies to SIDMA staff during significant celebrations such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya AidilAdha, Harvest Festival, Christmas and Chinese New Year that goes way back since the early establishment of SIDMA College in early 2000s is a good practice, and he will continue the tradition during the upcoming major festivals as SIDMA College has always placed great importance on the plurality of its staff.

Other than celebrating all festivals as one big family, such initiatives provide him an opportunity to give back and share with all his staff and the society in general. It also serve as one of his gestures to express his appreciation, recognition, as well as to thank all the staff for the great service and contributions rendered to the college. He hoped that through this humble effort, it will enhance his staff’s festivity to celebrate Hari Raya with joy.

Meanwhile, Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor, on behalf of PKKKSS committee members and staff of SIDMA College sincerely thanked Dr Morni and family for their generosity, their willingness to share and care for the staff wellbeing and happiness, particularly during special occasion such as the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

In conjunction with this Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration, Dr Morni, Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), SIDMA Board of Management, and Mr Zain Azrai and PKKKSS conveyed in advance their warm Hari Raya Aidilfitri greetings and wishes to all lecturers, staff, students and friends.

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SIDMA College Iftar Dinner with SMK Perempuan, Likas.

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

SIDMA College through its Corporate Marketing and Business Development Department (CMBD) and Al-Mughni Orphanage Management Association (a subsidiary of SIDMA College) collaborated with SMK Perempuan Likas management and staff in organising a communal Iftar dinner (Majlis Berbuka Puasa) for the SMK Perempuan Likas community at the school compound on 20 June 2017.

The dinner was attended by Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College), Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Madam Norulashikin binti Hj Mohd Taib (Principal, SMK Perempuan Likas), teachers and students of SMK Perempuan Likas as well as the general public from the nearby community.

During the welcoming address, Madam Norulashikin on behalf of citizens of SMK Perempuan Likas welcomed and thanked Dr Morni and SIDMA College for their generosity of sponsoring a meaningful event. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is done as a community. SIDMA College’s initiative to conduct the event with SMK Perempuan Likas’s teachers, staff and students, as well the local community staying in and around the location is very much welcomed and appreciated by them and vice versa SIDMA too look forward to have lots of sharing with the local community through event such as this during this holy month of Ramadhan.

She emphasised that SMK Perempuan Likas felt honoured and grateful for the opportunity to celebrate this 2017 Ramadan and Iftar Dinner with Dr Morni and SIDMA staff.

Dr Morni, in his return thanked and convey his pleasure to have the opportunity to celebrate Iftar Dinner with the local community as part of SIDMA’s on-going Corporate Social Responsibility to understand better and to assist the community to enjoy a Communal Fast Breaking Dinner together.

Dr Morni, being a unique motivational speaker and well known for his entertaining, captivating and energizing talk took the opportunity to motivate the students present of his successful stories from being a humble kampong boy selling local homemade cakes to assist and aid his family daily expenses. Uniquely, because of his strong personality to aim high since young where he harboured a bold and great ambition to earn his PhD (Doctorate Title), and that was what brought him to where he is today. While studying in England, he has to work part-time at a McDonald’s outlet to finance his tuition fee in order for him to get his PhD in Entrepreneurship from Sterling University, England in 1990. He too advised students to dream big, but be realistic, be a good students, participate in all school activities and at the same time to listen to their teachers, revise their lesson and follow their teaching.

He also thanked the Management of SMK Perempuan Likas and its staff as well his staff from SIDMA College who had put in their collaborate effort to ensure the successful implementation of the event.

Dr Morni on behalf of SIDMA Board of Management, lecturers, staff and students conveyed warmly in advance “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin” to the Principal, teachers, students, family and friends of SMK Perempuan Likas.


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Dr Morni and Kerinah Encounter with Jonathan Selby

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College) has a short encounter with Jonathan Selby, 70, who made his way to Kota Kinabalu via Kudat recently. Jonathan, a Philadelphian native, who navigates across the world solely had started his journey in the Singapore three years (since February 2014) ago to make his way back home to America. Selby was a former mechanical engineer and a teacher. He left his life in America for his mission to sail around the world is his hand made boat called “Jonathan Journey”.

Selby who navigates across the ocean in his self-designed handmade boat from bamboos, timber and oil drums; and assisted by the local Philippines during his redesigning process. The only technological device that he has during the travel is a Global Positioning System (GPS), a torn paper map, a limited range radio, as well as through Facebook and WhatsApp (where there is mobile coverage). He explained that he managed to anchor at Kingfisher Bridge, Kota Kinabalu by just performing Google search for the nearest McDonald outlet. “There is a McDonald outlet nearby next to the Wisma Innoprise and the Shell Station” he added.

He too mentioned of the friendly Sabahan that he met while travelling from Kudat to Kota Kinabalu; particularly when his rudder had snapped near Kg. Rampayan Laut, Kota Belud. “When the rudder snapped and I had no controlled over my boat, a Muslim family came to the rescue”. Selby really appreciate their assistance and thanked them for their kindness.

During the short encounter, Dr Morni presented him with bottled mineral water and goodies. Ms. Kerinah Mah, the newly crowned 2017 Sabah Harvest Queen and student at the College upon receiving news of Jonathan Selby in Kota Kinabalu, rushed to the scene with fruit baskets for the adventurer.

Coincidently, upon learning the situation of Selby’s home boat and based on Dr Morni’s passion in boating, he donated 3 solar panels and a branded battery to power the boat and electronic devices as he know that it is among essential equipment that Selby’s boat is lacking and will be beneficial if it is present.

Selby, who adopted a life philosophy of “living in the present” where he lives one day at a time, is planning on leaving Sabah where his next destinations are Labuan, Brunei and Kuching. Following that he would travel to Malacca, India and later to the Suez Canal and onto Israel and later return back to America to complete his journey around the world.

He also hope his next adventure would take him across the Mediterranean Sea, Europe, Scandinavia, passing through North Russia and finally to land in Alaska. Selby is currently writing a book about his sea adventure, and will include all these encounters as well as all the Facebook entries in his writing.

Dr Morni on behalf of SIDMA College City Campus Kota Kinabalu convey “Hello, good luck and bon voyage” to Selby new adventure.

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Tadarus Al-Quran and Tazkirah Ramadhan at SIDMA College

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Ramadhan Al-Mubarak, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar is one of the most important and reflective times of the year. It is the month blessed with peace, joy, forgiveness, and the month of revelation of the Holy Quran, and many more. Muslims throughout the world focus on prayer, fasting, and offering charity as well other religious devotion. Apart from being a time of prayer and self-reflection, it is also a “festive” season for extending goodwill and harmony greetings to all brotherhoods, near or afar.

In conjunction with this 2017 Holy Month of Ramadhan, SIDMA College in collaboration with Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi, organised the annual Al-Quran Recitation Programme - Tadarus Al-Quran and Tazkirah from 8.30 a.m.– 10.30 a.m. for SIDMA staff as well as the Muslims community staying nearby. The ladies perform their recitation at the Madrasah, while the male perform it at the Surau.

The main objective of this programme is to fill the month of Ramadhan with spiritual activities apart from fasting, as well as to encourage greater understanding of Al-Quran amongst its Muslim staff. This activity is also one of the college’s social responsibilities towards the public and the Muslims community staying nearby, it is hopeful that, through this yearly activities, participants would gain its benefit both socially and spiritually during through the holy month.

The recitation consisted of the thirty chapters (juz) in the Holy Al-Quran led by Mr Abu Saied Safwan and Ustazah Rohaya Binti Ruslan. The Al-Quran Recitation activity was be held daily (during week days) throughout the month of Ramadhan and is also to the public of all ages.

In conjunction with Nuzul Al-Quran Day and also the Tadarus program is already reaching its 29th juz, on 12 June 2017, SIDMA Muslim staff held special Al-Quran recitation headed by Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College) at SIDMA Atrium. Also present during the event was Ustaz Musa bin Ali from Masjid Nurul Hikmah, Bukit Padang.

Part of the objective of the program is to pray and be thankful to Allah for making it easy for us to read Quran and obtain its reward. Allah the Almighty says, “Indeed, this Quran guides to that which is most suitable.” (Al Israa: 9).

It is not unknown to anyone the merits of reciting and memorising the Quran. There are many Ayas and Hadiths that highlight this fact, examples of which are:

Ibn Masood reported that Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.”

Abdullah ibn Amr narrated that the Prophet PBUH said, “one who was devoted to the Quran will be told to recite, ascend and recite carefully as he recited carefully when he was in the world, for he will reach his abode when he comes to the last verse he recites.

Moreover, reciters of the Quran are promised to be among Allah’s favourites as mentioned in the Hadith as narrated that Anas ibn Malik said, “the Messenger of Allah said, ‘Allah has His own people among mankind.’ they said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, who are they?’ He said, ‘the people of the Quran, the people of Allah and those who are closest to Him’.” And Allah knows best.

More information about SIDMA Tadarus Al-Quran can be obtained from Mr Abu Saied Safwan, Puan Noradilah Binti Mohamaddia or Ustazah Rohaya Binti Ruslan by calling 088-732 000 0r 088-732 -200.

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Tarawih and Tadarus Al-Quran at SIDMA College during Ramadhan

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Ramadhan is the most precious month in the Islamic calendar and it is obligatory for the Muslims to fast in the month of Ramadan. Ramadhan is considered special as it is during Ramadhan that the Holy Quran was first revealed. Fasting in the month of Ramadhan is not only obligatory for the Muslim but it is also the fourth Pillar of Islam.

SIDMA College through the collaboration of Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi, Al-Mughni Orphanage Management Association, SIDMA Islamic Student Club (GAMSIS), and Student Representative Council (SRC) as well as SIDMA staff organised daily session of IftarTarawih and Tadarus Al-Quran session for the benefit of Muslim SIDMA staff, students as well as the general public from nearby community to perform their responsibility and obligations during the holy month.

Significantly, the Night of Decree or The Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) is in this month of Ramadhan, which is better than a thousand months where it is the most recommended practice for the Muslim to observe I’tikaaf (residing in the mosque for worship) especially in this Holy month as it is believed that the said Night will fall between one of the days on the last 10 days. Muslims are strongly recommended in the Ramadhan to read and study the Holy Quran.

Tarawih are special congregational prayers performed after Isha Prayer throughout Ramadan. Praying Tarawih is a Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH). Tarawih is Sunnat-e-Muakkadah which means that it has been emphasized on repeatedly by the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that “He who prays during the night in Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven”. There is a debate amongst scholars about what counts as past sins and most agree that only the minor sins of the past are forgiven. In order to have their major sins forgiven, one must make sincere repentance to Allah (SWT).

Praying the Tarawih with the Imam, until the time that he finishes, is equivalent to spending the whole night in prayers. During these prayers the entire Holy Quran is recited from start to finish over the span of 30 days. Muslims stand behind the Imam and quietly listen and perform their prayers. It is an undertaking of extreme blessings and Thawab (reward).

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College Sabah) and volunteers among Muslim staff of SIDMA College also sponsors iftar dinner (Majlis Berbuka Puasa) daily for staff, student and nearby community to break their fast before performing the Maghreb every evening throughout the month of Ramadhan. Dr Morni too encouraged all Muslim staff and students to attend the daily session. A short Tazkirah will be shared by selected speaker while waiting for the Isha prayer. Tarawih prayer will be perform after the Isha prayer.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) would encourage standing for night prayer in the month of Ramadhan without making it an obligation, and he would say, “Whoever stands in prayer during Ramadhan due to faith and seeking reward, then all of his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 1905, Sahih Muslim 759)

Details on the IftarTarawih and Tadarus Al-Quran are:

Date: 5th June 2017- 21st June 2017(Daily)

Time: 6.15 pm- 9.00pm

Place: Atrium, SIDMA College City Campus

For any enquiries on the Iftar, Tarawih and Tadarus Al-Quran, you may contact Nazrie at 0148738673 or Hafizan at 0195337374. Free transportation for student staying around Bundusan area can also be arranged by contacting Shafiq at 01119046244.

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SIDMA College Distributed Bubur Lambuk Ramadhan 2017.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

One of SIDMA College’s annual Ramadhan activity is the distribution of Bubur Lambuk (spiced porridge) otherwise commonly known as the Ramadhan porridge to various selected mosques as well as other related institutions located in and around the district of Penampang and Kota Kinabalu as part of SIDMA’s Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) programme to assist the needy and deprived individuals to break their fast during the holy month of Ramadhan while building closer bonding with the stakeholders and community.

According to Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College Sabah), the preparation of this year’s Bubur Lambuk is outsourced to a food provider in Penampang and SIDMA College will be responsible for its collection, packing and distribution. For each distribution, the college placed order for 1,000 packs of the said porridge to enable them to reach a larger group of recipients.

Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi collaborated with Al-Mughni Orphanage Management Association, SIDMA Islamic Student Club (GAMSIS), Student Representative Council (SRC) as well as SIDMA staff to pack and distribute the spiced porridge to various selected locations. They were divided into groups and took their turn to distribute the packed porridge.

The general public who are staying in and around the following locations are cordially invited to get their share of the porridge from the college beginning 4.30 pm or after the Asr prayer, based on the following date and location:

  1. 01 June 2017 – Putatan District Mosque
  2. 06 June 2017 – Nurul Hikmah Mosque, Bukit Padang
  3. 08 June 2017 – Penampang PPD, Penampang Fire Station and Penampang Police Station
  4. 13 June 2017 – Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Likas
  5. 15 June 2017 – Sabah State Mosque
  6. 20 June 2017 – Bandaran Kota Kinabalu Mosque (next to Padang Merdeka)
  7. 21 June 2017 – SIDMA College City Campus

It was narrated that Zayd ibn Khalid al-Juhani said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives Iftar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest” as narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 807; Ibn Maajah, 1746. Classed as saheeh by Ibn Hibaan, 8/216 and by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 6415.

Sheikh al-Islam [Ibn Taymiyah] said: What is meant by giving him Iftar is giving him enough to satisfy him. Al-Ikhtiyaaraat, p. 194. Many used to give up their Iftar for others, such as ‘Abdallah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), Dawood al-Taa’i, Malik ibn Dinar and Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Ibn ‘Umar used only to break his fast with orphans and the poor and needy.

There were among those who used to offer food to their brothers whilst fasting, and they would sit and serve them, such as al-Hasan and Ibn al-Mubarak. From the ‘ibadah of providing food for people stem many other acts of worship such as creating love and friendship towards those who are given the food, which is a means of entering Paradise, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “You will not enter Paradise until you truly believe, and you will not truly believe until you love one another.” Narrated by Muslim, 54. It also fosters the practice of sitting with righteous people and seeking reward by helping them to do acts of worship for which they gain strength by eating your food.

More information about SIDMA Bubur Lambuk distribution 2017 can be obtained from Mr Abu Saied Safwan by contacting 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.

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Dr. Morni Hosted Annual Iftar Dinner 2017 for SIDMA Staff.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College) hosted the SIDMA College Annual Iftar Dinner (Majlis Berbuka Puasa) for all SIDMA staff (including from all its subsidiary companies – Bentleytel Malaysia, Didi Childcare Centre, and Fiona Travels and Tours) on 5 June 2017 at Sabah Oriental Hotel, Kota Kinabalu.

Among the more than 150 individuals present during the dinner were Ustaz Hj Mohd Syahir Ismail, Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Marketing and Business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Heads of Departments, lecturers and staff of SIDMA College and its subsidiaries, their spouse and children. Also present were the newly crowned Sabah Unduk Ngadau 2017, Ms Kerinah Mah (a student at SIDMA College Unitar Sabah), Madam Juliana Jimis, (Chairlady, Kadazan Society Sabah, Putatan Branch, as well as key trainer for the Kadazan Language Public Speaking and Conversational Course conducted at SIDMA College).

The event commenced with a religious sharing session by Ustaz Hj. Mohd Syahir Ismail (Lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Civilisation at Institute of Teacher Education Gaya Campus) for all Muslim staff. During his talk, Ustaz Hj. Mohd Syahir shared on two main topic that revolve around the importance of Sadaqah (Alms). Firstly he talks about the story of Abu Domdom, friend of the Prophet Muhammad SAW that is very poor but he still perform his Sadaqah by way of praying for those around him including forgiving those who did bad things to him every day.

He then mentioned that Sadaqah can even be perform by various ways. The month of Ramadan is a blessed month for many reasons, so he said we must be sure to take advantage of all of its blessings. It is the month in which the Quran was revealed, in which the devils are chained, sins are forgiven, and good deeds are highly rewarded. There is a night near the end of Ramadan in which good deeds are worth thousands months of worship (Lailatul Qadr’). It becomes easier for Muslims to perform good deeds and to ignore evil suggestions and bad thoughts.

The month of Ramadan is blessed since the virtue of fasting is magnified, even though it is already a great virtue. Fasting benefits us by improving our devotion, self-control, and compassion for the poor. Fasting for the entire month is meant to instil the practice, philosophy, and values of fasting as a regular habit. He also shared his personal experiences and knowledge towards better understanding the meaning of Ramadhan to gain Allah consciousness (Taqwa). He too emphasised that fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan as a spiritual cleansing of self-control and refrain, as well as a clear act of obedience and submission.

Dr Morni who was very delighted to host the Iftar Dinner thanked all invited guests and staff as well as their spouse for their attendance and participation. He felt honoured being able to share his time and have dinner with them during this very meaningful occasion. Having iftar with staff is an opportunity to bring all staff a step closer to one another, to share ideas, and get to know one another better, ease feeling of being different, and experience togetherness, as well as to enjoy life. He too took the opportunity to thank all his staff for their continuous hard work, efficacious and loyal commitment to SIDMA’s vision and mission, fulfilling and delivering its promises effectively and efficiently.

As the event coincided with Dr Morni’s birthday, a surprise birthday event was held, whereby a Birthday Cake with lighted candles was brought forth with the staff singing “Happy Birthday” song and Dr Morni was invited to make a wish and blow the candle as well as to cut the birthday cake.

Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) on behalf of all SIDMA staff conveyed their sincere thank you to Dr Morni and family for their generosity, caring and accommodating attitude for all his staffs’ wellbeing and happiness, particularly during this Ramadhan month. The staff also thanked the management of Sabah Oriental Hotel for the delicious meal and appreciated the opportunity to have friendly conversations among one another during the event.

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SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Grand Homecoming for Newly Crowned Unduk Ngadau 2017, Ms Kerinah Mah

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah organised a Grand Homecoming on 5th June 2017 for newly crowned Sabah Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Queen) 2017, Ms Kerinah Mah, a sixth semester Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) student. She is currently the fourth student from the college who has previously won the state Unduk Ngadau title. They were:

2004 – Fharelynne Ivonne Henry

2007 – Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas

2015 – Ryanne Neils Yong

2017 – Kerinah Mah

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah), Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) as well as the Heads of Departments were also present to welcome home the newly crowned 2017 Unduk Ngadau and took the opportunity to congratulate Kerinah for her success and recommended that she manage her future wisely, as currently she is one of the most beautiful girl in Sabah. Also present during the event was Madam Juliana Jimis, Chairlady of Kadazan Society Sabah, Putatan Branch (also key trainer in the Kadazan Language Public Speaking and Conversational Course).

Dr Morni also took the opportunity to announce that SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah will assist her in any way possible to ensure that she complete her Bachelor in Education (Early Childhood Education) successfully. Dr Morni also offer to assist in her professional development such as improving her Kadazan Language proficiency by sponsoring her to the Kadazan Language Public Speaking (conducted by Madam Juliana) that focuses on communicational skills, public speaking and conversational skills, as well as in her academic studies. Dr Morni also put forth his suggestion to assist her to undergo her Masters and her PhD studies upon completion of her degree; and be the first Unduk Ngadau to receive a Ph.D.

Ms Kerinah Mah, who represented Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) defeated 43 other contestant and took the role of legendary spirit of “Huminudon” from former Unduk Ngadau, Ms Sherry Anne Laujang. During the recent state event, she won herself RM45,000 in scholarships sponsored by the Asian Tourism International College and the Almacrest International College, a return ticket to Bangkok, RM8,000 in cash, a Samsung Galaxy A5, a trophy and more.

Kerinah who was crowned by Puan Sri Genevieve Kitingan, the wife of Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan (Deputy Chief Minister as well as Huguan Siou (Kadazandusun Paramount Leader) during the event held at Kadazan Dusun Cultural Assocation hall (Hongkod Koisaan) said that she was shocked when announced as winner as other competitors were also equally good during the finals.

In her short impromptu speech, she thanked Dr Morni and SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah for the Grand Homecoming celebration. She too thanked SIDMA’s Board of Management and lecturers as well as staff who has shown and guided well during her studies here. She too highlighted that she owed to the college for her public speaking and conversational skills and confidence, as she enjoyed all those project paper assignment as well as presenting her finding to the class.

She also announced that she choose to continue her studies at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, despite winning for herself RM45,000 in scholarships sponsored by the Asian Tourism International College and the Almacrest International College as part of the winning package that she won during the competition. Immediately after the homecoming, she registered herself to continue for her sixth semester studies in the college.

She added that she has always wanted to be an educator and advocate for young children and she will never give up her Early Childhood Education studies. However she love visiting places, admire unique cultures of different countries; and that she will always be a mini Malaysia Ambassador promoting Malaysia particularly Sabah, the lovely Malaysian and our national culture to people she meet and places she visited.

She too took the opportunity advising all her fellow course mate, as well as all SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students that they need to be willing to work, be brave to dream big and be committed to make their dream come true.

Dr Morni, Madam Azizah, Madam Azlina, Heads of Departments, lecturers, staff as well all SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah citizens conveyed our congratulations and we felt very honoured and proud that Kerinah is willing to continue her study at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah. We, citizens of SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, are very proud of you. And we wish you all the best. A very big applause from all of us to KERINAH MAH!!!.

Meanwhile SPM and STPM school-leavers who wish to further their study at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu can call 088-732000 or 088-732 020, or through fax at 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. They can also apply online by visiting SIDMA Website at or through our Facebook Page SIDMA College @sidmacollegsabah

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SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah June 2017 Semester Registration and Orientation Programme.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah to pursue your first step of your academic aspirations. Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah) and his management team are very delighted that you have chosen to be part of this very special community, and we are very excited to have you joining us. It has been our pleasure and dedication to make you – June 2017 semester new students and families feel like home.

Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) who was very delighted to see these eager new students, more so immediately after the May 30-31 Harvest Festival Celebration; in her welcoming address to the 150 plus June 2017 new students at SIDMA Atrium on June 1st 2017 announced that the college management team of 130 plus staff are here to assist them in any way possible. “We are excited for you to join the college, and will do our best to assist you throughout the on-going June 2017 Orientation and Registration Programme till 17 June 2017. I want you to know that the entire college staff is here to support, sustain and encourage you as you commit to study with us”.

The two weeks Registration and Orientation Programme is designed to help new students to get to know SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah better, to enable them to learn more about the academic mission, their roles, responsibilities and commitment as students of the college. Throughout the programme, Managers and Heads of Departments, Coordinators, as well as the Student Representative Council members will take their turn to welcome, share, assist and guide these students to this very special community. This programme provide an opportunity for the new students to learn how to navigate the campus, and to build a network of resources that will help their journey with us on the right path.

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah existing students will be back from their semester break on Monday, June 5th 2017. New students are welcomed to learn tips from the existing students, and they are ready to answer questions about life at the campus.

Additionally more new students are expected to register and join the college during the on-going registration exercise in the next two weeks. SPM and STPM or its equivalent holders who are still undecided are also invited to register and further their tertiary education with the college.

Currently SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah offer the following study programmes for the coming June 2017 New Intake as follows:

  1. Foundation Course:
    1. Foundation in Management.
  2. Diploma Courses:
    1. Diploma in Early Childhood Studies.
    2. Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health.
    3. Diploma in Management
  3. Bachelor’s Degree Courses:
    1. Bachelor of Education (Hons)
    2. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (Hons)
    3. Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
    4. Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  4. Masters Courses:
    1. Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
    2. Masters of Education (Education Leadership and Management – ELM).

Staffs from the Corporate Marketing and Business Development (CMBD) and the Admission and Student Record Department (ASRD) are available to assist new students on their enquiry about financial assistance, courses offered, as well as registration with the college. Students who have doubt about their study programme can also seek assistance from our In-House Counsellor, Ms Melissa Marcus Molijol.

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu can be reached at 088-732 000 or 088-732 020, or through fax @ 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. They can also apply online by visiting SIDMA Website at, or through our Facebook Page SIDMA College @sidmacollegesabah.

SIDMA College (formerly known as Institut Pengurusan Dinamik Seminar) a private higher learning institution, first established in Sarawak in 1998 and later extended its operation to Sabah in 2002.

Under the leadership of its charismatic Chairman, Dr Morni and his dynamic teams of Managers and trusted Board of Directors, it has been appointed as UNITAR Regional Centre for Sarawak (since 1998), and later in Sabah (in 2002). SIDMA College (Sabah and Sarawak) has been working very closely with UNITAR Main Campus, which itself as an outstanding education provider of various affordable and accredited academic programmes. The college prosper jubilantly over the years, and rapidly emerged as the first and largest regional centres in Malaysia running UNITAR and several of its home-grown academic programmes.

Lately, SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah prides itself as being the first private institution of higher learning in Sabah to introduce blended learning model: offering a hybrid teaching model that combines the conventional face-to-face meetings with lecturers and tutors in the classrooms, and internet-based support system which provide continuous interactions between students, lecturers, tutors and their friends nationwide. Facilities such as UNIEC (UNITAR Education Core) and SLMS (Students Learning Management System) is yet to be utilises by many institutions of higher learning in Sabah.

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SIDMA College Ihya Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 2017.

Monday, May 29th, 2017

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The month of Ramadhan is upon us; and as the Prophet mentioned in this good hadith that when the month of Ramadhan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and that the devils are chained (Bukhari & Muslim).

With just a day left between us and the blessed month of Ramadhan, the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi and Al-Mughni Orphanage Management Association of SIDMA College, on behalf of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College) started preparing SIDMA staff, not just physical, but also mentally to embark the month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer, and self-reflection, for the next 29 or 30 days. They had lined up a host of numerous religious and social corporate obligations and commitment to be implemented throughout the holy month of Ramadhan 2017 at SIDMA College City Campus.

On 26 May 2017, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College) launched the SIDMA Ihya Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 2017 Programme at SIDMA Atrium, beginning 4.00 pm by hosting  a Communal Thanksgiving Prayer and Hi-Tea (Majlis Doa Selamat dan Kesyukuran) at SIDMA Atrium for the staff. .During the occasion, Dr Morni also distributed packages of dates (kurma) to all Muslim staff.

Ustaz Musa Bin Ali was invited to conduct special prayer during the Majlis Kesyukuran. Also present during the simple but meaningful ceremony were Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Marketing and Business Development), Managers and Heads of Departments.

Dr Morni in his short speech reminded the staff that fasting is not to make us hungry and thirsty, or to deprive us some of our comfort and conveniences, but to be conscious and cognizant of Allah. It is one’s best to live by Allah’s commands and to avoid His prohibitions, fear of Allah, worship Allah, sincerity in faith, and avoid disobedience to Allah. He added that it’s during fasting that one learn how to say “NO” to things that are otherwise permissible and good, but are forbidden during fasting. Fasting also teaches us to be empathy and sympathy, and it takes away some of our selfishness and self-centeredness.

Dr Morni will host the annual 2017 Iftar (Majlis Berbuka Puasa) Dinner for all SIDMA staff at Sabah Oriental Hotel, Kota Kinabalu on 5 June 2017 and he personally invited all staff to attend the function.

Prior to the Iftar Dinner, a religious talk (Tazkirah) for the staff will be held, beginning 4.00 pm on 5 June 2017 at the same place. Another religious talk will be held on 12 June 2017 at SIDMA College for the Muslim students. Renowned guest speaker(s) will be invited for both the occasion, and Dr Morni encouraged all Muslim staff and students to attend and benefit from both the events.

Among some of SIDMA’s annual Ramadhan activities are Tarawih and Tadarus Al-Quran to be held at SIDMA Atrium for both the staff and students. As currently the students are away for their semester break, both these activities will be held beginning 5th June 2017.

During Ramadhan, Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi also plans to have Tadarus Al-Quran session to enhance staff and students in reciting the 30 juz in the Holy Al-Quran during the holy month.

Another customary event organised by SIDMA College is the distribution of packed spiced porridge (bubur lambuk) to various selected mosques in the district of Penampang and Kota Kinabalu City will be arranged throughout the month. The event will be held in collaboration with SIDMA staff, SIDMA Student Representative Council (MPM) and the SIDMA Islamic Student Club (GAMSIS). The porridge distribution will be held as follows

  1. 01 June 2017
  2. 06 June 2017
  3. 08 June 2017
  4. 13 June 2017
  5. 15 June 2017
  6. 20 June 2017
  7. 21 June 2017.

The prime highlight of this Ramadhan month will be the Nuzul Al-Quran (Khatam Al-Quran) which will be held at SIDMA Atrium on 12 June 2017. SIDMA staff, students and the general public are invited to the function.

More information about SIDMA Ihya Ramadhan 2017 can be obtained from Mr. Abu Saied Safwan, Puan Noradilah Binti Mohamaddia, and Ms Rohaya Binti Ruslan by contacting 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.

Dr Morni, Madam Azlina, Madam Azizah, Managers and Heads of Departments would like to take this opportunity to wish all SIDMA College lecturers, staff, students, relatives and friends a very Blessed Ramadhan. Let this be a month blessed with joy, peace, forgiveness and guidance for you and your families.

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