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Bundu-Liwan dialect official Kadazandusun language in school – Madius

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Madius (seated second right) listening to briefing presented by from Dr Morni.

KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau clarified that there should no longer be any confusion arising from what ethnic language to be used as the standard and official Kadazandusun language to be taught in school as the decision to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect have been agreed upon between the two major Kadazandusun association namely the Kadazabdusun Cultural Association (KDCA) and United Sabah Dusun Association (USDA) way back in 1988.

Madius who is also the President-elect of UPKO was explaining this issue during a courtesy call at his office by a six-member delegation from the Kadazandusun Language Club of SIDMA College lead by SIDMA Chairman Dr Morni Kambrie and club President, Salumah Nain who called upon Madius today.

“When the proposal to teach the Kadazandusun language in school was forwarded to the Federal government in mid 1980s during the tenure of the late Dr. Sulaiman Daud as the Education Minister, both KDCA (then KCA) and USDA signed an agreement to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect as the dialect to be used to teach the Kadazandusun language in School. Although at that time political differences separated the leaders of KDCA and USDA, however both association; KDCA represented by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan as President, and Wilfred Bumburing as the Secretary General; and USDA by the late Datuk Mark Koding as the president then and Mr. Raymond Tombung as the secretary general, signed the agreement to finally decide to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect as the standard Kadazandusun language.” Madius explained.

Madius also said that the decision to decide to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect as the standard Kadazandusun language was a result of a resolution reached during a KCA-organised symposium held at the Perkasa Hotel in Kundasang in 1988.

“When we were first informed that the Education Ministry were prepared to approved the proposal to teach the Kadazandusun language in school, question arose as to which dialect to use considering that there are more than 30 different dialect being spoken of among the Kadazandusun tribes. As a member of the then KCA central committee, and as the Chairman of the Language and Literature Bureau of KCA, I was tasked with organizing the symposium which were attended by the majority stakeholders and we therefore reach a consensus that the Bundu-Liwan dialect would be the official language that will be taught in School and that it will be called the Kadazandusun language incorporating the two words, Kadazan and Dusun, into one word that would defined the Kadazandusun language.” Madius added.

Meanwhile, Madius expressed his desire that the Kadazandusun Language Foundation (KLF) would stick to its original objective in promoting the teaching of the Kadazandusun language using the dialect that it was originally tasked to carry out.

Read more @ http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/09/24/bundu-liwan-dialect-official-kadazandusun-language-in-school-madius/

SIDMA College staff Invited to learn Kadazandusun language

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Based on the 2010 census, Sabah’s population was roughly around 3.2 million; with around at least 30 indigenous groups speaking more than 50 different languages, with over 80 dialects spoken; which could also be categorised into Dusunic, Murutic, Paitanic and Sama Bajau (Lasimbang 2004), and Kadazandusun speakers formed the largest single language community in Sabah (Lasimbang & Kinajil, 2000).

Recently a local daily reported an incident that during the third and final round of the 2017 state-wide Mr Kaamatan or Harvest Festival Contest, only one of the seven finalists (out of forty-four contestants); Dicky Jerry, representing the Keningau District, responded to the two compulsory questions posed, fluently in his mother tongue language, the Kadazandusun language.

In 2005, UNESCO reported that the Kadazandusun language was classified as an endangered language, spoken by a mere 300,000 people. The language has apparently joined about 7,000 other languages worldwide that are facing the real threat of extinction; and indeed could eventually become a mere literary exhibit in the next fifty years if is left to survive on its own.

In the District of Penampang, where development and transformation are moving at a fast pace relatives to the other districts; the current speakers of the Kadazandusun language are mostly in their fifties and above category. Kadazandusun parents, thinking that their children could learn their mother tongues at home, encourage their children to learn English and Malay (Bahasa Malaysia) hoping for them to gain an advantage in securing jobs in both the government and private sectors.

Since the establishment of SIDMA College Sabah in 2002, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder) harbours his strong desire to intervene the seemingly declining of the Kadazandusun language from its originality. The formation of a Kadazandusun Language Club (and having Dr Morni as Advisor) was the way forward for him to complement and supplement as positive initiatives to revive the language.

Upon the registration of SIDMA College Kadazandusun Language Club by the Registrar of Society on 19 November 2014, various initiatives have been conducted to popularise the language. The major ones being the Kadazandusun Language Storytelling Competition 2016 (Piboi an Mananongon Boros Kadazandusun); Short Stories Writing Competition (Piboi an Monuat Suan Toniboi Doid Boros Kadazandusun) for the secondary school students. The competition was conducted with the cooperation and collaboration from Sabah State Education Department.

The next achievement, being the publication of the book “Inspirasi Anak-Anak Sabah” in Kadazandusun language. The initiative being to complement and supplement the shortage of reading materials in the Kadazandusun language among school children; and to further assist the longing of reading materials by the Kadazandusun language speaking families.

In 2017, the first ever Kadazan Language Public Speaking Intensive Courses; also known as the “Kadazan Language Challenge in 16 Hours” of Public Speaking and Conversational Course” with Ms Juliana  Jimis as the chief facilitator; were held throughout the year. Certificate of attendance was awarded to those who managed to complete the programme.

In its continuous efforts to preserve and ensure the relevancy of Kadazandusun language in this modern era, SIDMA College’s Kadazandusun Language Club, on 19 September 2018, organised a one-day Kadazandusun Language Immersion Conversational  programme to assist the college staff (members of the club) to be able to communicate effectively in Bahasa Kadazandusun. Madam Connie Muslim @ Veronica Masilim, a senior Bahasa Kadazandusun teacher from SM St Peter, Telipok was engaged as chief facilitator for the event.

Dr Morni and Madam Salumah Nain (Chairman 2017-2019) when met after the event thanked Madam Connie Muslim for her time and kind assistance in sharing and giving valuable lesson on the language. They too, congratulated the Project Directors, Madam Janet Jaquiline Jiokis and Madam Jennyca Singau for successfully organising the event. Dr Morni also congratulated the staff for their participation and hope that they can assist in inspiring today’s youth to communicate effectively in Kadazandusun language.

Madam Connie who was quite impressed with the SIDMA College Kadazadusun Language Club for the various initiatives conducted to complement and supplement, to intervene and put the language to a stronger footing. She too congratulated SIDMA College and Dr Morni for being the only institution of higher learning that placed special emphasis on promoting the Kadazandusun language.

Dr Morni also took the opportunity to announce that SIDMA College Kadazandusun Language Club, with the collaboration and cooperation from Education Department Sabah, District Education Officers, Secondary School Principals, and secondary school Kadazandusun teachers will co-organise a Kadazandusun Language Speech Contest (Pialaan Raisol Doid Boros Kadazandusun) for all secondary schools students taking Bahasa Kadazandusun Language as Elective Language. Among some of the attractive prizes up for grabs are cash prizes, trophies and certificates.

Other activities planned for the year are:

  1. Mini Fun Fair

ii          KadazanDusun Language Choir Competition.

iii.        KadazanDusun Language Apps Competition.

The Grand Finale of 2018 events “Sodop Pisompunan 2018” will be held on 30 November 2018 at Shangri-La Resort Tangjung Aru. Tickets for the event will be sold at RM100.00 for members of the club, and RM150.00 for non-members.

For more information, please contact Kadazandusun Language Club, SIDMA College Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu at 088-732 000 or 088-732 020; or fax at 088-732 019. You can also email to olivia@sidma.edu.my.

Further information on the Speech Contest can also be obtained from Facebook Account  “Kelab Bahasa KadazanDusun SIDMA College” Further details can also be channelled to Madam Brenda; Tel : 016-824 5117.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin

SIDMA College Sabah Participated the 61st National Day Parade

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

SIDMA College Sabah contingent of more than 30 students were among more than 10,000 people from all walks of life and diverse racial backgrounds in smart uniforms and colourful traditional attire that participated in the recent Sabah State Level National Day celebration held at Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu on 31 August 2018.

Mr Terence B Stephen, Head of Student Affairs Department (STAD) and the Students Representative Council (MPM) who led SIDMA contingent were already in position along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen for the march past ceremony as early as 6.30 am.

Chief Minister Y.A.B Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal, and his wife, Datin Shuryani Shuaib, Deputy Chief Ministers (Y.B Datuk Jaujan Sambakong, Y.B Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau and Y.B Christina Liew), Y.B Datuk Peter Anthony (the organising chairman), and other cabinet ministers were among those who have attended the annual celebration.

Other than the grand parade which was participated by Malaysians from all walks of life and racial backgrounds, reflecting a spirit of patriotism and love for Malaysia, the more than three-hours long celebration also saw various performances showcased by the government agencies, private sector organisations, private and public schools, and others have given their special presentation relating to the national celebration theme “Sayangi Malaysiaku” or Love my Malaysia”

After the event, Mr Terence B Stephen thanked SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students who have volunteered themselves to participate in the parade despite the fact that UNITAR Sabah June 2018 semester final examination starts on 01 September 2018. They too thanked Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College) for allowing the resources of the College to be used for this function.

Dr Morni and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), when met after the grand function congratulated all SIDMA College Sabah Contingent for their voluntarily participation. They added that SIDMA College Sabah will continue to emphasise the principle of “Sayangi Malaysiaku – Sayangi Kolej SIDMAku” through it “Progressive Corporate Culture” whereby the college is a miniature of a democratic society allowing students from various and diverse backgrounds to study, live and grow and start their future  together as one big family, as well as useful citizens of the country.

Meanwhile SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah September / October 2018 intake of new students is now in progress. Potential students with SPM, STPM, Diploma holders or those with other similar qualification are invited to enrol their tertiary education with SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah.

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah offers the following study programmes for the September / October 2018 new students.

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

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah since its establishment in Kota Kinabalu Sabah back in 2002, has been working very closely with UNITAR International University, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, a university with strong and significant network of academic collaboration with both the academic and corporate sectors, as well as the industrial partners around this region to provide affordable, relevant and demanded study programmes which are professionally aligned with these industrial players – both nationally and internationally.

In responding to the rapid technological advances which has given rise to new trends such as automation and globalisation, new demand in workplaces, changes within industries; and more, SIDMA College Sabah through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican have reassured all that the college basic infrastructure and technology are in place and geared towards producing graduates who would have a broader set of 21st Century skills and talents upon their graduation.

Blended learning and technology immersed teaching ala flipped classroom model has been adopted to ensure that its students and graduates will be fully equipped with ICT knowledge, collaborative skills, critical thinking skills, communicative skills, human values, as well as be interested in lifelong learning to ensure that its graduates can function effectively during both current and in future time.

For more information on any of the above courses offered at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, please browse SIDMA College Sabah Website, or SIDMA College Facebook Account SIDMA College”. Potential students are also welcome to visit SIDMA college UNITAR Sabah Campus located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU; or call the campus hotline number: 088-732 000or 088-732 000.

Online registration is also available. Please

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/others/178-sidma-college-sabah-participated-the-61st-national-day-parade

SIDMA Welfare Rack to Assist Deprived Students

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder, SIDMA College Sabah, launched SIDMA Charity Rack initiative on 27 August 2018 at SIDMA College Sabah. The Charity Rack Project, an initiative by SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) is similar to the function of Food Bank, which is basically to provide last resort assistance for the very needy students; particularly food; in order for them to have a meal, and more at least for the day.

Speaking during the soft launching ceremony, Dr Morni announced that the idea of having a Charity Rack at SIDMA College Sabah was initiated by Mr Zain Azrai, Chairman PKKKSS, and his committee members. During their regular meetings and interviews conducted on students to identify deserving students to be awarded the “one-off special aids fund” (also funded by PKKKSS); they found out that there are SIDMA College students who on certain days go without food due to shortage of pocket money, as well as due to other causes. He welcomed such students to visit the Charity Rack and help themselves with some of the stuff that can be consumed by them for the day.

SIDMA Charity Rack initiative is basically a rack filled with daily basic necessities such as rice, salt, sugar, coffee, tea-bags, biscuits, packages of instant noodle (Maggie Mee), canned food such as sardines, and more. The rack is placed at a very strategic corner; in front of the Registrar Office, and is very accessible to the needy students. The area is also under surveillance cameras 24 hours daily, thus avoiding manipulation or misuse of the genuine effort to assist deserving and needy students.

Visiting a charity rack such as this might not be a very joyful experience for students, but if you are the students who really need one of those items provided (particularly food) for the day, you are very welcomed to take it, rather than skipping meals for the day or two.

However, the more number of students accessing to the charity rack could also mean that charity items in the rack will running low on supplies and could even run out before the end of the day. Hence PKKKSS is welcoming any donation of any kind.

Currently, PKKKSS is funding the charity rack operation, and as Dr Morni mentioned that it will be on a trial period for three (3) months. For longer term sustainability, and in order to continue our genuine effort to assist more of our needy students, SIDMA College staff (including lecturers), students and the general public are encouraged and welcomed to contribute monthly either in cash or in kinds, to assist the continuous supply of food or other items to meet the need of our deserving students.

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice, Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make, makes you. Choose wisely”

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others sees; it is what gives life its deepest significance”.

Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in returns”.

  • Roy T. Benneth, The Light in the Heart.

For more information on the above project, please contact Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor, Chairman of PKKKSS at 014 673 7035, 088-732 000; 088-732 020; or email 088-732 019.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/others/177-sidma-welfare-rack-to-assist-deprived-students

SIDMA College Sabah Distributed Eid Al-Adha Goodies to its Staff.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Eid Al-Adha, which is also known Aidiladha celebration or “Festival of Sacrifice” is an Islamic festival meant to commemorate the obedience of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as an act of his submission to God’s command. Obeying the word of God, Abraham complied, but as he was to sacrifice his son, God replaced him with a goat, which was sacrifice in his stead. Thus, during the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham’s trials, by themselves sacrificing an animal such as a sheep, camel, or a goat.

2018 Eid Al-Adha falls on 22 August 2018, the tenth day of Dhul al-Hijjah 1439H in the Islamic calendar. To celebrate and in honouring this Great Day of Sacrifice, as well as the spreading of the Hari Raya Aidiladha cheers to SIDMA College Sabah community, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College Sabah), with the collaboration of SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) and SIDMA students Representative Council (MPM) distributed Hari Raya Aidiladha Goodies to SIDMA College staff, as well as staff from its subsidiary companies at SIDMA College Atrium on 20 August 2018.

Goodies of basic festive necessities which comprises of a variety of whole chickens, sirloin beef, cartons of drinks and more were packed and handed out to the staff by Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development) on behalf of Dr Morni. She too shared her warmth Hari Raya Aidiladha wishes with all the staff, students and parents who will be celebrating the occasion. She advised them to take time off and enjoy the happiness of this day with all their loved ones, and make it an awesome occasion. Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor (Chairman PKKKSS), Managers and Head of Departments were also present during the event.

According to Dr Morni, the distribution of Eid Al-Adha goodies to SIDMA staff is one of his Corporate Social Responsibilities to share and celebrate the festival with all his staff as one big family. He also expressed his appreciation and recognition to all of his staff for their great services and contributions rendered throughout the year.

Mr Zain Azrai, on behalf of all SIDMA staff, humbly conveyed his appreciation and sincere thank you to Dr Morni and his family for their generosity, the sharing and caring attitudes for the staff well-being and happiness; particularly during the auspicious occasion such as Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Dr Morni, Madam Azlina Ngatimin, Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Managers and Head of Departments, Mr Zain Azrai and the entire committee of PKKKSS also shared their warm Hari Raya Aidiladha greetings to all lecturers, staff, students, parents, relatives and friends.

Eid Al-Adha takes place on the 10th of Dhul-Hajj

Where many come together with love and without grudge,

Families sacrifice an animal and feed the poor,

And exchange greetings with neighbours next door,

We go to the mosque in our best clothes,

But first we must make sure we are clean from our head,

To our toes,

On this day I am so grateful,

To be alive and living in this world that is so beautiful,

Eid is always a blessed day,

Filled with joy and blessing I must say!

Eid Mubarak Everyone!

Sumaiira Zaheer & Fam

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/others/176-sidma-college-sabah-distributed-eid-al-adha-goodies-to-its-staff

SMK Terusan Lahad Datu Career and Education Carnival 2018

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College Sabah was officially invited to conduct a motivational talk in conjunction with Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Terusan, Lahad Datu Career and Education Carnival 2018 held at the school hall on from 10 to 12 August 2018.

The main aim of the event was to facilitate and give direct exposure about industries in various field such science, technology, engineering and management, and let the students explore the different fields and career paths that suits them. SMK Terusan has a total enrolment of about 2,000 students and majority are from various communities of Sabah; and it’s through such Career and Education Carnival that could provide relevant information for them to select and realised that future dreamt career.

Other than focusing on SMK Terusan students in making decision about their future choice of tertiary education and career path, the carnival also aimed at providing relevant information to parents so that they could advise their children accordingly on their choice of tertiary education and career path. Other than that parents and students from all primary and secondary schools of Lahad Datu were also being invited to attend.

The programme was officiated by Honourable Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture who is also the MP for Silam on 11 August; whereas the closing ceremony was officiated by the Honourable Tuan Haji Dumi Bin Hj Pg. Masdal, Assistant Minister of Rural Development and Assemblyman for N.50 Lahad Datu. Various government and private agencies were invited to set up exhibition booths to provide relevant information and exposure to both students and their parents on the actual pre-working environment and give a chance for students to know and reflect on the necessary requirements in recruiting new staff.

Dr Morni, who hold a MBA and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and has lectured for several universities, namely Edith Cowan University, Australia, Bath University, Malaysian Institute Management and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) prior to becoming a successful businessman in the field of education; has always been portrayed as an unique motivational speaker, well-known for his entertaining, captivating, highly interactive and energizing when he is on stage delivering his message, was given the  honour to motivate the students and parents on the importance of securing good education achievement (both in basic and tertiary education) in order for them to materialise their dreamt future.

According to Dr Morni, students can have the best teachers, and from the most supportive parents, as well as be in the best schools; but if they are not focused and lack direction in their studies; they will not be able to unleash their best potential and achieve the peak or the highest grade that they could get.

When students put in their best effort and full commitment to their studies, Dr Morni stressed that everyone can achieve their highest potential in education. He presented himself as a possible example that of an ordinary average student could learn and become successful in their education achievement, despite being from a poor family.

He took the opportunity to share with the parents, teachers and students on his success stories from being a humble ordinary kampong boy selling homemade cakes to the public, but because of his strong personality to aim high and willing to work hard and sacrificed, as well as being committed to his studies, he finally earn his PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and that was what brought him as he is today.

Touching on the aspect of examinations, Dr Morni affirmed that examinations are the most wonderful thing in any human’s life, as it provide opportunities for us to test our abilities, strength, self-discipline, self-management and more. Those who are scared of it have failed from the very beginning. Thus, he advised all students not to be scared of examinations, but to take it positively and faced the challenge, and come out stronger and fitter to face the world. He advised them to learn to like it, and when you like it, you will love to take more examinations, and thus developed and equipped themselves with more knowledge and better skills which is very much needed for their future career.

Dr Morni also advised the parents and students to think and consider very carefully on what’s next after their SPM (and STPM) examinations. He also advised the students to discuss with their school career counsellor in order to understand themselves better. He told them that their hopes and dreams for the future can only be materialised if they understand who they are, what they want, and also how to reach their goal. He added that it’s through finding out which field of study that they are interested in that will enable them to determine a good career that will match their future dreamt career. He advised the students to visit all the exhibition booths and counters and discuss in depth with eligible personnel, prior to their making decision on their choice of tertiary education and career.

Dr Morni also took the opportunity to sincerely thank Mr Che Aziz Bin Othman, SMK Terusan School Principal, for special inviting him to share knowledge and experience, and he felt honoured to be given the chance to welcome the teachers, parents and students of Lahad Datu. He hope that his sharing session could inspire the students to take positive actions, view their situation from a broader perspective, and discover their own strength before progressing into their future career.

Dr Morni was also very grateful to note that six SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah B. Edu (Hons) graduates are currently serving in the school. He hoped that they have and will serve the school with full dedication and ambition; and are able to defeat their ignorance and accomplish the extraordinary. “Good luck and congratulations to you all”, he added.

Mr. Che Aziz thanked Dr Morni and SIDMA College top management for participating in the carnival and personally congratulated Dr Morni for his inspiring motivational talk and sharing sessions. He hoped that Dr Morni and SIDMA top management will always be blessed with the necessary strength, resources and supports required for them to continue providing similar activities in complimenting and supplementing their existing programme to other schools as and when needed. He added that it’s through such collaboration and cooperation between the public and the private sectors in the field of education that will ensure the success of our students to meet the country’s demands for the 21st Century Skills Development.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin/89-news/174-smk-terusan-lahad-datu-career-and-education-carnival-2018

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah September / October 2018 Intake of New Student

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Intake is in progress and we invite SPM, STPM or Diploma holders or those with other equivalent qualification to enrol their tertiary education with SIDMA College for the September / October 2018 intake of new students.

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah offers the following study programmes for the September / October 2018.

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

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah since its establishment in Kota Kinabalu Sabah back in 2002, has been working very closely with UNITAR International University, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan; a university with strong and significant network of academic collaborations with both the academic and corporate sectors, as well as the industrial partners around this region to offer affordable, relevant and demanded study programmes which are professionally aligned with these industrial players – both nationally and internationally.

In responding to the rapid technological advances which have given rise to trends such as automation and globalisation, thus demanding workplace changes within industries, SIDMA College Sabah through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) have reassured that the college basic infrastructure and technology are in place and geared towards producing graduates who would have a broader set of 21st Century skills and talents upon graduation. Blended learning and technology immersed teaching ala flipped classroom model has been adopted to ensure that its students and graduates will be equipped with ICT knowledge, collaborative skills, critical and creative thinking skills, communicative skills, human values, as well as be interested in lifelong learning to ensure that its graduates can function effectively on both current and in future time.

Potential students who registers for UNITAR Diploma programmes are entitled to a rebate of RM 1,000.00, whereas for those who want to register for the Bachelor Degree programmes, they are entitled for a rebate of RM2, 000.00. Terms and conditions applied.

For more information on any of the above courses offered at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, please browse SIDMA College Sabah Website, or at SIDMA College Facebook Account “SIDMA College”. Potential students are also welcome to visit SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Campus located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu; or call the campus hotline number: 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.

Online registration is also available. Please 

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin/89-news/173-sidma-college-unitar-sabah-september-october-2018-intake-of-new-student

SIDMA College Sabah EEP and English (I &II) Students Experienced Living Underground like Ants

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

SIDMA College Sabah through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican, in their continuous effort to produce local young graduates who are proficient in the use of Bahasa Malaysia (a common national language) and English as second language (the international language of communication); continues tirelessly to improve the proficiency of English among the students of the college through various teaching approaches, including taking learning outside the classroom to make learning English an engaging and enjoyable experience for all.

Puan Jenifah Abdullah, chief facilitator and module writer of the programme have motivated the current 30 students taking semester June 2018 English Proficiency Programme (EEP) and English Paper I and II by bringing them outside the classroom and letting them to explore, inquire and discuss about “what it would feel like to be living underground like ants” by organising an Educational Tour to Borneo Ant House – Your Mini Theme Park on 10 August 2018.

The 2018 EEP and English Students Education Tour to the recently open Borneo Ant House located in Tuaran; is also the Malaysia’s first underground gallery. The gallery is divided into three (3) rooms and the walls are filled with crawling ants; with a total of over 463 ants’ replicas inside the nest (gallery); provide a stimulating and provoking environment for the students to explore, inquire, think and discuss with their friends as well as with the Director of the Park, Madam Sufiah Abdul Rahim Lee (an ex Education Officer in Sabah Education Department)

Upon arrival, the students were welcomed by the Director of the Park who took her time off to get to know the students and their motive of the visit. She also took time to explain what the nest and the mini theme park can offer to them for their assignment. Madam Sufiah also explained that the nest has three Gallery, with the first one filled with “crawling” ant replicas. The second is Culture Gallery, is filled with cultures of majority from Tuaran population (Bajau, Dusun Lotud, Iban and Bidayuh). The third is the Sword Gallery, showing a collection of swords which are symbols of great power from various ethnic groups of Borneo.

Prior to let the students to explore and think and discuss in depth regarding their assignment question, Madam Sufiah explained further on what’s inside and outside of the nest or the mini theme park. Madam Sufiah added that outside of the nest, students can experience and explore the canopy walk, a modern tree house prior to stopping at the cafeteria for their coffee break. Local handmade handicrafts is also available at the souvenir shop nearby.

Madam Jenifah, on behalf of the SIDMA Board of Management thanked Madam Sufiah for her time and efforts to entertain the students and assisted them on completing their project. She hoped that the students can benefit from such visit and able to present their findings from the study tour.

Madam Jenifah also took the opportunity to thank Dr Morni, Madam Azizah, Madam Nancy Pishori (Manager, Property Administration Department) and staff of SIDMA College Sabah who have assisted throughout the tour to ensure the success of the project. She added that the students benefitted from such visit as they were using simple English to communicate with the resort management as well as with their friends throughout the tour. She added that even inside the SIDMA bus, the students selected and sang English song for their Karaoke entertainment. She too hope that the management will continue to support the organising of similar teaching and learning activities for the other batches of students in the coming future.

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Special Prayer for Examination Success

Monday, August 13th, 2018

The pressure of an examination can be overwhelming due to the fact that the test is the culmination of a whole semester or more of study. Perhaps the students’ future, or their parents placed great emphasis on the outcome of their study. In such circumstances, one tend to be facing  intense situation, and what one write on their answer script may get wrong as they keep on worrying about the outcome of the result.

Having special prayers session for SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students prior to sitting for their semester examinations has been one of the core activities of SIDMA College’s United Islamic Students Council (GAMSIS) to enable students to get the pleasure (keredhaan) from Allah SWT prior to sitting for their final exam and pray for success in their studies.

GAMSIS held a special prayer (Solat Hajat for Final Exam) and pep talk session at SIDMA Atrium on 9 August 2018 for all Muslim SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Semester June 2018 students who will be sitting their semester final examination beginning 11 August 2018.

Ustaz Candra Murthy, who was given the honour to conduct the Special Prayer as well to give a special pep talk to the students, stressed on the following ideals:

  1. Be the LIGHT that benefits others such as the sun
  2. Before you succeed, you will be burned with hardship to gain success.
  3. Do not make GOD a goal for you to succeed in the exam or achieve something. Make Allah SWT the ultimate goal during difficult and convenient time that is; when you face any pleasure and difficulty, perform your prayer.
  4. Try not to get panic or worrying by staying quiet (less talk) and to put your trust to Allah SWT in any effort that has been done.
  5. When praying, pray with high hope instead of “if God give or not, it doesn’t matter, at least I prayed”

GAMSIS Chairman, Mr Mohd Faridzwan Bin Abdul Salleh took the opportunity to convey his sincere thank you to Ustaz Chandra for taking time off to be at the college with SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students. He hope that through such initiative, SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students will remember to pray and make that important connection with God that will transform their anxiety into positive energy.

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Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Mohd Shafie Bin Hj Apdal Officiated 2018 MASISWA Sports Carnival Zone Sabah

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Y.A.B Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Mohd Shafie Bin Hj Apdal, Chief Minister of Sabah, when officiating the 2018 Sabah Private Universities and Colleges (MASISWA) Sports Carnival at Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex on 22 July 2018, congratulated the contingents for their full commitment and excellence performance in the 2018 MASISWA Sports Carnival and hope that they will continue to excel and be able to represent the country and the nation; much to the applauds from all the IPTS students.

The Chief Minister added that sports play a great role in our life as it keeps us healthy, wealthy; and increase our ability to always stay active and resilient. We can only have healthy mind when we have a healthy body – thus enabling us to achieve our dreams as well as to overcome obstacles. Great achievements can come our way when we maintain our physical and mental well-being.

Y.A.B Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Mohd Shafie urged students from the universities and colleges to seize opportunities from the conducive learning environments provided by their learning institutions to excel holistically, not only in sports but also in academic, social, spiritual, moral values, thinking and communication skills, and more in order to be useful citizens and future leaders of the country.

As Chief Minister of Sabah, he stressed that he and his cabinet is willing to listen from the students and the youths of the country, and build the future of Sabah for the students and youths. He thanked Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (2018 MASISWA Organiser and SIDMA Sabah Chairman) for inviting and giving him the platform to meet and talk to the students and youth from the IPTS of Sabah and he hope that he will be invited again for the 2019 MASISWA Sports Carnival.

Y.A.B Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Mohd Shafie and wife (Datin Seri Panglima Hajah Shuryani Shuaib), who was accompanied by Y.B Datuk Dr Yusof Bin Yacob (Sabah Education and Innovation Minister) and his wife; later took the opportunity to mingle and congratulated the IPTS athletes for their success; and together danced with the students to the tune of Sabah currently popular hit, “Original Sabahan” song.

Y.B Datuk Dr Yusof Bin Yacob, took the opportunities to advise students to avoid segregation among themselves based on race, religion, or economic status, but them to be more inclusive and united in their diversities, and work together in order to build a stronger and a more progressive country.

Earlier, Prof Dr Mohd Zamri Bin Yusoff, President of Sabah MASISWA Sports Council, thanked and congratulated Dr Morni Hj Kambrie and SIDMA College Sabah for their successful organisation of the event despite facing adverse conditions, particularly the financial constraints. He also appreciated the full commitment, support and collaborative efforts from all the IPTS to the organising committee.

He also announced that 2019 MASISWA Sports Carnival will be hosted by Asia Metropolitan College Kota Kinabalu and hope that all IPTS will continue their undivided support to the next year’s host.

Dr Morni in his welcoming address, thanked and congratulated the Chief Minister of Sabah, Y.A.B Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Mohd Shafie Bin Apdal and Datin Seri Panglima Hajah Shuryani Shuaib, for taking their time off to grace the ceremony despite their very busy schedule for the day. He too conveyed his thanks and appreciation to all who have contributed both in money and kinds to the organising committee to ensure the smooth running of the sports carnival. He particularly thanked Y.B Datuk Dr Yusof and Sabah Education and Innovation Ministry who had contributed RM 10,000; the Sabah Youth and Sports Ministry and Sabah Sports Council who have given their support to ensure the host of the event can make use of all facilities at Kota Kinabalu Sports at a special rate. He too thanked all individuals who have sponsored and co-sponsored to the event such as KK Event House Sdn Bhd, Red Bull Malaysia, and more.

Dr Morni too thanked Prof Dr Mohd Zamri for his sharing of experiences and advice to the organising committee, as well as the full support and collaboration from all the IPTS. He too, congratulated all the athletes for their sportsmanship and sporting spirit. He particularly thanked all the sports marshals who were working in a very tight schedule and with limited resources.

Dr Morni also conveyed his appreciation to all staff of SIDMA College who have collaborated and assisted to ensure the smooth implementation of the event without compromising their core duties to the students.

SIDMA College Sabah which hosted the 10th MASISWA Sports Carnival for the first time, managed to set a record with the largest number of participants (both in terms of colleges and athletes). More than 1,500 athlete from 20 private institutions of higher learning in Sabah took part and participate in the grand event. The 20 IPTS that collaborated and participated in the event are SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF), Kolej Teknikal Yayasan Sabah, Eastern College, INTI College Sabah, Almacrest International College, Asia Metropolitan College KK, Institut Sinaran, Asian Tourism International College (ATIC), North Borneo University College (NBUC), AMC College, Jesselton College, Cosmopoint Sabah College, Management and Science University (MSU), Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC), Kiara College, Kinabalu Commercial College (KCC), MAHSA College, Geomatika College Keningau, and Sabah Institute of Art (SIA).

University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) has emerged as the overall champions in the recent concluded Sabah Zone MASISWA Games 2018 held at Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex from 20 -21 July 2018.

During the 3-day carnival saw UCSF hauled a total of six (6) gold four (4) silver and two (2) bronze medals from the 12 games they contested. Their gold medals came from ten-pin bowling (individual and team), netball, badminton (men double), chess (women individual and team)

Inti College finished as the overall runners-up with four (4) gold and two (2) silver medals. Third place went to University Tunku Abdul Rahman College with three gold medals.

Please <CLICK HERE> to view list of colleges that participated during the competition and their achievement status.

Also present during the event were Sabah Sports Board General Manager, Datuk Penyuki Matta; as well as Chairman of Sabah Sports Board, Datuk Louis Rampas, Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO SIDMA College Sabah), as well as the Chief Executive Officer and managers from IPTS that have participated in the events.

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