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Dr Morni and Dr Zaida Seminar on Positive Parenting Skills

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Prof Dr Morni Kambrie, Chairman and Founder SIDMA College collaborated with Prof Dr Zaida Mustafa, Dean, School of Education & Humanities, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) and collectively presented a Seminar on Positive Parenting Skills (Seminar Keibubapaan dan Kanak-kanak) at SMK Gunsanad II, Keningau on 27 August 2019.

Prof Dr Zaida Mustafa, who has been serving for more than 30 over years in various capacities with the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE); and for six years as the Dean of UNITAR International University prior to her current position as the Dean at UNIRAZAK. Her vast experience, knowledge and skills gained throughout her service has enabled her to collaborate with Prof Dr Morni to develop and presented at the seminar on positive parenting skills recently.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie was a UiTM lecturer prior to continuing his MBA in Scotland (1987) and PhD in 1990 has developed his interest in education since he was a lecturer back in 1984, and later as a lecturer with Edith Cowin University, Australia. Prior to his establishment of SIDMA College, he was engaged as a contract lecturer at University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

Both Dr Morni and Dr Zaida are unique motivational speakers, well-known for their entertaining, captivating, highly interactive and energizing delivery techniques when they are on stage presenting their talk. When Dr Zaida was serving with MOE, she was appointed as an International Trainer, and has been giving talks to top education officers at international level.

With such combined unique background knowledge, experience and findings in the education of the young, both Dr Zaida and Dr Morni combing efforts to share parenting skills in a very meaningful, thought provoking, motivational as well as entertaining sharing to help parents in disciplining kids from toddlers to teens, particularly parents and students from the rural setting such as in Keningau, Sabah.

The goal of parenting is to teach kids to develop self-discipline; and many parents feel that spanking is necessary, an effective method to develop effective discipline. However, both Dr Zaida and Dr Morni talked about disciplining kids from toddlers to adolescents by focusing on developing their self-emotion – ensuring that children feel positive about themselves and to be the winners they were meant to be. For that, they both shared lots of practical solutions for parents to improve communication, building positive relationship as well as sharing other useful parenting skills; and avoiding negative skills such as yelling, screaming, spanking, caning, etc.

More than 250 teachers, parents, and students from secondary schools in and around Keningau district such as SMK Keningau, SMK Keningau II,  SMK Apin-Apin, SM St Francis Xavier, SMK Bingkor, SMK Agama Keningau, SMK Gunsanad, SMK Tulid, SMK Sook, SM Ken Hwa, and SMK Gunsanad II sent their representatives mainly from the upper secondary classes to participate in the event.

Encik Masly bin Wahip, Keningau District Education Officer, who was amazed by Dr Zaida and Dr Morni’s efforts to motivate and share the positive parenting skills and ideas thanked them sincerely for their efforts. He particularly thanked Dr Zaida who took time off to travel all the way from Kuala Lumpur to present and share some of the useful parenting skills technique.He too thanked all the Keningau secondary schools principals for their cooperation in sending representatives to this complimentary professional development event, and he hoped that they benefit from attending such activity.

At SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah various courses are offered as follows:

  • Master of Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Hons)
  • Bachelor of English (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma on Occupational Safety and Health

SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah September 2019 Intake of new students are now in progress. SPM/STPM/Diploma school leavers are warmly welcomed to visit the college located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu to get more information and also to register. You can also make enquiries by calling SIDMA Hotlines 088-732 000 or 088-732 020 or Whatsapp to 013-865 4877. See you soon!

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BED and BECE Students of 2016 Completed Studies

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Are you very enthusiastic about choosing a career in education, with ideas and desire to motivate and inspire young minds? If so, Bachelor of Education (Hons) (BED) and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons) (BECE) studies at SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah is waiting for you to grab it!  You can choose to specialise in early childhood or secondary education; and soon you will graduate and be prepared for a rewarding and successful career in education sector.

In Malaysia, there is always a demand for qualified teachers in early childhood preschool, primary and secondary schools, particularly in the rural settings of Sabah. Students who have graduated with an education degree from SIDMA College UNITAR or UNIRAZAK Sabah, will possess the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude needed to venture into a diverse education services and management either in kindergartens, primary or secondary education. They will learn on how to foster the capabilities of children and young people with diverse backgrounds and needs. They will be trained to develop the skills needed to become critical and effective teachers for advanced professional practices in the future.

On 14 August 2019, a batch of 39 Bachelor Education and 36 Bachelor of Early Childhood Education students who have completed their 14 weeks teaching practicum (internships) on-site at various schools/preschool have undergone actual school working experiences that allows them to practice and demonstrate their developing skills and competencies in their career; prepared,produced and submitted their practicum reports and portfolios for assessment and moderation purposes by the panel of qualified and highly experienced practicum supervisors.

The students, from the October 2016 batch of students, were headed by Mr Mohd Fikri Mohd Shah, (President, 2018/2019 Student Representative Council). Other than submitting their practicum folios for evaluation and moderation of marks, they also conveyed their special thanks and sincere appreciation to Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College); Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Mr Louis Jais (Academic Manager) as well to all lecturers and staff of the college; for their undivided support, sacrifices, patience, understanding and faith in them to see them get through especially in their time of need and also to the whole college staff for their continuous prayers which had made it possible for them to complete their studies, including their recent teaching practicum projects.

Madam Jenifah Abdullah, a former senior education officer with the Sabah Education Department who is currently a staff of the college, took the opportunity to conduct an impromptu grooming and professional sharing session to these soon-to-be teachers and advises them to read and learn more on the industry’s (education industry) expectations, and the real world demands of fresh graduates.

To ensure the student empowerment in learning, the 21st century teaching, she added that new teachers are encouraged to engage in self-evaluation and reflection to relate theory into practice. Self-reflection and self-evaluation are required for all new teachers during their teaching in schools. It’s through such practices that new teachers are able to demonstrate increasing ability to manage issues and problems related to their teaching experience; it can also improved self-esteem, teaching competencies and the management of the teaching climate in classrooms.

Prof Dr Morni congratulated the students for successfully completed their studies despite all odds. He said that “It is one of the great accomplishments of your life. It means your lifetime of education has paid off in the form of a Bachelor of Education degree or Bachelor of Early Childhood Education”.

Congratulations! Take some time off and enjoy as you deserve it; though you need to prepare soon after as it is also the time to get busy joining the “real world” and finding a school that will enable you to start your career in teaching. The college true success will be seeing that the students are successful in life; that will be the best gift for all staff and the college, he added. So work hard and achieve your success! Prof Dr Morni concluded his speech.

Other than education, at SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah various courses are offered as follows:

  • Master of Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Hons)
  • Bachelor of English (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma on Occupational Safety and Health

SIDMA College UNIRAZAK Sabah September 2019 Intake of new students are now in progress. SPM/STPM/Diploma school leavers are warmly welcomed to visit the college located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu to get more information and also to register. You can also make enquiries by calling SIDMA Hotlines 088-732 000 or 088-732 020 or Whatsapp to 013-865 4877. See you soon!

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/event-2/235-batch-2016-bachelor-of-education-and-bachelor-of-early-childhood-education-students-completed-studies

Hari Raya Aidiladha Goodies distributed to SIDMA Staff

Friday, August 9th, 2019

Hari Raya Aidiladha, also called the feast of sacrifice, is an Islamic festival that falls on the 10th day of Zulhijjah (the 12 month of the Islamic calendar. The event is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) complete faith and trust in God. This was related in the story of God commanding Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismail (Ishmael), a commandment that Ibrahim responded to with obedience. God stopped him and provided him with a sheep to substitute as a sacrifice, instead of his son. The festival also marks the end of the Hajj (the Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

In conjunction with this year Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration which falls on 11th August 2019; Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, SIDMA Chairman and Founder; with full collaboration from SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) distributed goodies to SIDMA staff at SIDMA College Sabah Atrium on 08 August 2019 (Thursday).

According to Prof Dr Morni, it has been customary for SIDMA College to distribute goodies to staff celebrating the main Malaysia national festival such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Aidiladha, Harvest Festival, Christmas and Chinese New Year as one of their Corporate Social Responsibilities to share and to celebrate together with the staff as one big family. He also expressed his appreciation and recognition to all of his staff for their great services and contributions rendered by them throughout the year.

Goodies of basic festive necessities which comprises of chicken and beef were handed out to the staff by Puan Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) on behalf of Prof Dr Morni who has earlier engaged with other commitment outside Sabah. Puan Azizah was accompanied by Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Marketing and Business Development), Mr Zain Azrai (Chairman, PKKKSS) as well as other SIDMA staff.

Mr Zain Azrai, on behalf of all PKKKSS committee members and SIDMA staff thanked Prof Dr Morni and the Top Management for their generosity, the sharing and caring attitudes for the staff well-being and happiness; particularly during such auspicious occasion such as Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Prof Dr Morni and family, Madam Azizah Khalid Merican and family, Mr Zain Azrai and family, Managers, Heads of Departments and family also shared their warm Hari Raya Aidiladha greetings to all lecturers, staff, students, parents, relatives and friends. Have a blessed, joyful and safe Hari Raya Aidiladha everyone!

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Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie’s Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) in Rural Schools

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

SIDMA College Sabah has expanded its SIDMA Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities to complement and supplement the quality of education in Sabah by co-organizing the motivational programmes in rural schools in Sabah.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College Sabah and Sarawak; said SIDMA College would continue to reach out to the schooling children of the rural community so the awareness on the importance of education for young children can be increased.

Through such CSR activities, Prof Dr Morni hope that the college could indirectly support the various on-going motivational programmes conducted by the Education Ministry as well as from Sabah Education Department to provide a wider scope of opportunities for the rural secondary students to understand the real purpose and meaning of schooling and education through direct communication and interaction on related views, matters and issues; such as on the importance of developing positive knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to enable them to dream of better career and brighter future ahead; as well as to empower them to be relevant and useful citizens of the country.

Recently at a secondary school in northern part of Sabah, SMK Pitas, Kudat; Prof Dr Morni inspired the students on the importance of them to develop positive learning attitude and discipline by saying “…Schools / students can have the best teachers, the most supportive parents, and are placed in the best schools; but if they, the students; themselves do not have good discipline, are not focused on their studies, as well as lacked the direction to move forward; they will not be able to unleash their best potential and achieve the highest goal that they want to achieve..”

Prof Dr Morni stressed that being from rural setting (kampongs), deprived background and economic status; it should not hinder anyone from achieving / performing well in school. He presented himself as the possible example that the students could learn from, because he came from a poor family and that when he was in primary school, his family do not have their own house, and have to rely on his father’s friend house to reside.

He reminded them that no matter what they wanted to do for their life in future – whether to be a teacher, lawyer, engineer, pilot, police, doctor, etc; they need good education for every single one of those careers. He also advised them to attend classes every day and never drop out of school in order to have a bright future. He stressed that they got to work hard, train, learn from Primary One until university in order to develop their full potentials – talents, skills and intellectual power so they will be able to solve the most difficult problem that they might encounter in future. Thus if they quit schooling for whatever the reason is, they are also withdrawing themselves from their dreamt future career.

Prof Dr Morni who has always been portrayed as a unique motivational speaker, very well-known for his entertaining, captivating, highly interactive and energizing when on stage delivering his talk said that, “Your hopes and dreams are the key to your understanding of who you are, what you want to be, and even on how to reach your goal” he stressed.

Prof Dr Morni shared his own personal experience from being an ordinary village boy selling cakes, which his mother made every morning, from house to house in his village. However, due to his strong personality of always aiming high, plus his precious dream of earning his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), has brought him to where he is today.

During his trip to SMK Pitas, Prof Dr Morni was very warmly received by Principal of SMK Pitas, Mr Awang Seman, Ex Principal, Tuan Hj Abdul Hamid, senior staff and teachers and most importantly the Form Five and Six students. Interested school/ institution wishing to be inspired by Prof Dr Morni can reach him through his hand phone: 013-810 6201.

SIDMA College Sabah intake for new students is still open. All Form Five and Six school leavers are welcomed to enroll at SIDMA College located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu. Financial assistance such as Education Loan from the National Higher Education Fund (Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional – PTPTN) is also available. Potential students can also visit SIDMA Website @ https://apply.sidma.edu.my to register. For more information about studying at SIDMA College Sabah, please call SIDMA Hotline: 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.

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SIDMA College Student Representative Council Handover and Installation Ceremony

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

An official handover ceremony for the newly selected members of the SIDMA College Student Representative Council (SRC) was held at SIDMA College’s Student Lounge on 19 July 2019. The ceremony marked the transition for the SRC as the Council of 2018/2019 officially handed over the reins to the incoming council of 2019/2020.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (SIDMA College Founder and Chairman) announced his great pleasure to witness the handing over of responsibility from the 2018/2019 Student Representative Council to the successor.

On behalf of the college, Prof Dr Morni congratulated and thanked the previous SRC for their commitment, efforts and time taken to carry out their responsibilities and tasks throughout the year. He, too, welcomed and congratulated the incoming SRC committee members as new leaders to represent their fellow students

Prof Dr Morni added that the Handover Ceremony highlighted not only the change in student leadership, but also the making of student leaders and the importance of leadership, responsibility, discipline and good practices in SIDMA College Sabah. By taking up the role of SRC, the college provides the learning opportunities towards better self-development and greater opportunity to be engaged in community and solving social issues; thus helping to strengthen one’s character and confident to serve the larger community.

He reminded the new SRC leaders that upon receiving the handover of the SRC office, it comes with the key responsibility of upholding the service in carrying out the SRC duties with full commitment and purpose.

Despite having tight schedule, Prof Dr Morni took time to urge all students to seize their learning opportunities available in the college in order to pursue excellence in their studies amid all that they are going through.

SIDMA College key goal is to help all its students to gain their necessary industry-ready skills, technical knowledge, collaboration and teamwork as well as creativity and imagination to help them to succeed in whatever path that they eventually choose.

The Handover Ceremony began with a very touching speech by the outgoing President, Fikri Shah. In his speech, he thanked the outgoing council as well as all SIDMA staff who have collaborated and supported them throughout their tenure in the SRC. Fikri Shah then handed the SRC file to Coster Baragang as a symbolic for the handover.

The ceremony concluded with Prof Dr Morni being given the honour to present Certificate of Appreciation to the old council members as token of appreciation. The new council members were presented with their letter of appointment as new council member for 2019/2020.

Present during the ceremony were Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Puan Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Managers and Heads of Departments, and all Student Affairs Department staffs.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/all-bulletin/89-news/232-sidma-college-student-representative-council-handover-and-installation-ceremony

SIDMA College 2019 Annual Sports Carnival

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Team Adidas emerged as the overall champion during the SIDMA College 2019 Annual Sports Carnival held at Penampang Sports Complex on 14 July 2019 The team secured a total of 12 Gold, 8 Silver and 7 Bronze medals. The two days carnival which began on 13 July 2019 was participated by a total of eight teams namely: Adidas, Umbro, Under Armour (team for SIMA staff), Converse, Nike, Line-7, New Balance and Puma; from the staff and students of the college. During the carnival, the following activities were held: Football (Male), Netball (Female), Sepak Takraw (Male), Street Soccer (Female), Volleyball (Male and Female), Badminton (Male and Female) as well as a complete range of track and field events.

Team Line 7 managed to capture a total of 9 Gold and 5 Silver medals, and thus was placed as the first runner up.  Team Umbro managed to capture the second runner up after scoring a total of 6 Gold, 12 Silver and 7 Bronze medals.

During the event, athlete Ewy John, a four gold medallist from team Polo; and athlete Marnesna binti Janes, from Team Puma, who scored two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze, were respectively declared as the Best Sport Man and Woman for the year 2019.

The main focus of the carnival was to enable the close to 2000 staff and students from different programmes and faculties in SIDMA College Sabah to participate and showcase their sporting talents, honouring and awarding the talented athletics, while witnessing, nurturing and enjoying the spirit and championship of sports. It’s also an opportunity for staff and students to build and develop rapport, communication skills, fostering goodwill among staff and students, enhancing leadership quality as well as making more new friends.

The second day of the carnival began with a grand march past whereby contingents from the eight participating teams were given the opportunity to showcase their marching skills, team work and respect to the Guest of Honour of the day, Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College Sabah and Sarawak. Accompanying Prof Dr Morni were Puan Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Managers, Heads of Departments, lecturers and staff.

Prof Dr Morni during his officiating address congratulated the Project Director Mr Biffolye Galim, Student Affairs Department (STAD) and Students Representative Council (SRC) for the effective planning, collaboration, teamwork, leadership skills to ensure the successful implementation of the carnival.

He too took the opportunity to remind all athletes, staff and students to preserve and practice the spirit of good sportsmanship, cooperation, collaboration as well as team spirit among all parties. To all SIDMA College community, Dr Morni advised them to continue and upgrade their sporting activities as there is scientific evidence on the positive effects of sports and physical development as part of healthy lifestyles.

To encourage SIDMA College students to continuously improve their sporting skills and career, Dr Morni advised SIDMA College athletes who were active sportsman / sportswomen during their schooling days and had at least being selected to represent their respective district or division level sports tournament to submit their details to STAD for further actions; such as for recommendation to be awarded scholarship by relevant authorities.

To inaugurate the event, Prof Dr Morni, accompanied by Madam Azlina and Madam Azizah were given the honour to lit up the flame (torch) of sportsmanship and to raise the flag of SIDMA College Sabah, symbolising the starting of the carnival.

The overall results of the carnival are:

POSITION

TEAM

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

1st ADIDAS 12 8 7
2nd LINE 7 9 5 Nil
3rd UMBRO 6 12 7
4th UNDER ARMOUR 6 6 9
5th PUMA 5 5 6
6th NIKE 3 5 4
7th CONVERSE 3 4 4
8th NEW BALANCE Nil 2 9

SIDMA’s Prima Dansa Dance Club was given the honour to showcase their special dynamic dance performance to motivate the athletes and the audience.

Toddlers from SIDMA College Didi Childcare Centre were specially invited to perform a special event named “Kids Fun Run”. SIDMA staff’s children aged 12 years and below were invited to participate in a Beyblade competition, a line of spinning of top toys held at Penampang Sports Complex as a supplement event.

The carnival ended with medals, prizes and lucky draws presentation by Madam Azizah Khalid Merican, Puan Azlina Ngatimin and Prof Dr Morni. Prof Dr Morni also personally sponsored lucky draws prizes for some of the lucky winners present during the event in addition to the sponsorship by SIDMA College and its subsidiaries. Everyone went home happily and feeling energised and motivated soon after.

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Strengthening the Professional Development among Early Childhood Educators

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Datuk Dr Chiam Heng Keng, founder of the Executive Diploma, Bachelor and Master in Early Childhood Education at the University of Malaya, then the first of such programme to be offered in Malaysia. Her first batch of Early Childhood Education students graduated in year 2000, marking the beginning of professionalism in Early Child Care and Education in Malaysia. Currently she is the President of Early Childhood Care and Education Council Malaysia and has always been regarded as a well-known authority in child development and early childhood education.

On 5 July 2019, Datuk Dr Chiam took her time to talk to more than 500 lecturers and students (both Diploma and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education students) at SIDMA College Sabah on “Early Childhood Education Current Developments and Career Prospects in Malaysia”.

Datuk Dr Chiam explained that Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Malaysia has evolved structurally from two separate units comprising of childcare and preschool which are placed under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, and the Ministry of Education respectively to an integrated entity to provide a smooth progression from childcare to preschool. She added that both the Ministries have formed a committee, co-chaired by the respective Ministries to streamline the regulations and operations of early childhood educations.

Regarding the Standards on what a child in preschool today needed, Datuk Dr Chiam stated that the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) has set up Programme Standards for all ECE programmes, ranging from Certificate to PhD in ECE, which was enforced in May 2015. The programme standards contained all the knowledge and competencies needed by every preschool teacher to become a professional early childhood educator and she sincerely hope that all ECCE educators read and immerse all the elements in it.

On the teaching and learning aspect, she added that teacher does not merely teach the children on how to read, write and draw but must also provide the right context, environment and experience in order to give them strong foundation and the right start in life. Thus ECE teachers must therefore be ethical and morally correct in order to ensure the health and safety of the children as well as the curriculum should enable the teacher to develop and assess the child good mental health and discipline.

On this aspect, the Ministry of Education has taken the lead and develop national teaching and learning standards that incorporated components from languages and cultures of different ethnic groups to address the issues of differences in curriculum, instruction, and teacher preparation.

Every child is precious and children are assets to the future of our country. They are the most valuable asset of our nation; and to develop a nation and its people will all begin with early childhood education. In developing a child’s potential, we are really developing the human capital of the child and of the nation. We must enable the child to grow holistically so that the child is equipped with abilities, knowledge and skills to become a productive member of our country, she added. Towards this end, the Ministry has enforced Diploma in Early Childhood Educators as the minimum qualification of all preschool teachers by 2020.

She also shared that, under the Child Care Centre Act 1984, the Department of Social Welfare is providing interventional programs for young children through Child and Maternal Clinics. Such services provide educational assistance to the children from low income families to better prepare their children with skills they need to improve educational attainment and to promote quality life. This is to ensure educational equality and thus narrowing the educational gaps between majority and minority groups and consequently will create harmony and resolve the inter-ethnic issues. She added that ECCE teachers are not only there to teach knowledge, but also to advocate for the child.

Early childhood education is a diverse field that involves the care and education of children of children birth until the age of about 6 years. The Malaysian government places a strong emphasis on ECCE and has formulated the National Policy for Early Childhood Education. Under this policy, programmes have been introduced to meet the diverse needs of the crucial early years of new-borns till the age of six. These programmes provide a solid foundation for healthy growth and development which expose them to activities in nation-building and enhance their readiness for primary school education. The government’s involvement in ECCE is evident from its numerous initiatives to make early childhood education more accessible especially for the less fortunate children and those in rural areas.

For those interested in child development, particularly how a child’s formative period is developed emotionally, physically and intellectually, one might find rewarding career opportunities in early childhood education. Among some of the occupations that one can explore are the direct service careers, supportive service careers and related careers.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, founder and chairman of SIDMA College thanked Honourable Datuk Dr Chiam Heng Keng for her valuable time to come to SIDMA College Sabah and talked to its ECCE lecturers and students. He too hoped that all the students will benefit from this sharing session and will reflect it when practicing it in schools after their graduation soon.

Dr Morni pride that SIDMA College Sabah offered a wide range of programmes through its collaboration with UNIRAZAK (Universiti Tun Abdul Razak), UNITAR (UNITAR International University) and CUCMS (Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences) in various fields of studies such as Foundation in Management, Diploma in Early Childhood Studies, Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, Diploma in Business Administration, Bachelor Education (Early Childhood Education)(Hons), Bachelor in Education (Hons), Bachelor in Business Administration (Hons), Business in Management (Hons), Bachelor in English (Hons), Masters of Management, Masters of Business Administration, and more; which are tailored made to meet and produce competence graduates with industry-ready skills and technical knowledge for career progression.

SPM/STPM/STAM school leavers and Diploma and Degree holders considering to furthering their studies are welcomed to visit SIDMA College Sabah / Sarawak for more information and registration. Those from Sabah are welcome to call SIDMA Hotline: 088-732 020 or 088-732 020 for more information and registration.

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SIDMA College Sabah 2019 Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House

Monday, July 1st, 2019

SIDMA College Sabah 2019 Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House at SIDMA Atrium on 28 June 2019 really touched the hearts of Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College), Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director Corporate Marketing & Business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) as SDMA staff from the various departments have collaboratively and collectively organised the event together to enliven the spirit of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The main purpose of this extraordinary event was to give an exhilarating experience, particularly to the college staff from various races, religions and cultural background co-existing together in our multiracial setting This customary event also promotes openness and inclusiveness among the staff.

During the event, staff from the various cultural background participated in the event by dressing themselves in traditional Malay attire: such as Baju Melayu, Baju Kurung, Baju Kebaya, or in their traditional cultural attire such as the traditional costume of Rungus.

Apart from the traditional attire, the event also exposed the various diversified traditional Malay food such as Rendang, Nasi Himpit, Kuah Kacang, Satay, Ketupat, Kari Ayam, Biskut Raya and many more. The staffs of the college also were divided into several groups, and each group collectively prepared and showcased their own secret recipe of preparing some the traditional food, all done in spirit of unity and team spirit; providing opportunities for everyone to mingle around together and get a taste of the food, in harmony, without much protocol.

Dr Morni in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri greetings stressed that the “rumah terbuka” or open house concept is very prevalent in the SIDMA culture especially during major festivals and celebrations like the Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Kaamatan Harvest Festival, Chinese New Year and Christmas. Apart from having open house event such as this, the college also provide goodies to its staff prior to such festivals.

SIDMA Chairman and Founder also extended his warmest Hari Raya Aidilfitri Maaf Zahir dan Batin greetings to all SIDMA staff who took time to come together and join the celebration, thus creating a very united SIDMA community. He too, congratulated the staff for their initiative to collectively organised the event, despite being busy with their core business – preparing and facilitating students in class.

The chairman also expressed his appreciation to SIDMA staff for their team spirit to ensure the success of SIDMA goal and aspiration, but once again reminded SIDMA staff that although the global economic growth managed to improve by only 3 per cent currently, which is in fact the highest growth rate since 2011, but unfortunately, it is predicted to remain status quo for the coming year. Thus he requested all his SIDMA staff to continue focusing on college goal, increase output and as well as be more outcome oriented in their job.

During the event various unique and entertaining performance were held to enliven the Hari Raya Spirit of the day such as dancing, singing and more from each of the respective teams. The main highlight of the event was the Rendang food-tasting competition. Each group prepare their special dish of Rendang using their own secret recipe. The judges selected Rendang prepared by the team from CEO’s Office, the Finance Department and Human Resource Department as the winner of the competition; and was presented cash prize provided by the top management of SIDMA College.

Mr Iwan Mahdzuan was selected as the winner for best Baju Raya attire for Male Category; and Mdm. Riga Lenggean on the other hand won the female category. They were among all the participants who were really dressed to their best traditional attire; but Mr Iwan and Ms Riga attire were exceptional, and managed to mesmerise the jury’s attention.

SIDMA College staff gathering is never complete without Dr Morni and SIDMA staff given the opportunity to convey happy birthday greetings and well wishes to those celebrating their birthday that season. During the occasion, staff celebrating their birthday on the month of April, May and June 2019 were invited to the “Birthday Cake Candle Blowing” amidst “Happy Birthday” song sung by their colleagues.

The day ended with all the college staff enjoying the traditional food prepared by the staff such as kelupis, curry, Biskut raya, Satay, Ketupat, lemang and more brought and shared by staff of the college. Special Ice Cream catered by Qaseh Ice-cream and Bakso (an Indonesian Noodle Soup) were also provided in the event, sponsored by CEO and PAD. For the closing, the event was graced with the entertaining and mesmerizing performance by Nor Ain, Top 7 Sugandoi State Level 2019 winner and Rudy Banabas, First Runner up of UPKO Sugandoi 2019 Competition.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/others/226-sidma-college-sabah-2019-hari-raya-aidilfitri-open-house

Top Seven Unduk Ngadau Sabah 2019 Courtesy Visit to SIDMA College

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Today, 20 June 2019, all top seven Harvest Queen (Unduk Ngadau) Sabah 2019 paid courtesy call to SIDMA College to sincerely convey their heartfelt thanks to SIDMA College Sabah and UNIRAZAK (University Tun Abdul Razak) for sponsoring them scholarship to further their studies. These top seven winners are Miss Francisca Ester Nain (Unduk Ngadau Sabah 2019 as well as Unduk Ngadau Karambunai); Miss Annette Rabecca Januin (Unduk Ngadau Pantai Manis, Papar); Miss Leticia Casianus Bansin (Unduk Ngadau Penampang); Miss Skye Judith Harding (Unduk Ngadau Tamparuli); Miss Conne Juenin (Unduk Ngadau Kundasang); Miss Nurul Yanadido (Unduk Ngadau Tandek) and Miss Vinny Alvionitta Sasising (Unduk Ngadau Klang Valley).

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College, was really impressed and felt honoured to warmly welcome all the top seven Harvest Queen winners to the college. Along with Dr Morni were Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), managers, coordinators just to name a few; along with all the lecturers, staff and students of the college. All of them were very honoured and impressed by these 2019 Unduk Ngadau visit to the college. They too took the opportunities to congratulate all of them for winning the 2019 Unduk Ngadau Competition at various level of the competition.

Upon their arrival, a photo taking session was arranged for all staffs and students to have their photos taken with all these Unduk Ngadau.winners.

Dr Morni in a short media session congratulated SIDMA College and UNIRAZAK for incorporating the element of knowledge / education into the Sabah 2019 Unduk Ngadau Competition by sponsoring various scholarships for the top three winners to further their studies.

Earlier when asked to comment on the competition, Miss Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas, the 2019 Unduk Ngadau Organiser stressed that “Unduk Ngadau is a cultural pageant; thus contestants must not only be judged by their beautiful, but they must also be very knowledgeable about their own mother tongue, culture and ethnicity. The contestants also need to do research and prepare documentations about their respective district and ethnic group; as well as current issues relating to women empowerment and efforts, and many more”. Thus the award of scholarship by SIDMA College and UNIRAZAK to the three winners of the Unduk Ngadau 2019 to further their studies is very relevant for the occasion.

Dr Morni added that SIDMA College Sabah and UNIRAZAK, both being institutions of higher learning; will continue to facilitate these Unduk Ngadau winners (upon their registration with the college), together with all its existing students in ways possible to ensure that all of them will complete their studies successfully and without any difficulties. As these Unduk Ngadau are also the ambassador of Sabah, Dr Morni also offer to assist them in their mastery of the Kadazandusun Language, improve their communication skills, public speaking skills, conversational skills, as well as their academic studies. Dr Morni also hope that these Unduk Ngadau will further their studies upon completion of their degree, and be among the very few Unduk Ngadau to receive a PhD.

Unduk Ngadau 2019 Miss Francisca Ester Nain, who hailed from Karambunai, was among the very few finalists who speak very fluently in her mother tongue (Dusun Tindal language). She plans to be a teacher, particularly to teach the Kadazandusun language to the young generation.

She was indeed glad to know that UNIRAZAK offers Bachelor of Education (Hons) with option to major in KadazanDusun language, and she added that probably her fellow Harvest Queen winners and other fellow participants might also consider taking up the course. By getting this Bachelor’s degree, it will enable them to fulfil their dream of becoming a teacher – teaching the Kadazandusun language. This will enable them not only to teach the language, but also continue to preserve, develop and promote the KadazanDusun language, thus to ensure that the language will continue to stay relevant in this dynamic modern era .

Francisca too hope that more KadazanDusun school leavers with SPM / STPM / Diploma / Matriculation will consider taking up Bachelor of Education (Hons) at UNIRAZAK SIDMA College Sabah. She also planned to record and documented Sabah’s local culture in various languages, and shares it throughout the world.

Miss Francisca along with all the other winners of the 2019 Unduk Ngadau, sincerely thanked SIDMA College and UNIRAZAK for providing her and the other winners the much needed sponsorship for them to further their education as well as getting financial incentives. They too thanked all the other sponsors who have contributed prizes such cash, air tickets, and more to enliven the event.

Unduk Ngadau pageant has become an annual auspicious event as well as the most important highlights of the Kaamatan festival; which commemorate the legend of Huminodun, a maiden, who was sacrificed by her father, Kinoingan to save the people from famine so as to bring about a bountiful harvest.

SIDMA College will continue to collaborate with UNIRAZAK, and together develop and create the necessary platform that will facilitate all of our students to develop skills and knowledge that they can apply to connect with the community that they are in, to analyse it and thus be able to understand related issues, as well as to transform their respective community to greater heights. The college will act as a place for lecturers and students to get together, connect with those around them, and together assist and positively transform them in all ways possible.

It is noteworthy to mention that since 2004, the following overall Champion for State level’s Unduk Ngadau had walked through the gate of SIDMA College Sabah:

  1. Miss Fharelynne Ivonne Henry – Unduk Ngadau 2004
  2. Miss Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas – Unduk Ngadau 2007
  3. Miss Ryannie Neils Yong – Unduk Ngadau 2015
  4. Miss Kerinah Mah – Unduk Ngadau 2017

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/all-bulletin/89-news/225-top-seven-unduk-ngadau-sabah-2019-courtesy-visit-to-sidma-college

Hari Raya, Kaamatan and Gawai Goodies for SIDMA College staff

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

The various ethnic groups, particularly the Kadazan, Dusun, Murut and Rungus of Sabah celebrated the Harvest Festival or the Kaamatan Festival, as a tribute to Bambaazon, the spirit of Kinoingan’s daughter Huminodun beginning the first week of May with Magavau ritual to invite the spirit of Bambaazon to the celebration and will continue till the end of the month; with the peak of the celebration being held on 30 and 31 May annually. This ritual is performed only by the high priestess known as Bobohizan, as without the spirit of Bambaazon, the festivities cannot be proceeded and it is through Magavau that the Rice Spirit is invoked.

Similarly, the native ethnic of Sarawak, particularly the Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Murut and more celebrated the Gawai festival as a thanksgiving and harvest festival marking the bountiful yields and the planning of future prospects as the festival marks the end of the harvesting season, an event similar to Kaamatan festival of Sabah on the 1 and 2 June 2019.

Coincidentally, after a whole Ramadan month of fasting, which began on 6 May 2019, Muslims in Malaysia celebrate the end of Ramadan month and the beginning of the Islamic new Islamic month, Syawal, beginning on 05 June 2019, by praying at mosque and having get together at relative’s and friends’ places by hosting “Open House” – the traditional way of inviting families, relatives and friends to their houses.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College) in honouring the spirit of Ramadan and the spreading the Hari Raya, Kaamatan and Gawai cheers, distributed Hari Raya, Kaamatan and Gawai Goodies to all SIDMA College staff on 29 May 2019 at SIDMA College Atrium. This initiative was donated by Mus Kitchen and supported by the SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) Committee members under the chairmanship of Mr Zain Azrai.

More than 130 goodie bags packed with festival basic necessities such as fresh whole chicken, wings, top sirloin meat, fruit drinks and more were distributed to SIDMA College staff, including staff from Bentleytel Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Didi Childcare Centre and Fiona Travels and Tours Sdn Bhd who will be celebrating the Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Tadau Kaamatan and the Gawai festival.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie who was given the honour to distribute the goodies distribution announced that the giving-out of goodies to SIDMA staff during national festivals such Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Aidiladha, Harvest Festival, Christmas and Chinese New Year has provided him with the opportunities to share and give back to his staff as well as to celebrate together each of these festivals as one big family.

He added that it is through such initiatives that enabled him to express his sincere appreciation, recognition as well as to convey his gratitude to all the staff for the great service and contributions that they had rendered together collectively, as a team to the college.

Meanwhile, Mr Zain Azrai (Chairman, PKKKSS) on behalf of the committee and SIDMA staff sincerely thanked Dr Morni and family for their generosity and their willingness to care, share and take into consideration his staff well-being and happiness, particularly during festival seasons such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Aidiladha, Harvest Festival, Christmas, and Chinese New Year.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Mr Zain Azrai conveyed in advance their warm Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin, Kotobian Tadau Tagazo  Do Kaamatan and Gayu Guru, Gerai Nyamai, Senang Lantang Nguan Menua greetings to all lecturers, staff, students, relatives, parents and friends.

Read more @ https://www.sidma.edu.my/index.php/en/others/224-hari-raya-kaamatan-and-gawai-goodies-for-sidma-college-staff