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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:






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.

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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

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

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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.

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Francisca Ester crowned 2019 Harvest Queen in Kota Kinabalu.

Saturday, June 1st, 2019
Francisca seated centre flanked by Annette on third left and Leticia on third right.

Francisca seated centre flanked by Annette on third left and Leticia on third right.

KOTA KINABALU: Karambunai’s Francisca Ester Nain is the 2019 Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Queen).

The 25-year-old was crowned by last year’s winner Hosiani Keewon here on Friday (May 31).

The second and third winners were Pantai Manis’s Annette Rabecca Januin @ Abdon and Leticia Casianus Bansin of Penampang.

Francisca beat 64 representatives, proving that she was not only the most beautiful of all, but the smartest, and one who truly knows her own ethnic culture.

She was one of the few who spoke fully in the native Dusun language during the question and answer session while the other finalists mostly spoke in Bahasa Melayu.

She will bring home RM100,000 worth of prizes including RM18,000 cash, scholarships from Sidma College and Unirazak, return flight tickets to Japan and Seoul, South Korea, as well as other goodies.

The second and third place winners bring home prizes worth RM70,000 and RM50,000 respectively.

As part of their prizes, Annette took home RM13,000 in cash while Leticia bagged RM10,000.By Stephanie Lee.

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SIDMA College distributes bubur lambuk throughout Ramadan Month

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019


Dr Morni presenting the bubur lambuk to Sembulan Fire Station.

KOTA KINABALU: Throughout the month of Ramadan, various public agencies, private sectors, non-governmental organisations as well as individuals are grabbing the opportunities to distribute alms in many places – SIDMA College Sabah is one of them.

SIDMA College has been distributing bubur lambuk to Masjid Bandaraya, Masjid Negeri, Masjid Kg. Sembulan, and Penampang Fire Station as well as Penampang Police Station since the first day of Ramadan.

According to the Director and Founder of SIDMA College Sabah, Prof Dr Morni Kambrie, the programme is able to be conducted successfully as the college received contributions from individuals as well as organisations.

“SIDMA college is very grateful for the sincere contributions that have been given,” said Dr Morni in his speech after handing over breaking of fast meals at Kota Kinabalu District Headquarters here recently.

He said, the history of distributing bubur lambuk has started since 20 years ago in SIDMA College Sarawak and the tradition has been carried out in Kota Kinbalu since the establishment of SIDMA College Sabah in 2003.

“A total of three pots will be provided daily where students who do not have any lecture classes on that day will come and help prepare the porridge. The porridge will then be distributed to the public at the mosques after Asar prayers,” said Dr Morni.

“This yearly activity has given the staffers of SIDMA College an opportunity to do charity works which generate the spirit of giving and helping those in need, and to draw closer to Allah SWT, besides instilling a sense of gratitude with His various gifts,” he added.

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Happy Teachers’ Day and Thank You Teachers

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Teachers’ Day is the day set aside to commemorate and honour the special work of teachers. It is celebrated throughout the world on different days. The World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5th October annually. Each of those days on which Teachers Day is celebrated has particular significance for the teaching profession for each of those countries.

Teachers’ Day in Malaysia is held annually on 16 May. Malaysian Teachers’ Day commemorates the endorsement of the Razak Report, an educational proposal aimed at reforming the educational system in Malaya (now Malaysia). This document has been the basis of the educational system in Malaya, and eventually Malaysia ever since.

On Teachers’ Day, Malaysian students and their parents show their gratitude and appreciation for teachers who make a significant contribution to the development of Malaysia. Teachers change us, in profound ways indeed, one child at a time. The world is better for it. And so is Malaysia. We could not have done it without you, TEACHERS; THANK YOU, TEACHERS!.

We value, deeply appreciate and recognise teachers’ commitment and endeavour to fulfil their responsibilities to their students in schools. Teaching is one of the noblest professions in the world, teacher is the key part of teaching and learning process; and there is no substitute to quality education because it helps in changing the lives of thousands and even millions of individuals and their families forever. It is also crucial to the growth of a developing nation like Malaysia. Teachers shine a light ahead to places that students can’t see; a place where students find their unique talents and use them.

This is clearly the idea behind the Malaysia’s Ministry of Education 2019 Teachers’ Day tagline – “TEACHERS; THE TORCH BEARER INTO EDUCATED, DISCIPLINED AND USEFUL CITIZENS “GURU, OBOR, HEMAH MENYINARI PERTIWI”.

Behind the 2019 Teachers’ Day logo, is the image of a book which symbolizes Malaysians responding to YB’s call Dr. Maszlee Malik, the Malaysian Education Minister to strengthen and enhances the culture of reading and expresses the desire to make the country a culturally-reading country.

The icon of the person symbolizes the Master and the Disciples separated. Teachers educate students to succeed. Students will continue to appreciate their teachers throughout the course.

Selection of gold (Gold) indicates the dignity (parable) of a beloved teacher (in colour context). In the context of the value of a teacher – teachers’ services are priceless.

In conjunction with this auspicious occasion, Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, SIDMA Founder and Chairman; on behalf of SIDMA Board of Directors, Board of Management, Head of Departments, lecturers, staff and students; with immense pleasure greets and wishes Happy Teachers” Day and Thank You Teachers” to all teachers.

Dr Morni also take this golden opportunity to congratulate the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Director of Education Sabah as well as the related team of excellence officers and teachers in the ministry, departments and the schools for their genuine and continuous efforts to transform Malaysia to a fully developed nation economically, politically, socially, spiritually, psychologically and culturally in terms of national unity, social cohesion, social justice, political stability, quality of life, social and spiritual value, and national pride and confidence (Mahathir, 1991)

Dr Morni also conveyed his appreciations and “Thank You” message to Director of Education Sabah, Director General of KEMAS, Director of Jabatan Perpaduan Negara dan Integrasi Nasional Sabah, Secretary Bahagian PERMATA, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, Putrajaya; all District Education Officers, Primary and Secondary School Head Masters and Principals, as well as to all teachers and school staff for their readiness to provide space, opportunities,  assistance and the necessary scaffolding to enable SIDMA College and UNITAR Sabah Diploma and Bachelor  students during their teaching practicum.

Thank you so much for making a difference among our students as well as in our young graduates.

Thank you, teachers. Thank you so much for your dedications, sacrifices and contributions for the success of each generation of the nation. Happy Teachers’ Day. May God bless you with the strength to achieve greater personal and professional growth in the coming years.

SIDMA College Sabah currently offers Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education), Diploma in Early Childhood Education as well as many other courses. The June 2019 Intake  for new students to register at SIDMA College Sabah is now open. . All Form V and VI school-leavers are welcomed to enrol at the college which is located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU. Potential students can also visit SIDMA Website @ 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 Sabah annually distribute “Bubur Lambuk” during Ramadhan

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

SIDMA College Sabah, under the dynamic leadership of Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) enliven the spirit of 2019 Ramadhan with among other things, the distribution of packed spiced porridge or more popularly known as Ramadhan Porridge or in simple Bubur Lambuk daily.

Bubur Lambuk is a unique delicacy among Malaysians during Ramadhan; it is a very well balanced food. Essentially it is porridge cooked with minced meat, as well as other ingredients all put together and cook in one pot.

According to Dr Morni, the distribution of Bubur Lambuk by the college started with the humble beginning of SIDMA College Sarawak in 1998. When SIDMA College Sabah was established in Kota Kinabalu in 2002, Dr Morni extended the culture of distributing free Bubur Lambuk during Ramadhan Al-Mubarak to SIDMA Sabah, and the tradition continues.

For this 2019 Ramadhan (1440 H) Dr Morni announced that he is very fortunate to have the service of Chef Mustafa (Chef Mus) from MUS Kitchen to head the preparation and cooking of the porridge. Currently Dr Morni and Chef Mus have a team of more than 100 volunteers, comprising of lecturers, staff and students who voluntarily take their turns to assist in the preparing, cooking and packing the porridge, as well as to deliver it to the scheduled destination such as mosques, suraus, fire and rescue stations, police stations, hospitals, schools, and more every afternoon.

For this Ramadan 1440 H, a total of 3 pots (approximately 600 packets) of Bubur Lambuk are prepared daily to be distributed for free to the general public (sedekah infaq) This packed Bubur Lambuk is delivered to its scheduled destination and served after the Asr prayer.

Since the beginning of 1 Ramadhan 1440 H, various individuals have contacted Dr Morni and sponsored the Bubur Lambuk to be prepared and distributed to places of their choice (in and around Kota Kinabalu and Penampang) according their tentative  schedule.

At the time of writing (13 May 2019), Dr Morni had received sponsorship from the following for their Bubur Lambuk to be prepared: UNIRAZAK, D.S.P. Madius Tangau, YB Datuk Hajiji, YB  Japlin, Datin Ierra, Dato Zamri, Datuk Redonah, Datuk Noni Said, Datuk M. S, Dr Abdul Razak Ahmad, Encik Ahmad Sultan, Cikgu Jennifer, Madam Jo-Ann Tan (UNITAR), Madam Bernadette (UiTM), Yayasan Sabah, Kak Not, Alumni UNITAR, Encik Zainuddin, Kelab KBKD, Puan Anita binti Misuari, Encik Abdul Qayyum, Abd Wahab, Hjh Sabtuyah, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Mus Budysham, Mr Dalinte Self, Miss Wong Eh Chun, Puan Rasiah Doreen, and more.

Currently Dr Morni and his team had sent Bubur Lambuk to the following locations: Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu; Masjid Kg Likas; Balai Bomba Sembulan; Balai Bomba Penampang; Balai Polis Donggongon; Masjid Negeri Sabah; Masjid Kg Sembulan; Yayasan Sabah; SMK Agama Bukit Padang; Masjid Bukit Padang; Surau Minintod; and more.

Dr Morni took the opportunity to convey his sincere thank you to all individuals who have contributed in cash and kind to the college to prepare their Bubur Lambuk to be distributed to places of their choice. He too thanked the following individual and SIDMA College staff who had donated sacks of rice for preparing the Bubur Lambuk during this Ramadhan – Natasha Elza Rizul, Syafiqah Usno, Nur Misuary Noor Salleh, Zain Azrai, Azwie Ahamat, Dean Shahrie, Arnin Asidin, Puan Izah Muhilin, and more. Dr Morni also thanked in advance all SIDMA College and MUS Kitchen staffs who have volunteered to assist in the cooking, preparing and delivering the Bubur Lambuk throughout this Ramadhan.

Dr Morni also invited individuals from the general public who are interested to donate in cash or in kind to the college for the Bubur Lambuk distribution, or for SIDMA College Al-Mughni Orphanage Management Association, are welcomed to contact him, Dr Morni (088-731 376) for more information and details.

Let us follow the generosity of the Messenger of Allah in the month Ramadan. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) – the best role model for us is the most generous person, and his generosity was incredibly increased during the month Ramadan. This fact was told by Ibn ‘Abbas -may Allah be pleased with them both- as follows:

كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود الناس ، وكان أجود ما يكون في رمضان حين يلقاه جبريل ، وكان يلقاه في كل ليلة من رمضان فيُدارسه القرآن ، فالرسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجودُ بالخير من الريح المرسَلة

“Allah’s Messenger was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Jibril (Gabriel) met him. Jibril used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Qur’an. Allah’s Messenger was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds). Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 6

Meanwhile, according to Puan Noradilah Binti Mohamadia and Ustazah Rohaya Binti Ruslan, Secretariat of SIDMA College Ihya Ramadhan Committee, among others activities during Ramadhan are the daily Tadarus Al-Quran at Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi beginning 9.00 am throughout the month of Ramadhan. SIDMA staff, students and the general public are welcome to participate in this dairy event.

SIDMA College Islamic Students Club (GAMSIS) has also line up daily Tazkirah and Communal prayers for SIDMA College staff, students and the general public. The event is held at SIDMA Atrium. Majlis Berbuka Puasa for those who participate in the Tazkirah is held at Mus Kitchen and all are welcomed to join the Majlis Berbuka Puasa.

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SIDMA College Sabah Welcoming Back UNIRAZAK

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

SIDMA College Sabah held a special Welcome Back cum Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) Celebration on 3 May 2019 at SIDMA College Main Atrium to greet and honour the returning of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) to revive, strengthen and form new partnership together, hand in hand, complementing and supplementing one another to fulfil the aspiration of the young generation of Sabah.

Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, SIDMA College Founder and Chairman in his welcoming address acknowledged that SIDMA College Sabah, since its establishment in Kota Kinabalu in 2002, has been appointed as Sabah Regional Centre for Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK).

In brief, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) was established on 18 December 1997 and is one of the first private universities in Malaysia. Prior to using the acronym UNIRAZAK, it started with the acronym; UNITAR with a strong IT highlighted in red to signify the booming of the ICT era way back in 1997. After UNITAR’s ownership moved from KUB to Yayasan PINTAR (the Tun Abdul Razak family foundation), the identity of UNITAR was then changed to UNIRAZAK in 2007. In addition to the original Kelana Jaya campus (named the Pintar Campus); the Razak Campus was set up to focus on becoming a boutique business school. In 2011, the two campuses were split, with the Razak campus maintaining the identity of UNIRAZAK, while the Kelana Jaya campus was renamed University of Management and Technology (UMTECH) (later rebranded as UNITAR International University). The Razak Campus still maintained its UNIRAZAK identity and even uses the same logo and corporate colour.

Dr Morni on behalf of SIDMA College Board of Management, conveyed his sincere appreciation, felt humble and honoured to welcome UNIRAZAK top management team, among them being Hon. Professor Datin Paduka Dr Samsinar Md Sidin (Vice Chancellor), Mr Amil Izham Hamzah (CEO) and Hon. Associate Prof. Dr Zuhaili Akmal Bin Ismail (Chief Students Experience Officer) to this simple function organised by SIDMA College Sabah. The presence of UNIRAZAK was to symbolically handover the MoA (Memorandum of Agreement), signed earlier between the two parties, to SIDMA College Sabah and Sarawak, and officially marked the beginning of the new strategic ties between SIDMA College Sabah and Sarawak with UNIRAZAK to bring about a new beginning, to be the best, and give the best to students and communities in Sabah and Sarawak.

According to Dr Morni, SIDMA College and UNIRAZAK  shared the same values and aspirations, and through this new strategic partnership it will enable SIDMA College to grow better, stronger and improve the college long-standing reputation throughout Sabah and Sarawak, to offer industry-ready and recognized academic programmes, and producing high quality graduates; with the current niche areas being Bachelor of English, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Business Administration with related specialisations much needed by the industry.

Mr Amil Izham Hamzah, Chief Executive Officer of UNIRAZAK, acknowledged that UNIRAZAK has been eyeing for a credible tertiary institution in Sabah and Sarawak to be UNIRAZAK sole representative in East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) since the beginning of 2000. While at Sabah, Mr Amil spotted SIDMA College Sabah, as a college that rapidly matured over the years as one of the largest colleges running Bachelor, Diploma and Foundation programmes with Dr Morni as its helm. He felt that SIDMA College is the definite and wisest choice to represent UNIRAZAK’s in East Malaysia; as well as to further strengthen UNIRAZAK’s position outside of West Malaysia.

According to Mr Amil, this MoA signed is not merely providing opportunities for students to pursue their studies at UNIRAZAK Regional Centre’s in Sabah and Sarawak, but the scope also expand to collaboratively provide support for student affairs and activities, academic and student exchange between the two institutions, as well as producing branding, marketing and communication initiatives.

He added that as part of the initiation of the MoA, UNIRAZAK and SIDMA jointly will be providing full scholarships (UNIRAZAK-SIDMA Scholarship) amounting to a total of RM 215,000 to five deserving SIDMA College students to pursue their study at UNIRAZAK. The students that will be selected to receive this sponsorship will become pioneering scholars of this initiative. “This is our way to begin honouring our commitment and effort towards this collaboration that we have witnessed from SIDMA College students”, he added. A mock cheque of RM 215,000 was jointly handed jointly by Dr Morni and Mr Amil to Hon Prof. Datin Paduka Dr Samsinar Md Sidin, Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK.

Mr Amil added that UNIRAZAK also takes into account that the month of May is very significant time for the people of Sabah as it’s the month of the Harvest Festival or more popularly known as the Kaamatan Celebration. It is celebrated by a large portion of the local ethnic categorised as the Dusun, Murut, Paitan and the Sama Bajau indigenous groups of Sabahan annually.

Knowing the importance of cultural values and traditions to the people of Sabah, UNIRAZAK took this golden opportunity to collaborate with SIDMA College and jointly sponsored the Sabah state level 2019 Unduk Ngadau competition which is expected to be held at the end of May 2019. “As a show of support to the long-time tradition with SIDMA College, we will be funding the top three winners worth RM120, 000 of scholarships”, said Mr Amil.  A mock cheque of RM120, 000 of scholarships was presented jointly by Dr Morni and Mr Amil to Hon. Datuk Juil Nuatim, Patron, and Council of Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan Sabah 2019.

Hon Datuk Juil, in his thank you address, conveyed his appreciation to both UNIRAZAK and SIDMA College for the meaningful sponsorship. He added that every year, the Council of Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan Sabah faced various issues related to sponsorship, but for this year it is resolved.

He was proud to note that Unduk Ngadau Competition has always keenly contested among the beauties of Sabah to be the fairest of them all. But now SIDMA College and UNIRAZAK have completely changed that perception to among other things such as to compete for opportunities to obtain sponsorship to further the education through a renowned university in Malaysia. This will create new light in future Unduk Ngadau competitions, whereby candidates need to possess basic education background in order to benefit from such scholarships.

SIDMA College Kaamatan Festival 2019 continued with various activities and competitions such as Sugandoi Singing Competition, Unduk Ngadau Competition, Lucky Draws, and more. The festival concluded with lunch provided courtesy of Mus Kitchen sponsorship.

The winners of SIDMA 2019 Sugandoi Singing Competition are as follows:

  1. Christopher George
  2. Erlvina Altie Henry
  3. Mohd Norman Bin Osman

The winners of SIDMA 2019 Unduk Ngadau Competition are as follows:

  1. Suzie Jainil
  2. Farinah Binti Kohadie
  3. Constance Joy J. Moin

Madam Azlina was given the honour to crown Unduk Ngadau SIDMA College 2019 whereas Dr Morni was given the honour to present prizes to the Sugandoi Singing competition, lucky draws, and more. Dr Morni and Madam Azlina took the opportunity to thank the organizing committee for a great event.

Present during the event were Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Marketing and Business Development), Hon. Datuk Juil Nuatim, Mr Amil Izham Hamzah (CEO of UNIRAZAK), Hon. Professor Datin Paduka Dr Samsinar Bin Ismail, Associate Prof Dr Zuhaili Akmal Bin Ismail (Chief Students Experience Officer), Hon. Raja Amirul Raja Nasron (Head of Branding and Communication), Nik Muhammad Faris Nik Abdul Rahim (Executive, Branding & Communications), Miss Hosiani Jaimis @ Keewon (Unduk Ngadau 2018), Mr David Tiongin (BOG), Managers, Head of Departments, lecturers, staff and students of SIDMA College.

SIDMA College Sabah June 2019 intake of new students is now open for you to register. All Form V and VI schooler are welcomed to enrol at the college which is located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU. Potential students can also visit SIDMA Website @ to register. For more information about studying at SIDMA College Sabah, please call SIDMA. Hotline: 088-32 000 or 088-732 020.

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