“We are a community of nations and everyone has a role to play in helping our societies improve, no matter what the challenges, no matter what the sacrifices we have to make,” shares Mr Lim Beng Choon, trustee of the ECM Libra Foundation, which has made a gift to the National University of Singapore (NUS) in support of bursaries.
Dato’ Seri Kalimullah Hassan and Mr Lim Kian Onn, the founding partners of the ECM Libra Financial Group, a Malaysian boutique financial services group, set up the Foundation to help poor Malaysian children succeed.
“Education is one of the most effective means to break the poverty cycle as well as to give people a leg up in life. The founders themselves were from humble backgrounds. It was education that brought them out of poverty,” explains Mr Lim.
The ECM Libra Foundation bursaries will be awarded to financially needy Malaysian students at the University. “The founders were cognizant that many Malaysians studying in NUS were struggling. The bursary is targeted specifically for underprivileged Malaysians to enable them to cope and to complete their studies and return to serve their country and their communities,” adds Mr Lim.
Adrian Yee Jia Chern, a Second Year civil engineering student is grateful for the boost the bursary has given him. “The ECM Libra Foundation bursary means a lot to me. It has provided me with much assistance financially and given me the chance to continue my education in NUS without any worries. I am thankful and honoured to be one of the recipients of this bursary,” he says.
Mr Lim has some advice, on behalf of the Foundation, for the recipients of their bursaries. “We can only advise them to work hard, study hard and strive to succeed. And when they succeed, help others who are less fortunate. They can, if they aspire towards it, be the future thought and industry leaders and they can make a difference for the communities they live in and their country,” he shares.