Company sponsors Penan students to attend TEDxKenyalang

Bernard Upieh is one of ten Penan students who have been sponsored to attend the TEDxKenyalang conference.

KUCHING, 21 Nov: Ten Penan students under the care of Helping Hands Penan, will attend the TEDxKenyalang conference this weekend.

Sponsored by Kenyalang Capital Ventures Sdn Bhd, the gesture is in line with the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in helping underprivileged youths to expand their knowledge and skills.

“By attending TEDxKenyalang, these students will be exposed to international speakers and delegates. We hope that this will inspire them to strive for their dreams and achieve greater success with their education and exposure to an international fraternity at TEDxKenyalang,” said company director Muhammad Firdaus Manan.

Bernard Upieh, one of the sponsored Penan students, says he appreciates the chance to be involved with TEDxKenyalang. “I am a Penan from Ulu Baram, Long Kerangan. My aim is to be a Doctorate holder and be an inspiration to my people. I hope to learn many things from this conference. TEDxKenyalang’s theme this year is ‘Be the Best’, and that is exactly what I hope to be, for everyone and also for myself,” added Bernard.

He holds a Masters of Social Sciences (Community Development) and is awaiting approval to start his PhD studies.


The 2-day conference will see many talented speakers from all walks of life sharing their stories – among them are Professsor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Alvin Wee, Azmir Zed, Magdalene Muuk, Aziph Mustapha, Sada Borneo music band, Dr M Abdullah Zaidel, Anthony Sebastian, Diane Russell, Datin Valerie Mashman and James Lai.

Shaped by their experience and ideas, the speakers will explore paradigms that will inspire, empower, and motivate participants to embrace new perspectives.

On top of that, there will also be workshops by BIMP-EAGA, a products showcase and a bazaar selling a variety of goods.

Happening on Nov 25th and 26th at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), the event is expected to attract 500 participants. — DayakDaily

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