11 May 2016

Kuala Lumpur: CIMB Group today awarded scholarships to two outstanding participants in the CIMB Bumiputera Entrepreneur Skills Transformation (CIMB BEST) programme from 2015. The scholarships will enable the winners to enrol for the Bachelor of Business Management in Entrepreneurship at UNIRAZAK, and will cover the cost of tuition and exam fees, worth RM48,000 per student.


The winner of the scholarship from the Aspiring Entrepreneur Programme (Program Usahawan Beraspirasi, for new entrepreneurs) was Umarul Ariffin bin Jeffri, Executive Director of Umashi Resources, which specialises in supplying removable solar film and tint for vehicles, homes, offices and buildings, under the brand of Tinted Mudah Alih Removable and Reusable Tint.


Umarul Ariffin said, “The opportunity to further my studies in entrepreneurship has been one of my aspirations, and I am grateful that CIMB has made this possible. I hope to make use of this opportunity as much as possible to help improve and upgrade my business until it becomes a legacy. After the course at UNIRAZAK, it is my hope that I will be able to use the knowledge acquired to expand my business . Eventually, I hope to have not just agents, but also branches across the country, including in Sabah, Sarawak and even Brunei.”


The other winner was Mohd Izzuan bin Hassan, who won the scholarship from the Emerging Entrepreneur Programme (Program Usahawan Berpotensi), for entrepreneurs with one to four years of experience. He owns DBY Auto Solutions, which provides delivery and installation of vehicle batteries through the Bateri2U service.


Mohd Izzuan remarked, “Having enrolled myself in the CIMB BEST programme, I now have greater understanding of the requirements in starting and running a business effectively. This includes image building and business branding, managing cash flow, marketing strategy, and facing challenges. I highly recommend the CIMB BEST Programme to Bumiputeras, whether they are already business owners or about to start a business. I am very thankful to CIMB for awarding this scholarship to me and will commit myself to learning as much as I can on all aspects of entrepreneurship. I hope the degree from UNIRAZAK will provide me with a stronger foundation in entrepreneurship to enable my business to grow and for me to even expand into other businesses.”


Hamidah Naziadin, Group Chief People Officer, CIMB Group said, “We are pleased to play a proactive role in responding to Khazanah Nasional’s call to government-linked companies to strengthen the development of the Bumiputera business community. This scholarship programme highlights one of CIMB’s efforts to incentivise Bumiputera to seriously consider entrepreneurship as a career. This also builds on CIMB BEST’s annual upskilling programme. We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Umarul Ariffin and Mohd Izzuan for being bold, innovative and excellent role models as successful Bumiputera entrepreneurs aspiring for bigger successes ahead.” 

Hamidah Naziadin, Group Chief People Officer (far left), Prof. Datuk Seri Dr Md Zabid Haji Abdul Rashid, President & Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK (centre) and Samir Gupta, Deputy CEO of Group Consumer Banking, CIMB Group (right) with scholarship recipients Mohd Izzuan bin Hassan (second from left) and Umarul Ariffin bin Jeffri posing for a photo after the scholarship presentation ceremony. 




The annual CIMB BEST programme was first launched in September 2014 and is organised along three tracks: Track 1 to address the needs of aspiring entrepreneurs i.e. those who are new to entrepreneurship (with less than one year of experience); Track 2 for those with one to four years’ experience and looking to enhance their business skills and performance; and Track 3 for entrepreneurs with five to ten years’ experience, who want to expand and take their business to the next level. Each Track requires several days of full-time participation and includes experiential learning, lectures, dialogues and interactive forums.


CIMB BEST is open exclusively to Bumiputera applicants. There is no charge for participation.


The CIMB BEST 2016 Tracks are as follows:


  • Track 1: 11, 18 and 25 May
  • Track 2: 10, 17, 24 August
  • Track 3: 12, 19 October






Additionally, half-day industry-based seminars are also offered as part of the CIMB BEST programme. These sessions are open to all interested Bumiputeras at no charge. The next session will be held on 27 July 2016 on Legal Aspects Governing Business (Memahami Aspek Perundangan dalam Pentadbiran Perniagaan).


To register for the CIMB BEST programmes, visit www.cimb.com, or contact us at tel: 03-8913 6048/03-8913 6049, fax:03-8913 6089 or email:contactlnt@cimb.com