The ‘One Family One Professional’ initiative by YAN aims to create 300 doctors in 5 years

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'One Family One Professional' project by to Datuk Shahrul Nizam Yunos, the deputy president of the YAN (Image: Bernama)
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Dental Tribune ASEAN

Thu. 15. December 2022

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With students from the B40 and other economically disadvantaged groups, Yayasan Angkasawan Negara (YAN) aims to create 300 doctors in the next five years. This initiative will be carried out via the ‘One Family One Professional’ program.

Under a partnership with Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), this program is a joint effort of YAN and Manipal University College Malaysia (MUCM).

MUCM is one of Malaysia's oldest and most prestigious educational institutions with more than 20 years of experience in providing medical and dental education.

As part of the ‘One Family One Professional’ action plan, qualified students will be offered convertible loans to cover the cost of their medical or dental studies at MUCM as well as a monthly allowance to help with living expenses.

The main objective of the 'One Family One Professional' project is to help Malay and Bumiputera students from low-income families to pursue careers in dentistry or medicine, according to Datuk Shahrul Nizam Yunos, the deputy president of the YAN, who attended the program event with MUCM vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Patrick Kee Peng Kong.

17 MUCM students studying medicine and dentistry have already received letters of approval for their ‘tertiary education sponsorship program.’

Faziatul Dayana Sharudin, a 19-year-old first-year medical student, expressed her gratitude for receiving a loan because it will lessen the financial strain on her family given the high cost of the program.

“Receiving the loan will lessen the stress on my family because my mother is a housewife and my father is a retired army soldier. Along with the loan, I will also get an RM870 monthly allowance and other benefits like accommodation.”

The youngest of five siblings added, “I can now fully concentrate on my education and work persistently to attain outstanding grades just so my family will not be obligated to pay back the loan.”

Furthermore, Datuk Shahrul Nizam made it clear that medical and dental students who took up student loans and succeeded in their careers over the next five years would not be required to pay back their loans.

Additionally, YAN collaborated with orphanages across the country, and with the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA) to gather information or numbers on students who excelled in their academics and wanted to become doctors.

The One Family One Professional project will also be expanded to include various professions to aid the country in producing more professionals.

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