i-CATS Students Get a Financial Head Start with CIMB Foundation’s Be$MART Financial Literacy Programme
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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director
On 29 and 30 March 2017, fifty-four students from the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) participated in CIMB Foundation’s Be$MART Financial Literacy programme which was held at the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching.
Held for the first time in East Malaysia, the programme is fully financed by CIMB Foundation. It is a comprehensive financial education programme with the overarching aim of improving the financial literacy of youths across the nation as they embark on becoming financially independent.
The facilitators for the Be$MART programme comprise financial experts from CIMB Bank together with trainers from CIMB’s training partner, Gem Systems Sdn. Bhd. During the 2-day programme, a wide range of money management topics are covered such as Delayed Gratification, Goal Setting with Financial IQ, Risk Assessment & Profiling, Property Investment, Debt Management, Financial & Lifestyle Changes, Unit Trust Investments, Wealth Multiplier Lifestyle, Budgeting and Tracking, Share Investments, Financial & Investment Planning and Identifying Scams.
Commenting on the programme, Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS highlighted that, “We are honoured that our students have been selected for the inaugural session of the Be$MART programme in East Malaysia. Our students found the programme engaging and entertaining due to the interactive sessions coupled with simulation games. This is a shining example of industry and academia working as one, to advance the noble cause of Human Capital Development.” He added, “I must commend CIMB Foundation for spearheading the programme and its ongoing effort to address the increasing number of youth bankruptcy cases. The Be$MART programme is an important initiative to equip the nation’s youth with the necessary knowledge and skills in the area of prudent financial management.”
With the success of the Be$MART programme at i-CATS, another session has been scheduled for the students of Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) on 5 and 6 April 2017.
Group Photo: i-CATS Team with Team Members of CIMB Bank and Gem Systems Sdn. Bhd.
Middle: Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS
Sixth from Left: Mr. Lau Wee Hien, Branch Manager, CIMB Bank, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Branch, Kuching
Sixth from Right: Mr. Song Khoon Soon, Director, Operations Support – Sarawak, Sabah & Labuan Region, CIMB Bank
Fifth from Right: Ms Hilder Husun Hului, Trainer, Gem Systems Sdn. Bhd.
Fourth from Right: Ms Symsiah Hamdin, Senior Project Manager, Gem Systems Sdn. Bhd.