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New Straits Times on Merdeka Award ceremony.

Orang Asli researcher among three recipients of special arts and sciences grant The recipients of the International Merdeka Award Grant of the International Placement Research Grant 2017 (from left) Dr. Sophia Rasheeqa Ismail, Shahar A / L Koyok and Dr. Zetty Norhana Balia Yusof pictured at the Merdeka Award Grant 2017 at the Petronas Twin Towers today. (BERNAMA) By TEH ATHIRA YUSOF - December 13, 2017 @ 7:50pm KUALA LUMPUR: An Orang Asli researcher from Selangor was among the three recipients awarded with grants from the Merdeka Award 2017 International Grant on their studies for arts and sciences.

Artiste Shahar Koyok, 32, a Temuan from Banting was the first Orang Asli to receive the grant as well as the first recipient of the Education and Community category.
Shahar said his research will explore indigenous art within the context of the diverse ethnic and culture of Malaysia while emphasising the Merdeka spirit.

“The goal of my research is to regain attention to the…

The Star News on Merdeka Award ceremony.

The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, on Wednesday announced the recipients of the 2017 Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment. The three outstanding recipients are Shahar Koyok, Dr Sophia Rasheeqa Ismail and Dr Zetty Norhana Balia Yusof.
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Funding for academic research critical for the nation.


Continuous funding support for local academic research that contributes to the country’s productivity is key to preserve Malaysia as a global player, said the Sultan of Perak Sultan Dr Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.

“Passing the torch to the next generation is the only way to sustain Malaysia’s success as a dynamic and competitive global player in sectors ranging from science and technology, to the arts and humanities,” he said after gracing the 2017 Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment (MA Grant) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
With a total of 11 recipients since it was launched in 2012, he said the grant aims to foster a culture of excellence to promote thought leadership and innovation among the youth community.
“The grant offers the candidates a tailored financial support to realis…

Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment 2017.

Thank you to Merdeka Award trustee and committee for the award. I feel blessed and honoured to be one of the recipient of the award. I hope with this achievement will rise the profile of Indigenous people in Malaysia. Thank you so much to Petronas Galeri for your effort to promotes my artwork. Gosh i feel so good!