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Indonesians drawn by state’s mixed population

on 13 Oktober 2010.

SARAWAK’S unique blend of races is what drove two Indonesians to attend Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).

Yogi Sugiono and compatriot Salsa Julian Anugrah said it was easy to be attracted to the state as besides offering an enriching exposure to various culture and ethnicity, it was close to home.

Both, graduates in the field of economics and business and hailing from Tasik Malaya in West Java Province, were among 309 who received their scrolls on the final day of the Unimas’s 14th convocation in Kota Samarahan yesterday.

Yogi, 21, said his uncle who used to teach Arabic literature at Unimas, suggested that he enrolled in the university.

“I also wanted to further my studies overseas for exposure and interaction and Sarawak appeared to be the ideal place to do that as its population had a good mix,” he told pressmen.

He admitted that it was hard at first to adapt given the language barrier but he overcame this soon enough as his circle of friends began to grow.

“I first picked up Bahasa Sarawak since it is commonly spoken and then went on to learn a few words in Iban, Bidayuh and the other languages from the various ethnic groups.”

Originally from the science stream, Yogi switched to economics and business as he wanted to assist in his family business dealing with leather.

He said the university’s caring lecturers made it easier for him to make the switch.

The youngest of four siblings, Yogi said studying away from home taught him to be more independent, strong and patient - virtues needed when it comes to adapting to a new environment.

Salsa on the other hand discovered Unimas through the Internet.

“My parents encouraged me to study outside Indonesia because they felt that I would be better exposed and they were right. Sarawak is very unique because of its diversity and it is a great place to study in,” the 20-year-old said.

The eldest of three siblings and the university’s student council body secretary, Salsa said she liked studying in Malaysia because the modules were mainly taught in English.

While admiring the cultural exchange, she said she too had promoted Indonesia among her fellow students.

“Indonesia is actually a safe country to visit. What we see in news reports is just a few bad apples out to make the country look bad,” she added.

Unimas produced 1,663 undergraduates this year bringing the total number to 13,994 since 1997.

Extracted from The Star Online.

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