Yayasan Kajian dan Pembangunan Masyarakat (also known as Foundation for Community Studies and Development) is an award-winning, incorporated, registered and tax-exempted Malaysian charity.
Together Transforming Left-Behind Communities
We aim to empower left-behind communities – both rural and urban – by working alongside them.
Who we are
YKPM, also known as Foundation for Community Studies and Development (FOCUSED), was founded on the 22nd of September 1993.
YKPM carries out community development programmes to empower the Orang Asli (OA) towards sustainable livelihoods and environment, mainly with the Orang Asli-Jakun communities in Pekan, Pahang. Programmes include literacy classes, house-building, provision of safe drinking water, and start-up of income-generating projects, connecting to fair markets and strengthening community resilience.
Besides that, YKPM also focuses on public policy advocacy and capacity building of grassroots and volunteers.
WHO ANCHORS YKPM?
Our extremely dedicated advisory board and board of directors:
Dato’ Dr Daniel Ho was Chairman of Community Excel Services, a service organisation that seeks to serve and advocate on behalf of the poor and marginalised.
Originally trained as an engineer, he is presently involved in mentoring and journeying with business leaders and CEOs of companies, people in the world of sports, entertainment, politics, etc.
Dato' Dr Daniel Ho
Joseph Koh is interested in improving human capital and enable social mobility of Malaysians especially among natives.
He is a human resources professional in performance, culture, change & talent.
Marina Yong works in the field of sustainability with a focus on climate action, energy, and environment. Her interests include improving energy access and livelihoods for underserved communities.
She sits on the board of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance, Air Selangor and Proforest Malaysia.
Dr Paul Quek
Goh Khir Chaye is a management and business consultant. He has almost four decades of corporate, general management and engineering experience.
He was most recently the Director, Corporate Development for a leading Malaysian public listed infrastructure and property group for more than two decades.
Goh Khir Chaye
Clement Heng was formerly in the Board of Trustees of MARGMA (Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association) Foundation (2016 to 2020). He was also the Head of Sales in Aetna, ING, AmAssurance and Mayban Life Insurance for 20 years.
He is passionate about raising funds for Orang Asli’s self-determined sustainable development.
Prof Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria is the Head of the Secretariat for the All-Party Parlimentary Group Malaysia on Sustainable Development Goals (APPGM-SDG), senior fellow in ISIS Malaysia and Honarary Professor at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), National University of Malaysia (UKM).
Prof Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria
Dr Ramy Bulan‘s research and work focuses on access to justice for indigenous peoples including customary land rights, native courts, dispute resolution and restorative justice, traditional knowledge, forestry laws and conservation.
Dr Ramy Bulan
Mr Kon Onn Sein is the Managing Director of YKPM. He has worked in poverty alleviation and community development among the Orang Asli and urban poor at both grassroots and policy advocacy levels.
His training was in law, and he is a member of the Inner Temple and holds a MA in Social Development from the University of Sussex under a Chevening scholarship.
Kon Onn Sein
Mr Ng Eng Leong founded Gagasan Teguh Sdn Bhd in 1991 and was primarily responsible for the growth of the company during the early years.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics from La Trobe University, Australia.