The Tunku Scholars Association Malaysia (“TSAM”) is an association registered pursuant to the Malaysian Societies Act whose membership consists of current and former recipients of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation (“Foundation”) scholarship.

TSAM’s members (also known as Tunku Scholars), are empowered individuals who excel academically as well as in co-curricular activities. As Tunku Scholars, these individuals are nurtured to become leaders, embedded with the teachings, values and good principles of the late Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia and its Father of Independence. Through TSAM, members are provided with a platform to network and forge relationships for their personal and professional development.

TSAM was also established in order to enable members to contribute back to the society. By organizing community, charitable and development activities for the community, TSAM members seek to make the everyday lives of Malaysian better.

TSAM owes its humble beginnings to Tunku Scholars themselves. Spirited and passionate about serving the community, TSAM was first known as the “Tunku Scholars Goodwill Fund”. Its function was to pool resources from Tunku Scholars and to award deserving organisations or individuals a sum of money to assist them with their daily lives or advocacy efforts. This was in 2008.

As time progressed, there was a realization amongst the Tunku Scholars that they could do more with a formalised organisation. Tunku Scholars came from various backgrounds, fields of studies, and possessed different skills and know-how. As such, there was also a need for an organisation that would enable Tunku Scholars to utilise each other’s expertise for their own development as well as for the benefit of the community. In the long run and as Tunku Scholars began forging their identities within their industries and fields, it was foreseen that an association to keep everyone in touch would be beneficial.

From this realization and that of the Tunku Scholars Goodwill Fund, effort began early 2010 to create the TSAM. A committee, known as the Paul-Heritage Commission comprising of Tunku Scholars was appointed to look into the viability of setting up an association for Tunku Scholars as well as to perform ground work, including the drafting of a constitution for the association. Progress was slow owing to the various other commitment Tunku Scholars had. Notwithstanding, at every Tunku Scholars camp, discussions were held to talk about the association as well as update new scholars of its progress.

On the 16th of January 2012, TSAM was officially registered with the Malaysian registrar of societies. With its establishment, TSAM expects big and great things to happen in due time. TSAM is committed in upholding and spreading the ideals of Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman and looks forward to developing its members as well as positively contribute to the society.