YTAR History

Above all, YTAR prides itself on the diversity of our Tunku Scholars, with the belief that the future leaders of Malaysia should be representative of the country.

- Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman

1966 - The Beginning

Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman (YTAR) is a non-government organisation that was established in 1966 through the initiative of the vision of Utusan Melayu (Utusan Malaysia). It began as a fund from the cumulative contributions of Malaysian leaders who were passionate about helping students from less fortunate backgrounds. While this began initially to help the poorer Malays, the fund quickly grew to include the other races in Malaysia, in remembrance and honour of YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Malaysian Prime Minister who was the one that had united the citizens in Malaysia.

YTAR initially began by granting
education loans to


Amounting to
Ringgit Malaysia


to support their education

  2006 - 2011

In 2006, this loan was then replaced by the Biasiswa Tunku Abdul Rahman (Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship) to high-potential students from all races, financial backgrounds and fields of education. Students awarded with the scholarship are granted the title of Tunku Scholars. YTAR also began providing financial aid to less fortunate students from 2011 until today.

  Look Forward

Since its establishment, Malaysians through the support of YTAR have completed their studies and have led their careers in medicine, law, science and technology, education, politics, media, and more.

Those who aspire to become future leaders and influencers in their own capacity, to change the world in even the smallest way to become a better place, will be at home with YTAR. Above all, YTAR seeks for individuals who are passionate about what they do, regardless of race, religion or area of study.


In the spirit of Tunku, we focus on honing the potential of the future leaders of Malaysia, regardless of colour or creed.