History

Milestones

23 Jun 1963 Idea to form the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Memorial Scholarship Fund Board was mooted by the late Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff.
5 Jun 1964 A second gathering was held and accepted a resolution for a committee to be formed to draft a constitution for Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud, which is now more widely known by its acronym “LBKM”.
22 Aug 1965 Officially launched at a conference held at the Victoria Memorial Hall. The conference was attended by more than 200 delegates representing 73 Malay Muslim organizations from Singapore and Malaysia, including three political parties.
17 Feb 1966 Officially registered under the Organizations Act, as an Institution of Public Character. Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff became the founder President. The inaugural bursary award with a total value $3,900 was given to 18 students.
1970 Became a full member of the National Council of Social Services (NCSS).
1982 Became an Institutional Member of Yayasan Mendaki.
1983 Bursary disbursement passed the $100,000 mark. Bursaries totalling $110,050 awarded to 200 recipients.
1987 Bursary disbursement passed the $200,000 mark. Bursaries worth $290,000 awarded to 495 students.
27 Nov 1995 Haji Wan Hussin Zoohri took over the leadership of LBKM from the late Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff
1995 A bibliography on Singapore Malay/ Muslim Community 1819-1994 was compiled by Dr Hussin Mutalib and his team from the Centre for Advanced Studies, National University of Singapore.
1995 A Gala Dinner to commemorate LBKM’s 30th anniversary was held. Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong graced the occasion as the Guest-of-Honour. A new logo and an official song were launched. Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff was honoured with the Jasa Gemilang LBKM or LBKM Eminent Service award.
1996 Award of bursaries extended to madrasah students, from the Primary level upwards.
1998 1st Strategic Planning Retreat held to evaluate its role and effectiveness.
8 July 2000 35th anniversary celebration with a Dinner held at the Mandarin Hotel. Guest-of-Honour was President S R Nathan.
2001 1st charity golf tournament organised to raise funds. $54,700 was raised.
8 Jul 2001 The Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff award for an individual who had given exemplary service to the community, was introduced to commemorate the late founder’s contribution.
2002 Bursary disbursements exceeded $500,000 and awarded to 818 students.
2004 Collaborated with the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) to map out a new programme called Maths Gym to instil interest and love for Mathematics in children.
2005 Together with AMP, launched the Maths@Home programme. 1,000 sets of training booklet for parents were distributed to help them educate their children in mathematics
Mar 2005 2nd Strategic Planning Retreat – Reviewed LBKM’s leadership rejuvenation and its relevance to the community
May 2005 Celebrated LBKM’s 40th anniversary with a Dinner. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the Guest-of-Honour.
2006 The 2nd Charity Golf Tournament was organised in collaboration with Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society. $300,000 was raised for the award of bursaries to undergraduates pursuing social work or other related courses at the National University of Singapore.
2008 Almost $1 million ($940,600) worth of bursaries was disbursed to 1,230 students.
May 2009 3rd Strategic Planning Retreat. Creation of LBKM’s motto and refinement of the current vision and mission statement.
2010 Award of bursaries crossed the one million dollar mark. 1,485 students benefited from the awards.
27 Mar 2010 Inaugural Socialive! Challenge, a competition to encourage university students to research on Malay/Muslim social issues and offer solutions, was organised.
16 Apr 2010 Celebrated 45th Anniversary, with a focus on rebranding LBKM as the premier bursary disbursement institution. Mr S R Nathan, President of Singapore graced the occasion, for the second time, as the Guest-of-Honour.
16 Apr 2010 Publication of LBKM’s fund-raising recipe book, Lazatnya… Recipes of Love.
July 2010 Introduction of Prestigious Scholarship for undergraduates and postgraduates at the top 10 universities in the world.
Oct 2010 Satay Amal Project – a fund-raising event organized by the Jin Tai School Alumni at the Ba’alwie Mosque, to raise funds for LBKM.
Jan 2011 A memorandum of understanding was signed with the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to award a postgraduate scholarship worth $15,000 annually.
2011 Publication of Obor Ummah – Jejak Tokoh Agama Islam di Singapura, a result of the research project with PERGAS on prominent Singapore Islamic missionaries.
May 2012 Quantum of all bursaries raised by 11-50% to be in line with the increased costs of education.
7 July 2012 Haji Suhaimi Salleh elected as the President of LBKM. He took over from Haji Wan Hussin Zoohri, who remains in the Council as Immediate Past President.
July 2012 4th Strategic Planning Retreat – reviewing current and charting new plans for the future of the community.
Aug 2012 Prestigious Scholarship quantum raised by $5,000 at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
26 Sept 2012 3rd Charity Golf Tournament held to raise funds for the prestigious scholarship programme. Net amount raised – $100,000.
10 Nov 2012 Total bursary and scholarship disbursements increased by more than 50% to an all-time high of $1.6 million awarded to 1,442 students.
27 Jan 2013 Maulid collaboration with PERGAS, Masjid Sultan & MHDS
23 Nov 2013 Total bursary and scholarship disbursements further increased to $1.64 million awarded to 1,600 students.
17 May 2014 33rd Annual General Meeting seeing 7 elected Executive Council Members below 40 years old.
24-25 May 2014 5th Strategic Planning Retreat – Planning and strategizing of programmes in 2014-2016. 15 committees / taskforces were formed to study and make recommendations relating to current and future programmes.
22 Nov 2014 49th Annual Bursary & Scholarship Presentation Ceremony – A record disbursement of $1.9 million to approximately 1700 students for the year.