(From right) Chong Eng and Sim congratulating Zhan Ye and his father Choon Guan, 48, while Low Lee Hiang (Zhan Ye’s mum), 46, looks on during the presentation ceremony in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
A STPM student, who scored a CGPA of 4.0, but was denied his preferred course in local universities, is now happy to have finally obtained a scholarship allowing him to pursue the course of his choice.
Ong Zhan Ye, 21, expressed his relief of finally being closer to realising his dreams of becoming a chartered accountant after receiving a scholarship from the Penang Future Foundation.
“I was denied my preferred university course and offered to study International Finance in Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
“I have always wanted to be a chartered accountant and I put in maximum effort to get top grades in my studies.
I can’t afford to fail as I do not come from a rich family.
“I was also active in sports and scored an A in my co-curriculum as I wanted to be an all-rounder in school,” said Ong, who added that his parents were hawkers selling Hokkien mee.
Ong received a cheque of RM3,000 from Padang Lalang assemblyman Chong Eng as a gesture from her constituency at her service centre in Taman Betik Manis, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Ong said he was grateful for the support he had received after Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim highlighted his plight recently.
“With the scholarship of RM100,000 and monthly living expenses of RM1,000, I will definitely be able to achieve my dreams,” he said.
The Penang Future Foundation has offered Ong a scholarship of RM100,000 for him to pursue a Bachelor of Accounting and monthly living expenses of RM1,000 for the duration of his degree course.
Chong Eng, who is also Penang Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman, said it was disheartening to hear of Ong’s plight but was glad it had been resolved.
“People should feel that if they work hard, they would be rewarded and appreciated for their dedication.
“His hopes should not be dampened after putting in all the effort to become an all-rounder in school,” she said.
Sim was also present at the event.