State scholarships for five students

Amirudin (sixth from left) and state finance officer Datuk Haris Kasim (right) with parents and recipients of the Selangor Bitara and Datuk Menteri Besar Selangor scholarship awards during the presentation ceremony at the State Secretariat Building in Shah Alam.

Pay attention in class. Set out a timetable for work and play. Identify your passion.

This was the just some of the advice given by recipients and their parents on what it took to excel as a student and subsequently succeeding in being selected for the Selangor Bitara (SBS) and Datuk Menteri Besar Selangor (DMBS) scholarships offered by the state government.

Datuk Seri Dr Zulkharnain Ismail, whose son Emir Haady Imran, 17, received a RM1.1mil grant to pursue medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in Dublin, said parents must not force their children to pursue career paths they had no interest in.

“Know where your child’s talents lie.

“Guide and help him or her to develop them further, ” said Dr Zulkharnain at a ceremony to present study grants to five students at the State Secretariat Building in Shah Alam.

Emir Haady is the youngest student at RCSI. He passed his A-levels at 15 and wants to become a heart surgeon.

Ainul Mardhiah Mohammad Room, who received a RM450,000 grant under the DMBS fund to pursue a degree in Arabic language and literature at Al al-Bayt University in Mafraq, Jordan is no bookworm.

“I do have other interests and one of them is watching Korean dramas, ” said Ainul.

Creating a conducive study environment is also important, said Nor Rasidah Shaarani, mother to DMBS recipient Nurul Aqilah Muhammad who is pursuing a degree in Arabic language and literature at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.

“If children want to study while listening to music, allow them, ” said Nor Rasidah, a general studies teacher at Kajang High School.

Two other grant recipients under the DMBS fund were Mohd Shayuti Ikram Shefidi and Muhammad Muzzammil Ahmad Nor.

As they are currently in Jordan, their parents accepted the scholarship awards on their behalf from Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

He pointed out that the recipients went through a rigorous selection process.

“It is hoped that with the scholarships, these children of Selangor will continue to succeed and return to contribute to the state’s development, ” said Amirudin.

The SBS and DMBS scholarship schemes are open to Selangor students.

Recipients have to return to work in Selangor either in the public service sector or government-linked companies.

While the DMBS grant is focused on religious studies, SBS is geared towards fields such as science, mathematics, engineering and medicine.

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