TWO students in Sarawak who obtained straight As in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination last year, can now pursue their tertiary education after the Public Service Commission (JPA) accepted their respective appeals for scholarship.
At a Zoom press conference, Victor Ling and Wong Ling Yu, both students from SMK Methodist in Sibu, said they had attended a virtual interview with JPA officials on Sept 9, after which their appeal was accepted.
Victor, in explaining the reason for their appeal to the JPA, said they had earlier asked the Malaysian Examinations Board to reassess and amend their SPM 2020 results as they were confident that they had done better in the exam.
Both the teens had in their initial results obtained 8A+ and 3As, respectively.
The board had then amended Victor’s results to 11A+ while Ling Yu had 9A+, 1A and 1A-.
Their appeal letter to the board was approved on July 24.
However, both were unable to apply for the JPA scholarship as the deadline for application was June 23.
Victor said he planned to pursue engineering or medicine at a local university, while Ling Yu said he wanted to study medicine at a local university.
The duo thanked Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Sarawak Assistant Minister for Education, Science and Technological Research Dr Annuar Rapaee, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Central Education Bureau chairman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing and Dudong SUPP chairman Wong Ching Yong.
Ding also thanked Wong for drafting the letters to the relevant parties as well as the media for highlighting the issue.