THREE Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates from Kampung Orang Asli Punan were flown to SMK Felda Nitar in Mersing in a Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department helicopter to sit for the examination.
Johor Fire and Rescue Department acting director Mohd Rizal Buang said the students – Norfaizal Selamat, Jefzulkiflie Addy and Christie Maurinissca Clay, all aged 18, from the Orang Asli Jakun tribe – were given a ride onboard the Agusta Westland AW189.
He said the three candidates were initially supposed to take their science practical test on Jan 30 but the road connecting to their settlement area was flooded.
“Based on the flood situation around Mersing, the school agreed to allow the three candidates to sit for the test the next day,” Mohd Rizal told Bernama when contacted.
He added that the three students would be staying at the school hostel throughout the SPM examination period.
According to the Johor Disaster Management Committee, the number of flood victims in Johor stood at 1,373 involving four districts namely Batu Pahat, Kota Tinggi, Mersing and Segamat.
According to Education Ministry, a total of 403,637 candidates are sitting for the 2022 SPM examination which will run from Jan 30 to March 15.