Sabah willing to sponsor student


  • Nation
  • Monday, 21 Feb 2005

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is prepared to assist university student Surayah Salin, whose education was “washed away” by the Dec 26 tsunami waves that struck Banda Aceh. 

Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said the state government would consider providing Surayah a grant or scholarship to complete her final-year studies in Islamic Family Law. 

“She can apply to us and if her case is genuine, we will assist her,” Musa said when commenting on the plight of Surayah, one of the 20 Malaysians at Banda Aceh’s Universiti Ain-Ar-Raniry who survived the deadly waves that killed over 200,000 people in southern Asia. 

The 27-year-old Surayah, who is the daughter of farming parents from Kota Belud, is in need of financial assistance to complete her studies at Sultan Thana Saifuddin University in Jambi, Sumatra, where she has been offered a place to complete her final year. 

She hopes to get a scholarship or grant. 

Surayah, in her appeal through the media, had said she needed assistance from the public to continue her studies as her ageing parents were unable to find her the money for the things she lost, including her books, laptop and clothes. 

“She has to apply first, then we can consider the application,” Musa told reporters after attending the Kota Kinabalu Journalists Association's Chinese New Year luncheon here yesterday. 

Surayah is expected to get some personal assistance from state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor and also state assistant Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Japlin Akim today.  

Surayah and other Malaysian students were airlifted from Banda Aceh on Dec 29 to Penang before being sent to Kuala Lumpur. She later returned to her home in Kuala Abai in Kota Belud, about 60km from here. 

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