SHAH ALAM: Reading the SMS she received two days ago almost made her eyes pop out.
Lee Yan Ying, 17, could not believe that a busy VIP such as MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting would find the time to personally send her a message.
More importantly, the SMS was just the news that she had been hoping for.
It read: “The outcome of the JPA scholarship is positive. You will be informed by JPA later. Regards, MCA president Ong Ka Ting.”
Lee, who scored 13 1As in last year's SPM examination, was among hundreds of dejected SPM top scorers who failed to get scholarships.
“When my first attempt to obtain the scholarship failed, I felt as if everything had gone dark and gloomy,” Lee said.
She then sought the help of the MCA.
“I am thankful to Datuk Seri Ong and the MCA for helping me and others facing the same predicament,” said Lee.
And yesterday, Lee got the chance to personally thank Ong, who was attending the groundbreaking ceremony of Chung Hua national-type primary school in Kota Kemuning here.
But Ong's busy schedule made it quite impossible for her to meet him.
Her patience paid off eventually as when the function ended, Lee quickly walked up to Ong and conveyed her gratitude.
“My parents, who are educators, and leaders like Datuk Seri Ong are my role models. I hope to be like them, to lead a meaningful life while serving society,” she said.
At a separate function in Kuala Lumpur, Ong urged small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to recruit people with a view of making them business partners later.
“Nowadays, entrepreneurs cannot keep their employees by just raising their salaries and giving bonuses.
“They must be prepared to take them in as partners and expand the business together,” he said at the opening of the Staying Competitive Through Technology Innovation seminar.