IPOH: Three straight-A students who were unsuccessful in applying for a medical course have been accepted into Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) upon appeal.
Tong Chee Ean, 20, from Canning Estate here, said he was elated after receiving an offer letter from the university dated Aug 1.
“Earlier, I had attended an interview with the university’s registrar but failed to obtain a place. Subsequently, I requested assistance from Perak Barisan Nasional Public Services and Complaints Centre in Ipoh Barat and Perak Mentri Besar’s office to appeal on my behalf.
“I am grateful for their help and urge others who have been rejected not to give up easily,” he said during a press conference organised by the centre’s chief secretariat Mohd Rawi Abdullah here yesterday.
Tong, from SM St Michael, said he obtained 10As and 1B for his SPM before enrolling for the A-Levels programme in Tunku Abdul Rahman College.
”I managed to score 4As but my application was unsuccessful,” he said. USM is an apex university and students can apply directly.
Tong turned up almost weekly at Mohd Rawi’s office and pestered him to help before going to the MB’s office to get “additional support” to file an appeal.
He said he would be reporting to the Kubang Kerian health campus in Kelantan on Sept 6 for the five-year course.
“My hope is to do well and become a doctor to serve the people and repay society,” he said.
Two other students – Ng Wai Seong and Chan Soo Ching – were also successful in their appeal.
”We are glad to be able to assist all three students to pursue a degree of their choice and urge those who need help to come forward,” Mohd Rawi said.
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