PETALING JAYA: A window of opportunity has opened up for top SPM scorers who lost the chance to study in the Ivy League schools in America, as well as Oxford and Cambridge in United Kingdom, following the recalibration in Budget 2016.
In a latest development, the Government has decided to provide 80% of the tuition fees of nine National Bursary Programme recipients who managed to get into Oxford, Cambridge and the eight Ivy League universities in the United States, thanks to MCA.
Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the change was a fruition of several meetings between MCA Youth and some 144 9A+ scorers of SPM 2013 and 2014.
“After receiving a report from (MCA Youth Chief) Chong Sin Woon, I immediately contacted party deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong to relay the students’ wishes to the Prime Minister.
“Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has instructed Chief Secretary Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa to discuss the matter with Sin Woon to find a solution for these students,” Liow said in a statement yesterday.
As a result of the appeal, the Public Services Department (PSD) agreed to fund the 144 students’ studies overseas, equivalent to the amount they would need were they to study in a local university.
“Out of these students, nine had received offers to study at Oxford, Cambridge and the Ivy League. The Government has made a special arrangement to support 80% of their tuition fees,” he said.
Liow added the PSD will meet up with the students today and next week to facilitate their arrangements.
“If the students have missed this year’s enrolment period, the offer is valid as long as they can still enrol themselves by Oct 31 next year,” he said.
Liow thanked the Prime Minister for listening to the rakyat’s concerns and for making the special allowance to support these students despite Malaysia’s economy still recovering from oil price shocks last year.
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