“However, if I want to apply to be an engineering lecturer at a public university, I must have a PhD degree, or if I were to be a lecturer in a private university, I must have work experience,” he said.
“I would love to further my studies, but it is difficult at this time because the MyBrain15 initiative is no more and I have spent nearly RM40,000 (on my education).”
The MyBrain15 programme, which came under the Higher Education Ministry, was introduced in 2008 with the aim of producing 60,000 PhD holders by 2023.
The initiative was suspended last year due to insufficient funds.
Muhammad Taufiq’s plight was highlighted following 24-year-old Amirul Syafiq Anuar’s viral tweet that he now works as a Food Panda rider after completing a five-year Aircraft Engineering degree in June.
> Singer Aiman Tino lost personal belongings worth RM8,000 when his car was broken into, Kosmo! Ahad reported.
Aiman, whose real name is Mohammad Aiman Yusri, 21, said the incident took place near an eatery at Kampung Melayu Subang on Thursday night.
“I was on my way home from Singapore. When I returned, I saw my car’s right passenger window had been broken.
“My laptop, camera and bag containing private documents are all missing,” he said.
His Perodua Myvi was parked a mere 15m from where he ate.
“I didn’t hear the window break and the alarm didn’t go off,” he said, adding that he has lodged a police report.
> The paper also reported on a woman who lost RM12,000 to a conman who claimed to be interested in her old coin collection.
The 22-year-old victim was contacted on Instagram by the suspect who claimed to be from the United States.
Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon said the suspect told the victim to pay a certain sum in US dollars to “activate” the supposed overseas transaction.
“The suspect told her that the sum would be returned after the transaction was done,” he said.
The victim realised that she had been duped after transactions worth RM12,000 were made.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.