Matriculation placements for 10A students to be debated in Special Chambers, says Deputy Speaker


KUALA LUMPUR: The predicament of students with 10As and above in their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations who did not get matriculation placements will be debated in the Dewan Rakyat’s Special Chambers on Thursday (July 11).

Deputy Speaker Alice Lau relayed this during proceedings in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday, adding that Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul felt the motion submitted by Chong Chieng Jen (PH-Stampin) fulfilled the set criteria.

The motion was submitted on Tuesday (July 9).

“The Speaker acknowledged the motion as being specific, a matter of public interest and should be hastened.

“Hence, the Speaker has allowed for the matter to be debated in the Special Chambers,” she said during proceedings.

Following this, Special Select Committee on Nation Building, Education and Human Resources Development chairman Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said he had also written to Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek to meet later Thursday with this being part of issues discussed.

“Since there will be a Special Chambers debate on this, we will postpone the meeting. Stampin is also a member of our select committee,” he said.

Previously, Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong submitted a list of matriculation applicants who failed in their appeals to be admitted into the programme to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Dr Wee said he submitted the list to Anwar after Prime Minister’s Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat and hoped to receive good news on the matter.

On June 30, Anwar announced that all students who obtained 10As and above in the SPM exam would be guaranteed a place in any matriculation programme regardless of race or region, starting this year.

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