Don’t lose heart due to discrimination

I REFER to “Review scholarship policy to promote national unity” (The Star, June 15).

I was touched to read the letter by Ho Jan Yang as almost 30 years ago, my son was also refused entry into an institution of higher education despite having scored 10As in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia.

He also scored straight As in his Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah and Penilaian Menengah Rendah.

He was equally active in extracurricular activities. Disappointingly, some of his friends of other races who didn’t do well in the SPM managed to gain entry.

I persuaded him not to lose

faith but to continue with his Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM).

Two years later, after having done quite well in the STPM, he gained entry into Universiti Malaya to do dentistry.

After graduation, he worked for a brief period. He continued his studies, did his master’s and also obtained his PhD.

He never gave up and always did his best and today, he has five university degrees to his name.


Batu Gajah

STPM , public university