Abdullah commended for his intervention to get PSD scholarships for the five top SPM students

Media Statement (3)
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Saturday): The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is to be commended for his intervention to get Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships for the five top Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) students to study medicine  or pharmacy overseas. 

Malaysians rejoiced with the five 13 A1 scorers, Ng Ee Liang, Desmond Chee and Teoh Wan Ying from Penang, Khaw Chok Tong from Pahang and  Chew Ying Dee from Perlis,  all of whom  will be able to fulfill their higher education aspirations.


There are however  hundreds of other SPM high achievers who are waiting to be recognized by the government and have legitimate aspirations to be treated with fairness and justice with regard to their higher education hopes and opportunities.


The annual ritual of heart-breaks and disappointments after good SPM results aggravated by the feeling and grievance of being treated unjust and unfairly must be ended, as  it is not possible for the Prime Minister to intervene directly  in more than a handful of cases.


What is urgently needed is a proper system which can work satisfactorily and justly to ensure that the SPM high achievers are given state and government recognition, such as government scholarships for university places, without having to involve VIPs, whether political or other field.


So long as such a system is not in place, the whole process is very arbitrary and Malaysia has not reached the stage of “First Class Infrastructure, First World Mentality” which Abdullah had been advocating since becoming  Prime Minister – but with so far very little results.




*  Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman