KUALA LUMPUR: Political leaders have welcomed the move to award Public Service Department scholarships to students who score 9A+ or more, irrespective of race.
They said the decision, announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday, was a morale booster to Malaysian students and parents.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the move would also stop the brain drain from the country.
“We want equal access to educational opportunities, especially at tertiary level. Without it, once they (the students) go overseas to study, they don’t come back,” he said yesterday.
He added that stopping the brain drain was a positive step towards achieving a high-income economy.
“This shows that the Prime Minister is walking the talk of 1Malaysia. Through this, we will convince sceptical Malaysians that Najib will achieve the 1Malaysia goal not through words but through action,” he said.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the move would provide an opportunity for more students to pursue tertiary education.
“We hope more students can get scholarships in future. The MIC has been requesting for more scholarships for Indian students and we are happy that the Government has listened to us. I thank Najib for this gesture,” he said.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow said the decision showed that Barisan Nasional took education seriously and valued talent for nation building.
“We should continue to put emphasis on human resource development,” he said.
MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the move was a boost for top students to continue to excel in their studies and serve the country.
He added the decision was something that all Malaysians had been looking forward to.
THE STAR (Sunday July 11, 2010)