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86 Top Scorers Will Get PSD Scholarship In IPTS

A group of 86 top scorers who failed to secure Public Service Department (PSD) overseas scholarships will be offered places in local private institutions of higher learning (IPTS).

This was decided by the Cabinet meeting Wednesday, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

He said the move would cost RM21.6 million compared to RM52.1 million if they were offered overseas scholarships.

“We’ve decided on the first option, which is sending them to local IPTS where they can pursue studies in fields of their choice,” he told reporters here.

He said the students, comprising three Malays, 71 Chinese, 11 Indians and one Bumiputera student from Sarawak, would be placed at several IPTS like International Medical University, Monash University Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas and Malaysian Multimedia University.

Mohamed Nazri said they could apply for scholarships for matriculation courses in fields such as medicine, engineering and others.

The minister further said appeals for students offered scholarships for diploma courses to switch to matriculation courses were also approved.

He disclosed that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was prepared to provide at least 500 scholarships for students who obtained 8A+ and below to study at local institutions of higher learning.

“Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had asked me to chair a meeting of ministers representing (Barisan Nasional) component parties to prepare a list of affected students on Monday,” he said.

Mohamed Nazri said the Cabinet had also agreed to review the awarding of PSD scholarships for 2012 in view of the rising number of top scorers each year.

“A new policy will likely be announced after discussions among Cabinet ministers this year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Nazri said the Attorney-General’s office had been asked to take legal action against PSD scholars who failed to return to the country.

“We’ve already spent the money (to support their studies), but because they don’t come back, we have to sue them.

“The Attorney-General’s office has been ordered to sue for the return of the money. But that’s not what we want, we want them to come back,” he added.

Source : BERNAMA

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