All students who score 10A1s and above in the SPM examination should automatically be offered PSD scholarships,
MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said.
He said yesterday that this would ensure that all students, regardless of race and background, were appropriately awarded for their academic efforts and not sidelined from the scholarship.
Dr Subramaniam, who is also Human Resources Minister, said some 140 students who excelled in their SPM had approached the party to support their PSD scholarship appeals which had been rejected for various reasons.
Upset students: Perak exco members A. Sivanesan (second from right) and Thomas Su (right) speaking to students at the Perak State Secretariat building in Ipoh on Friday.
“The PSD should give a clear explanation to the public on its selection criteria for scholarship recipients.
Meanwhile, in IPOH, more than 30 dissatisfied students and their parents travelled from as far as Kulim and even Port Klang to meet with Perak Government representatives on the matter.
B. Nageswary, 18, who has severe gastric problemswhenever she is under pressure, said she fell ill again when she found that the Public Service Department had rejected her scholarship application despite scoring 10As in the SPM.
Her mother K. Malah, 44, said her husband has diabetes and works as a machine operator.
“We do not earn much,” she said tearfully.
Another 10As scorer Malinda Jeet Kaur, 17, from SMK Raja Perempuan, who developed bleeding ulcers in her stomach when she was in Form Three, said her father was a lorry driver, while her mother did not work and they had to support her grandmother who is on dialysis.
“I know they have no money to support me so I did all I could. What more does the Government want from me, from us all?” she asked.
Perak Health, Environment and Human Resources Committee chairman A. Sivanesan said the state government would make an appointment with Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin to find a solution to the problem.