Later, Fatimah told the media that bursary scholarship holders, whose Public Service Department (JPA) scholarship applications were postponed, had been urged to look for other funding alternatives to further their studies.
She admitted that it was a pity for these top students that they had to face this stumbling block. She, however, suggested that they could either apply for scholarships elsewhere, or take up part-time jobs.
“On the state government’s side, we have Yayasan Sarawak and Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman that offer scholarships, but the students have to sign up for courses as
agreed, based on the needs in the country,” she said.
According to a recent news report, the applications for overseas scholarships by bursary scholarship holders had been postponed without any prior official notice. The article, which was a follow-up of a complaint by a parent of a recipient, stated that those affected had completed their A-levels.
When contacted, the ministry-in-charge of the matter confirmed that the JPA was still in discussion to restructure the scholarship process for bursary scholarship holders.
Sin Chew Daily:
Cabinet has ordered Chief Secretary and Public Service Department (PSD) to re-examine new solution on the issue of Malaysia government suspending the PSD scholarship programs abroad.