2 SPM scorers get JPA scholarship via appeal with the help of SUPP Education Bureau

Ding (left) and Wong (right).

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Sept 11: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Education Bureau has managed to successfully appeal for two Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) scorers from SMK Methodist, Sibu to receive their JPA scholarships.

The two students, Victor Ling and Wong Ling Yu, who scored 11A+ and 9A+ respectively, originally received only 8A+, which was ineligible for the scholarship which requires SPM results of at least 9A+.

The duo proceeded to get their papers remarked. On July 24, their second and better results were revealed but the applications for JPA scholarships had already closed on June 23. Late applications from Victor and Wong were subsequently rejected.

When the two young boys reached out to SUPP, its Education Bureau chairman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing and SUPP Dudong chairman Wong Ching Yong took up the case.

Letters of appeal were written and sent to former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, de facto Law Minister Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, and Deputy Minister of Education Senator Dato Dr Mah Hang Soon.

Following a month of letter exchanges, the appeals of the two bright students were finally accepted and approved. Happy to have been granted this opportunity, they thanked all involved parties in the appeal.

“On behalf of my family and I, I would like to thank YB Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi, YB Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing, and Mr Wong Ching Yong for assisting me in securing the JPA scholarship recently. The scholarship will enable me to begin my A-level studies before proceeding to tertiary education at a local university.

“Over the past few weeks, Mr Wong has been relentlessly sending out letters and arranging with YBs to make this scholarship possible,” said Victor in a virtual press conference today.

The other scorer, Wong, also expressed gratitude to the government for supporting his future studies in dentistry.

Meanwhile, Ding congratulated Victor and Wong for their achievements. He also urged the students to always remember their roots in Sarawak and to contribute to society in the future. — DayakDaily