DAP Bandar Kuching, Stampin to reward Sarawakian students with excellent STPM results

From left: Lam. Chong and Chong's special assistant, Michael Kong showing publicity posters for 'Program Hadiah Keputusan Cemerlang STPM 2020/2021' after the press conference.

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, Oct 2: Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Bandar Kuching and Stampin Service Centres are offering rewards to students with excellent Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM) results.

Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said STPM students who attended schools in Bandar Kuching and Stampin constituencies, including STPM students who reside in both areas are eligible for the scheme.

“This ‘Program Hadiah Keputusan Cemerlang STPM 2020/2021’ is for those who got their results in Aug 2022.

“Our service centres will be giving out rewards to STPM students who scored Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.3 to 3.39 (RM300 each), CGPA 3.4 to 3.49 (RM400), CGPA 3.5 to 3.59 (RM500), CGPA 3.6 to 3.69 (RM600), CGPA 3.7 to 3.79 (RM800), CGPA 3.8 to 3.89 (RM1,000) and CGPA 3.9 to 4.00 (RM1,200),” he said during a press conference at the DAP headquarters here today.

Chong disclosed registration can be done via Google form on his Facebook page and will be closed on Oct 16.

“Students have to register their name, school name, residential address and a photocopy of their STPM results, including their identification card (IC),” he said.

Meanwhile, George Lam, special assistant to Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong, opined the Sarawak government should come out with incentives to help reduce tuition fees for outstanding Form 6 students who further their studies in private universities.

He said out of 115,477 STPM Sarawakian students who graduated recently, only 71,615 of them were eligible for slots to enter public universities, leaving 19,130 students to opt for private universities.

He said the Sarawak government claimed to have 100 per cent ownership of three universities in Sarawak, namely Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus in Kuching, University of Technology Sarawak in Sibu, and Curtin University Malaysia in Miri, and stakes in other education institutions including Kolej Laila Taib, i-CATS University College and others via Yayasan Sarawak.

“In the three universities mentioned, the students can accumulate more than RM100,000 of debts in education loans after graduating.

“On behalf of those university students, I would like to urge the Sarawak government, with their claims that they have 100 per cent of ownership of universities and colleges, including the claim to provide free tertiary education to all students by 2030, let’s start by lowering the tuition fees for the students,” he added. — DayakDaily