Perak, Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 7 April 2015 (updated 5:38)
Repe Preet Kaur, who studied at a national school in Teluk Intan, Perak, was one of recipients of the National Scholarship offered to the top 50 SPM scorers.
SPM, which stands for Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia, is a board examination equivalent to the O-levels.
“She was the only Sikh girl who obtained this scholarship this year and probably the only one so far (i believe so),” her father Charanjit Singh, told Asia Samachar in an email.
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin presented the letter of awards to the selected students at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on 31 March. Repe Preet was mentioned in a report by The Star.
Charanjit, a former teacher, is now a lawyer. His wife, Manjit Kaur, is a teacher.
REPE PREET IN HER OWN WORDS:
31st March 2015 is a date I will never forget. It was the day when I was to receive the National Scholarship from the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM). It was a dream come true. A few days before that, I had received a phone call from JPA [Public Service Department] informing me that I was one of the top 50 SPM scorers. I could not believe this was happening to me. This scholarship covers my pre-university programme and the completion of the first degree.
One day earlier, we had checked in into INTAN, Bukit Kiara, where we were given a room to stay. My parents accompanied me. I could not sleep due to the excitement. I got up early. We had breakfast and went to the hall where the ceremony was to be held. We had to practise singing the national anthem and then practise receiving the offer letters.
At about 11.45, the DPM walked into the hall and gave a speech. We all felt very proud when the DPM said: “YOU ARE THE TOP 50! Well done.” It was my proudest day when I received the offer letter from the DPM.
I had consistent study hours beginning from Form Four and had always treated my homework as a revision of my studies. I used to read up the chapters before going to school so that I would be able to understand the lessons better.
There is no short cut to success, you have to work very hard. You should not wait till the last minute to do your revision. As the saying goes: ‘You cannot climb the ladder of success with the hands in your pocket’.
I hope I will be able to fulfil my dream of becoming a doctor.
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