Wednesday, May 22, 2019

DAP samaritan in Melaka

Star Online - MP pays enrolment fee for teen to pursue dream to become forensic scientist:

by r.s.n.murali

Shannen (second from right) receiving the cash aid from Khoo 

MELAKA: The door has opened for SPM high-achiever Shannen Lovenia Kamal Abdullah to pursue her ambition to become a forensic scientist.

The 17-year-old from the Melaka Portuguese Settlement here was accepted for a foundation programme at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) but her fisherman father could not afford to pay the RM655 enrolment fee.

But her hopes were realised when Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong came to her aid.

He had been in Shannen’s shoes 30 years ago when he got an offer to pursue tertiary studies but his parents could not afford the registration fee.

And now he is paying it forward.

Khoo also promised to look into Shannen’s education needs until she completes her studies at UKM.

He hosted a buka puasa dinner for Shannen and her six family members at Shah Beach Resort in Tanjung Kling here, where he presented her with the financial aid.

Shah Beach Resort general manager Dennis Samford made special arrangements for the dinner.

Samford said he rescheduled a corporate booking for the buffet because it was for a good cause and Shannen was scheduled to leave soon for the university in Bangi, Selangor.

Shannen scored 10 As in SPM. She had sought help from Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education who highlighted her plight to Khoo.

“It is my childhood dream to be a forensic scientist.

“Thank you to all who came forward to help me,” she said.


  1. Depa ni masuk ikut jalan apa?

    Pakai matrikulasi atau STPM? Boleh cakap Melayu?

    Malaysia to offer scholarships to Palestinian students, says Dr Mahathir

    Noel Achariam

    Published on 22 May 2019

    DR Mahathir Mohamad today said the government will be offering scholarships to Palestinian students to pursue bachelor, masters, and PhD courses in 12 Malaysian universities.

    The scholarships worth RM11.48 million will be offered through the Palestinian Cultural Organisation Malaysia (PCOM).

  2. While I applaud the MP (a politician) for his show of humanity which the public should emulate, the fact remains that any politician showing empathy reduces somewhat the actual act itself.

    As a politician, it would be better if he/she should instead be the ones to go about changing the policies or conditions which causes such situations arising.

    It's like the case of Sukumaran the car washer where genuine humanity and empathy was displayed by the public but degraded by politicians like Ahjibkor, who went to pay a visit to show empathy when it was he as PM and a politician thru bad governance and leadership which causes so many cases of Sukumarans except for this lucky one to be saved.

    1. wakakaka, cherry picking eh?

    2. Thou shall not criticise Ah Jib Gor on this is considered cherry picking...

    3. What cherry picking?

      That MP was given the slack because unlike Ahjibkor, he was not in the ruling Govt. previously to support or endorse such discriminative education policies which causes such victimisation.

      Don't assume and make judgement of others due to your own biasness.