Saturday, May 25, 2019

Only the Best but still not good enough

From World of Buzz:

Another Straight-A M’sian Student Who Hopes to Be Doctor Rejected by 4 Public Unis

By Ling Kwan

Having excellent results is not a guarantee that you will get a place in the programme at the university you desire, and this has been the harsh truth that some Malaysian students have had to deal with year after year.

A 19-year-old student surnamed Pan, who achieved 10As in SPM and a CGPA of 4.0 in Matriculation was disappointed when he couldn’t get a medical degree placement at any public universities.

Source: Sinchew

During an interview with China Press and Sinchew Daily, the young man told the reporters that he has always wanted to become a doctor, especially a cardiologist. This was why he worked so hard to excel in both academic and co-curricular activities.

Despite his impressive results, he was rejected for all his first four choices and he only got his fifth choice – biotech.

It was understood that the first four choices are all medical degree courses from top public universities like Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

Source: Berita Harian

He said that he had attended interviews between 29 May and 7 June 2018 but not a single university was willing to offer him a place.

“I am saddened by the rejections. I’ve been working hard for so long but still failed to get into the course that I wanted. Since my family is not well-to-do, I couldn’t afford to study medicine in a private institution,” he told the reporters.

As we all know, a medical degree is one of the most expensive courses in tertiary education, and it could easily cost up to RM300,000 depending on the university.

He added that his mother, who is a police officer attached to the Mak Mandin police station has always been his role model. Pan said that he idolises his mother for selflessly serving the public and that was the main reason that motivated him to become a doctor. For him, being a doctor is how he can contribute to the society.

For the past few days, his mother had also been busy seeking help from politicians and she has received a letter of recommendation from her superior after the latter had learned about the teen’s predicament.

It was understood that Pan has appealed to UM and UKM. He has also emailed Deputy Minister of Education Teo Nie Ching and planned to bring his letter of appeal and relevant documents to Putrajaya to be submitted to Dr Mazlee.


It’s clear that this young man is determined to be a doctor and won’t take no for answer. We wish him a success in the appeal and hopefully, the new government can address this issue and solve it once and for all.


  1. These were supposedly the best people for the job of Education Minister but they were not good enough; they are the ones who failed this student Pan.

    1. Maszlee Malik PPBM 2018-
    2. Idris Jusoh UMNO 2015-2018
    3. Mahdzir Khalid UMNO 2015-2018
    4. Muhyiddin Yassin UMNO 2009-2015
    5. Mohamad Khalid Nordin UMNO 2008-2013
    6. Mustapa Mohamad UMNO 2006-2008
    7. Shafie Salleh UMNO 2004-2006
    8. Hishammuddin Hussein UMNO 2004-2009
    9. Musa Mohamad UMNO 1999-2004
    10.Najib Razak UMNO 1995-1999
    11.Sulaiman Daud PBB 1991-1995
    12.Anwar Ibrahim UMNO 1986-1991
    13.Abdullah Ahmad Badawi UMNO 1984-1986
    14.Sulaiman Daud PBB 1981-1984
    15.Musa Hitam UMNO 1978-1981
    16.Mahathir Mohammad UMNO 1974-1978
    17.Mohamed Yaacob UMNO 1973-1974
    18.Hussein Onn UMNO 1970-1973
    19.Abdul Rahman Ya'kub UMNO 1969-1970
    20.Khir Johari UMNO 1965-1969
    21.Abdul Rahman Talib UMNO 1964-1965
    22.Abdul Hamid Khan UMNO 1962-1964
    23.Abdul Rahman Talib UMNO 1960-1962
    24.Khir Johari UMNO 1957-1960
    25.Abdul Razak Hussein UMNO 1952-1957

  2. teo nie ching now take over michael chong complaint bureau?

    aiyo bila mahu quit ph? malu la.

    1. aiyo bila mahu quit trumpeting yrself to manmanlai so that he can recommending u as the new replacement?

      Talk cock, banyak pandai, results zilch. Memang malu la.

  3. Need more facts than Hentam Buta.

    One of the key purposes of the screening interviews for Medical Faculty entrance is the recognition, proven both locally and overseas, that extremely good academic results alone are not necessarily good enough to assure that the student has the correct motivation , attitude and aptitude to be a doctor.

    Of course, you can't totally rule out discrimination or bias , but it is also inappropriate to conclude straightaway that the system has failed.

  4. My advice is to do that biotech course first, and after graduation, pursue that MBBS ambition.

  5. Somehow or rather, just have a feeling, there is more to this story than just a top scorer failing to get his choice of doing medicine at one of the local universities but got a course to do Biotech instead.

    The story does not all add up.

  6. Singapore's NUS already had for years had a screening process for its Medical Faculty.
    Very high academic achievers are sometimes advised they are better off pursuing other careers.

    There is partly an element of Singapore Government social engineering to ensure many of their best brains are directed towards other key technology and economic areas instead of being focused on Medicine.