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Set up body to monitor scholarship distribution

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 May 2009: Gerakan Youth has urged the government to set up an independent committee comprising education experts and the academia to monitor the distribution of government scholarships.

Its chief, Lim Si Pin said this would be one way of making sure the distribution was transparent and fair for all Malaysians.

“From the large number of complaint cases by unsuccessful students, it is clear something is not right in the current scholarships distribution system by the Public Services Department (PSD),” Lim said in a statement today.

Lim urged that every community to be given equal consideration and said a fairer distribution of the scholarships would produce a good pool of talents that would later serve the nation with distinction.

He said Gerakan Youth had set up a team to help unsuccessful students to make appeals to the cabinet.

Lim said the government might also consider doing away with the quota system and give PSD scholarships based on meritocracy.

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