KUALA LUMPUR - A pair of twins was fraught with nail-biting tension before the release of exam results and list of scholarship recipients.
"We were constantly worried about whether we would receive the same results. What if I had straight As and my sister did not, should we still celebrate?" said Jeyinn Wong, whose older twin is Jecinn.
Both, however, heaved a sigh of relief when they were named among the 50 students with the best 2013 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results to be given the National Scholarship from the Government.
The former students of SMK Assunta Petaling Jaya scored all A+.
They received the scholarship offer letters from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.
Earlier, Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the National Scholarship awarded to 50 students with the best SPM results was a long-term investment by the Government in human resources development.
He said the scholarship, in its sixth year, was previously offered to 30 students who scored all A+ in SPM, but the number increased to 50 as of 2011.
"The National Scholarship is unique as the students will be sponsored from their pre-university until their first degree in the field of their choice at Government-recognised universities locally and overseas," he said.
He said the end objective of this investment is to develop the best human capital which could contribute to the various efforts by the Government to make Malaysia a competitive nation.
Besides the National Scholarship, he said two other initiatives included the Talent Acceleration in Public Service (TAPS) and Scholarship Talent Attraction and Retention (STAR).