Medicine still top choice of Malaysian students despite glut

Medicine still top choice of Malaysian students despite glut
Some of the national scholarship recipients getting ready for a group photograph with Muhyiddin.

KUALA LUMPUR - Although there are more medical graduates than ever in the country, three top SPM scorers who each received a National Scholarship are adamant about studying medicine.

Muhammad Farhan Romli, 18, from SM Sains Sultan Mohamad Jiwa, Sungai Petani, was ecstatic about getting the scholarship and said he would pursue a career in medicine.

"My four elder brothers studied medicine and it was quite costly. This (scholarship) will ease my family's financial burden," he said, adding that he obtained 9A+ in his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

Another scholarship recipient, Liew Mei Yen, 18, from SMK Convent Butterworth, Penang, scored 10 A+ in her SPM examination.

"I want to study medicine because my elder sister is studying that, too," she said.

The remaining recipient, Repe Preet Kaur from SMK Convent Teluk Intan, has her heart set on pursuing medicine in Britain.

The 9A+ scorer in the SPM examination said she always treated homework as her "revision time" in order to better grasp her lessons.

Each year, about 5,500 medical students graduate and the 45 training hospitals in the country have difficulties coping, according to the Malaysian Medical Association.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the giving of the scholarships was proof of the Government's commitment to creating a talent pool for the future of Malaysia.

He said a large, talented and highly-skilled workforce could be created through proper human capital formation.

"This is in line with the country's goal to be a high income nation," he said after presenting National Scholarship offer letters to the top 50 SPM scorers here.

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