Kuala Lumpur - They are among the brightest students in the country and yet were deemed not good enough for local public universities.
Eight students who scored cumulative grade point average of 4.0 were not offered any courses at the public universities despite successfully submitting their forms to enter the universities.
They are among the 108 appeal cases that MCA has received from students who sat for the STPM and matriculation programme since the issue was highlighted last week. Of the total, 55 have 4.0 CGPA.
MCA education bureau chairman Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said he could not accept the Education Ministry's excuse that technical error was among the reasons why many top scorers either failed to obtain places at public universities or did not get courses of their choice.
"They obtained 4.0 CGPA. Don't tell me they do not know how to fill a form.
"I cannot accept this silly explanation. It is grossly unfair to the students," he said after meeting 22 students and their families at Wisma MCA yesterday.
His remarks at the press conference were greeted by applause from those present.
Further substantiating his point over the issue of technical error, Dr Wee pointed out that 16 of the 22 students were called for an interview with Universiti Sains Malaysia.
"If it was a technical error, how could USM call them for an interview?" he asked.
He said the party would seek the help of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to resolve the issue.
Najib, in a tweet, said he knew some were disappointed at not getting places in universities.
"But don't give up. (I) will discuss at Cabinet this week how best to help these students," he said.
MIC national youth council member G. Kalaicelvan said the MIC received many complaints of top Indian students not getting courses of their choice.
"Most want to do medicine and their STPM results meet the requirement but somehow they do not get a place in the public universities," said Kalaicelvan.
He said many Indian students end up disappointed after the STPM results are out every year.
"It's a never-ending problem," he said.