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Friday, January 31, 2020

Top Selangor students to be groomed for elite varsities overseas, says MB

SHAH ALAM: Top students in Selangor will be identified and groomed to undertake undergraduate degrees at top British and American universities, says Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (pic).
"We are going to select and prepare students who are in Form Four now for entry into these top universities, '' said the Selangor Mentri Besar, giving the examples of Cambridge and Oxford in Britain as well as Ivy League universities in the United States.
Amirudin, who spoke to reporters after attending a meet-and-greet session with headmasters from schools in Selangor, said the state would begin the programme sometime this year.
"We will identify them first and have programmes to train them.
"The state will get several alumni members from the Ivy League universities who are staying and working in Selangor to help us with the programme, '' he said on Friday (Jan 31).
"Those who attend the programme must come back to Selangor and work in state government-linked companies or civil service, '' said Amirudin, adding that the fees and expenses of the selected students will be fully borne by the state.
On the coronavirus scare, Amirudin said he hoped people would not abstain from attending the state's Chinese New Year open house on Saturday (Feb 1) at Dataran Petaling Jaya from 7pm to 10.30pm.
"We have the situation under control and Malaysia has been acknowledged globally as one of the countries that has managed the crisis well, '' said Amirudin.
Amirudin also said there would certainly be a negative impact on the state's economy due to the coronavirus situation.
"There certainly is an effect on the economy but we have things under control, '' he added.
He added Selangor has been adhering closely to the guidelines and procedures stipulated in the disaster management protocol over the coronavirus outbreak. - Star

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