The Public Service Department (PSD) specifically refers to the letter “Publish list of JPA scholars” published on 15/6/10 in The Star and other letters related on PSD scholarships generally.

The PSD had announced the application criteria for its 2010 Overseas Sponsorship Programme (PILN) in the major newspapers in January and February this year, in addition to posting these criteria on its website. On 6th April, in his press statement, Y.A.B. Deputy Prime Minister reiterated these criteria as well. Over 18,800 students applied, out of which 10,956 applicants fulfilled the minimum requirements and qualified for the interview process. Of the qualified applicants, 7900 scored all As, in all the subjects they had taken, including 214 students who scored all A+s.

As stated in the PSD website and the statement by YAB DPM, scholarships were given according to the following four categories:

  1. Category 1 : Academic Excellence
    Twenty percent of the scholarships were allocated for this category. Applicants under this category were assessed purely on merit based on academic excellence (85%), co-curriculum activities (10%) and performance at the interview (5%). The socio-economic background of the applicants was irrelevant under this category.
  2. Category 2: Racial Composition of the Population
    Sixty percent of the scholarships were allocated for applicants streamed under this category. Applicants under this category were assessed based on academic excellence (75%), co-curriculum activities (10%), socio-economic background (10%) and performance at the interview (10%). The selection of scholars reflected the racial composition of the population.
  3. Category 3 : Bumiputera Sabah and Sarawak
    Ten percent of the scholarships were reserved for Bumiputera applicants from Sabah (5%) and Sarawak (5%). The selection was done based on academic excellence (65%), co-curriculum activities (5%), socio-economic background (25%) and performance at the interview (5%).
  4. Category 4: Socially Disadvantaged Group
    Ten percent of the scholarships were allocated for applicants from schools that lack, or have limited, proper educational facilities and those that hailed from low-income families. The selection was done based on academic excellence (65%), co-curriculum activities (5%), socio-economic background (25%) and performance at the interview (5%).
Outstanding students who were not selected for the PILN 2010 scholarships (given the limited sponsorship of 1500) were offered additional 2000 scholarships to study in local private institutions of higher learning, including local campuses of foreign universities in Malaysia, such as, the Nottingham University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Curtin University of Technology. A notification to this effect was posted on the PSD’s e-SILA website on 16th June.

Apart from the PILN, the PSD will also be offering a local sponsorship programme (Program Ijazah Dalam Negara or PIDN). A total of 8,250 scholarships will be made available under PIDN. These scholarships are for students who have secured places at local institutions of higher learning.

Corporate Communications Unit
Public Service Department Malaysia
18th June 2010