PUTRAJAYA: The whole country seems to be beaming with pride over Nur Amalina Che Bakri.
An elated Education Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein commended the SPM student’s record breaking 17 1As – the best ever – as a result of a lot of hard work and determination.
He said her achievement was something the entire country should be proud of, irrespective of race or religion. said MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting had also informed him in a telephone conversation yesterday that he was delighted with the SMK Ulu Tiram student’s achievement and would be writing to her soon to congratulate her.
He, however, cautioned well-wishers wanting to shower the girl with gifts and rewards, not to go overboard.
“Please do not demean her astonishing achievement by offering material rewards. Even if she does not get any rewards, I am sure she will be able to overcome all the challenges that comes her way on her own,” he said. Hishammuddin said he did not want Nur Amalina to suffer the same fate as some athletes who failed to perform after receiving numerous rewards for their achievements.
“In my discussions with Nur Amalina and her family, they made it known that gifts and rewards do not even figure in their consideration,” he said at his office yesterday.
Hishammuddin said what would matter more to this “gem who is so precious to us all” was wishes from the country’s leaders.
“A short letter from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi congratulating her is more precious that the millions we can give her,” Hishammuddin said.
He said he had also advised Nur Amalina to consider all options available before making a decision (on her future),” he added.
“What she decides to do in the future is up to her. We cannot decide for her,” he said
P/s In my point of view she is one of the product of strict inforcement of exam orientated system in or education system. just take a look at so many high achievers in our country today. They were being given the best education but still...in the end they choose to go against the system and joining the opposition... they are good for nothing.... harapkan pagar pagar makan padi