KUALA LUMPUR, March 31, 2015:

The government’s commitment to recognise and appreciate students’ achievements was in line with the country’s desire to become a “high-income nation”.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in building exemplary persons, the government had pledged numerous initiatives in supporting, developing and retaining talents that would create an “pool of talents for the future”.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said this was why the government hoped that its investments through initiatives like the National Scholarships would create more of these exemplary people to lead the country’s charge towards vision 2020.

“These initiatives served to teach students soft skills and make them more acceptable to the job market.

“Among these programmes are: Management Apprentice Programme (MAPS), Talent Acceleration in Public Service (TAPS) and Scholarship Talent Attraction and Retention (STAR) programme,” he said before presenting the country’s top 50 students with offer letters for the 2015 National Scholarships here today.

He told the students: “You are the top 50 in the country. Well done. I am extremely proud of your excellent achievements.”

The scholarships were awarded by the Public Service Department to students that excelled in the 2014 SPM examinations.

Muhyiddin highlighted that since the National Scholarships programme began in 2012, a total of 151 students had directly benefited from it by furthering their studies in top universities in and out of the country.

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