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Stateless top student offered place in university

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Stateless top student Roisah Abdullah has been offered a place to further her studies at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).

Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said he had met Roisah, 20, to offer the student the opportunity to continue her studies at UUM.

Idris said Roisah, who also received several other study offers, was pleased with the government’s offer, but she was still considering her best options.

“Apart from the study offer, we will also make sure that she is given citizenship to facilitate the next process,” he told reporters after attending the Higher Education Ministry top women leadership’s meet and greet session at Universiti Putra Malaysia today.

Also present was the ministry’s secretary-general Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur.

The absence of a birth certificate and identification card caused Roisah, a former student of SMK Sungai Kapar Indah, Klang, Selangor, to be unable to continue her studies despite obtaining 3A and 1B in her STPM examinations, 7A and 1B in her SPM as well as 9As in her PMR.

Roisah was born to a foreign mother while her father’s identity is unknown. Shortly after birth she was adopted by a Malaysian woman, who died in 2014.

- Bernama

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