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Yesterday, Malaysian netizens were all moved by the story one Twitter user decided to share on the social media platform.

In the long Twitter thread, the user known as Shi, shared how he tried to apply for the Student Admissions Department (BPKP) (formerly UPU) IPTA Asasi program, which is a program only offered by specific public universities like UiTM and Universiti Malaya (UM).

What’s interesting about the Asasi program is that it’s generally offered to Bumiputera Malaysians, but there also a few courses offered to non-bumiputeras. 

Before he began his story, the netizen emphasised that he does not intend to make this a political issue and that he just wants to share his story for Malaysians to be aware.



And before you keyboard warriors start getting triggered, do note that this post is not intended to stir any racial nor political issues.

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Shi said he started studying in a fully residential school (SBP) in KL when he was in Form 1, far away from his parents who were in Kelantan.

At that very young age, he had always dreamt of attending a public university under the UPU Asasi program since his parents couldn’t afford to send him to a private university.

Set on his goal, Shi knew it was going to be a tough road ahead for him but he worked his ass off and became very active in his extracurricular activities.

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Although he was incredibly busy with extracurricular activities, he was also able to maintain his academic performance and got excellent grades in school at the same time.

It was when he was in Form 2 that his senior told him that it’s extra hard for non-bumiputeras to enter the Asasi program.

However, this didn’t deter him and he decided to work even harder to better his chances of getting into the program when the time came.

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Shi even decided to join the national choir for extra co-curriculum marks, but he had to sacrifice buying meals for himself to pay for his transport to choir practice. In the end, he decided he couldn’t keep up with it and quit.

Despite this one bump in his journey, he persevered to involve himself in music. Later in Form 3 Shi managed to get straight A’s and transferred to a another SBP in KL.



There, he learnt a traditional Malay instrument called the Cak Lempong.

He soon became an expert at playing the instrument and continued to excel in his academics.

He also won many competitions representing his school on an international scale, including a gold award in Singapore’s maths olympiad and winning first place in a public speaking competition in Thailand.

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Needless to say, Shi also scored straight A’s in his SPM examinations. Excited by this, he quickly applied for the Asasi program, confident that he would be accepted.

However, things didn’t go his way when he received an offer for something else instead of Asasi.

He pointed out that although there’s not much competition for Bumiputeras to get into the program, it’s extremely tough for non-Bumiputeras.

Twitter User Shares His Experience of Applying for IPTA Asasi As a Non-Bumi - World Of Buzz

Source: Twitter

Although he’s still grateful to get into the Matriculation program, Shi was disheartened at the state of things.

He has always been a patriotic person and loves Malaysia. He even rejected scholarship offers to study overseas because he loves his country so much!

But now, he’s wondering if he’s made the right choice and if his country even values him.

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Source: Twitter

Shi’s story immediately went viral on Twitter, with over 11,000 retweets as of this afternoon. Even BERSATU Youth Chief Syed Saddiq retweeted his story with words of encouragement, urging other Malaysians to reflect and make change together.



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Well said! It’s good to be aware of stories like this so we can all grow to make Malaysia a better place. We don’t want to lose anymore talents as it is!

Also read: “She was One of the Best Students in SPM but Failed to Get JPA Scholarship…”

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