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Permata Pintar Students Hope To Represent Malaysia Well In U.S. | 05/03/2010
Untitled document SEREMBAN, March 5 2010 (Bernama) -- S. Kalithashinee and Muhammad Akmal Hasbullah will embark on a mission in June to make a name for and introduce Malaysia to the world.

They are two of five students from the National Permata Pintar Programme selected to take part in the Johns Hopkins University's Centre For Talented Youth summer camp.

Kalithashinee, 14, of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Datuk Onn, Butterworth, Penang, said she was proud to have been chosen to join the university's programme.

The third child of six children of a factory worker and housewife was among the top students in her class and had obtained 5As in her Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination.

"I compete with my siblings because they are all also smart," she told reporters after the launch of the second-year screening of the Permata Pintar UKM 1 by National Permata Pintar patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the prime minister, at the Tunku Kurshiah College, here on Friday.

Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Education Director-General Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Vice-Chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Shahabudin and State Secretary Datuk Mat Ali Hassan.

The teen, who hopes to become a doctor, said the school holiday camp at UKM last year was different and students enjoyed learning through a fun and systematic method.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Akmal, 16, from the Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) in Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Baharu, Kelantan, said he was lucky to have been selected out of 405 students, all of whom wanted to go to the United States.

"Before I leave I would like to research a bit about the country and the culture of the people, and will introduce to them Malaysia's uniqueness," said the youngest of four siblings who scored 8As in his Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination last year.

The three other students selected for the summer camp programme are Rabiatul Adawiyah Ishak, 13, of SMK Batu Lintan, Sarawak; Ahmad Asyraf Burhani, 15, of Sekolah Menengah Agama Al-Maarif, Bukit Goh, Kuantan, Pahang, and Philip Chin Zhen Yew, 16, of SMJK(C) Chung Ling, Penang.

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