HUI JAN'S JPA FAQ!
1. Did you get it?
Yes, I got the JPA scholarship.
2. What course did you get?
I got Medicine.
3. So you're taking it?
No, I am not.
4. Why not?
[See answers to numbers 5 and 6.]
5. Where did you get Medic for?
The proper answer to number 6: AUCMS stands for Allianze University College of Medical Sciences. It's in Kepala Batas in Penang, and no one I know except my mother had ever heard of it before I asked them. (Everyone I asked Googled it. C'mon, guys, it's fine to admit you don't know something!)
The funny thing is, the site said I'd gotten Program Ijazah Satu Tahun. If I'd accepted it, what would've happened is I would've had to do a Certificate of Pre-Medical Studies in AUCMS for a year. Then, using those results, I would've had to apply to AUCMS for Medicine. If I got in, JPA would continue funding my education and daily expenses; if I didn't, I'd be completely screwed, because which other uni would accept a Certificate of Pre-Medical Studies as a valid pre-u certification?
(From the AUCMS website.)
So, no, I'm not accepting it. In any case, I am very happy doing my (widely accepted!) A-levels in MCKL, and I'm glad I won't be leaving yet. I'm not complaining, either -- this other guy who got the same SPM results as I did (8A+ 1A) got the JPA scholarship for Diploma in Science. Sucks for him.
If I did want to complain, though, there would be much to complain about. I've heard a lot of complaining and am so fed-up with the way things are that I've stopped complaining myself.
However, I have to say it's disheartening to know that sometimes, merit alone isn't enough.