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REGRET: Medical student in Egypt pleads with Terengganu government to reinstate scholarship
TERENGGANU: ONE of the nine students in Egypt, who had his scholarship revoked for participating in Bersih 2.0 there last year, has pleaded with the state government to reinstate his scholarship.
Muhamad Hasyim Che Ngah, 21, met Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said during a press conference after the weekly state executive council meeting yesterday to apologise and appeal publicly.
He said he regretted participating in the rally and that he was influenced by a friend.
The third-year medical student at Ain' Syams University said he felt betrayed by the Bersih organisers and leaders when none offered to sponsor his studies.
Hasyim, who had a RM300,000 scholarship from Yayasan Terengganu in 2009, said he only received a few hundred ringgit in donations, collected by supporters and handed to him by "friends".
"I regret the whole ordeal after finding out the assembly that I had joined in Hayuu Ashier Square, Cairo, was political in nature and had no relation to my well-being and development as a student," he said in a statement, which he read to the menteri besar, State Secretary Datuk Mazlan Ngah and reporters.
However, Hasyim, who claimed he was coaxed by friends into attending the gathering, said he had refused on the day of the assembly to wear the yellow Bersih T-shirt that was sold to Malaysian students for RM10 each.
"I did not wear it although a student gave me a free T-shirt."
He said during the assembly on July 9 last year, he had accompanied a friend to the square where some 100 people had gathered for some speeches and to hand out petitions to sign.
Ahmad Said said Hasyim's appeal would be considered in the coming weeks.
"These students (who had participated in the rally) are smart, but unfortunately, gullible, which lead them to being used by the opposition to further their political cause."