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Customs officer among 39 Malaysian Chevening scholarship recipients

KUALA LUMPUR, I wish for nothing, but to bring back more knowledge on crime science on my return to Malaysia, said a Chevening scholarship recipient Anandaraj Naidu Sitthaya, 40.

The Putrajaya based Customs officer, is one of the 39 local professionals who have been selected as recipients of the prestigious British government’s Chevening scholarship to pursue their postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom (UK) for the 2019/2020 academic session.

I work at the Information Technology (IT) Division of the Customs Department, relating to border control, datas on Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Sales and Service Tax (SST). In the Customs, there are many things that we can improve, mainly when it comes to border control.

The Police and Customs officers are doing a pretty good job but we need to improve the technology that we are using now. The usage of IT in order to prevent crime is what I hope to share soon to help the department, he told reporters after receiving the scholarship from British High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay here, today.

The Melaka-born computer science graduate will further his studies in Crime Science at University College London and will be flying to UK in September.

Hay when met said Malaysia is the second largest Chevening recipient in ASEAN with 1,600 Malaysian alumni.

This would not be possible without the generosity of our local corporate partners whose sponsorship complemented Chevening funding from the UK government, which allows us to send many Malaysians to study in the UK.

I advise Malaysians to apply for this scholarship programme as we are trying to help young leaders. The British High Commission is also currently receiving applications for those wishing to study in UK for the academic year 2020/21, he said.

Another recipient, The Star’s Sabah bureau journalist Natasha Siobhan Joibi, 31, said, she was shocked and surprised at the same time upon receiving the news she had been selected for the scholarship.

I didn’t hope too much as I was worried I would be disappointed but am glad it’s not so. Thanks to my family members who are my pillars of strength who stood by me even when I doubted myself, she said.

Clad in a black dress with Rungus bead accessories, the Kadazan-Dusun lady will pursue her studies in Equality and Human Rights at University of Glasgow.

The Chevening Scholarship is Britain’s global scholarship programme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations.

The Chevening programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. There are more than 46,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

There are approximately 18,000 Malaysians studying in the UK each year and another 80,000 students currently studying for a UK qualification in Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

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