PFF scholars keeping hopes high


BIG data is crucial to the Fourth Industrial Revolution or the Industry 4.0 (IR 4.0).


Entrepreneurs and manufacturers seek to make better use of data to create more value.


Twenty-two-year-old S. Hanu Shree shared the same vision as she aspires to be a data analyst after completing her studies.


Currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science while specialising in Data Analytics, Hanu Shree said big data plays an important role in strengthening businesses.


“I want to contribute back to Penang after I graduate. I hope to maximise potential with the available data and create an efficient environment,” said Hanu Shree, an undergraduate who is expected to graduate from Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) by next year.

Hanu Shree (third from left) receiving the scholarship agreement from Chow (second from right) during the press conference in Komtar on Dec 18 last year.


Hanu Shree, a PFF Penang scholar, is part of the selected 74 Penang Future Foundation (PFF) scholarship recipients for year 2020.


Meanwhile, it was a dream come true for Vanessa Koay Wei Li, 21.


Koay, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (Software Systems Development), said she was thankful for being selected as one of the successful recipients. She was one of the recipients under the PFF Mutiara Scholar category.


“It was an absolute dream come true moment for me. Deep down, after receiving the good news, I knew my efforts didn’t go to waste. I hope to find ways to further develop the IT industry in Penang,” said Koay, who is currently studying at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC), in an interview over the phone today. She is expected to graduate by middle of next year.


Koay (third from left) receiving the scholarship agreement from Chow (second from right).


Bachelor of Science in Physics undergraduate A. Joshua, 20, said he hopes to establish a research facility pertaining to astronomy and astrophysics in Penang after he has completed his studies.


Joshua, a PFF Mutiara Scholar category scholarship recipient, said many people had the perception that those graduating with a physics degree may find it difficult to find jobs after they graduate, due to the lesser demands from the industry.


“I want to work beyond my limit and prove those critics wrong,” he said. Joshua is now studying in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR Kampus Sungai Long) is expected to graduate in May 2023.


PFF Penang Scholar category scholarship recipient Ooi Kean Hong, 21, aspires to be a mobile application developer.


“I want to contribute my skills and knowledge to assist the state’s effort in going cashless,” Ooi, who is now studying the Bachelor of Science in Computing at INTI International College Penang in Bayan Lepas, said. He is expected to graduate in December 2023.


Meanwhile, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) undergraduate Muhammad Naqib Tasdiq Ahmad Adli hopes to ease the financial burden of his family after he has completed his studies.


PFF scholarship recipients with the state representatives in Komtar.


Muhammad Naqib Tasdiq, 20, said he would not let the Covid-19 pandemic situation affect his studies.


“This scholarship has helped me and my family,” he said, adding that it was his goal to be a mechanical engineer in the future.


Muhammad Naqib Tasdiq, a PFF Penang Scholar category scholarship recipient, hopes to be part of the robust industrial scene in Batu Kawan.


The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering student is expected to graduate mid-2024.


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, in a recent press conference held in Komtar, said that the projected value of the awarded PFF scholarships for the 2020 scholars stood at RM3.4 million.


Since its inception in 2015, PFF has benefitted 585 outstanding and deserving Malaysian youths in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Accountancy and Finance.


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhammad