PUTRAJAYA: To be attached to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad under the Perdana Fellowship programme is a dream come true for 23-year-old Ong Zhuhan from Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
"I'm so excited that I was chosen to be attached to Dr Mahathir. I look forward to receiving first-hand experience on how he sees government matters and how to tackle them," he said when met after the Perdana Fellowship Presentation at the Prime Minister's Office here today.
Ong, who is currently studying mechanical engineering at University College London, said this experience will enable him to work closely with Dr Mahathir.
"This would allow me to see how he views government issues and how he manages the country’s matters.
"I would also want to learn how laws and policies are prepared and implemented," he added.
The Perdana Fellowship this year will see 60 young Malaysians, including Ong, getting hands-on experience and invaluable mentorships in national governance.
Each fellow will be assigned to a Cabinet minister for between six weeks to three months, during which they will learn the complexity of policy-making and the national agenda.
Another law graduate, this one from Universiti Malaya, was also selected to be a fellow attached to Dr Mahathir.
Leeroy Ting Kah Sing, 24, from Kuching, Sarawak said his previous experience serving as a member with the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) under the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) will be an advantage to him.
"With my experience and knowledge, I hope I will help the government realise some of the possible reforms that we have proposed under the IRC," he added.
Another fellow, Muhammad Nursyazwan Zainuddin, who will be attached to Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said this programme is highly commendable.
"I'm excited to start my six week attachment with the Youth Ministry.
"I also expect to gain great knowledge and good experience to be a great leader in the future. This programme will also help us to enhance our leadership and soft skills," he added.
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's fellow, 23-year-old Laveenyah Preettha Yuvarajah, said it is an honour to work with him.
"He is one of the country's (most) experienced leaders and I'm proud to be attached under him.
"I'm confident I will learn a lot under his mentorship," said the Monash University student from Kedah.
She is currently completing a third year degree in Business Administration.
The programme, under the Youth and Sports Ministry, received 542 applications from graduates and post graduates in various fields of study at both local and international universities.
This is the sixth edition of the programme which was founded in 2013. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd