Opening their eyes to engineering


STUDENTS from MRSM found the YTN experience enriching and informative.

Nur Aishah Syakila Abdul Aziz, 17, was chosen to be part of the programme after she was interviewed by her counsellor.

She is from MRSM Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens in Sabah.

“The counsellors called the top 15 students in the school to inquire more about our interests and plans for the future,” she said.

“I like sports and outdoor activities, and I think engineering would suit me very well.”

She said she also wanted to prove that women could be as great as men in engineering.

Initially, she said, her parents wanted her to become a doctor, but she was more interested in becoming an engineer.

“I want to be the engineer among my seven siblings.”

She said after she was selected for the programme, she started to find out more about it.

“After the visit to ILSAS (TNB Integrated Learning Solution) and the power plant, I learnt that engineering has many fields and my interest grew more. I feel that engineering shoulders a great responsibility in creating a healthier environment through power.”

Nur Aishah Syakila Abdul Aziz

At school, Aishah, who hopes to go to Cambridge University, is a hockey player, long distance runner and vice-president of the Students’ Representative Council.

Another student, Mahesan Ganaesan, 17, from MRSM Pasir Salak in Perak, said he had the highest score for engineering during a psychology exam at his school.

He said during the programme, he learnt that YTN scholars had benefited greatly as they were fully sponsored and were guaranteed a job.

“I am interested in civil engineering,” he said, adding that offshore construction appealed greatly to him as well as the opportunity to build infrastructure like jetty and bridges.

Mahesan aimed to secure a scholarship to lighten the burden of his parents.

Mahesan Ganaesan

“Besides caring for the family, my father is also taking care of my grandmother, who is paralysed,” he said.

Mahesan hoped that he would be able to give his family a better life after all the sacrifices that they had made.

He aimed to go to Liverpool University or Southampton University, which were both known for their civil engineering programmes.

He said TNB was a big utility company that supplied energy to the whole of Malaysia.

“Working with TNB is like doing service for the nation, and I would be very honoured if I have the chance to be part of the team.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd