Leong Manwyn’s results slip stated that he had failed his 11th subject, Lukisan Kejuruteraan (engineering drawing), which he claimed he had dropped prior to the examination.
“I was disappointed when the results came out. We are trying to clarify the matter but we’re not getting any satisfactory response,” the SMK Aminuddin Baki student said at a press conference at the Jalan Duta court complex here yesterday.
“As far as I know, I had dropped the subject,” said Manwyn, whose ambition is to be a lawyer, like his parents.
His father Leong Khai Yan claimed that more than 40 students in the school scored 10As but only his son obtained 10A+.
“I am sure there are many other students who have suffered a similar predicament. This incident is beneficial to prevent future SPM candidates from being troubled by the same problem,” said the father of four.
The family’s lawyer K. Balaguru said Leong would bring the matter to court if the authorities could not come up with a solution.
Balaguru said Manwyn had initially taken a total of 11 subjects but started developing vision problems in June last year.
“After seeing an eye specialist, the doctor certified that Manwyn had trouble visualising fine drawing. He then decided to withdraw from taking the Lukisan Kejuruteraan subject,” he said, adding that the family then informed the school and paid a RM30 fee for the withdrawal.
“The school then wrote to the Federal Territory education department to inform them of the matter on Sept 30, 2009, so that they could in turn, inform the Malaysian Examination Board,” Balaguru said.
However, it was learnt that the board only received the application to withdraw from the subject from the education department on March 19, this year, when the SPM results were already out.
Balaguru said the authorities had unofficially offered to change the results for the subject from “Gagal” (Fail) to “Tidak Hadir” (Absent) but this was unacceptable because it would reflect irresponsibility.
“We urge the board to rectify the matter. Because of this slip-up, a brilliant boy was unable to be declared as having scored straight As. Somebody is sleeping on the job and has affected this young man’s future,” he said.