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Author hopes more Sabahan nurses get Australian scholarship
Published on: Tuesday, December 03, 2019


Lynette (left) with Pauline.
Kota Kinabalu: History author Lynette Silver said she hopes to see more Sabahans who are pursuing nursing as a career being successful in landing the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) scholarship.

 She was elated that a Sabahan, Pauline Wong, was a recipient recently and did two years at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University.

 Wong, 27, has been a registered nurse since 2012 at QEH. She was awarded the scholarship for 2018-19. She was the first applicant to be awarded the scholarship from Borneo.

 Pauline told Lynette that she came across the scholarship by chance when she saw a small notice pinned on the board at QEH directing her to the AIF Memorial Nursing Scholarship website in 2017. 

 Although it had been open to applicants from Sabah and Sarawak all along, the scholarship is awarded alternately between Singapore (for post graduate study) and Malaysia (nursing degree).

  “I hope a Dusun applicant wins this scholarship one day. Perhaps even a student who has been educated because of our Sandakan Memorial Scholarship Trust, which is open to Dusun girls, to acknowledge the help given to our POWs (Prisoners of War) in Sabah by Dusun people,” said Lynette.

 She noted that AIF was set up to thank local people who helped POWs in Singapore, but that the assistance given by locals to the POWs in Sabah far outstrips the assistance given there. 

 “The Dusuns saved the lives of all six POWs who escaped from the death marches,  and many people of various ethnic backgrounds suffered, with  eight executed for  their assistance to POWs in Sandakan,” she said, adding that over the years, all scholarship winners have come from Singapore or Peninsular Malaysia. 



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