Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Beware of the agenda of the ultra racist

Media statement by DAP Socialist Youth National Secretary and MP for Rasah Loke Siew Fook on Tuesday, 3 June 2008 in Petaling Jaya.

All scholarships should be given based on meritocracy and quota mentality must be discarded to achieve academic excellence in Malaysia

DAPSY slams the attitude of UMNO Youth, Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung and Malay Unity Action Front for protesting against the move by the government to award 45% of Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships to non-bumiputera students. While the move by the government to increase PSD scholarships to deserving students irrespective of race and religion is most welcomed, it is regrettable to hear those retrogressive voices from a segment of the ultra racist group against it. Again, the racial card is being played to defeat the goals of meritocracy in education in Malaysia.

DAPSY urges the government to stand firm on this agenda as it is a step in the right direction to give a sense of hope to all Malaysian students who excel in their studies. DAPSY believes that scholarships must given based on meritocracy and deserving students whether they are Bumi or non-Bumi must not be denied any opportunities to further their studies. Over the years, we have fought for more fairness in the distribution of scholarships as this is one major factor that caused the problem of brain drain in the country.

In order to achieve academic excellence and push our country’s competitiveness to a higher level, all segments in our society must discard the quota mentality to compete with the best and the brightest. We believe that even though PSD scholarships are open to more non-Bumi students, the Bumiputera students from lower socio-economic background will not lose out as there are many other channels for them to obtain scholarships such as the MARA program which is exclusively for Bumiputera students.

There are still many cases of top students not being offered PSD scholarships and they are in the dark why they failed. DAPSY urges the Public Service Department to be more transparent in the whole process and announce the names of all recipients with their respective results and scores. I have submitted a written question to the Prime Minister in the coming Parliamentary session to state the names of all PSD scholarships recipients with their results and I hope a detailed answer will be given to my parliamentary question.



Eric Chor said...

erm... every year these problems happened and happened again...but seem that the government didn't heard our voices yet..When can these problems solved? Can somebody answer this question?

Yeen said...

Brain drain to Singapore.....Malaysia is the biggest exporter of top brain to neighbouring countries....Malaysia Boleh....

Let me tell you a story...my brother is the top performer in SPM in negeri 20 years ago....yet he was denied from his preferred choice of courses at local universities because of QUOTA....fortunately he did not give up....he obtained ASEAN scholarship from Singapore, went into Junior High School....completed with Distinction....later enrolled into NUS medicine, supported by Kuok Foundation loan.....and received enrollment notice from University of Sydney Australia to pursue his medicine with full scholarship.....completed with distinction....flied to Miami for General Surgeon specialist trainig....completed....flied to Hospital of University Ohio for cardiac surgeon specialist training for 2 years...completed....now back in Malaysia for one years plus....I forsee he will not here for long....for sure will go oversea within one year as really disappointed with the system here....Our country admin really need big revamp...

General Electric ex CEO, Jack Welch who brought GE to the peak....adopted 20-70-10 rules, sacked the 10% poor performer, train the 70% average performer to upgrade their skill in order to perform better and reward heavily those 20% top performer....Isn't it appropriate for any organisation/country which want to be excellent?