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  • May
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Exporting brains, import brawns?

 


via Lim Kit Siang’s blog:

I’m a former student from a famous high school in Bukit Mertajam. Each year, my school ‘produced’ many excellent students and intellectuals such as doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc, for the community and nation.

This year also the same. My school achieved most satisfactory results in both SPM and STPM. But sadly, among those ‘good’ students, more than half will pursue their studies at private colleges, such as Inti, Nilai.

Most of them have done the same thing after receiving their results. Guess what? Yup, they applied for Singapore’s universities. I guess about 15 people got the offer from Singapore. I think all of them will accept the offer, no doubt. What is so surprising about the small number of 15 students?? All of them are top students in my school!! According to the Singapore government’s policy, they will be bonded for 3 years. As they will receive attractive salaries and stable permanent jobs in Singapore, few of them will come back to develop their career in Malaysia.

We hear this every year, the stories are all about the same and they are sad in a way BUT honestly speaking, do TOP students guarantee Malaysia continued economic growth and more jobs for the people? Excuse my pessimism, but do our public universities even have the capability to nurture these students into a great engineer, scientist, economist or what not?

So what happens if the government starts offering scholarships to these top students but send them to some universities in the world which couldn’t even make it to the world’s top 100? Is that more prestigious than NUS or even UM? Do the students themselves even want these scholarships or would they think Singapore offers a better education (NUS at 19th place surely says something about their quality isn’t it)?

Ultimately, think for yourself: does Malaysia owe you anything?

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  • Apr
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Parliamentary Comedy: Of Kepala Pusing and Canned Food!

 


via theStar:

MANY MPs must have found last week’s Parliament sitting to be a little duller than usual as all the excitement was centred in Machap. Some MPs, however, decided to brighten up the mood by cracking jokes and passing witty remarks. To some backbenchers, nothing could be better than picking on the opposition MPs, who also played along.

Nazri tried to tell Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang that there were no vicious intentions when Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein raised the Malay keris at the Umno general assembly last year. He said Kit Siang should not feel threatened by the keris if his conscience was clear.

“Just like when I went to Chinese events in my constituency, I was greeted with Chinese kung fu demonstrations and the kun tao.

Nazri, too, was laughing but little did he know that kun tao means “canned food” in the Cantonese dialect.

Almost always never fails to crack me up…sighz…these guys always manage to find some crap to talk about while wasting precious parliamentary time to discuss other more urgent issues.

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  • Nov
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Malaysians Cannot Comment Publicly but a Non-Malaysian Can!

 


Michael Backman wrote:

Rafidah added to her remarks about my column that no Malaysian should say such things. It’s little wonder that she doesn’t welcome scrutiny from her own people. But then the idea that Malaysians cannot comment publicly about how their country is run but a non-Malaysian can, is disgraceful.

Perhaps Rafidah needs to be reminded who pays her salary.

[on issue of wastage in Malaysia]

Learning (in Malaysia) is largely by rote. In an email to me last week, one Malaysian recalled her schooling as being in a system all about spoon-feeding, memory work and regurgitation. Students are not encouraged to think for themselves and they become adults who swallow everything they’re told.

Even the existing system fails many. It has just emerged that in Sabah state, only 46 per cent of the students who had sat the UPSR the exam that students sit before going to secondary school had passed. One small school actually had a 100 per cent failure rate.

But does the Malaysian Government want creative, critical thinkers? Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi said to the ruling party’s recent general assembly Malaysia needed to make students creative. But that means they must be questioning and thus critical; what hope is there of that when one of Abdullah’s own ministers tells Malaysians that they cannot say the things that I can and hundreds of them write to me to complain because they don’t feel that they can complain to their own Government?

The previous article resonated with me, but not this one though…still there were some issues worth pointing out like corruption and education.

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