Monday, June 2, 2008

Too tired of this issue to say too much

I just read this piece of news and it makes me sick and tired.

The Star, Monday June 2, 2008

Malay students affected

PETALING JAYA: Increasing the quota for non-bumiputras for Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships without increasing the actual number of scholarships has drastically affected the bumiputras, the Umno Youth Education Bureau said.

Its chairman Ahmad Ikmal Ismail said while the bureau agreed with the Government to give more scholarships to non-bumiputras, it did not agree with the way it was done.

“The quota for non-bumiputras has increased from 10% to 45% but the number of total scholarships has remained at 2,000.”

Ahmad Ikmal said this meant that scholarships were being taken from the bumiputras to be given to the non-bumiputras.

“We object to this move because it now means that 700 scholarships for bumiputra students are gone,” he said.

Ahmad Ikmal said a better way would be to use the New Economic Policy concept to increase the number of total scholarships. He said this was to ensure that the bumiputras were not affected and the non-bumiputras would get even more opportunities.

Scholarships should be given based on merit regardless of race, NEP or not. What happens if there is less than 55%of Malay students who deserve the scholarship? Would the government then provide the remaining to their cronies' children? Or would they distribute it to other races who deserve it? Increasing the total number of scholarships would also mean taking more from taxpayers. Clean up the mess in the education system and produce good students first before talking about scholarships!

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