PSD scholarship selection should be transparent, get more funds by scrapping National Service

 

FOUR students from Selangor and Johor who scored straight As in the SPM recently brought their complaint of not getting government scholarship to Parliament. They represent only a small part of the many disappointed students who bring up similar complaints every year.

At a press conference in Parliament lobby, Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusof said: “Our brightest students often do not get the opportunity to go for higher education to bring out the best in them. Eventually we would only encourage mediocrity and our nation would lose competitiveness in the process.”

I agree with him, perhaps some will end up in Singapore, where their bond is for seven years after which the bond-holder may be offered the option to take up citizenship, and perhaps one day be a part of a legal team representing Singapore in a territorial dispute with Malaysia at the ICJ.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong was quoted as saying “such cases occur every year because the PSD has only 2,000 scholarships while there are more than 15,000 applicants”.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak was quoted as saying: “Top students should be prepared to be disappointed” because the government cannot offer scholarships to all of them.

Reason? “The government will try its best to help them, but we must realise that the number of those who scored well in the SPM and STPM examinations was much higher than the allocation provided.”

The Defence Ministry has spent RM2.37 billion on 339,186 National Service trainees, this comes to RM6.9 million for each trainee. Just scrap the NS and give the money to the PSD. Then there will be enough funds to give scholarships to all the 15,000 applicants and even offer scholarship to senior citizens who feel like studying as well.

I assure you that the move will make many Malaysians happy, except of course for defence contractors.

There is no reason to expose our youth to military-type training. We should teach them wholesome values and critical thinking.

Education Minister Hishammuddin Hussein seems to be keeping a low profile on this issue.

I challenge the government to make public the list of the 2,000 recipients on the very criteria it sets – academic excellence (70%), interview (10%), socio-economic background (10%) and co-curriculum (10%).

For socio-economic background, priority is given to those with a family income of RM1,500 and below per month where the higher the family income, the lower the points. Meanwhile, for co-curriculum, those who hold positions in their clubs and organisations or represented their school in district or state competitions score higher points.

The government either makes the selection process transparent or the people will think that all the talk about meritocracy is bunkum. Make the list public and open it to scrutiny. It’s not enough to just give an explanation as the people think the selection process is biased.

Vijay Kumar Murugavell
via e-mail

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One comment on “PSD scholarship selection should be transparent, get more funds by scrapping National Service
  1. Vijay Kumar says:

    Fellow Citizens,

    No, the gestapo did not beat a confession out of him, but they may as well have as the shadow of doubt cast
    over Najib is his ability to be consistently in denial.

    Najib Razak confesses…………………………………………………………

    that he is in DENIAL. as they say…. habits are hard to break:

    ******************************************************************************************************
    Denied meeting Dr.M to discuss UMNO

    Denied crackdown on bloggers

    Denied having dinner in France with the other Razak an Ms.Shaaaribu

    Denied government disregarded MIC suggestions

    Denied parallel in Ijok and Lunas’ by-election political situation
    (btw at Ijok he stressed that he had never met Altantuya)

    Denied claims that MIC leader Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was a “mandor” of Umno and an ineffective leader for the Indian community.

    Denied knowledge of “Dr.M’s gentlemens agreement” for Pak Lah to be a one term Prime Minister before he could take over.

    Denied the ineffectiveness of the national service scheme

    Denied approving RM490m UK sports center, and shifted responsibility to Ministry of Youth and Sports

    Denied UMNO was trying to thwart former premier Mahathir Mohamad’s attempt to attend its annual meeting as a delegate
    last year.

    Denied that Johor Umno was against the multibillion-ringgit Iskandar Development Region (IDR) project

    DENIED THAT FUEL PRICES WOULD GO UP AFTER ELECTIONS.

    Denied the Malaysian government had paid commission to Perimekar Sdn Bhd in connection with the purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines.

    Denied media reports that he had apologized to the Indonesian government over alleged encroachments on Indonesian waters in the Ambalat region by a Royal Malaysian Navy vessel in March 2007.

    *********************************************************************************************************

    And now expectedly denies any knowledge or involvement in the Altantuya Murder Case, in fact he has been denying it since way before the elections,when RPK (Raja Petra Kamarudin) posted an article “Lets send the Altantuya Murderers to hell” he brushed it off as outrageous and RPK was charged under a vague clause of the seditions act.
    RPK then issues a statutory declaration implicating the 2nd lady Rosmah, Colonel Aziz Buyong, Najib, Pak lah and his son in law, his reaction : he dismisses it as“total lies, fabrication and total garbage.”
    Mysteriously just a day later a case that was widely seen as plagued by delays was miraculously declared closed.
    If it were me, I would make a police report and not use the Attorney General as an errand boy,
    The next thing I would do is sue for defamation – that would be the reaction of an innocent person wrongfully accused,
    more so if the accuser has a gall to risk 2 years imprisonment for giving a false declaration.

    Based on his( Najib) propensity to deny , lack of visible anger and operating from a distance while the AG and Police
    seemingly do his bidding, I would wager that many do not see his denial as sincere, in fact he appears cool and calculative-
    which reminds me of this quote :-

    “Denial is a common tactic that substitutes deliberate ignorance for thoughtful planning.”

    (Charles Tremper)

    Best Regards

    Vijay Kumar Murugavell

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