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PSD is making fool with non-Malays

Thank Malaysiakini for publishing my letter

Malay officials are cunning, they will change criteria at their will to suit their own agenda.

PSD decided to put top non-Malay students in local pariah matriculation classs regardless of meritocracy principle. But they always sent top Malay students to overseas.

This is another typical twisted discrimination against non-Malays since 1970.

I told my 11-A nephew, apply for a scholarship from Singapore government and change the citizenship after finish the study.

Below is my letter to the The Star (I do not expect The Star is brave enough to offend Tan Sri Muhyiddin)

PSD schoolarships is a tip of an iceberg on how a policy is twisted and manipulated

I agree with Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said that “Subject limit and PSD scholarships are separate issues”

There are more questions than answers for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s response on PSD schoolarships issue.

Public Service Department (PSD) has to publish selection criteria used for bumi and non-bumi students, are they subject to a same set of criteria.

For example, let say how top non-bumi students are offered places in local university or matriculation class while top bumi students are sent abroad for overseas universities.

If what reported in the papers is correct, top non-bumi students are offered places in local universities or matriculation classes while moderate non-bumi students are instead offer overseas scholarships. This is considered a form of racial discrimination and abuse of power in the PSD.

Did Cabinet instruct PSD to flip-flop the selection criteria this year? Why top students are sent to lower ranking local universities which is against the meritocracy principle?

By right only the best universities for the best students regardless they are bumi or non-bumi. Yes, we can send our best students to local universities when they could attain top notch ranking as the Cambridge University, Imperial College, Harward University, Beijing University, etc.

Whether a student sits for nine or twenty subjects shall not be an issue or used as a smokescreen to divert real issue in the schoolarship selection process. As long as PSD has a set of transparent and fair criteria put in place, let say only allow 9 core subjects are choosen as one of the schoolarship selection criteria. This is still an orange compared to an orange game!

Why a Malay girl who scored 20 A1s was awarded overseas schoolarship without going through the normal selection process IF Tan Sri Muhyiddin believed some students in non-boarding schools taking more subjects are giving them unfair advantage than students in the boarding schools.

Wee: Subject limit and PSD scholarships are separate issues

KUALA LUMPUR: The review on the choice and number of subjects for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination and the award of Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships are two separate issues, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said.

He said limiting the number of subjects was not the only way to solve the scholarship issues.

He said this in reaction to Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement on Thursday calling for a review on the subjects offered as SPM students tend to sit for easy ones to score more A’s.

Dr Wee was speaking to reporters after chairing the MCA Youth central committee meeting at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

He said for example, there was no need for a student who was sitting for Physics, Biology and Chemistry to also choose Science as a subject.

Dr Wee also urged the PSD to have a system in awarding scholarships and adhere to Cabinet decision on scholarship matters.

He said it should also be transparent and explain to students why they failed in their applications.

Citing a case in Malacca, Dr Wee said a student with 6 1A’s and 4 2A’s was offered an overseas scholarship but his classmate who scored 12 1A’s failed to get one, although both came from the same school and had almost similar family background.

Dr Wee added that the Education Ministry had accepted the appeals of 230 students which were done through the MCA.

The figure was out of a total of 500 cases submitted by the MCA.

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