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What kind of nonsense merit system?

If a system is race-based, creating a new category serves no purpose to convince the world that no apartheid system in Malaysia.

Scholarship is divided to four categories; national, race, bumi and East Malaysia bumi based on skin color, and Najib shamelessly called it merit system.

Bumi goes to matriculation class while non-bumi are dumped into STPM class, and then you put them to compete for a same scholarship. This is nonsense merit system.

Najib shall just admit that bumi is stupid and they need protection forever instead of insulting our intelligence on such nonsense merit system.

Merit-based scholarships soon
Plan signals further toning down of controversial policy that favours bumiputeras

By Elizabeth Looi, Malaysia Correspondent

KUALA LUMPUR – PRIME Minister Najib Razak said a new category of scholarships would be introduced next year which would be based solely on results obtained by students, and not on their racial background.

The merit-based scholarships will go some way to assuage complaints from non-Malays that some of the brightest Malaysian students are not backed by the government, causing a brain drain.

PM Najib announced the new scheme at a dinner organised by the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and the Associated Chinese Chamber of Industry and Commerce late on Saturday.

‘The best of the best and the creme de la creme will get aid for higher studies.

‘I believe this will be accepted well and it will allow each individual a fair chance to realise his full potential,’ he was quoted as saying by The Sunday Star newspaper.

But he declined to give further details, apart from saying that the government was studying ‘the distribution of scholarships’ through its Public Service Department.

The main BN component parties, the MCA and the Malaysian Indian Congress, hailed the Premier’s move.

‘I have been working on this issue since 2001 and I’m glad to see Najib has made such a positive move after he took over as the Prime Minister,’ MCA education bureau head Wee Ka Siong told The Straits Times.

The ruling BN coalition lost much support from Chinese and Indians at the general election last year, and has since been trying to woo them back.

The scholarship plan also signals a further toning down of the bumiputera policy following Datuk Seri Najib’s recent liberalisation of some sectors of the economy to bring competition to the Malays.

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