Squabble over scholarship “quota”Posted: May 30, 2008
Students and youth nowadays must be getting the worst education ever. They can’t even make a point without sounding stupid.
PKPIM: Biasiswa untuk semua
Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM) membantah langkah kerajaan menaikkan kuota biasiswa untuk bukan bumiputera sehingga 45 peratus dengan mencadangkan peruntukan biasiswa diberikan kepada semua.
(This means they’re against the govt for rising the quota of scholarships for non-Bumis to 45% from a previous 10%)
“Dengan bermain dengan kuota, sebenarnya kerajaan mencipta jarak yang lebih jauh dalam menangani isu rakyat Malaysia secara menyeluruh, iaitu antara bumiputera dan bukan Bumiputera,” katanya.
(This means that they agree that if we continue with quotas, the gap between Bumis and non-Bumis will be even greater. Well said. BUT…..)
Persatuan pelajar itu juga mencadangkan biasiswa diberikan semua pelajar bumiputera kerana hak tersebut termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.
(Then they say in the SAME article that scholarships should be given to ALL BUMIPUTERAS! What happened to the differentiating of Bumis and non-Bumis? Short-term memory loss maybe? And besides, WHERE exactly in the Constitution does it state that ALL BUMIPUTERAS should get scholarships, no questions asked?)
“Kerajaan harus menunaikan hak mahasiswa bumiputera untuk menerima biasiswa tanpa berkecuali seperti termaktub dalam Perlembagaan,” katanya.
Langkah menaikkan peluang tersebut, yang asalnya dengan peratusan 10 bukan bumiputera dan 90 untuk bumiputera, dibantah oleh Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim), sebuah pertubuhan yang dekat dengan PKPIM.
Full article here.
So pray tell, what exactly are they saying? Are they saying that scholarships should be given to all Bumis? But then they said that we shouldn’t be differentiating between Bumis and non-Bumis, right? So then do they mean to say that they should give scholarships to ALL students who apply?
Someone please clear this up for me, because after reaading the article a couple of times, I still don’t get their point. Do they want scholarships for EVERYONE, or do they want scholarships for ALL BUMIPUTERAS?
But then, come to think of it, I don’t know if it even really matters. Because either way, it’s not conceivable. End of story.
There is NOTHING in the Constitution that says anything about Bumi students having the RIGHT to get scholarships. Nothing even close to that. Bumis have a “special position” in the Constitution, yes. And this “special position” comes under the Agong. That means that what PKPIM is saying about the government needing to give them their rights is already wrong. Because it is the Agong that is supposed to “safeguard the special position” of the Bumis.
To quote directly from the Federal Constitution, Article 153(2):
“…the YDPA shall exercise his functions under this Constitution and federal law in such manner as may be necessary to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and to ensure the reservation for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak of such proportion as he may deem reasonable of positions in the public service and of scholarships, exhibitions and other similar educational or training privileges or special facilities given or accorded by the Federal Government…”
So whatever it is that the Federal Government is giving out, scholarships or anything else, it is up to the Agong to “proportionate” them, if there is any need at all to safeguard the Bumi’s position.
Where does it say “unconditional scholarships to all Bumiputeras”?
Don’t be nuts. There is no way in Heaven or Hell that the Constitution would have something so racist.
And let’s just IMAGINE for a while that PKPIM actually meant that the scholarships should be for ALL Malaysians, but just had a sliip of the tongue and said Bumiputeras instead. Fat chance, but let’s just imagine it anyway.
How in the WORLD do they expect the government to come up with that kind of money to fund ANYONE who applies for the scholarship? Do they have any idea at all about the amount of students that are getting superb results in their exams every year?
If the Government were to fund every single person who has passed the threshold to qualify for a scholarship, then I’m afraid the Government will go bankrupt.
There’s just no logic to it. Not conducive in the slightest.
I’m all for getting rid of quotas. I’m all for playing fair. I’m all for not discriminating against race. I’m all for not segregating Bumis and non-Bumis.
So for the Government to stop getting bombarded with complaints about not getting scholarships and all that, there are a few ways they could solve this problem.
First, make the selection process transparent. Let us know how you choose who gets what.
Second, go build more universities. And when I say universities, I mean top-quality universities, and not universities that don’t even have enought lecturers, and have to resort to part-time lecturers who don’t even know the subject they are supposed to teach.
With more local universities, more students stay in the country, instead of having to plead for those who have went overseas to “come home”.
But then again, if the local universities are producing students like the above…