Is race even an issue in education?

I really don’t quite understand what could possibly be going on in their minds when they say “We’re against the PSD raising the scholarship quota for non-Bumis to 45%”. First off, when did PSD even SAY that they are raising the quota? They merely reported that this year, 45% of the scholarships went to non-Bumis. It’s a statistical issue that shouldn’t even be reported on. But since they reported that 45% of the scholarships they offered this year went to non-Bumis, some very paranoid people have been making unnecessary claims and protests and whatnot.

Before this, it was just ABIM and PKPIM. Already that was too much over nothing. But I guess, when it comes to “protecting Malay rights”, UMNO wouldn’t want to be left behind. So here’s what they have to say:

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.

Original article here.
For a different perspective view on this, go see Susan’s blog here.

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Now look, I seriously don’t know if this is the kind of crap that the local universities are producing. Because if they are products of the local education system, then I don’t even want to suggest the building of more local universities anymore. Not until they get the whole education system sorted out.

Since when did education involve race?

On one hand, the government is spending so much money on the National Service Training Programme to send 100,000 18-year-olds to camps every year to “encourage racial integration and harmony”. On the other hand, the exact same people are saying that scholarships and chances to further education should be based on race, not on merit.

There has been NO MENTION at all in the few articles I have read in which that ABIM, PLPIM, or UMNO said anything about scholarships being given based on merit. They go on and on about how the Bumis are being affected, how they are losing out, how they are worse off than the non-Bumis and should therefore get the scholarships.

So are they saying that they don’t believe in equal rights? They don’t believe in equal chances? They don’t believe in level playing field?

Do they even know what education is all about?

This UMNO Youth Education Bureau should just be scrapped, if this is the kind of statement they come up with. PKPIM and ABIM should just go boil their heads.

Education has nothing to do with race. Scholarships have nothing to do with race. If they want to make it so that it IS, they have something else coming.

If they think that non-Bumis are happy that the quota has been raised to 45%, they are dead wrong. Why would they be happy? Because they have a larger amount of the cake?

We all want to have an equal chance to education. We all want to be able to know that if we don’t get the scholarship, it’s because we lost to people who are more qualified, and not because they “ran out of quota”. Sensible students would accept the fact that they are on equal footing and “may the best man win”.

Why make race an issue?

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3 Comments on “Is race even an issue in education?”

  1. Edi神 says:

    y0…

    Najib is cheating la…

    We all know

  2. Vijay Kumar says:

    Fellow Citizens,
    It was recently reported that the Government will study the Public Service Department’s (PSD) decision to increase non-bumiputra scholarship quota from 10% to 45%.

    “We will check it. We will look at it first,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told reporters He was commenting on the move by PSD to increase the quota for non-bumiputras which had created dissatisfaction among certain quarters.

    Federation of Peninsula Malay Students (GPMS) president Datuk Reezal Naina Merican said the Government should review the move.

    Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) vice-chancellor Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Arshad, a former education director, also questioned the basis of the department’s calculation when raising the quota.

    The department offers 2,000 scholarships annually. Previously, 90% of them were offered to bumiputra students but the under the new scheme, the percentage for bumiputras was lowered to 50%.

    Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin who is MP for Rembau questioned the move saying that the quota was determined at the discretion of Yang di-Pertuan Agong who had the absolute power over the matter according to Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

    I would like to offer Khairy 2 lessons,
    1) Lesson in logic-
    it is pointless to refer to just 45% allocation of PSD to non-malays which is very small in the first place,
    what about MARA scholarship, Petronas scholarship , Felda scholarships and many others that are exclusively or overwhelmingly Malay.
    A relevant comparison would be to compare the total number of scholarships given out nationwide,
    is the government ready to declassify this information ?

    Education minister admitted for PSD it used to be 90/10, and offered the olive branch of 55/45 in the future,
    he most likely did this amid calls to make PSD receipient data transparent, when pressured by component parties as well
    as opposition, in short he avoided opening Pandora’s Box”, I doubt he did it out of sudden guilt or change of heart.
    There has been mounting pressure calling for transparency of PSD scholarship awards, many have written about it including myself.
    http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=6778953884&topic=4842 This Article was published in The Sun and a number of websites and blogs.

    Khairy should confer with Education Minister Hishamuddin, before he shoots of his mouth and puts his own party in a bad light.
    He negates Hishamuddins attempts to reach out to the non-malays as the results of the March 8th elections this year,
    a clear message has been sent to BN and specifically UMNO that blatantly racist policies will not be tolerated.
    An injustice has been perpertrated all these years by denying many deserving students because they were all fighting
    for a miniscule 10% allocated, and now Khairy is asking for the Yang Dipertuan Agong to help him perpetuate this injustice.
    This is an insult to right thinking citizens as well as to His Majesty.
    2) Lesson on how to read the constitution,
    First lets look at what the constitution says , sorry to be long winded but please indulge me.
    if its too long and tedious please skip right to the summary I have offered below.

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    Article 153
    It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
    Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, but subject to the provisions of Article 40 and of this Article, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall exercise his functions under this Constitution and federal law in such manner as may be necessary to safeguard the special provision 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 (other than the public service of a State) and of scholarships, exhibitions and other similar educational or training privileges or special facilities given or accorded by the Federal Government and, when any permit or licence for the operation of any trade or business is required by federal law, then, subject to the provisions of that law and this Article, of such permits and licences.
    (8A) Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, where in any University, College and other educational institution providing education after Malaysian Certificate of Education or its equivalent, the number of places offered by the authority responsible for the management of the University, College or such educational institution to candidates for any course of study is less than the number of candidates qualified for such places, it shall be lawful for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by virtue of this Article to give such directions to the authority as may be required to ensure the reservation of such proportion of such places for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may deem reasonable, and the authority shall duly comply with the directions.
    (9A) In this Article the expression “natives” in relation to the State of Sabah or Sarawak shall have the meaning assigned to it in Article 161A.

    Article 161 A reads
    ————————————
    (7) The races to be treated for the purposes of the definition of “native” in Clause (6) as indigenous to Sarawak are the Bukitans, Bisayahs, Dusuns, Sea Dayaks, Land Dayaks, Kadayans, Kalabit, Kayans, Kenyags (Including Sabups and Sipengs), Kajangs (including Sekapans,. Kejamans, Lahanans, Punans, Tanjongs dan Kanowits), Lugats, Lisums, Malays, Melanos, Muruts, Penans, Sians, Tagals, Tabuns and Ukits.

    The scope of Article 153 is limited by Article 136, which requires that civil servants be treated impartially regardless of race. Clause 5 of article 153 specifically reaffirms article 136 of the constitution which states: All persons of whatever race in the same grade in the service of the Federation shall, subject to the terms and conditions of their employment, be treated impartially.

    Clause 9 of article 153 states Nothing in this Article shall empower Parliament to restrict business or trade solely for the purpose of reservations for Malays.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

    Alright then, let me explain in simple terms-
    The constitution is just a framework, it does spell out exact quotas and percentages, clause 9 of article 153 infers though not explicitly,
    that others shall not be deprived solely for the purpose of reservations for Malays.

    As narrow as racially biased quotas go, by no fathom of imagination can allocating 90% of the quota to 60% of the population
    be seen as fair and just, let alone REASONABLE.
    Clause 8A while giving the authority to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong states that
    “as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may deem REASONABLE”
    Article 136 clearly states the case of impartiality and acts as a conscience to prevent abuse of article 153.

    Further to this article 161A clearly spells out who the native beneficiaries are including the Malays but not exclusively,
    In fact by virtue of the provisions in this article all the natives mentioned there can demand an equitable allocation.
    I challenge the government to make transparent these figures.
    The East Malaysians can also demand allocations be shared equitably with them.
    If Khairy and GPMS are not carefull in their demands the East Malaysians will demand for their rights too.
    As Malaysian we should be working on increasing the allocation so all can benefit, not fighting over
    who gets what portion of the allocation which should be based on merit in the first place.

    Reading articles of the Federal Constitution alone is not enough, one must understand the intent and spirit of the constitution.

    Best Regards
    Vijay Kumar Murugavell

  3. bow says:

    UMNO dominated BN government has distorted the truth in Malaysia by continuing to claim non-bumiputra students are not qualify and from rich family background…effectively justify the racial discrimination policy ever since they are in power.


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