Is race even an issue in education?Posted: June 3, 2008
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.
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?