Read this in the Star last weekend. "A new category will be established starting next year for scholarships under the Public Services Department scheme to be awarded purely based on merit, regardless of race."
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun razak said he was sure that such a
category would be welcomed by all communities, including the Chinese.
“We are re-studying the distribution of scholarships under the Public Services Department scheme to introduce a new category.
“Starting next year, we will see the distribution of scholarships based purely on merit, regardless of race.
will announce it next year and with the plan to limit to 10 subjects,
we expect to see a more level playing field,” he said in his speech at a
dinner organised by both MCA and the Associated Chinese Chamber of
Industry and Commerce here Saturday.
Najib said this would allow Malaysia’s best students to get aid to pursue higher studies.
“So we will get the best of best and the creme de la creme getting aid for higher studies.
believe this will be accepted well and it will allow each individual a
fair chance to realise his full potential,” he said, adding however that
he was not “letting the cat out of the bag” just yet on the scheme.
Najib said contrary to common perception, not all Chinese were rich.
all Malaysians, they also want to see their children have good
education and become successful. All this involves costs,” he said,
adding that every race had its needs and if the Government could bring
policies that were fair, the Chinese would continue to support Barisan
Najib said the Chinese was not against Malays
succeeding or opposed to efforts to help the Bumiputra but that they
wanted policies that looked at the needs of all Malaysians fairly.
that’s why I included it in the 1Malaysia concept,” he said, adding
that he would also look into MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat’s
request for more government land to build Chinese vernacular schools.
added that during his trip to China, the Chinese government had also
promised to bring more investments into Malaysia in the term of equity
“I’m told they are preparing a loan fund if we need
this as a sign of their commitment to us. I believe there is an
opportunity for China to make an economic boost in Malaysia in terms of
development that will include banking as well,” he said.
looked into the needs of the local Chinese community when I introduced
the 1Malaysia plan, which looks into the needs of every community
regardless of the colour, ethnicity and culture.
Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said in his speech that the dinner was not just
to celebrate the appointment of Najib as Prime Minister but to also show
that the Chinese community would always be with the Government and his
leadership as it strived to overcome the current economic problems.
A few comments:
There is already a portion of the JPA scholarships which are allocated
by merit (20% out of 2100 foreign JPA scholarships). Read this
previous entry for more details. How will this new category of JPA
scholarships be any different? Will they be restricted to those students
who only take 10 subjects at the SPM level? Will there be a separate
application and interview process?
(ii) Nothing is said here
about the process by which these students will be bonded to the
government. I've said this time and time again - most JPA foreign
scholarship holders do not come back to serve the government, if they
come back to Malaysia at all. There's no use giving out a new
scholarship that is merit based if these students are not made to come
back to serve the government in some capacity.
(iii) Nothing is
said here about how the civil service will be restructured to cater to
these scholarship holders. Again, I don't put the entire blame on these
JPA scholars because the civil service is reluctant to take in these JPA
scholars probably because they know that these high achievers will
probably be bored by the career path taken by most civil servants.
prefer the PM to focus on ensuring that JPA scholars are held
accountable and the civil service is restructured so that these JPA
scholars can come back to serve the government instead of creating
another category of scholarships at taxpayers' expense.