The Chinese could not have been more elegant, unless we hark back to the era of the glitzy twenties, with pompadour hairstyles and sequined dresses bedecked with fineries et al, the way we are supposed to be, all dressed up to roar!
When I stand in between my classmates in an alumni gathering commemorative picture, I feel like a lallang swaying in between all those glorious oak trees.
First world infrastructure,
Second world service,
Third world toilets,
Out of this world politics.
To know Malaysia is to loathe Malaysia.
When our universities doesn’t have enough seats for the locals, busily allocating them to foreign students for the sake of rankings is like when your own kids are not doing well in school , you are busily focusing on other people’s kids.
“In Malaysia, the building of physical fences are top priority. They are part and parcel of every residential or commercial buildings, beit big or small. Besides that, there’s the cctv and the alarm systems nor forgetting the security personnels tasked to ensure all systems remain in check. These security outfits eats into the budget of every building owners maintenance cost and without them, the occupiers and tenants would feel naked and insecure. But these security measures are all externals. At best they are there to create a false sense of security, arrest vandalism and helps to keep safe whatever goods or valuables the tenants kept inside. An intruders nightmare so to speak. But at worse, they are prying into everyone’s privacy. Eyes follow us around and stops just before the toilet cubicle.
Yet, these security installations could not protect our national coffers from being plundered, even when they are installed to guard safes in the banks. They are plundered by the trusted people we vote in, whom by virtue of their positions, wereduty bound to safeguard them. Those daylight robbers as we call them, don’t even need keys or access codes to the safes. They don’t need to be seen by the surveillance cameras. And even if they were to walk near the safes, the security guards would just let them through, because they are supposedly ‘Orang Besars’. What they possess is called power. And that power ensures that they can consent to transfers, approve grants, and award projects without answering to anyone below them. Vice versa, a directive from above ensures compliance.
Is this how Malaysia operates after the landslide ge14 which brought down the former government?
So, forget about the fences, the cctvs and alarm systems. These fixtures eat into the budget but only aid in externals- forced robberies, burglaries, terrorism, and break-ins. Of course they are necessary.
But they are useless in preventing our national coffers from being plundered internally.
For that, we need to put in place a sophisticated computerized system that could link and monitor all the funds transfers happening in all ministries especially the outgoing ones accessible to everyone.
This idea will be unwelcome by those with the tendency to breach trust what more if it were to be raised in parliament and put to a vote.
That’s the whole trouble.”
Education is the benchmark of a progressive nation and its society. More important than infrastructure is the investment in human capital. First world countries invest in talents whilst third world countries invest in false facades meant to cover up their inadequacies. When a country produces talents, higher standards are demanded in policies, both in the government and private sectors as well. Top class doctors, architects, engineers, economists, sportsmen, tech whiz, performers , they are all highly paid and well protected to ensure excellence in everything including healthcare services, top quality entertainment and the bringing home of championship medals. They change the way a country is being run. Government listens to their needs, gave them all the perks and places them as advisers to their specialized field the minute they reach retirement. They bring pride and honor to the country as well as fame unto themselves. That in turn translates to patriotism.
But when a government gives concessions to under-achievers and grooms them into positions their poor mind cannot comprehend yet they pass, we beget laughing storks eventually. I cannot help but ponder how many of our local teachers excel in the subjects they are qualified to teach in because surely, from one generation to another, when educational standards are compromised to ensure the passing rate is high, quality takes a backseat to quantity one cannot imagine year in year out, how many students who were groomed by slip-shot teachers ended up helming top rate positions meant only for the deserving.
A government that lacks talents to teach in schools must allocate enough funds to import top grade teachers to assist them. With the advancement in technology, physical tutoring can be replaced with online methods and that includes exams. They need not necessarily be here when technology as practiced in the US ensures students can be seen at their table in their homes or elsewhere during lessons and electives by the touch of an onscreen button on their computer.
It is disheartening that till today, we are still hearing grouses from students that their dreams were dashed , simply because their parents could not afford the fee structures in private universities to make them doctors , because local universities have no place for them , yet why then, are we admitting tons of foreign students into an arena not big enough for all? And why do others receive grants from our government to be exported out to the Middle East to learn of all things , theology?
All those reasons they gave to ensure students have the right aptitude and attitude to excel in their particular field before their applications are accepted is just hogwash. Maybe certain conditions are useful but the rest are designed as impediments to hidden motives. Everyone excels in what they are keen in , rather than having alternatives shoved down their throat because not only do one loses their equilibrium,many loses their sanctity and some, their fire to excel. Most excuses are suspiciously put in place to cover up questionable agendas which are entirely bizarre and silly. Don’t all of us want truly qualified doctors to diagnose us? Governments should by virtue, allocate enough funds and seats in the universities for everyone who genuinely made the grades like in Germany where education is free and fair to all. If not, how are we to groom talents to ensure our nation stays competitive? Are we in the mood to be served by many aspiring doctors who ended up as technical assistants whilst the slip-shot under-performers become their bosses? Is there no end to this? When are we to wake up?
Can we make this the education departments top priority and national resolution for the year 2020 or that again, your slip shot mind just couldn’t comprehend?