Sunday, April 27, 2008

Why Bother Waking Up at 3am to Study?

I'm labelling this particular blog posting under "Tragedy". Why tragedy of all labels? Read the following write-up by a SPM leaver (SPM is a secondary school's final exam that would determine where you would further your studies i.e. either to ).

I refer to the letters A daughter devastated, a mother with no answer and Education system quota abused.

To ‘Schoolteacher, I would like to share with my case which is very similar to your case. I am a SPM leaver with an SPM result of 11A1s and I have a mother, whose is also a teacher in a government primary school. I am also the eldest daughter and I have two more younger brothers. With my family middle-class income, it's impossible for me to further my studies at a private college/university or overseas unless with a scholarship. I am pretty confident with my achievements as I hold extra-curricular posts eg, ,vice president, secretary, school prefect and I even went for the National Service programme.

I understand your daughter's feeling pretty well because I also was rejected for matriculation also for most of the scholarships that I've applied for (Petronas,Yayasan TNB,Yayasan Telekom,Yayasan Khazanah). Until now, I've only been called for an JPA interview.

Honestly, I don't really feel surprised I got rejected for those GLC scholarships and matriculation. As we know, matriculation is only open 10% for us, the non-bumis. Just imagine, out of 100 students, there are only 10 seats for us, the non-bumis. Frankly, I would feel surprise if I got an offer for matriculation.

In my school, there are about 20+ straight As scorers and they also did not get any offer for matriculation or other scholarships. We have only gone for the JPA interview so far. Even for the Petronas interview (they called it Petronas Educamp), out of the 20+ top scorers, only two managed to get selected. (One of them scored 11 A1s and one A2, another scored 11As and one B3, both non-bumis)

However, some of my Malay got an offer to do matriculation even with an SPM result of only 5As. I felt so hurt. I am so sad because I seem to be discriminated against. Nobody appreciates my talent, nobody appreciates my ability. As if our country has more than enough talented scholars.

So, to our country’s leaders, don't blame those talented scholars who do not want to come back to serve Malaysia. Don't forget who ‘threw’ them away before treating them as if they were rubbish. Frankly, sometimes I do question myself, why bother to torture myself? Why bother to wake up at 4am, sometimes even 3am to study? Why bother to score a straight A1s?

My mother once told me she is so disappointed with the Malaysian education system. Although I strived hard to score well in the SPM, but in the end, I ended up with no scholarship offer. Well, I am left the one and only hope- JPA. But my mother advised me not to put to much hope on this government scholarship.

Come on, after 51 years of independence, racism still exists in our country. We, the non-bumis, are like the blacks in US. In the past, US white people detested and discriminated against the blacks. They even put notices like,’No dogs and Blacks allowed’ in public places. Now, our government is putting up notices like ‘Only 10% non-bumis are allowed’ for matriculation.
(And who knows if the figure of ‘10%’ is true? They might take 7% of non-bumis only, who knows?)

Our government also puts up notices like ‘These courses are only reserved for the bumiputera’ for IPTA course with SPM qualifications. For your information, courses like,’Asasi Sains’, ‘Prepatory courses for medicine’ at local unisare only for bumiputeras. Non-bumis, wait until your next life!

Most of my friends and me will choose to challenge of the tough STPM if we really don't get any scholarship offer.And I believe, STPM is the last choice but is it is also the choice of most non- bumis after a series of disappointments. I observed a few batches of my own Form 6 seniors and there were almost zero bumis in the Form 6 Science Stream. Of course, since they got into matriculation with 5As,or even with 2As from SPM, why bother to take the STPM?

My last word to ‘Schoolteacher’ is that all those moral values and history they teach in school is really rubbish. My friends and I knew this when we started on those subjects. To ‘Hamisu’, my mother has already advised me to be a Pakatan Rakyat supporter.

By Disappointed Student

And the government expected the current students to be supportive of the ruling government with all this biasness / discrimination on-going? I have seen this since my schooling days 20 years ago.

This type of biasness / discrimination will certainly cause anger / deep hatred harboured deep inside many people. The political tsunami hasn't really affected the government enough to change for the better.
Tags: SPM, STPM, Form 6, JPA, Matriculation, Discrimination, Pakatan Rakyat



Blogger Nux V said...

great post! i really like this kinda student who bravely voice out his/her dissatisfaction. I was also one of the many victims who ended up in doing STPM. During my years in F6 and Uni, bias/discrimination is very strong (though no one publicly voice out), and due to the deep hatred, non-bumis seldom mingle with Bumis. Seriously many talented non-Bumis has migrated to other countries as the opportunity is being offered there.

27 April, 2008 02:52  
Blogger joshuaongys said...

nice post that take out the "letter" from the site... =)

these kinda letter should be in mainstream media.. but well.. haihz

27 April, 2008 16:23  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

i really want to collate all these incidents experienced by Malaysian students and I'm sure each year's situation could generate complaints as thick as a telephone directory or a number of it.

27 April, 2008 19:58  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

joshua - well, mainstream media will keep quiet on such issues so that foreigners won't get to read such biasness / discriminations that are blatantly happening in Malaysia.

27 April, 2008 20:00  
Blogger - k o R i - said...

I don't think they want our support even. They're so afraid of the country being ruled over by non-bumi's! I'd rather head straight to international schools and get my scholarships there.

27 April, 2008 22:28  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

the 'support' in the sense is 'kow tau' to them bcuz we are the immigrants according to some of them

28 April, 2008 00:02  
Blogger acura said...

Nice post bout the problem faced by our education system right now.

I am a former F6 student as well. And I my class only have 2 bumis, the rest are all non-bumis.

I am 1 of the fortunate ones to get a place in a local uni. And when i enter, i was really surprised to see that they took in alot more matriculation students than F6 students. Even the majority of non-bumis enter thru matric.

28 April, 2008 15:56  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

this education issue has been on-going since my secondary school days in the mid during the 80s

28 April, 2008 17:41  

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