In Malaysia, can I say that we are the only country that you won't be guaranteed a scholarship even though you are a top student in the country?
Every year, we get to hear such news. It's just news to the students out there that you won't qualify for a scholarship even though you score straight A's.
Ong Tee Keat, the MCA president, has already mentioned that current selection criteria for a Public Service Department ("PSD") scholarships is based on - merit (20%), race (60%), Sabah and Sarawak citizens (10%) and students from underprivileged groups (10%).
Previously, the government has mentioned that government scholarships were handed out based on meritocracy. But Ong Tee Keat has revealed something different now. On one hand, they will hold a press conference telling us something. On the other hand, someone else revealed something different altogether.
Can you imagine that top scorers are feeling bewildered on why their excellent results do not put them on top of the scholarship listing.
So much for the hyped up 1Malaysia that was mentioned just last month. So much for the new song that tries to bring people together. It doesn't mean anything if it's not being practised.
Even the world's not the end for such unfortunate top students, Malaysia is just going to lose those bright fellas to many countries who can't wait to adopt them.
So, what's the point of trying to draw Malaysians who are experts in various fields to return to Malaysia? You could have prevented it right from the beginning. A wrong plus a right do not equal a right.
Reading: Top scorers discover again PSD scholarships are not guaranteed - Star
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