Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 5.8.2013.
39 top students receiving full marks of Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 4.0 but still not being selected for public university places for their preferred courses is a national shame that will stain the pursuit of merit, excellence and merit as well as cripple the elusive search for national unity after 56 years Of Merdeka. Depriving qualified students, including those with a CGPA of the maximum 4.0 from places in public universities, will only exacerbate the brain drain, make it harder for Talent Corporation to generate a brain gain and make it easier for neighbouring countries to steal our best and brightest.
No democratic and humane country in the world would consider as just in rejecting top students who scored the perfect CGPA of 4.0, but were offered courses that were not their chosen option. Even though MCA, MIC and Gerakan leaders have openly attacked the Ministry of Education(MOE) for this injustice, MOE has clearly dismissed these BN component parties as staging a sandiwara as they did not pull out from BN.
What is the point of MCA pointing out that in the past four years, the enrolment rate of Chinese applicants fell from 92 percent to 88.2 percent, followed by 86.4 percent to only 75 percent this year, or the percentage of successful Chinese applicants entering IPTAs had fallen to 19% this year from the previous 23%, when MCA still remain in BN? What is the point of MIC questioning Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s pledge to uphold his message of “nambikei” (trust) to the Indian community when Indian students were allocated only 4% of public university places of only 1,800 instead of the promised 3,000, when MIC still remain in BN?
DAP does not agree with the annual national obsession on race profiling by both MCA and MIC. Both argue the serious issue of deprivation of university places in education solely from a racial perspective when it should be strictly from equal opportunity, excellence and performance.
As the public has lost confidence in the professionalism of the Education Ministry, an independent body such as an international auditing firm should be appointed instead to vet and select future university applicants to ensure that no qualified students loses out. How can we prepare the young for the future or the future for our young when we deny that future by permitting such painful injustice?
Lim Guan Eng
—–Mandarin Version —