ANother manhole syndrome

AN apex university is supposed to be the place to pursue excellence.

When it is supposed to be a place for excellence, its staff is expected to be of top class, at least when compared to other ‘lesser’ institution of higher learning in the country.

What happened on Sunday was failure at its worst , when thousands of students’ names were uploaded on its website as successful applicants, when in fact they were not.

According to NST:  “There were only 3,599 successful applicants but the names of all 8,173 were uploaded,”

The authority blamed it on ‘computer/technical error”. Computers are machines, they will not make mistakes like this. It is in fact ‘human’ error that such a thing happened.

I tend to agree with one of the parents who said that this is an unacceptable blunder, given the status of the university as the apex, meaning the top, institution of higher learning.

This is a manifestation of what I like to call “Manhole syndrome”, or for those who have not read my article on this syndrome, there is another name for this, “Tidak apa attitude syndrome”.

This is symbolic of the ills that have infested the country. The whole culture of excellence has given way to a culture of mediocre, and this culture of mediocre will eventually give way to a culture of rots.  



28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Atila
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 14:04:59


    i agree with you “tidak apa sindrom”…

    we rakyat want to see how the problem is solved.


  2. a gerakan member
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 14:22:32

    Dr Hsu,
    i just want to let u know that Gerakan should have a new set of leaders which do not belong to the old set of losers and rejects from the last General election.

    People like Koh Tsu Koon, who lost badly at Batu Kawan, Chang Ko Youn (who like KTK lost and appointed from back door to government post), LIm Si Pin who lost embarassingly in Batu, Teng Chang Yeow (your sec Gen who lost in a state seat in Penang), Teng Hock Nan who also lost a state seat…….just too many for me to name. The same also for Huan Cheng Guan.

    What I cannot understand is why gerakan members still choose a looser and “rejects” to be their leaders?

    Any views?


  3. batu giant
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 14:25:38

    USM standards had drop to a level that we cannot call it APEX anymore. I agree with you Doctor. It’s further proof that USM runs by group of idiots by blaming computer error. Human stupidity and incompetence are always the last thing they will admit. We have to stop these little tzar’s in this university to further dragging this “used to be” prestigious university to level of “attap sekolah”.


  4. Atila
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 14:28:54

    UMNO’s culture seeping into usm standard?


  5. Atila
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 14:39:01

    “People like Koh Tsu Koon, who lost badly at Batu Kawan, Chang Ko Youn (who like KTK lost and appointed from back door to government post), LIm Si Pin who lost embarassingly in Batu, Teng Chang Yeow (your sec Gen who lost in a state seat in Penang), Teng Hock Nan who also lost a state seat…….just too many for me to name. The same also for Huan Cheng Guan.

    What I cannot understand is why gerakan members still choose a looser and “rejects” to be their leaders?

    Any views?”

    fyi, corporate companies versus politics isnt the same. in politics when you failed it doesnt mean you chopped off the failed person. theres room for improvement subject to whether the party want to change or be follower or status quo.
    moreso now each day is uncertainty.

    its what you call politics…

    umno maintains all its div heads in penang after ge2008, you cant change them, so either you stay in umno to change or quit.


  6. a gerakan member
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 14:59:34

    Dr Hsu,
    what do you think a gerakan member should do if they are not happy with looser’s and rejects to be leaders of Gerakan?

    I am puzzled as a gerakan member.


  7. Dr Hsu
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 15:13:14

    as a member, voice it out during the state delegates meeting.Oice it out to your division leaders. Voice it out to national leaders if you meet them..

    When enough memebrs voice out on certain issues, the top leaders will have to response.

    If you are a delegate to National delegates conference, voice it out there, as I did and I attacked the whole system with its eunuch politics during LKY’s time.

    So it is your repsonsibility to speak out during party functions and meetings and let known your views.


  8. a gerakan member
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 15:18:35

    Dr Hsu,
    i tried to voice out the last few years. Only manage to do it as state delegate meeting.
    But my name got censored out.

    FYI, I voted for you last election.

    You see, when people try to voice out, like Huan Cheng Guan, the leaders will go all out to finish him off.
    Even today, Lim Keng Yaik’s son is also doing the same thing. Just see the press statement today by his youth secretary…..his henchman!





  9. Atila
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 15:19:23

    Dr Hsu,

    in umno’s case when we speak out, we kena “cantas” for anti-establishment.
    does that practise in gerakan?

    in umno, many just maintain members but heart and mind elsewhere. some daring ones, quit party.


  10. Richard Loh
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 15:19:36

    “Malaysia Boleh”, so no one must admit any wrong doing.

    “1Malaysia,” so everyone must share the blame.

    “People First”, so any mistake, you people kena first.

    “Performance Now”, so we must make more mistakes in order that we can show our performance now.


  11. a gerakan member
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 15:19:49

    I suspect there will more press statement to finish off Huan Cheng Guan in this few days time.

    Personally, I don’t like HCG (as I did not vote him also in last election) but i just pity him.


  12. klm
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 15:32:26

    The “Manhole” syndrome is every where now. The old Jaya Supermarket. Tidak apa lah. No need approval to bring down building. Approval only to put up building.

    Now it happened in the new stadium in Terenggannu.
    The roof of the stadium collapsed. No need approval.
    It will automatically dismantle itself.


  13. Dr Hsu
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 15:40:29

    A gerakan member,
    TQ for voting for me .. So far I have been the most vocal in CC on Perak and other issues, and I hope I have not let you all down,

    The party has not changed… We need to push from everywhere, CC , States , divisions

    Whenever there is dissenting views, they will tell you: do not be emotional. In the past, they will say ‘dont rock the boat’.,now is ‘do not be emotional’.


  14. Observant
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 15:46:39

    This culture of mediocrity is a result of a lack of passion in what we are doing and the prevalence of a `tidak apa’ attitude in the civil service and society at large.

    When there is no recognition based on merit, the strive and pursuit for excellence slowly but surely diminish. The capable and able personnels left or become disillusioned and dispirited whereas the weak and mediocre remain, grow and spread.

    The poitical will of the government must be strong to arrest this decline or at the end ,nobody wins and everybody including the Nation suffer.


  15. klm
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 16:09:27

    Dr Hsu. Dont rock the boat and dont be emotional means the same thing. It means – dont move too quickly. Gerakan means movement. But it dont want to move. It should change its name. 🙂


  16. a gerakan member
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 16:40:28

    Dr Hsu,
    you are definitely right that the party had not changed.
    In fact, certain things had gone worse.

    For example, Gerakan Youth used to be quite active during Mah Siew Keong’s time.
    But now, it is sleeping and quite useless in the eyes of public. The youth section is almost silent on all important issues ….such as PSD scholarship, university entrance. I think most public member don’t even know who is the Youth Chief of Gerakan.

    The wanita section seems to be doing fine under Tan LIan Hoe and Jayanthi. The wanita has clearly outshine the youth section.


  17. a gerakan member
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 16:43:31

    Dr Hsu,
    why not you contest a higher post in the next party election? At least, you can help steer the party to the right direction.
    It is a shame that you r over age now….otherwise, you can takeover the youth chief post.


  18. pohwatchdog
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 17:52:59

    Sikap tidak apa attitude or “manhole syndrome” will make One Malaysia, Performance Now, People First
    a failure. It is time for the people in charge to buck up and not act like “little Napolon”. We need to do our job with passion and with full dedication. We can’t make a serious mistake to issue university entry to potential students. It is a dilemma for this students and their parents. Confidence in our education collapse with this sikap tidak apa attitude.


  19. robertchai
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 17:57:56

    Gerakan Youth is moving slow and steady. Time for them to recoup from H1N1 syndrome. Isn’t Gerakan Youth have their three corner fight.? LSP need to move around and organising more youth based activities. Maybe with rebranding, reorganising and recruiting more young leaders. Need the passion to have a retreat and brain storming. We cannot compare one youth leader with another youth leader.


  20. a gerakan member
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 18:16:46

    Robert Chai,
    I haven’t heard of anything that is important done by gerakan youth since party election. Anything important means anything that is of public interest. There is no point organising activity which is “shiok sendiri”.
    Just my view, having to many retreat and brain storming without any action is also “useless”.

    I think Lim si pin cannot treat his time as national youth chief like honeymoon. Last time he can rely on Mah Siew Keong to do the work and he can sleep as a deputy. He also cannot just rely on his father Lim Keng yaik to do the work or clean up his mess. He must act like a youth chief and cannot sleep and hope for miracle. A friend of mine in batu complain like hell when hear the name Lim Si Pin. Accordng to him, LSP never visit his flat at Batu or do any activity to help the local people. Only come out when general election.

    And what do you mean cannot compare one youth leader with another youth leader?
    Do you mean must compare their father’s performance i.e. Lim Keng Yaik?
    If you r in KLFT or Selangor youth, what have LSP done here?

    I have made a mistake when i voted for Lim Si Pin last year as I thought his father would be able to guide him and he is financially able to back the youth section activity (also because my state youth chief requested me to do so). BUT looks like I am completely wrong as he choose to sleep.

    If you r a gerakan member, honestly, what have you seen gerakan youth done for the party or the people? we r so far behind MCA and even PPP!

    Anyway, enough about LSP.


  21. a gerakan member
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 18:17:49

    anyway, Dr Hsu, perhaps you can help to revitalise the youth section…..perhaps, on advisory position!


  22. pohwatchdog
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 20:34:57

    Time for Gerakan Youth to regenerate itself. Time to recoup and regenerate through various activities that create sense of belonging and espirit de corp. Without any activities or retreat, Gerakan Youth will not be able to genrate interest among the youth. We just need to have only 20 to 30 members to have a retreat. It is not “syiok sendiri” as mention by someone that is not satisfy with LSP. LSP need more commitment, dedication, passion and sense of urgency from his team. Everyone from the first youth leaders do have their activities. No point asking Dr. Hsu be their adviser. Time have really change the needs and aspiration of the present youth. Is it not LSP to replanned and restrategise his priorities for Gerakan Youth?

    Gerakan Youth have the capabilities to organise such as Thinking Day, Youth Camp, Computer Camp, Hip Hop Dance activities, Unity Camp and etc to draw support from the youth. Gerakan Youth can move forward and move on for a better Malaysia for our youth.


  23. robertchai
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 20:42:54

    No point comparing Gerakan Youth with PPP or MCA?
    Gerakan Youth need more media coverage. It is why Gerakan Youth need more activities for the youth. Gerakan Youth not only need thinkers but also workers. LSP indeed have his own blog at We give him a chance to prove himself. But he also need support, commitment, encouragement and dedication from his team.

    Gerakan Youth need to get more feedback from the youth members for their activities. Blog, media coverage, newsletter and video recording about the youth activities through the you tube/internet, MMS and etc to publise their activities. Gerakan Youth need to have his own team of staff. Look at other opposition parties having their newspaper, video recording, blog and new media to back up their coverage for the new group of voters.


  24. Disgusted
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 22:14:16

    Hee, heee, the whole problem with this whole world is the hole.

    Hole in the pocket, hole in the government coffers, hole in the road, hole in the ozone, hole in the heart, hole in the brain, and the worse, the manhole.

    The hole in the morality system and the blackhole of karmic force.


  25. cilipadi
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 22:56:35


    You forgot another hole, asshole.

    Divinde intervention keep coming in….Penanti, PKFZ scandal, Teen girl runaway, Stadium collapse, Manek Urai, Gerakan faction fight, Trengganu Umno fight,….so on and on.

    siapa makan cili, asshole rasa pedas


  26. klm
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 23:31:34

    For heaven sake, Gerakan Youth is about politics and not a social club. Secondly youth members in political parties are not young despite the name. They are old enough to be somebody’s father. But it does not mean Gerakan’s youths are mature.

    What is poohwhatdog talking about.


  27. a gerakan member
    Jun 03, 2009 @ 11:51:55

    fully agree with you. Gerakan youth is about politics and not social club.
    They need to help the public members to gain public support in future general election.
    Just see what wee ka siong is helping out students. What have lim si pin done? I think most people in Malaysia don’t even heard of the name lim si pin …..maybe he is only known as Lim Keng Yaik’s son.

    And for the comment that LSP need more committed youth members, I think that is just a lame excuse. Initiative comes from the leader.
    LSP cannot assume people will do everything for him. He cannot assume everyone in the youth section is a slave for him. Last time, maybe people give face to his father. But not anymore.

    Nothing personal here……but just disappointed that gerakan youth is just useless at this stage.


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