A right step was taken yesterday when the PM announced that all those who obtained 9A+ will be given scholarship to study.
This is to reward meritocracy. Since our country, if we are prudent with other spendings, will have more than enough funds for its best students, it should have rewarded scholarship to all top students irrespective of race and their background.
Scholarship is actually to reward excellence, and education is an area where money spent will do tons of good to the nation in future. It is better than spending on white elephants projetcs where only cronies benefited.
In fact, money spent on education should not be regarded as subsidy, but rather investments.
I hope this is a good start, and maybe when budget can be trimmed from other areas, later on we can even give scholarships to all students with 9As, 8As, 7As and so on.
There must also be funds allocated as loans and bursaries for all students who are accepted by universities but are too poor to pursue their goals of tertiary education.
We are a blessed country in terms of natural resources, and we should have used these resources to develop our human resources in a meaningful way long long ago, instead of following the narrow path of ethnic quotas which have resulted in so much resentment among the younger generations, and this is one of the main cause of why there is polarisation of students at tertiary institutions, the perceived unfair treatment.
Of course, as expected, the right wing group Perkasa has again objected to this, and wanted scholarship to be given based on quotas.. With the Old Horse behind this right wing people, it will be tough for PM to push through reforms to make the playing fields more level, and this has resulted in taking “2 steps forwards and one step back”, and at times, it is 2 steps forward and 3 steps back.
( I am still on leave from bloggings, but decided to write a short note on this)