PSD scholarships – MCA has again failed to give justice

by Tan Hao Chong

I am a 2008 SPM student ranked top 7th in a premier school at Johor Bahru (S.M.K. Sultan Ismail) .I scored 11A1 and 1A2 in Chinese in SPM. I applied for JPA and was rejected after appeal. I was not even offered for local institutions. I am active in co-curricular activities and I believe I have done well in my interview.

The rejects had brought many sleepless nights for me and my parents. What is most sad is that students of poorer results were randomly selected in an attempt to confuse the public. My mum took the matter to the Sin Chew Press and Nanyang Press. Thanks to the papers the matter was brought to the attention of many.

I am writing to you as going to Mr. Lim is our only and last hope for justice now.

Here are some of the facts:

Out of the 800 appeals made through MCA, 250 were of straight A1s as tabulated below and as far as I know , only 69 cases were successful

No of A1 No. of students

15 1
14 1
13 9
12 64
11 110
9&10 65

Immediately after SPM, I attended a seminar organized by MCA Youth in Johor Bahru and was excited to hear the announcement by Dato’ Wee that 20% ie 400 out of 2000 scholarship will be awarded to students with good results regardless of race, economic background, CCA and interviews. Obviously , this was not done. We are disappointed with MCA for failing to give us justice.

The head of JPA promised to publish the results of successful applicants and until now nothing was announced.

By changing the name of scholarship and promises of more transparency in future is only going to help the future applicants, which is very unfair to current applicants. We would have missed our lifetime opportunity.

We understand that you are going to bring this matter to the parliament. This is a good news for many of us .We hope your action will bring justice to us and our confidence in the education system and future of Malaysia.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 7:43 am

    Tell your mum and dad to vote for PR in the next general election if you want PSD scholarships.

    The situation where good students failed to obtain PSD scholarships will improve if PR takes over federal power.

  2. #2 by k1980 on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 7:54 am

    Not only tell your mum and dad, but all your relatives and friends and anyone you happen to know, to vote for PR in 2012. Then only can their children avoid a similar fate. As for bn, get your cangkul ready to bury it in 2012. RM12.5 billion is enough for thousands scholarships to students like you, but bn chose to pocket it for themselves

  3. #3 by the reds on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 8:10 am

    MCA is just a “beggar” party to UMNO. Their voice is not loud enough to be heard.

    When Wee Ka Siong committed that “400 out of 2000 scholarship will be awarded to students with good results regardless of race, economic background, CCA and interviews”, don’t be over excited! Who is Wee Ka Siong? Even their party leader, Ong Ta Kut often mislead us to hell!!!

    MCA is history! Only PR is our hope!

  4. #4 by frankyapp on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 8:15 am

    So long the NEP is intact and it’s bumis’s high quota for PSD scholarships,the rest of the non bumi citizens will have to share whatever it’s been allocated.Though it’s a great pity,a large number of non bumi bright students mostly from poor family,years after years failing to get the PSD scholarships,these Umno/Bn top leaders still do not feel ashame of themselves. I wonder what would only move these people to give justice to all malaysians.

  5. #5 by dragon88 on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 8:53 am

    Hao Chong

    You should try to get to study in Singapore as you are from Johore. Sg may even give you a scholarship and you will be better qualified than if you go to a 3rd grade university in Malaysia.

  6. #6 by DAP man on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 9:06 am

    Hao Chong,
    To place your hope on the MCA is to hope for the moon to fall on your lap. These MCA fellows are there just to enrich themselves. Yes, their close relatives will get the scholarships and even low cost houses.
    I hope young Chinese like you will urge your parents to turn away from MCA for good. Remember only 15% of your community suport MCA and yet they want to be in BN. Why? Not to help the Chinese but to hang to their perks of office. With BN these MCA fellows will left to wither and die in the political desert.
    Never believe what MCA promises? They lie all the time.

  7. #7 by SocratesPlato on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 9:07 am

    This thing will never end, no matter how many ‘A’s you can achieve and how many President posts you obtained in the school. There are 2 solutions:

    1. Try applying for scholarships to study Junior College in Singapore and later a good route to enter universities there or elsewhere, take it as a stepping stone, you live in JB so it is very near and convenient for you to study there

    2. Vote for the opposition so at least there is a chance for meritocracy to be available in the education ministry of the country. Then, your younger siblings or relatives after this will not suffer the same fate as you do.

    All the Best!

  8. #8 by Godfather on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 9:26 am

    So now the stupid Education Minister will limit SPM subjects to 10, and we will then have 3000 students with 10As being eligible for scholarship, which will then be decided by racial composition. End of story.

  9. #9 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 9:29 am

    a problem in boleh exam. serious grade inflation. getting many A does not mean that you are excellent. A is no more than “a”verage in boleh terms.

  10. #10 by Jeffrey on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 9:55 am

    On or about June 03, 2009 Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said that out of 2,000 yearly scholarships available, 20 per cent was allocated for geniuses regardless of their race, 10 per cent for students from Sabah and Sarawak (five per cent each), 10 per cent for socially disadvantaged and the rest were allocated to students according to the racial composition.

    Regarding this 20 per cent allocation “for geniuses regardless of their race” – ie 400 places – dare Chief Secretary and Dr Wee Ka Siong in the interest of transparency publish the names & particulars of these geniuses and their selection criteria???

    There’s also question of funds. The 2,000 allocation of scholarship cost RM740 million a year (according to Chief Secretary).

    Since you’re going to parliament to question the RM12 billion PKFZ scandal, ask them why, as a matter of priority, they would prefer to allocate RM12 billion to salvage PKFZ when the govt already strapped for funds?

    Talking of limited funds, you’d recall what you asked on or about 2nd June 2009 following email from a Malay student in a private college: whether even MARA had run out of funds leaving hundreds stranded without their bumiputera student loans – and how can this happen?

    Bumiputera student loans are part of the NEP, social contract and everything and from the ruling party’s point of view highly important (politically) to get their votes.

    If even this (MARA funding) has a problem, it raises the critical issue of the state of government’s funds – at this time/juncture of the Economic Crisis when PM Najib acknowledged (at end of May) that the Malaysian economy would contract –4 and –5% this year.

    This has significance – from standpoint of 1 Malaysia.

    1. If they don’t have sufficient funding to beneficiaries of NEP, where do non-beneficiaries stand in the queue?? [Conversely, more funding, more scholarships, more places and opportunities for all may at least mitigate (not cancel) all these arguments about social contract, quotas and bickering].

    Secondly, if funding for even NEP objectives is also affected, it is no good that people will naturally be worried about funds in Petronas (heritage of all Malaysians) and the EPF!

    Don’t look there for last recourse : cut the PKFZ loose. How many scholarships can be financed from RM12 billion (or even establishment of local universities)? What’s the compelling reason to save PKFZ? A project like this was launched on certain grandiloquent (false) assumptions which when they no more hold – the cost overruns and burn rate prove it – , the substratum is gone and better left for a decent burial than a costly resuscitation effeort, like pouring salt into seawater. :)

  11. #11 by tsn on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 9:57 am

    This is a practice involves hugh sum of public funds. Unless we have spare resources to fork out, actually not much can be rectified. We just can’t retract the scholarships which have been awarded eventhough the recipients are with much lesser A than you. The longer you dwell in this ruined cottage, the more miserable you will be. Quick! Just grab whatever is offered by your small-strong neighbor. Years later you might glad today mishap is actually a blessing.

    Meanwhile MCA should lobby to totally scrap this stupid costly practice. Any goodies by government, surely non-bumi will get little or none at all, whether you have done your part, no one cares. Just scrap it, less headache.

  12. #12 by taiking on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 10:01 am

    I know of someone in london years ago. He was there on scholarship. Not one scholarship but three. We all had to rent rooms around the city and take the underground to class. He had his own house with tennis court. And he drove a merc to uni. That was his second car. That was 20 yrs ago. This silly stupid policy has actually gone on for more than long enough.

    Yeah who doesnt know that getting 16As does not always mean brilliance. The complaints year in and year out are actually rooted in something more fundamental although they eventually surface in the form of “counting As”. But of course the umnoputra-centric NEP and ketuanan thingy mess everything up.

  13. #13 by ktteokt on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 10:17 am

    Applications are not always judged on merits as far as results and co-curriculum activities are concerned but on “connections” with MCA people. I remembered way back in the early 70’s, applications for places in TAR College had to be “recommended” by big shots in MCA, otherwise one can never gain a place there! So this time around, PSD scholarships being awarded to students with less than satisfactory results are understandable as UMNO is the one deciding who is eligible and for UMNO, one criterion of deciding is SKIN COLOUR!

  14. #14 by monsterball on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 10:40 am

    This is nothing new.
    It’s been going on for decades.
    MCA have no power or final say.
    They know UMNO is purposely bringing people backwards…by using the reason …to bring Malays forwards this way
    If Mahathir was dead serious to see his half race advanced…he would not tell University students to shut up. He is always afraid of people smarter than him.
    No one can twist andd turn to play dirty politics ..better than him. That’s how smart he is.
    Yes Chinese and Indians are second class citizens..under UMNO…yet MCA and MIC keep supporting due to other personal selfish characters.
    The are only interested to keep their ministerial jobs to get rich.

  15. #15 by TomThumb on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 10:54 am

    The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, said today any move which questions the interests of the Malays and Bumiputeras in terms of scholarships and places of study not only violates the fundamental provisions in the federal and state constitutions but also questions the sovereignty of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay Rulers.

  16. #16 by monsterball on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 11:05 am

    MCA should be proud of a brilliant Tan Hao Chong and do everything to see he gets the best future.
    This is clear sign…..Chinese are treated a second class citizens.
    MCA promised to protect and help his own race are just hollow words.
    Now poor parents of Hao Chong have to slog…toll to see Hao Chong get his wishes.
    To be fair to all…no other choice…vote UMNO out.
    And the Sultan Of Perak can keep on giving Malaysians his wise advises…and warnings…one ear in…the other ear out.
    Who cares!!

  17. #17 by tsn on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 11:07 am


    Are you sure we need to pull raffia string to study in TARC? Is it out of need or just sheer habit/stupidity? In 1970s people were generally not so sophisticated, confident, no matter what the task was, they just need weight from some powerful man. I remember in early 80s, even late application/enrolment, you still be accepted by TARC, that easy.

  18. #18 by Jan on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 11:23 am

    The govt should stop all scholarships for SPM students and only give it at STPM or matriculation level.

  19. #19 by i_love_malaysia on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 11:30 am

    PSD is doing the UMNO AKA Nazi way, PSD is giving the scholarships to half past six students and saying that those who scored very well can get scholarships from private companies and foreign govt and universities!!! Malaysia has the smartest PSD in the world if not in the universe!!! Good job PSD using thier “wisdom” instead of scientific tools!!! No wonder Singapore govt is laughing all the way to the bank!!!

  20. #20 by i_love_malaysia on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 11:38 am

    Now do you think people will still listen to the Sultan of Perak after what have had happened??? people might wonder how he became the Lord President in the first place!!!
    Just imagine, who will give up what they have enjoyed without working on it??? Time to start paying tax!!!

  21. #21 by i_love_malaysia on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 11:42 am


  22. #22 by cintanegara on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 11:52 am

    While I sympathize with the boy’s dilemma, there’s no need for DAP to make use of this issue for political mileage…….It is certain that DAP favours race first than Malaysians……All of my impressions are based on my analysis…..Take a closer look at the previous posts (i.e PSD scholar, Rampant crime in Taman Bunga Raya, etc)…Everything is about that particular race….. such actions would contradict their Mission’s obligation to constantly fight for the rights of every Malaysians. Ideally, they should amend the party’s mission and vision to suit their ultimate goal ….Malaysian Malaysia is just propaganda….

  23. #23 by sheriff singh on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 11:52 am

    1. Are your parents MCA members? Are they PR members?

    2. Fatal mistake : Going to the press and bad-mouthing the glorious 1Malaysia Government. Even if you are right and justified in doing so, you are still wrong and will be penalised. Please note that they have alot of excuses why you did not get it.

    3. Go and seek an appointment with Wee, the puppet. Then the puppet-master the Minister, who is from your state, remember? Carbon copy a letter to His Highness Sultan Azlan Shah.

    4. Apply elsewhere e.g. Bank Negara, Sime Darby, Petronas, Tenaga, Kuok Foundation, the little red dot, etc etc

    5. Pray hard. I will pray for you too.

    6. Don’t lose hope. Good luck.

  24. #24 by k1980 on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Hao Chong,

    Sorry to inform you that cintanegara (SPM 2As) has sapu-ed the PSD Scholarship meant for you (SPM 12As). Reason is that he has got rid of his foreskin while you hasn’t.

  25. #25 by Godfather on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 12:08 pm

    And after he “sapu” the PSD scholarship, he graduated with a mediocre degree but still managed to form the towering firm of Cintanegara, Kasim and Chengho. They are now hired to providing consulting services to PKA, to provide a roadmap to recovery of the PKFZ.

  26. #26 by Jan on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 12:08 pm

    cintanegara, DAP seems to favor a race is precisely because this is the race together with the Indians who are marginalised the most. Why would DAP want to speak for the Malays who are the beneficiaries of all the affirmative action policies? But still they do take up issues for the malays just as what Guan Eng has done for a rape victim in Malacca. You do have racial colored lens on everything DAP DOES.

  27. #27 by nobody69 on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 12:15 pm

    now ppl are crying foul not getting scholarships bla bla bla…..who can guarantee that these people will come back and serve the nation after finishing their studies…especially those who got to go overseas…we’ve seen a lot of these.

  28. #28 by House Victim on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 12:18 pm

    “Don’t question interests of Malays!!”
    1. So, the allocation of PSD is about the Interest of Malays? Most probably HRH has mistaken the PSD is for Bumi & Malays only!!

    2. HRH has overlooked that Malay under the Constitution is Malaysia and so Malays should mean Malaysians.

    3. The Federal Constitution is to lay out the “space” between People’s Government and the “Throne” and it is not created for the “Throne” to rule the People.

    4. The fundamental of the Constitution gives People the Power of Electing the Government for the State and the Federal so that the “Rulers” can exercising their power of consent and appoint the Head of the Government. Does the Constitution HRH referred specifies clearly on this FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE?

    5. There is no Absolute Power of the “Throne” in the Constitution. But, with moral and for harmony, should the “Throne” speaks for ALL instead of Malays and/or Bumi?

    6. Can anyone find anywhere in the Constitution that the “Throne” is the source of Justice? Such that the Court should be second to the “Throne” except the power of “Pardon” on the ground of mercy ?

    7. Since HRH is enthusiastic on the Principle of the Constitution, where the British should have a good record about it. May be someone should check with UK what are actually the Principle of Constitution that should be referred when setting up the Constitution during Merdeka’s period.

    8. “Sultan Azlan Shah said the country now had more intellectuals and professionals but good behaviour and morality had taken a dip.”
    A good comment to see how Tun-ship or Datuk-ship being awarded!!


  29. #29 by Ken G on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 12:26 pm

    It used to be worse. Before 2008, the ratio of scholarships for bumi:non-bumi was 90:10. After the beating BN took in 2008, it was revised to 55:45 (that’s what they say lah, who knows?)

    The reason why some less qualified non-Malays are awarded scholarships over more qualified non-Malays could be simply that they feel threatened by the best and brightest non-Malays and they prefer them to get out (migrate) out of anger and frustration.

    The country’s competitiveness goes down the drain but it doesn’t matter to the Umnoutras.

    But the issue of scholarships is secondary to an even bigger inequality – the racial division of SPM students into matriculation and form 6. Matriculation saves one year and is an easier path to university. Matriculation exams are internally marked and marks are given for exercises done throughout the year. Yet a matriculation grade is considered equivalent to a STPM grade for university entry.

    The disparity in education opportunities is enough to make young non-Malays hate BN for life. Although the goons in BN do not realize it, we have an education system which churns out young opposition supporters just when they reach voting age.

  30. #30 by cintanegara on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 12:33 pm

    Hi Jan…..For your kind information….LGE ‘helped’ that girl for political reasons….There’s no such thing as sincererity and honesty in DAP…. Have you heard ….DAP helps ordinary people like Pak Ali, Makcik Fatimah, bla bla bla…

  31. #31 by cintanegara on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 12:47 pm

    There is nothing wrong being a champion of particular ethnic…However, DAP must make it officially…state their mission and vision clearly…Don’t hide behind false slogan…

  32. #32 by ekin on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 12:49 pm

    Hey guys…

    Why do you bother about what the 3 stooges says? Didn’t we all noted not to bother what they said? You know they are dumb and will be dumb forever so why not focus and concentrate on the matter at hand? They will say whatever they want but we will do whatever we can for the country! 13GE these guys will be 6ft under not because someone kill them but they can’t stand their misdeeds and commit suicide together with their UMNO BN. Bye bye at 13GE…Adios partner!

    As for Mr. Tan Hao Chong, yes, you will miss the opportunity of a lifetime if you depend on PSD. They always said NEP NEP, “We want our 30%!” but in fact they are getting 80% already and yet they will still shout “Our 30% 30%”. If you want your next generation to have a better future, 13th GE, vote PR.

    IF RM12.5billion = RM12,500,000,000.00 ; RM50k = RM50,000.00,

    RM12,500,000,000.00 / RM 50,000.00 = 250,000students

    So Mr. Tan Hao Chong, it is not because they wouldn’t want to allocate the PSD for you, it is simply they had pocketed the amount and so thus you can’t get your PSD. You would have been one of the 250,000 students if they did not pocketed it away. I hope this simple illustration be to you as your hope ‘for a change’ in 13GE. If not yourself, your children future…

  33. #33 by ktteokt on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Wrong, tsn. In the application forms of TAR College those days, there is specifically a column where you need to get a “sponsor” to sign and that “sponsor” has to be a MCA man!

  34. #34 by Jeffrey on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 1:02 pm

    “remembered way back in the early 70’s, applications for places in TAR College had to be “recommended” by big shots in MCA –ktteokt

    “Are you sure we need to pull raffia string to study in TARC?” – tsn

    Yes & No – depending, on when NEP kicked in with full effects (I think it was from late 1970s)

    IN the EARLY 1970s, if one had influence (likely wealth) to pull cables of big shots in MCA, why would one want to go to TARC?

    3 classes of people were interested then:

    (1) working students (many working as account clerks) wanted to broaden their education and better their future. They came for night classes. (Something like our local version to UK CA).

    (2) Those whose academic results were not good enough to qualify for admission to local universities and also couldn’t afford overseas;

    (3) Aimless riff raffs not knowing where to park themselves, many dropped out in due course.

    Common factors of all 3 categories – they didn’t come from economically or politically advantaged backgrounds, hence hard to envisage they could ever pull MCA cables. Their differentiating factors between them were that categories (1) and (2) were committed. They worked hard. TARC was their only chance. They were prepared for external courses: UK’s ACCA and ACIS! Then they had committed teachers eg Dr Y S Chong of Business Studies Dept, (subsequently migrated) who got together some committed part time teachers (who had day time job for practical experience) lecturing for RM20 per hour.

    Today, those first few batches of TARC graduates have discharged and done well for themselves very well. See how many of them have reached top of their fields in corporations and industries including PLCs as Group Finance Directors, Financial Controller etc

    However after NEP kicked in – in full force and rigours – in late 1970s onwards, where demand (by non Malays) for places to get professional qualifications way exceeded supply of places available in TARC, what ktteokt commented is probably true.

    This is to set the record straight for TARC and in respect of the pioneer batches for the early 1970s who have done well through determination and handwork without pulling political strings (and the helpful role of MCA then) .

  35. #35 by boh-liao on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 1:27 pm

    Now at this young and tender age
    you begin to understand
    It’s not what you know and what you have
    but who you are and who you know.
    Grow up and vote out the BN.

  36. #36 by boh-liao on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 1:28 pm

    This is the best you can learn from real life
    Not from the NS camp

  37. #37 by Jeffrey on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 1:36 pm

    However after 50 years, many will also still know BN’s fellas + their cronies, so they’ll atill vote BN out of vested interests : unless they don’t know, or those who knew and have in past made built up enouigh financial nest from doing business in the past with BN’s politicians or their cronies, and now independent from them, can sit back and denounce BN in the interest of what the perceive is interest of nation, their children and grandchildren, something they never cared in younger days when seeking their way to go up in the world. :)

  38. #38 by Jeffrey on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 1:39 pm

    sorry typo spelling errors – “still”. “enough”, “they”

  39. #39 by ekin on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 2:25 pm

    The whole content here is what I received..

    “US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama present give away Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage to Malaysia ‘s Ambiga Sreenevasan (Malaysian Bar Council) at the State Department in Washington , DC . (AFP)

    The shame of it all that we should be so proud (and are) of our own Malaysian receiving an international award like this, but the Malaysian government and press don’t see it as important enough to publish it in our local dailies! It was only published by THE SUN but rather small and hidden in the inner pages. WHY???…BECAUSE SHE WEARS A SAREE?”

  40. #40 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 2:40 pm

    ekin, that was March, a long time ago??

    The Secretary of State’s 2009 International Women of Courage Awards

    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC
    March 5, 2009

    In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Department of State announces the recipients of the third annual Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage. This is the only award within the Department of State that pays tribute to outstanding women leaders worldwide. It recognizes the courage and leadership shown as they struggle for social justice and human rights.

    This year, the Secretary of State will pay tribute to honorees representing Afghanistan, Guatemala, Iraq, Malaysia, Niger, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. They are among over 80 exceptional women nominated by U.S. Embassies worldwide for their extraordinary work in advancing human rights. The women will be in Washington from March 8 – 12 for a program of meetings with government officials, NGOs and the media. The Office of International Visitors is partnering with the Office of International Women’s Issues on this project.

    The 2009 recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards are:

    Ms. Wazhma Frogh (Afghanistan)
    Wazhma Frogh is the Afghanistan Country Director for the NGO Global Rights and a dynamic leader in the fight against domestic violence, marital and child rape, and sexual abuse in Afghanistan.

    Ms. Norma Cruz (Guatemala)
    Norma Cruz is on the forefront of women who are fighting on behalf of victims of violence and sexual abuse. As director of the NGO Survivors Foundation, Ms. Cruz combats the widespread impunity that too often accompanies the endemic violence against women in Guatemala.

    Ms. Suaad Allami (Iraq)
    A prominent lawyer, Suaad Allami fights against the erosion of women’s rights and defends the most disadvantaged. She founded the NGO Women for Progress and the Sadr City Women’s Center, which offers free medical care, literacy education, vocational training, and legislative advocacy. She has accepted a Humphrey Fellowship from the State Department for academic year 2009-2010.

    Ms. Ambiga Sreenevasan (Malaysia)
    An accomplished lawyer who became President of the Malaysian Bar Council, Ambiga Sreenevasan masterfully uses the rule of law to advance human rights, the status of women, and religious tolerance. In the face of death threats and intimidation, Ms. Ambiga has emerged as a strong voice of tolerance and justice.

    Ms. Hadizatou Mani (Niger)
    Sold to a “master” at the age of 12 for the equivalent of $500, Hadizatou Mani persevered in gaining her freedom and helped pave the way for others trapped in similar circumstances to seek justice. Through her valiant efforts, persistence, and refusal to succumb to social pressure to abandon her case, she won a historic, precedent-setting decision in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice that condemned her enslavement.

    Ms. Veronika Marchenko (Russia)
    Veronika Marchenko is the head of the NGO Mother’s Right, and has demonstrated exceptional bravery and leadership in exposing the truth surrounding the disturbing peacetime deaths within the Russian armed forces. Ms. Marchenko has successfully sought justice on behalf of bereaved families of servicemen who died as a result of cruel and inhumane conditions.

    Ms. Mutabar Tadjibayeva (Uzbekistan)
    Imprisoned for criticizing her government’s handling of events surrounding the 2005 violence in the city of Andijon, Mutabar Tadjibayeva refuses to be silenced. She has returned to human rights advocacy, and remains a fearless critic of human rights abuses.

    Ms. Reem Al Numery (Yemen)
    When she was 12, Reem Al Numery had her childhood cut short when she was forced to marry her 30-year -old cousin. She has emerged as a strong and brave voice on behalf of other girls facing a similar fate. Her courage has inspired a widespread drive against child marriages in Yemen.

  41. #41 by cintanegara on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 2:43 pm

    Someone shares outdated news, which he just found out few minutes ago while surfing the internet….probably he just woke up from a long sleep…..

  42. #42 by sheriff singh on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 3:09 pm

    I do not wish to appear unkind or sound cruel, but scrutinising this letter (not e-mail or sms), I find it hard to believe that you got an A1 for English. My guesstimate, maybe a C3 or C4 under previous marking standards, an indication perhaps of the current marking criteria.

    Nevertheless I feel for you Hao Chong and for your parents. I hope things will work out fine for you. Keep us posted of your progress.

  43. #43 by OrangRojak on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 3:23 pm

    sheriff singh Says: I find it hard to believe that you got an A1 for English

    GTFO! Surely he got an A1 for Bahasa Inggeris? Don’t start on him – you write BI like a flippin’ foreigner!

  44. #44 by ekin on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 3:26 pm

    Some stooges tried to humiliate Me by saying I’m outdated and sleeping.

    Look here you dumb sh*t. The person who is sleeping is you. Continue to eat your cintan mee and use your brain. No, you don’t need to use your brain cause you have none!

    I know the news outdated. The reason I’m bringing it out is to open your sh*t eyes again in related to the topic above. Its always the skin problem which I meant.

    The reason Mr. Tan not getting the PSD is because of skin problem and that’s why he is not included in the percentage.

    At least I’m bringing out something related to the topic and not like some stooges half sleeping hungering for their leaders’ poo, licking and eating them as the go on criticizing this blog and try to divert our attention.

    Stooges’ kandang :
    1. Mr. Pathetic Laksamana(Disguised) Cheng Ho
    2. Mr. Pathetic Tomthumb Aka TomDumb Aka Thong Thong Dumbbell
    3. Mr. Pathetic Cintan Negara AKA Cintan Mee

  45. #45 by OrangRojak on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 3:43 pm

    How much money does PR have? I wonder if you’ll be any more forthcoming on this topic than my wife is when I ask her. I also wonder if you’d entertain the suggestion of philanthropic acts with less disgust. I realise PR doesn’t really exist, but perhaps DAP could offer a few scholarships every year? They needn’t entirely be ‘free money’, you could limit your exposure by offering them on a low-interest student loan basis, with repayment deferred until the recipient’s income exceeded some level.

    I think I suggested something similar (Outstanding Malaysian award) when ekin’s news first broke (or perhaps it was the Irene Fernandes case?). Boosting civil society can only work in DAP’s favour, to my mind. It would be no bad thing to build up credibility in disbursing public funds, particularly when supporters apparently reserving waste management contracts is such easy ammunition for your detractors.

  46. #46 by kontiki on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 4:52 pm


    if you know the news is outdated, why then want to bring it out? you are no better than your “hero” monsterball in wanting to seek cheap publicity in cyberspace! Anyone with common sense will not want to waste people’s time in telling others things they already know. But clearly you and monsterball have no common sense!

  47. #47 by kontiki on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 5:00 pm

    # monsterball Says:
    Today at 10: 40.04 (6 hours ago)

    This is nothing new.
    It’s been going on for decades.


    MCA have no power or final say.
    They know UMNO is purposely bringing people backwards…by using the reason …to bring Malays forwards this way


    If Mahathir was dead serious to see his half race advanced…he would not tell University students to shut up. He is always afraid of people smarter than him.


    No one can twist andd turn to play dirty politics ..better than him. That’s how smart he is.


    Yes Chinese and Indians are second class citizens..under UMNO…yet MCA and MIC keep supporting due to other personal selfish characters.


    The are only interested to keep their ministerial jobs to get rich.


  48. #48 by TomThumb on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 5:06 pm

    yes. yellow is superior to brown. why do you think china dominates the world today? china grew at the rate of over 9% for some thirty years i.e. the fastest rate for a major economy in recorded history. over the same period it moved 400 million people out of povery, the largest reduction anywhere, anytime. china is easily the most successful development story in world history. magnitude of change is unimaginable. size of chinese economy doubled every eight years for three decades.

    in malaysia cockroaches rule. they must be eliminated with extreme prejudice.

  49. #49 by cintanegara on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 5:17 pm

    The older generation like Monsterball and Ekins are less educated people. That’s why they talk nonsense all the time…

  50. #50 by TomThumb on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 5:46 pm

    kontiki Says:

    Today at 16: 52.59 (48 minutes ago)

    if you know the news is outdated, why then want to bring it out? you are no better than your “hero” monsterball in wanting to seek cheap publicity in cyberspace! Anyone with common sense will not want to waste people’s time in telling others things they already know. But clearly you and monsterball have no common sense!”

    but then they are the best on offer as cheerleaders. they’ll cheer at anything that moves. a disgrace to the race.

  51. #51 by ekin on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 5:57 pm

    WOW! Suddenly the 3 stooges became DOGS! WOW! They bark non-stop! GREAT! HA HA HA

    So what if people knew about it? I serve to remind on this and giving examples. Thank GOD I’m never like you stooges, so DUMB and so full of sh*t. All you know about is RACISM and Politics. What else you know? Dare called me uneducated and talk nonsense? The who lot of people knew who you are and what you talk as you’d said yourself. Well, I don’t mind, you can continue to pass your @ss on me, but if you want someone to lick it, ask the stooges. They are the lapdogs of UMNO BN. And, put it this way, they are the best from UMNO BN. Nothing more…So Adios at 13th GE. Continue your licking and eating poo of your UMNO BN @ssesssss… HA HA HA

  52. #52 by nandeska on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 6:07 pm

    Hey Tan, look else where, don’t waste your time. Try applying Singapore if possible. We’ve been thought not to be dependent on govt/MCA or other neanderthal politcal parties, govt agencies.

    Look not all is lost, worst case scenario do form 6 and take STPM. STPM gurantees place in whatever course you can opt for. Its not easy, but hey who says life’s easy.

  53. #53 by TomThumb on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 6:38 pm

    what can you say about a semi educated semi literate retard who thinks all opposition to his views is motivated by political affiliations.

  54. #54 by Jason Ng on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 6:55 pm

    hope u have the money to go overseas to study, and then never come back to contribute to this country.

  55. #55 by wombatahem on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 7:00 pm

    Hi Hao Chong,

    Well done and congratulations. Do not be disheartened. Rely on yourself to help yourself. I may be wrong (and please enlighten me if I am), but as far as I am concerned, your chances are higher, not definite, to get into local universities with your SPM result and active participation in co-curriculum activities. As for JPA, I have no idea as I have never gone through the JPA process.
    Let us be practical and realistic. We do not want to be seen as a beggar. There are many other avenues to turn to:

    1. You may want to do STPM so that you may gain the necessary qualification to enter into local universities. You may get loan from PTPTN with relatively low interest rate. If you can graduate with 1st class honours, they may convert your loan into scholarship, meaning you do not have to pay back a single cent (Please check if PTPTN still maintains this practice or not, I can’t be too sure. It has been so long since I have graduated from my degree, 6 years to be exact).

    2. Thanks to the stiff competition, a lot of private colleges offer 100% scholarship (on tuition fees mostly) for students who study with them at Pre-U level until the Degree level. You may want to check out on those colleges, especially in Klang Valley.

    3. Scout and apply for other scholarships, be it locally or abroad. Search from the Internet and get the info. If you have the chance, you may choose to work abroad. Forget patriotism and be realistic. If you are able to find better job opportunities in another country, why not work there? This is a globalised world and the mobility of human capital is so high nowadays.

    My point is there is no use complaining, arguing what is fair and unfair etc. as this is the current state of affairs. It will never change in many years to come and I think it will never change. I will be amused and bemused if change ever takes place. So be dependent on yourself. I wish you all the best. Just remember that when a door closes, another one opens.

  56. #56 by OrangRojak on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 7:22 pm

    Hao Chong – if you fancied the experience of overseas study but don’t have the money to go to Oxford with Baginda, and aren’t thrilled by the option of an expensive degree from a University that nobody has ever heard of in a cold country, you could try an English language degree from somewhere like Payap in northern Thailand. I visit a friend who is Head of Department there from time to time, and the English language Computing course seems professionally run and the learning environment high quality. I imagine there could be others just as good.

    The campus is huge, modern, peaceful, and the students seem happy (everyone I’ve met in Thailand seems happy, maybe it’s just compared to people in Malaysia). They had students on the English-language Computing course from USA, Australia, China, as well as Thailand last time I visited (and a lecturer from KL, though I think he has since left).

    Don’t dismiss the option because it’s Thailand – I think if you visited Chiang Mai and that U in particular, you would be impressed. The most important thing is to get a good degree from a credible University. That doesn’t mean you have to go to Harvard or give up entirely – there are plenty of places that will give you good life skills, plenty of wonderful memories, a decent degree, and yet won’t cost the Earth. Being only slightly abroad, you may not suffer quite so much from ‘dislocation’ – perhaps you won’t become a ‘banana’!

  57. #57 by limkamput on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 7:55 pm

    For once Jeffery is talking some sense.

    I have one more tip for the opposition with regard to money for education.

    Previously, most local public universities are almost fully subsidised by the government with students paying very minimal fees. With the advent of PTPTN, most students are asked to take loans to pay for the tuition and subsequently tuition fees are raised substantially (although still subsidised especially for more expensive courses like dentistry and medicine).

    My question is this: Is overall allocation to public universities remain the same given that most public universities now charge “market fees”. It is my casual observation that most universities have money growing to their ears and many professors are jolly “seminaring” and conferencing overseas. Ask Treasury allocation/per student before the fee increase and allocation/per student after the fee increase. Check it out.

  58. #58 by katdog on Monday, 15 June 2009 - 9:07 pm

    Oh, another poor sorry sob complaining of unfair treatment by the government. Well boy time for you to wake up. The government ain’t fair. It never was.

    And honestly, a lot of these chinese think they are very smart with all their 20 A1’s etc. Actually they are very dumb. I mean, you must be a very dumb person to have believed in the lies that MCA told you.

    Even though MCA has lied to the chinese for 20 years with broken promises after broken promises, you actually believed what these politicians said? A smart person would have realized that it was nothing more than BS to make themselves look pretty to the chinese community. Then next, you approach DAP as if they have the power to change anything?!

    So, although you got 12 A’s and came from a premier school, no, i don’t think you are smart enough to deserve a scholarship. Don’t believe me? Try and get a scholarship from Singapore instead and see. If you can get a scholarship there than i stand corrected.

  59. #59 by private_undergrad on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 - 12:39 am

    Dear THC,

    C’mon get a life! Nobody owes you anything. While your excellent results should be commended, it’s not a ticket for you to ask for any ‘alms’ from anybody or even the govt.

    My suggestion to you is to think out of box and get out of the rat race which will never end. Stop chasing shadows. Be street-smart and not only book-smart (sounds more like a book worm to me hehe). There are many opportunities out there besides the ‘coveted’ PSD scholarships for SPM school leavers, which is not even guaranteed for you to even get admitted to top unis in the world.

  60. #60 by frankyapp on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 - 2:12 am

    Hi katdog,please soften your language and don’t scare the SPM boy,Ok. Please be constructive,not distructive,be positive,not negative,be encouraging ,not discouraging to a 18 year old.I sincerely hope you do not mean what you have written or said.Maybe an apology to the boy or the boy’s parent will be appropriate here. Remember it’s better to be humane than being rude.

  61. #61 by gl989 on Thursday, 25 June 2009 - 11:25 pm

    i was the candidate of SPM of 2008
    my result is quite ok but not with flying colour
    just with 7A1 3A2 and 2B3
    i applied for many scholarship,
    just like JPA, Matrix and UPU

    Unluckily, i didn’t get the scholarship of JPA
    I didn’t feel disappointed because the competitor
    have much of strength compered one

    So, i put a great hope on Matrix and UPU
    when i was in PLKN,
    my sister text me
    “boy, i checked for u already,
    u r lost from the matrix”.
    That is ok.
    I can take the blow.

    But, even the UPU,
    i also can’t get it!
    Oh GOD!!
    What am i wrong?!

    Even the rayuan of UPU and Matrix also i couldn’t get

    My freind, a Malay girl, who just get 8A’s got
    both of the offer
    But I? …

    I feel very sad..
    I was so hard to study during SPM,
    when i took my result,
    i thought i can reduce my parent financial burden,
    but what happen afterward?

    Now, i am a FORM 6 student without a constant class
    moving here and there all around the schooltime
    so tired to study…

    i didn’t say who did unfair or what.
    All what i say was my experience to be shared.

    I hope MP Lim Kit Siang can hear something from me
    and make sure this will not to be repeated on the next student
    like me again..


  62. #62 by Albert86 on Saturday, 24 October 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Hi gl989 and others, i am currently a final year UTM students. Previously similar to gl989, me also face all the problems been said earlier by him..

    Well, here i want to say that actually it is not bad to study STPM as you grow up all your strength there. With a comparison of Matrix students or STPM students, u will notice in future that most STPM students are highly competitive in all Universities in Malaysia.. (no need to say the CGPA of STPM students compared to Matrix students, most STPM students get higher CGPA than Matrix students)

    Do not under estimate STPM.. try to learn to study independently in STPM and you will be grateful in future that you did study STPM.

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