(Penang, Thursday): Both UMNO Youth and
PAS Youth must prove that they can keep abreast with the changes and challenges
of the time, rising to become all-rounded Malaysian nationalist
movements recognizing that the single biggest problem facing Malaysia in
the era of globalislation is not
competition between bumiputras and non-bumiputras but Malaysia and the rest of
Both UMNO Youth and PAS Youth must prove that they can keep
abreast with the changes and challenges of the time, rising to become
all-rounded Malaysian nationalist movements
recognizing that the single biggest problem facing Malaysia in the era of
globalislation is not competition
between bumiputras and non-bumiputras but Malaysia and the rest of the world.
Yesterday, both UMNO Youth
and PAS Youth have shown that they have not yet developed to become all-rounded
Malaysian nationalist movements who have the global and future vision as to the
perequisites to make a plural Malaysia a world-class developed nation.
Hishammuddin has proven my
prediction last week right that every time there is UMNO and UMNO Youth
assemblies, there will be attempts to raise political and racial temperatures.
The attack on the DAP by
the UMNO Youth leader, Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein Onn at the UMNO Youth Assembly
yesterday alleging that the DAP was being racist and had insulted the Malays (“penghinaan
kepada orang Melayu”) in questioning the academic excellence of Malay
students resulting in greater university intake this year is baseless,
mischievous, irresponsible and even seditious.
Let me remind Hishammuddin of my first
reaction when the 2002-2003 public university
intake results were announced on May 9, which
was to give “hearty congratulations” to the bumiputra students for
their “outstanding success” in
a selection system based completely on merit.
I did caution
however that the
Higher Education Department should be completely transparent and make public the
various criteria for the merit-based selection system
and that it must be prepared
to respond to all public queries about the system.
This the director
of Higher Education Department, Prof. Dr. Hassan Said failed to do.
worse, the Education Minister, Tan Sri Musa Mohamad also failed to give any good
or satisfactory answer to the contention that the system used to compare the results of the STPM and matriculation courses was unfair and
For the past six weeks, DAP National Vice
Chairman and MP for Kepong, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw had been trying to arrange for a
meeting for DAP leaders and MPs to meet either with Musa or Hassan to find out
more details about the formula in comparing the two completely different
examination systems to ensure that the Education Ministry was not comparing an
apple with an orange in an arbitrary and unprofessional manner.
But this was all to no
avail, as Hassan passed the buck to Musa while Musa kept himself completely
incommunicado as far as meeting DAP leaders and MPs was concerned!
On 20th May, I
sent an urgent email to all Cabinet
Ministers asking the Cabinet to rectify the double wrongs of the unfair and
unprofessional merit-based university selection system adopted by the Higher
Education Department this year, namely
But my email to Cabinet Ministers, which
suggested a race-blind merit system
coupled with needs to cater to the socio-economically backward students to
people our institutions of higher learning
based on a common university entrance examination also fell on deaf ears.
Is Hishammuddin as the UMNO Youth leader
prepared to support a race-blind meritocracy system for university intakes
coupled with needs to cater to the socio-economically backward students
to establish Malaysia as an international educational centre of academic
excellence as well as to enhance our national competitiveness to face the
challenges of globalisation, liberalization and information and communications
The speech by
PAS Youth leader, Mahfuz
Omar in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday on the issue of 10 percent quota for
non-Malays in Mara was most shocking and unbelievable.
In his motion to seek leave
of the House to adjourn parliamentary proceedings to discuss the issue, Mahfuz
said the government-approved 10 percent quota for non-Malays in Mara was against
Article 153 of the Constitution which touches on Malay special rights.
Mahfuz’s stand was
clearly against the 1986 assurance given by the PAS Deputy President, Datuk Hadi
Awang to non-Malays that if PAS came to power it would abolish the special
privileges accorded to the Malays.
In fact, one would have
expected the speech and arguments
advanced by Mahfuz in Parliament yesterday to come from the UMNO Youth leader
rather than the Pas Youth leader.