DAP leaders to seek meeting with Higher Education Department director to understand  the special formula used to match STPM and matriculation grades for purposes of merit-based university entry selection


Media Statement 
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya,  Saturday)In my statement yesterday, I said that the bumiputra students deserve  hearty congratulations if their  outstanding success in the university selection system this year is completely based on merit,  causing their  intake to increase to 68.9% or 13.9% higher from the 55:45 bumiputra-non bumiputra university intake  quotas.

I stressed that the Higher Education Department should be completely transparent and make public the various criteria for the merit-based selection system  and that  its director Professor Hassan Said  must be prepared to respond to all public queries about the system.  

It is unfortunate that the university students and the public have been kept completely in the dark about pertinent information and the various criteria for the merit-based selection system, and in particular the special formula used to match the matriculation results and the SPTM grades to put them under one main list in order of merit, as well as the breakdown of matriculation and STPM students offered the 32,752 places in the public universities this year.  

Apart from the information that the majority of bumiputra students come from matriculation courses, no other information, such as the cut-off point for all courses,  had been forthcoming about the selection system.  Such  lack of transparency  is not conducive to maintaining public confidence in the merit-based university entry selection system. 

Hassan said that experts had been enlisted to help streamline the gradings from the matriculation and STPM streams, and  if so,  why is the Higher Education Department so shy about making it public to show not only that the system is transparent but professionally-done as well.  

Most Malaysians cannot find answers to the many questions about the university intake after reading Hassanís media releases.  For this reason, DAP  leaders are  seeking a  meeting with Higher Education Department director, Prof. Hassan Said to understand  the special formula used to match STPM and matriculation grades for purposes of merit-based university entry selection as well as a host of other pertinent questions.

(11/5/2002)


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman