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Reinstate Professor Ramasamy in UKM - proof that Malaysia is serious about education reforms as important strategy to achieve Vision 2020 objective of fully developed nation
(Parliament, Wednesday): It will be sad and tragic if the government needs an International Advisory Panel of world-renowned economists, social scientists and financial experts to realize that education reforms, human capital development and capacity-building are the most important strategies for Malaysia in the second half of the 30-year Vision 2020 in view of new global challenges and the rise of India and China as the new Asian economic powerhouses.
This was the emphasis of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his UMNO Presidential Speech last month when he spoke of the importance of meritocracy, excellence, integrity and the attributes to create a “towering” Malaysia in the face of challenges of globalization, but his seemed to be a very lone voice from the debates and resolutions adopted at the UMNO Youth and UMNO General Assemblies.
The absence of the Education and Higher Education Ministers at the two-day meeting of the International Advisory Panel provides further proof that this message has not been grasped by the two Cabinet Ministers responsible for the education portfolios in the country.
In recent years, there has been an unending and deteriorating crisis of higher education in Malaysia, highlighted recently by three issues involving:
Malaysia needs a Higher Education Minister who can spearhead an education revolution to meet new global challenges instead of one who has no inkling of the worsening higher education crisis cripplying the country.
In Singapore, the National University of Singapore is aiming to be among the world’s Top 10 Best Universities, while the University of Malaya, under the overall leadership fo Shafie as Higher Education Minister, is content to be ranked No. 50 among the World’s Best Universities by 2020!
If the best of Malaysia’s public universities rate so low in global rankings in 2020, what chance is there that in 15 years time at the end of Vision 2020, Malaysia can take her rightful place as a fully developed nation, with “First World Infrastructure, First-World Mentality”?
take immediate steps to reinstate Professor Ramasamy in UKM as proof that
Malaysia is serious about education reforms as the most important strategy
to achieve the Vision 2020 objective of a fully developed nation.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman