Friday 27 May 2011

PSD scholarships: Perkasa wants 67% for bumis

The Public Services Department (PSD) scholarships should be given out on a 67:33 ratio between bumiputera and non-bumiputera students, said Perkasa.

The right wing pro-Malay group said this would be a fair ratio as it would be based directly on the country's current racial breakdown.

“Since the BN rules this country based on majority support from the Malays and bumiputeras from Sabah and Sarawak, they must get priority for all allocations, including PSD scholarships,” he said at a press conference after meeting senior PSD officers today.
Making sporadic references to a prepared statement, Ibrahim (left) stressed that Perkasa's proposed quota subscribes to the idea of justice that non-Malays have been demanding all this while.

He said all must understand that justice is not the same as equality, as not everyone in the country starts off on even footing.

“Not all Malays are at the same level. If a Malay comes from a rich family, and rides in a Bentley or Mercedes, then we don't need to give them (scholarships). It is the same for the Chinese and Indians.

“True justice is to give priority to groups that should get priority. Society within that group should also give priority to those among them that need it. That is true justice,” he said.

'Don't shoot from the hip'

Ibrahim also went on to berate MIC, MCA and Gerakan for their vocal criticism of the PSD over the scholarship controversy, saying that they have no leverage in BN due to their waning public relevance.

He said these so-called BN supporters have only made things difficult for the government and insulted the PSD at the same time for throwing many accusations against the department without knowing the actual situation.

While he acknowledged that Perkasa only gained a clear picture of the actual procedures today after the meeting, Ibrahim said the BN's non-Malay parties had simply behaved badly.

'They have all got it wrong, and made it out to look like the PSD was wrong but actually it is the students' mistakes,” he said, commenting on claims that the PSD had given scholarships for courses not chosen by numerous top-scorers.

Taking the example of students who were given scholarships to study English instead of medicine despite meeting all the requirements, Ibrahim claimed that it was a clear example of all the confusion.

“There is this uproar over students who were offered courses in English when the course aimed for was medicine, but it was the student who applied for the English course without telling the parents. It's true, the PSD even showed us the truth.

NONE“The whole country is in an uproar over one Indian student who did not get the course she wanted, but this does not only affect Indian students. There are Malays students who scored 10A and 1B and did not get anything,” he said, referring to high-flyer Heamanthaa Padmanaban (left in picture) who was offered an English scholarship instead of medicine as applied.
Keep everything local

Ibrahim also pushed for the abolishment of overseas scholarships, stressing that most who get sponsored to study abroad end up turning their backs on the country.

“I was in London and I met Malaysians living there. When asked why they don't want to come back, they said, 'Tell the government to please reduce the traffic jams first because I don't like it'.

“They give all these petty excuses. They say the non-bumiputeras are being mistreated, when they themselves were granted government scholarships,” he said.

Ibrahim meanwhile told non-Malays to be grateful for the benefits the government has accorded them, particularly in the disbursement ratio of PSD scholarships, which currently stands at 55:45 (bumiputera to non-bumiputera).

“Please tell the Indian students, there are more Malay students. It should be the Malays protesting, since there are many more Malays who did not get scholarships, and on top of that it is our constitutional right,” he said.

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