Monday, July 18, 2005

Johor Menteri Besar Is An Ex-Don

Further to my blog post on "Johor Menteri Besar Gone Bonkers", I've just found out that Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman was actually an ex-university don! Read The Star article here.

Joceline Tan, the writer was surprisingly kind in her remarks:
His speech had the intellectual depth that this university don-turned-politician is known for but it was his take on the potential impact of the government’s meritocracy policy on Malays...
His message that "Meritocracy is a form of Discrimination" had only intellectual despair and no depth. Any university don worth his salt will not let his personal reputation be so tainted by a statement labelled as an oxymoron by even our own docile national press!

I've also found out that he was a former dean of the Economics faculty in University Malaya. I will certainly be worried about the nature of Economics he taught. And I will also be very curious to find out whether he gave extra marks to students based on race, since "meritocracy" will discriminate against the bumiputeras.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not get hold of the full speech and post it here for us to decide the import of the speech?

-- Old Man

Daniel Chern said...

"..very curious to find out whether he gave extra marks to students based on race, since "meritocracy" will discriminate against the bumiputeras."

From the constant murmurings of some lecturers and teachers (who mainly speak on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals) such practices would seem commonplace and is an open secret.

The existence of "kelas khas" in many national schools (which conveniently disappeared when investigated), the truckloads of students scoring CGPA 4.0 in matriculation exams and the almost unheard of university failure speaks volumes.

Anonymous said...

What to do if the investigation case also disappear?

-- Old Man

Anisah said...

UM Academics Association's investigation that UM increased marks in exams without the agreement of examiners? What's the purpose of administering exams then?

On the other side of the coin, people are crying out loud about graduates not gaining employment.
In Malay, there is a saying, sepandai-pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya jatuh ke tanah juga. As much as a squirrel could jump, at the end of day, it will land on the ground.

In Chinese, paper cannot hide fire.

There, if students could pass university exams if they are not entitled to, then job interviews would be their undoing.