“But the Malaysian examinations today a

“But the Malaysian examinations today are not about aptitude per se, they are worryingly about repetition, rote learning and willingness to play the game. So while parents want the best for their children, the reduced learning environment our schools are in presently would mean that our products will be less competent on the average when they enter the global tertiary market and thereafter job market.

Smart kids are likelier to successfully manoeuvre the course, but the course is not likely to improve them. They are being short-changed in the system presently.

This will become even more acute as the improvements of the systems in developed nations and other rising nations are increasingly palpable.”

My weekly column in the Malay Mail Online. http://ow.ly/BDVmk

There are those that retort in a way tha

There are those that retort in a way that Borneo is failing the ideal of Malaysia by their gross indifference to Malaysia. What befuddles me about these critics is that they feel Malaysia — or any country — is a priori.

A country is a concept formed through persuasion and guile, and needs to be built thereafter.

Defending a nation’s existence using history is a slippery-slope. The present states of Malaya can justify the present federation as a reinstitution of the Malacca Empire. But so can Indonesia via Majapahit or Srivijaya or to a lesser effect Acheh claim territories overlapping present day Malaysia. Cheekily, China can claim all.

But all their postulations are tenuous because we are in an archipelago. These islands are less tightly or uniformly knit like swathes of continental Europe. Their claim of a deeply connected and common history is far more decipherable, while over here it is a series of closeness with enough differences operating largely exclusive. http://ow.ly/BnaHB

My weekly column in The Malay Mail Online