How About A Chemist Prime Minister?

Always right? Not quite.

Mahathir Mohamad says that if it was not for affirmative action he would not have been a doctor.

Therefore, today, he presents himself as an evidence that affirmative action works.

I’d like to deconstruct his statement.

Mahathir jumped the queue and became a doctor. Ahead of him, those with better grades.

It is assumed, his parents would not have been able to afford him a medical degree unless through a state option.

Is that settled than, the argument made for affirmative action?

Not so.

Mahathir’s legacy is in politics, not in medicine. He was never more than a competent general practitioner (GP). Would he have failed in politics if he had no medical degree? Continue reading “How About A Chemist Prime Minister?”

Those peasant kids in Sarawak schools

Kids heading to school in Sarawak. They pay a high price to get education even in public schools.

I’ll assume you are Malaysian, informed about the UEC, the history of migration in Malaya and the right-wing Malay numbnuts. So let’s talk about Chinese education, which is what’s at stake when the UEC recognition is discussed.

The issue is too multi-faceted, for the entirety of public education with its relation to the present four public school streams to be discussed in one thread.

One at a time. Continue reading “Those peasant kids in Sarawak schools”

Responding to queries: School, tuition and purgatory

NOV 23 – I’m happy that education is as ever a central issue for readers based on the feedback through comments received.

The column did not intend to redefine education. A general government attempt at educating the masses will always yield a far greater benefit than when there is none.

The focus was on getting people to consider the realities of public education and its relationship with the tuition industry, and wish for a reaction from stakeholders. Continue reading “Responding to queries: School, tuition and purgatory”

Umno and Tamil schools

Both my parents were educated in Tamil schools alone. Mom grew up in Tamil Nadu (Tamil-land, or land of the Tamils) so there was no choice in the matter, and dad with a mother and step-father as municipal workers was always going to get the little education he was privileged to in a Tamil school for labourers’ children.
Life made those choices for them. Continue reading “Umno and Tamil schools”