The Tempinis diaries

December 3, 2007

Asean Scholarship: A Compilation of Personal Accounts

Filed under: education — Tags: , — toru @ 2:39 pm

I have been getting a steady stream of hits everyday based on the keyword search of the phrase “what to do after spm“.  Someone told me my previous post might have painted a too rosy picture of studying in Singapore; I thought in order to have a more balanced account I might link up a couple of other people’s posts.  See here for an extremely negative account of the Asean scholarship.  A rebuttal by an irate Singaporean is found here.  More positive accounts can be found herehere and here.  To me the most balanced account is found here (especially in the comments section). But I guess with most things the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

At the end of the day, some people just don’t like studying and living in Singapore.  For example see this blog by a Malaysian studying at SMU.   As my father used to say, you can’t argue about someone’s taste.



  1. […] worth it.  A case of the old adage: penny wise, pound foolish.  If your results are good, try the ASEAN scholarship.  In the meantime, try to improve your written and spoken […]

    Pingback by The Problem of Top Students in Malaysia and Low Expectations « The Tempinis diaries — March 16, 2008 @ 6:42 am

  2. I want to study but i no have the opportunity to study
    if someone see this message and want me to study at your country please contact me later
    I live in Laos Vientiane Capital
    My number is 85621 240401
    Mob: 85620 7600417

    Comment by Sanxay — September 15, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  3. I want to study but i no have opportunity
    If someone see this message please contact me
    Vientiane capital
    85621 240401

    Comment by Sanxay — September 15, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

  4. i was an asean scholar. and i agree on the account in which you phrased as ‘extremely negative’. i dont know if the quality of education is the same between secondary and tertiary institutions in singapore, but i can assure readers that singaporean education, starting pre-u and below, is certainly intolerably rigid. too exam focused. and the ANNUAL S$2.3k is the most devastating of all – i daresay that asean scholarship is the stingiest, valuably apathetic ‘scholarship’ of all.

    yeah asean scholars may be smart, but the maturity of the students is certainly questionable. singaporean kids’ skills on polemicity is particularly apathetic, normally biased towards the majority and often pointless.

    here’s a conclusion – if you’re smart enough for asean scholarship, please do opt for other educational programs too. pre-u in singapore costs as much money as private a-levels, ausmat or SAT in malaysia. i am now an stpm student, taking stpm as well as my SATs next year. and i dont find malaysian education as emotionally depressing or articulately racist as most of the people who critised the system. yeah there are faults on our common educators, but the problem is also found in singapore’s common educational institution. elite educators are for the elites, thats how education work. it is said that the educators are found to be better for asean scholars because they are placed in top institutions.

    read mark eleven’s article for more info. you go man!

    Comment by lilyth — October 6, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

  5. who?

    Comment by Brown — April 4, 2010 @ 12:52 am

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