The Tempinis diaries

April 20, 2008

NEP and How it Hurts the Malays

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — toru @ 12:19 pm

I have always admired Azmi Sharom’s bravery in saying it like it is and his clear headed writing. His latest piece demonstrates starkly how the NEP is ultimately hurting the Malays. Due to the NEP, many talented non-Malays go overseas in search of better opportunities. This migration of talent will also include academics. As such, bright young Malaysians including the Malays are deprived of the best and brightest lecturers at local universities. It’s a terrible vicious cycle leading to a race to the bottom in terms of quality of education in Malaysia. I have previously written on the brain drain from Malaysia here and here.

Out of curiosity, I did a quick google search to look for Malaysian professors who are working in NUS and NTU in Singapore. From NUS, I found the following individuals: Professor Lee Seng Luan (mathematics), Professor Liew Ah Choy (engineering) and Adjunct Professor Rasiah Ignatius Joseph (engineering). At NTU, I found these people: Assistant Professor Ngoi Guat Peng (Chinese dept), Professor Lee Soo Ying and Assistant Lew Wen Siang (School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences), Assistant Professor Ooi Chui Peng (Bioengineering), Professor Lim Chong Yah (Economics) and Associate Professor Tan Joo Seng (Business).

The individuals above were gleaned from just the first five pages of my google search. I am sure there are hundreds of bright and talented Malaysians working in the universities in Singapore. Instead of the hare-brained idea of trying to save Sufiah, the Higher Education Minister, Khaled Nordin, and his deputies, Dr. Hou Kok Chung and Datok Idris Haron, should look into the possibility of tapping into the talent and energy of these people. Since Singapore is so close to Malaysia, the Malaysian government should consider getting these people as either visiting professors to Malaysia or jointly appoint them as professors at Malaysian universities.

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