The Tempinis diaries

June 5, 2008

NEP and The Incredible Shrinking Pie

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , , — toru @ 2:06 pm

The paradox of the NEP was that it was designed to help the Malays. As it stands now, I think that it is being implemented in a way which ultimately harms the intended beneficiaries. How so you might ask? Let me count the ways:

1. Too many unqualified graduates are produced by the local varsities. This results in a high unemployment rate in the country.

2. The stress on Bahasa Melayu to the detriment of the English Language in schools. Like it or not, English is still the language of commerce. A poor command of English is a sure recipe for graduate unemployment.

3. The policies of NEP make Malaysia an incredibly unattractive place to invest in. The result: a rapidly shrinking economic pie.

4. NEP fosters the development of a crutch mentality and a sense of entitlement. This inevitably leads to a lack of self development and confidence. Also, there is a lack of ‘hunger’ to succeed. This makes it hard for our young people to compete with the young people from China or Vietnam.

As I see it, the NEP and its ill effects is becoming a vicious cycle. The smaller the economic pie, the more demands will be made for a more aggressive implementation of the NEP. Everyone ends up fighting for the crumbs of the incredible shrinking pie. It is far better for us to work together to enlarge the economic pie together. But I wonder – is there a way to break out of this vicious cycle?

March 31, 2008

The Tragedy of Precociousness

Filed under: education, malaysia — Tags: , , , — toru @ 12:58 pm

What a tragedy for the Yusof family. It is really sad. Malaysia has a rather tenuous connection to Sufiah Yusof. After she was reported to have gained admission to Oxford, the Malaysian government fell over backwards to offer her a scholarship just because her mother was Malaysian. I believe that she wasn’t even Malaysian and her father was Pakistani. Whereas the other child prodigy at that time, Chiang Ti-Ming, was completely ignored by the Malaysian government. Full story here. Incidentally, Chiang’s story did not have a happy ending too.

Monday March 31, 2008
Math prodigy now a £130 hooker claim
PETALING JAYA: Sufiah Yusof, the child Maths genius who won a place at Oxford University when she was just 13, has been found to be working as a prostitute, according to a report in London’s News of the World.

Sufiah, now 23, whose father Farooq is a Pakistani and mother Halimathon is from Johor, was reported to have entertained an undercover reporter in her flat in Manchester.

Claiming that she had posted her services for £130 (RM829) on the Internet, the newspaper said she had called herself Shilpa Lee on a hookers’ website. She is said to have advertised herself as “a sexy, smart student” who preferred “older gentlemen”.

Better times: File pic of Farooq with Sufiah when she was Oxford-bound.

The story in the newspaper comes just days after her father was jailed for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls as he home-tutored them in Maths.

Sufiah passed the Maths A-Level she needed for entry into Oxford at the age of 12.

Three years into Oxford, she sparked a massive police hunt after running away.


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