Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz… Isu Biasiswa (Scholarship Issue)

A number of days ago in the Dewan Rakyat, an issue of scholarships for the bumiputras was discussed. A lot of MPs were worried of the dwindling numbers of bumiputras receiving scholarship.

Well, that’s not what I want to discuss about here.

What I want to discuss is the issue about the criteria of students receiving those scholarships. I can’t give you the exact quote of what Datuk Seri Nazri said but it sounded like this:

“Kita tak kisah pasal latar belakang pelajar itu. Dia miskin atau kaya, kita tutup mata pasal benda tu. Kita bagi biasiswa kepada pelajar cemerlang. Pelajar 15A1.”

Personally, I do not agree with Kerajaan‘s approach regarding this issue. They are giving scholarships to students regardless of their financial backgrounds.

Scholarship is supposed to be a form of financial assistance, no? Financial assistance is supposed to be given to those who have financial hardships! What’s the point of awarding scholarships to those who are already well-off! It would be a waste of taxpayers’ money to be awarding scholarships to students whose parents are millionaires, or even billionaires for that matter.

It is in my opinion that this will add to the problem of “the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer.”

Well, what do you think?


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  1. armandd says:

    i agree with your opinion, because of the fact that top students usually come from urban areas, where their parents’ income are higher. The government should lower the scholarship merit for kampung students to ensure they
    are not left behind.

  2. Well nadlique, I agree with that. I mean, if your dad is ridiculously rich, what the heck do you need to offer scholarship for, isn’t it?

    I can answer you politically, because what he says is just to satisfy a Dewan full of MPS wanting to hear him out. But I think I shouldnt do that. He should provide an answer that is logical, and intellectual.

    Regardless, if you think about it, what is the criteria that you should fulfill before giving scholarship? Race? Income level? Background? Academic achievement? Field of study? From kampung or bandar? Some of the above or combination thereof? I wouldnt to bore you with it, but they (the education ministry) should come out with a proven method, right?

  3. hmm.. scholarships… wish i had one..

  4. Sometimes, it’s also about having connections from the inside. You’ve got connections, it’s easier to get a scholarship.

    But I do think that apart from academic achievements, the government should also include income level as a criteria for scholarship. i.e. help those who have financial hardships only.

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