Re: Mara 2009
DireAnguish, I understand what non-bumi students feel when they find out about these kinds of things, I am mixed blood, I see things from both sides, the thing is you have to look at things from a broader perspective, instead of what our own self-desire wants without thinking of others...out there in states other than KL, Selangor and Johor, there is still a huge number of kids from the bumiputra community and also indian community that comes from very low income families. There is a reason why these kids can't never do as good as the chinese kids in the cities, "Money", lack of money means lack of resource and think about it, when you have all that money to buy a lot of those books from MPH bookstores for your studies to gain a great amount of knowledge for yourself, they could only afford a few, on the other hand, they have to sacrifice their time helping out their family to earn money, which cuts down their studying time in half ,and not being able to sit at comfortable homes to study a whole shelf of new textbooks without the need to think about money.
The difference between us and them is that we can focus all our efforts on studying without thinking about anything else because money is not whats holding us back, we have all the resources while they need to divide their time hard to focus on surviving as well.
Secondly, The reason why there is an economical gap between races in our country is because of the divide-and-rule strategy that the british put upon us. This is what many people don't realize. They gave economical power and knowledge to a certain race back then, place them in the city where they get even more economic opportunities and then other races gets left behind. That's why a certain economic policy based on race needs to exist to balance things out.
If you think about it, there are not many scholarships that are mainly for the bumiputra students either, just Mara. That's the only thing they have.
My dad works for the education department and he says that there are quotas in education, not just for bumiputra students, but also for the indian students as well. See...it's not that the government doesn't help at all. Just some people never think of others whom are not as lucky and rich as them.
What you have to realize is that, you should ask yourself, if you were very poor, would you have been able to achieve those great academic records plus those great extra-curricullar activities easily?
That's the thing that the government is looking at.
It's not like the government didn't help at all, JPA scholarships are open to 45% non-bumis and thats quite a lot of space. There are also a lot of other scholarships that are open to all. Do think about others.
Now...Since the government IS helping out non-bumiputras as well WHILE trying to help the bumiputra more to get rid of poverty. Who's actually being selfish?
Even in the US, if you look for scholarships there, there is a scholarship mainly for black people.
Think about this...lets say right now mara gets disbanded and JPA opens up their scholarship without a quota for any race. 80% non-bumis mainly from the chinese community is going to fill up that space because of their economic advantage from the 1950s. What happens to the rest of the ppl in malaysia? they will never be rich, poverty will eat up the country forever. You'll have one side of malaysia to look very nice, and one side to be very ugly and full of stingarden houses. Now somebody tell me if Malaysia is looking like this right now? no right. why? Because of the existent of these types of scholarships, quotas, and economic policy, to balance things out and to spread wealth equally once again to all Malaysians after the racial economic unbalanceness that the foreign invaders have put upon us.
Last edited by Xero; 22-01-2009 at 10:08 PM.