Hornbill Unleashed

May 4, 2017

Give youths better chances, assistance to further studies — PKR

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Image result for Voon Shiak NiThe government has been urged to offer more opportunities and assistance to young people to further their studies as well as promote and implement a more conducive system to keep young talents in the country.

In making this call, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) women national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni said the most honourable service that the government can give to young people is the opportunity to pursue higher education and aspirations.

“They are the future or backbone of our nation. We should invest in them, especially the high flyers who have worked and studied hard. Excellent results do not come on a platter without good efforts.

“If we have greener pastures for our young people here, they will not see the need to leave Malaysia,” she told a press conference here yesterday.

Considering that the high flyers had put in effort to excel in their studies, Voon said it is the duty of the government to support them too in terms of pursuing higher education and fulfilling their aspirations.

In view of this, she opined that the rejection of an application by Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 11A+ scorer Teh Xin Yi from SMJK Ave Maria Convent for a scholarship by the Public Service Department (PSD) was neither reasonable nor justified.

“We need to be reminded that rejecting high flyers from getting scholarships could cause more brain drain in Malaysia which currently has reached a critical stage. Brain drain will cause negative impact to our country, as we will lose out on the best human capital when our talents continue to flow out of the country.”

As a result of the brain drain, Voon observed that talents who had left the country ended up creating records in other countries.

In citing the case of Lam Shu Jie who had excelled in her SPM examination but failed to obtain a PSD scholarship, Voon said Lam, while she was in Melbourne University, had made a breakthrough in her possible discovery of a cure for Superbug infection that is expected to kill 10 million people by the year 2050.

Voon said another fellow Malaysian, Pin Hwa, who currently resides in Taiwan and had left Malaysia at the age of 19 to pursue his degree in electrical and control engineering at Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, created the world’s first USB flash drive in 2001 in Taiwan.

“We have many more Malaysians who have made their names in other countries and I don’t think this is what we want.”

According to Voon, as of 2011, there were about one million Malaysians residing overseas. She added that it cannot be denied that the lack of opportunities to access high quality and affordable tertiary education institutions had remained a significant cause of brain drain in the country.

“The Malaysian government is fully aware of the critical stage of brain drain that the nation is facing and had announced that it will make efforts to try to overcome this issue via the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).”

Under the GTP, she said the government is hoping to address the issue of non-inclusiveness for the non-Bumiputeras.

Additionally, she said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had launched the 1Malaysia slogan, which encouraged Malaysians to identify by nationality, rather than by race.

“I would like to point out that if the rejection of Teh Xin Yi’s PSD scholarship was due to her race, then do be reminded that the government has pledged to address all Malaysians as Malaysians.”

In this context, Voon said she is hopeful that all Sarawakians, who are eligible and qualified will be given the opportunity to pursue their tertiary education and be awarded with scholarships.

“In Sarawak, we have 577 students who had achieved straight A’s (Grade A+, A and A-) and another 13 obtained A+ in all subjects.”

Source :  @ The Borneo Post Online



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