Hornbill Unleashed

November 18, 2013

Where did RM7.2bil in consultancy fees go to?

Aidila Razak

What can RM7.2 billion buy?

Going by figures in the 2012 and 2014 Budget speeches, this could pay for Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia handouts to benefit a whopping 13.1 million people.

However, from 2009 till October 2013, the government spent exactly that amount to pay for private consultants, a written reply to Parliament has revealed. (more…)

October 30, 2013

Slaughtering cattle and educational values

File picture shows the silhouette of a student with a graduation cap during a diploma ceremony at the John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentDr Kua Kia Soong

Any educationist must wonder if the news and images of the slaughter of cattle at a national school ever reached the consultants from McKinsey who wrote Malaysia’s Education Blueprint 2013-2025. As usual, there is a wide disconnect between the visionary pronouncements in the blueprint and the actual reality on the ground which makes us wonder if the RM20 million paid to the foreign consultant was money well spent.

Quite apart from the question of sensitivity to Hindus and Buddhists in slaughtering cattle in the school compound, within sight of school children, the larger issue of educational values seems to have been lost on the Education ministry.

Ethics and civilisation (more…)

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