Apr 15, 2007

Tell me, is this not racism?

Adapted from Wikipedia.


After the SPM, students would have a choice of either studying Form 6 or the matriculation (pre-university). If they are accepted to continue studying in Form 6, they will also take the
Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia or Malaysian Higher School Certificate examination. Form 6 consists of two years of study which is known as Lower 6 (Tingkatan Enam Rendah) and Upper 6 (Tingkatan Enam Atas). The STPM regarded as one of the hardest tests in the academic world due to the wide scope of its syllabus.

Additionally all students may apply for admission to
matriculation which is a one or two-year programme run by the Ministry of Education. Not all applicants for matriculation are admitted and the selection criteria are not publicly declared, which has led to speculation that any criteria existing may not be adhered to. A race-based quota is applied on the admission process, with 90% of the places being reserved for the bumiputeras, and the other 10% for the non-bumiputeras. The matriculation programme is not as rigorous as the STPM. The matriculation programme has come under some criticism as it is the general consensus that this programme is much easier than the sixth form programme leading to the STPM and serves to help Bumiputeras enter the public university easily. It is considered easier because in the matriculation program the teachers set and mark the final exams that their students sit, whereas in the STPM the final exam is standardised and exam papers are exchanged between schools in different states to ensure unbiased marking.

Tertiary education in the public universities is heavily subsidised by the government. Applicants to public universities must have completed the Malaysia matriculation programme or have an STPM grade. Excellence in these examinations does not guarantee a place in a public university due to government's quota policy. The selection criteria are largely opaque as no strictly enforced defined guidelines exist.

In 2004, the government formed the Ministry of Higher Education to oversee tertiary education in Malaysia. Racial quotas for university admission exist in Malaysia, and the then minister Dr. Shafie Salleh was quoted to be pro-racial quotas.
Although the government announced a reduction of reliance of racial quotas in
2002, instead leaning more towards meritocracy. However, in 2004, 128 non-Malay or non-Bumiputra students with excellent results had their applications to study medicine at public universities denied.

The net outflow of academics from Malaysia led to a "brain gain" scheme by then (1995) Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamed. The scheme set a target of attracting 5,000 talents annually. In 2004, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Datuk Dr
Jamaluddin Jarjis in a parliamentary reply stated that the scheme attracted 94 scientists (24 Malaysians) in pharmacology, medicine, semi-conductor technology and engineering from abroad between 1995 and 2000. At the time of his reply, only one was remaining in Malaysia.

Racial Quota

The government introduced racial quota in Malaysia education system. The government gives more chance for Malays to get into public universities (IPTA), narrowing the chance of other races to get into it. Years ago there was a case where more than 100 of non-Malay top students who achieved well in STPM were rejected from certain public universities. Further researches showed that the universities were accepting more Malays than other races, although there are students who have better results and qualifications who were rejected by those IPTA, making it unfair to all other non-Malay students. This is the main reason many of Malaysia's top students are now working in Singapore after pursuing their postgraduate studies in Singapore

Apr 14, 2007

Why no calls????

Waaaa!!!!! T_T
The Star didn't call me!!

Apr 12, 2007

I'm tagged :(

Okay….Since, I'm so free and bored now, I thought I would do something silly, and that is this, a stupid test about friends and stuff. Since I have so many friends..hehe…I'll divide this into 2 parts. One for SMKSSAAS and the other one for High School Klang.

Can you name 13 of your classmates in high school that u can think of right of the top of your head? Don't read the questions underneath until you write the names of all 13 people. This is a lot funnier if you actually randomly list the names first. No Cheating!!!

1. Wan Min
2. Sook May
3. Christine
4. Sui Jing
5. Renukha
6. Indrani
7. Vithiya
8. Mak
9. Adrian
10. Kok
11. Maurice
12. Aaron
13. Hanum

How did you meet 10?
Classmate since form1…. Cant really remember, but he was with mak and Geng…

What would you do if you had never met 1?
My life would be so much simpler! :P But honestly, I would be so alone if it were not for her. *wink*

What would you do if 6 and 2 date?
Na…The last I checked, they are both straight…

Have you ever seen 4 cry?
Hm…no, come to think about it…Yea, I haven't seen her cry before!

Do you think 10 is cute?
Hahahaha….erm..ya, he's adorable. He's like a brother to me. A younger one that is.

How did you get to know 8?
Through Sook May? Hehe…they were always together…now he's like a big brother of mine. 'Boss' is what I always call him.

Would you ever go on a date with number 12?
Hahahaha…Aaron? Yeah, sure, why not? He's cute although a bit vulgar, but no harm in going a date with him ;)

What's 7's Favorite color?
Erm…Vick's fav colour…..erm..blue? Haha…I've no idea…

What would you do if 5 confessed he/she loved you?
Na…although she's in our special group but she's straight too…

About 9
Who cares?

Who is 4 going out with?
Erm…a guy from her school which has the same surname as me…sorry dear, cant remember his name…

What is number 5 to you?

Is 2 single?
Yes, but that's because she chose to be single. There are so many guys after her! May, loosen up a bit!

Where does 7 live?
Sect 19, near train station

What do you think about 3?
Smart and pretty and cute and artistic and everything that is nice

What's the best thing about number 8?
Haha..big mouth? But he's a joker and that's his most valuable asset! Not to mention he's a leader!

What do you like about number 11?
Nothing…I don't like anything about him. Haha, don't hate me Maurice, just being honest here…

Favorite Memory with 1?
Haha…. During English lesson with Muthu where Ms Leong was caught eating in class but I wasn't, when in fact I was the one who started eating! I won't forget the blur look she had when Muthu called her name! :P

How you describe number 13?
Smart, crazy, fun, hip and happening!

High School Klang (Random order)

1. Victoria
2. Shiau Mei
3. Eric Gideon
4. Elaine
5. Keng Hoo
6. Sue San
7. Why Kit
8. Wei Kuo
9. Sid Guan
10. Ida
11. Shalani
12. Lai Fu
13. Jian Ming

How did you meet 10?
This siau po sat in front of me with Elaine and I tell you, she can really talk. Non-stop!! And I remember the first time I really talked to her was when I told her about some ghost stories of mine and she freaked out! hehe

What would you do if you had never met1?
If I had never met her; I would not have tasted good food – no delicious cookies and cake. And most importantly, no stupid jokes and 'band 6' antics.

What would you do if 6 and 2 date?
Hahaha…Why not? They are the best of best friends. Always see them together.

Have you ever seen 4 cry?
Yep. Seen and I even offered her tissue. But only once. She's usually cheerful and happy go lucky.

Do you think 10 is cute?
Na, she's more like childish. Haha, but seriously, she's pretty in a lot of ways

How did you get to know 8?
Interact Club, more precisely Interact Installation day in La Salle. He was the most arrogant and snobbish guy I ever knew. That was 2 years back. Now, we're good friends. Oh and he owes me bakuteh! Muahaha..now everyone knows, you cant run away, wei kuo!!

Would you ever go on a date with number 12?
Hahahaha…Yeah, of course. The sweet and funny Lai fu. Who wouldn't?

What's 7's Favorite color?

What would you do if 5 confessed he/she loved you?
I would be happy and I'd replied 'Yeah, I love you too!' Muahahaha…as if!

About 9
Again, who cares?

Who is 4 going out with?
Haha…She and David is such a clingy couple. It's just like David and Victoria Beckham!

What is number 5 to you?
Hm..L.A.M.E :P

Is 2 single?
Oh no, no way. She's practically married. But I have yet to see that lucky guy.

Where does 7 live?
Meru…. Don't know the exact address but I know where.

What do you think about 3?
Cute, Hardworking, Funny, responsible and future leader of Malaysia! He can endure hardship and he's a strong man, mentally.

What's the best thing about number 8?
A big bullshiter. Talk crap for non-stop and look so much like an uncle. Muahaha…but he's nice to hang out with...

What do you like about number 11?
Shal is such a nice friend. She'll always call u when there's a mamak or anything at all. So sweet…She will make a wonderful wife..

Favorite Memory with 1?
Not many. I just remember the cakes and cookies. Haha…frankly, no because all the time spent with her is my favorite memory!!

How you describe number 13?
Funny at times. Shy, anti-social guy, but he's a wonderful guy, only thing is that he's afraid to show his feelings. He's very loyal too. A good listener and a great guy! ;)


Apr 11, 2007

Tagged by Jian Ming.

Each player of this game starts off with ten weird things or habits or little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged must write in a blog of their own ten weird things or habits or little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you must choose six people to be tagged and list their names.

1. I hate cats. If I see any cats anywhere near my house, I will get into action. By 'action' I mean spraying them with water or scare them away…But then again, it's so easy to scare them. Once, I took my bro's toy rat and I put it in front of the cat. Guess what happened? The cat was freaked out that it ran away! Mind you, only cats, but not other animal. I love dogs, they are so cute!!

2. I daydream all the time. When I'm alone and I have nothing to do, my day-dreaming-mind springs into action. I'll be in Venice, with a handsome Italian husband and two adorable kids, shopping in some high fashion boutique. I wouldn't have a maid because I don't trust them with my handsome husband. I'll spend my time baking, cooking, shopping and playing with the kids. Ah, what a wonderful life..Haha…and this is just one of the example. Sometimes, I'll be in Germany or Melbourne or some other places. So imaginative of me right? Hehe…

3. I talk to myself. Especially in the morning. There was one time I was in the office toilet and the stupid flush couldn't work. So, when it did finally work, I got out of the toilet and started saying ' How come the stupid flush won't work? Maybe the first time I did it I wasn't using much energy etc etc' Then there was one lady from the other department heard me and she looked at me like I'm some kind of alien. Haha…Thank god she's not a big mouth lady…

4. I talk when I'm dreaming. My sister used to sleep with me some time back when we were younger and she heard me talking when I'm dreaming, a lot of times. Sometimes, she will play along and asked me questions like 'is it? Oh yes ah…Why like that?' And surprisingly I'll answer her but I'll be mumbling, so she couldn't really hear me…

5. I get really nervous when I'm with super cute guys like one of my colleague. You know, all that palm sweating, heart pumping, etc kind of stuff. It's nerve wrecking for me. Yeah, I know, I'm weak at heart. Haha…

6. Sometimes when I pick up my house calls, I'll unconsciously say 'Morning, Clipsal'.

7. I hate Japanese.

8. I despise guys who love to watch Korean sloppy drama or Japanese love series or what-so-ever kind of love drama in any freaking language. I knew a few of them who are like that and I so so so look down on them.

9. I hate staying in Shah Alam. It's so boring.

10. I want to get out of Malaysia if I have a chance.

Six people I want to tag
1. Uncle Lim Yoong Kang
2. Christy!
3. Xiang Wei
4. Sui Jing
5. Wee Hong
6. Uncle Lim YK and his friends

Apr 2, 2007

Cheng Ming

It's that time of the year again. But this year it is far worse. Usually, it will take us 1 hour to reach Nirvana Memorial Park but this time, it took us 2 and half hours. Worst jam I have ever seen. So many people and worse still, the road was only one-lane. If any car broke down, we will all get stuck there for longer hours. Because of the long ride, naturally, the first thing we did once we got out there was to find a toilet.
Goodness sake, the toilet was packed all the way up to the door! I had to wait for 30 minutes just to get in and pee. I can't imagine how those Ah Ma can tahan for so long. There were people everywhere; my dad said it was worse than Pasar Pagi.

The weather wasn't any good either. It was raining heavily when we were in the car but as we reached there, it stopped and the sun came shining on us, which was not a bad thing. But it got unbearably hot and humid. It was so freaking hot and I regretted for not reapplying my sun block. Yea, this time I DID put on sun block but I guess because of the long ride, it was washed off by all the sweats and oil. So, yea, I am sunburned again. As usual, the praying part was fast as there wasn't much cleaning to do. The ride back home was better, although it still took us 1 and 1/2 hours to reach home.

Cheng Ming isn't that memorable anymore. When I was younger, I remember I used to have fun playing 'gardening' with my cousins and siblings. We would pluck the weeds nearby the grave and it was such a satisfaction after we finished, when we see the clean, and visible grave. Mind you, those days, it was so hard to locate a grave as it was covered by overgrown weeds and even trees. It would need the expertise of uncles' memories, not to mention huge and thick glasses. After all the cleaning and scrubbing, we would eagerly wait for the joss stick to finish off. While our parents prayed, we would be eyeing on the delicious roasted pork and fried chicken. It was such a happy scene, parents chatted happily while kids were fighting for their favourite part of the chicken.

Those were the days.