The Human Rights Party (HRP) has warned that it will torch a 1Malaysia logo if the government does not respond to its demand to help the Indian students who scored top marks in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination.

PM to solve woes says Dr Subra

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will resolve the controversy over the awarding of the Public Service Department (PSD) scholarship, especially the overseas programme, and the entry into matriculation programme in local universities, said MIC vice-president Dr S Subramaniam today.

The human resources minister said he raised the two issues at the weekly cabinet meeting here today, and the prime minister agreed to look into them personally.

“The prime minister has given an undertaking to resolve the matter,” he said in a statement here.

It was reported that many SPM leavers with excellent grades have complained that their applications to do the matriculation programme and to secure the PSD scholarship were rejected.

Many of them have since appealed against the decision.

Many parents of the affected students also took up the matter to the relevant government departments and to the various political parties, including MIC.

Subramaniam said he decided to bring up the two issues at the Cabinet meeting again today to find an amicable solution.

Confident of an amicable solution

The minister said he also spoke to the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on the matriculation issue where many Indian students with good grades had their applications rejected.

He said a series of discussions was also held with the Education Ministry’s secretary-general on the intake of students to do matriculation courses.

“On the PSD scholarship, I have already held several meetings with the PSD and several more round of discussions will be held in the next few days or so,” he said.

Subramaniam expressed confidence that the issues could be resolved through negotiations with the government.

“While I agree that there appears to be unhappiness and a sense of mistreatment amongst the affected students and their parents, it has to be understood that the entire process is not over yet.

“The government is still in the process of considering appeals from the students. Besides, the results for the PSD scholarship for local universities have also yet to be announced,” he said.

Subramaniam said the process to resolve the issues was being undertaken in stages: “I am confident that an amicable solution could be negotiated with the government.”

“The government is aware of the situation and is taking every step to resolve these issues. And rest assured that MIC is making every attempt to find an amicable solution to the two issues. We are closely monitoring these issues to ensure fairness to the eligible students,” he added.

It is believed that the government was responding to the recent case of Indian high achievers not being able to secure scholarships or places in tertiary institutions.

The Human Rights Party, which highlighted the issue, has threatened to organise a protest and torch the 1Malaysia logo if the government does not resolve the matter.

My expression :

Year after year, we read that many top scorers failed to receive the PSD scholarships from the Malaysian Government. So its been a annual affair......

2008 PSD schlarship - Who will Walk their talk??
JPA Scholarship - Rational Review

And of course , some kind of temporary solutions / alternatives given annually...
Now we have a new PM with 1MALAYSIA concept.......
1 minister , and 5 dept ministers...... the most government reps (malaysian indians) in history i suppose...

So..... will the government deliver some real good news, at least now.....


Goh Wei Liang said...

As a former JPA scholar, I can say that the process of obtaining the scholarship ain't rosy. The best part is enjoying life as a scholar with full allowances given and tuition fees covered. But things get thorny again after the scholarship ends and the 12 month waiting period for call up for Public Service begins. Sometimes, it never comes but they refuse to provide a release letter until the very final week/day of the 12 month waiting period which is vital for private sector employers. Oh well ... :)