The current selection of Public Service Department (PSD) is based on four criteria - merit (20%), race preferences (60%), Sabah and Sarawak citizens (10%) and students from underprivileged groups (10%). In addition to that, students with poor academic results but excellent in their co-curriculum activities will also have good chance to secure the scholarship.

Thus, only in Malaysia, if you are a smart Chinese student, your chance to get that scholarship is only 20% (based on merit). A whopping 60% quota is allocated for the Malays regardless if their result is excellent or not. Another obvious loop hole is that PSD will make sure 60% quota are given to the Malays even if all 60% are below average. I don't mind if all the 60% quota is given to smart Malays students but that is not the case. Fulfilling the quota just for the sake of quota is thus depriving other smarter MALAYSIAN.

Picture: Most scholarship wasted on Mawas standard students.

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From the Star

PSD scholarship review

PUTRAJAYA: The Government will review the selection criteria for Public Services Department scholarships, said MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

He said a meeting would be held among Barisan Nasional component party leaders, the PSD director-general and the Chief Secretary to the Government today.

They will discuss the matter and reconsider rejected cases.

“All four MCA ministers had met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to discuss the cases highlighted to us regarding the selection of PSD scholarship recipients.

“The same issue was also brought up at the Cabinet meeting. The Prime Minister has agreed to review the criteria,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

The MCA, he said, received many complaints where students considered the best in certain states were not selected for the scholarships.

“Instead, the moment they were informed about their unsuccessful bid to obtain scholarships to study overseas, the students were asked whether they would accept offers to study at local public universities or foreign universities based in Malaysia.

“This is a very serious situation where students do not get enough time to consider their decision,” he said, adding that such circumstances must be stopped.

Currently, Ong said, the selection is based on four criteria - merit (20%), race (60%), Sabah and Sarawak citizens (10%) and students from underprivileged groups (10%).

He said if meritocracy was part of the criteria, the students’ co-curriculum activities and interviews should not be included for consideration.

“Meritocracy means it should solely be the students’ results and not any other areas,” he said.

On another matter, Ong said he had briefed the Cabinet on the Port Klang Free Zone issue but nothing was discussed in detail.

Meanwhile, the Port Klang Authority would be holding an emergency board meeting at 10am today to approve the terms and conditions for the release of the audited report prepared by accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, port au-thority chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said.

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