The Scholarship is a Lie!

The cake scholarship is a lie!

At least that is what our government seems to say. I am just thoroughly confused with the statements from Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz. One day, he says that our government gave out 2,000 scholarships last year and cut it down to 1,500 this year. Today, he says that our government gave out 2,850 scholarships last year. I am thoroughly confused.

How can 2,850 be equated to 2,000 scholarships? Even my lame engineering mind cannot fathom that.

Simple – by inflating the figures in order to justify his stand that, “If based on merit, only a few Bumiputera succeeded in getting the scholarship, thus, next year, Bumiputera students need to study harder.” Unless of course when he said that 1,500 were given this year actually meant that 2,137 scholarships were given out this year!

So, what this article basically claims is that Bumiputera students are unable to compete based on merit alone and that they needed the ethnic scholarships to back up their numbers. Okay, let me try some magical mathematics to see what happens if we take out the ethnic based scholarships.

If we took out 900 (557+343) ethnic based scholarships, we would be left with 1950 scholarships (now, that’s closer to the 2,000 scholarships quoted earlier) given out based on non-ethnic criteria such as merit and social background. Of this, 1050 (150+841+59) were given to Bumiputera while and the balance were given to non-Bumiputera. This means that 54% of the scholarships were given out to Bumiputeras, even without any ethnic criteria!

This is an excellent number! It proves that things can work fine even without the ethnic based criteria.

I would also like to point out the the needs-based scholarships are further evidence that the poor and marginalised are found in every race. From the statistics given there were 991 (150+841) poor and deserving Bumiputera and 675 poor and deserving non-Bumiputera, which is about 60% and 40% respectively.

This is another excellent number! It proves that poor and deserving people come from all ethnic backgrounds equally. Magic!

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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