There is so much talk about lack of human capital, about brain loss to other countries,about becoming a high income country. The short sighted policies of the UMNO Government to deny outstanding students work in the opposite direction to these laments.It works not only to keep the Indians out of the intellectual development process of the country, but against the interests of all the peoples of this country as a whole – regardless of race.
It is not the physical resources which makes a country great. They are necessary but never sufficient.Look around in the world, what makes great countries are its people. Countries like Japan, S.Korea, Singapore have little or no natural resources, but they do extremely well and above all else because of their human resources development, and retention policies and programs. They have outstanding and appropriate policies for the continuous development of the peoples of their nations.
This attempt by UMNO to deny brilliant Indian students due places for Pre-University programs, for courses of their choice, for scholarships and for places in the easier matriculation Pre-U stream all smack of nothing more than basic racist policies, aimed at maintaining the UMNOputras in their position of privilege. The UMNOputras are playing a very shortsighetd zero sum game.
In the name of being the protectors of the majority community in the country, this UMNO regime is doing every one in this country great harm, by stunting the development of the young in the country. When we stunt the growth of a significant section of the bright students, we lose a lot more than is recognized. In countries like the US, the rule is to allow in the best students from all over the world into their post graduate programs, and then to give them employment after they graduate, and give them permanent residents status in a year or two and keep them permanently in the US. That is one of the ways by which they work at being great.
What is happening in our country is quite the opposite. True progress will not come from simplistic sloganeering. It only comes from concrete and visionary policies. It is in times like these and in situations like these where the slogans of those in power are tested for their truth. So the slogans of 1Malaysia are just that, slogans, and income for the PR firms who conceived this illusion creating campaign and for all the advertising firms that make money out of these campaigns – nothing more.
Catch them young, deny them opportunities, stunt the growth of the Indian youth in 1Malaysia and then talk about making Malaysia truly Asia , making Malaysia a high income nation, and then some more talk about attracting and retaining talent in the country – but what talent you have, you squander ……………….
Great stuff 1Malaysia.
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