A government that cannot provide scholarship for poor bright students have no right to govern

At the press meeting in Nagas restaurant in brickfields on 1st June 2010 a number of students with more than 10 As in SPM examination came complaining that they did not get JPA scholarship nor matriculation seat in residential colleges. Their parents work as lorry drivers, taxi drivers, petty traders and menial workers. It is unfortunate that the government could not include these students for scholarship or accommodate them for matriculation seats. MP for Rasah Anthoy Loke who was present said that the number of scholarships have reduced from the previous years.

Provision of quality education is the responsibility of government and providing scholarship or matriculation seat for deserving students is nation building which a good government will happily undertake. A government that cannot provide these has no business to govern and sure to fall in the near future. It is a failure on the part of government not to help good students to study further. Education Ministry officials must think as where these students will go if there is no support to study further. Education is the only way for poor students to uplift them and their family from poverty.

Some of the parents who spoke in the meeting said that they had used their hard earned savings to educate their other children and they cannot effort anymore. Only then they turn to government support. Looks like the government has failed in the social responsibilities to provide for deserving students the help they are looking. These students may resort to seek support from neighboring countries.

Malaysia is a resource rich country blessed with oil, rich crops, industrious people and it is located in growth region. BN politicians and their cronies are squandering and abusing the resources for their own well being.

Government can subsidize toll operators, IPPs, AP permits, PKFZ, perwaja steel, Bakun project, wasteful and megaprojects. They find it difficult to provide scholarship for poor deserving students. Malaysians have paid for the poor governance and continue to pay for costly decisions taken by the BN government.

A responsible government will provide at least further education opportunities in local universities for these worthy students. They can be trained into useful human resources for nation building. How else can the government retain and employ good personals to run and manage government services.

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