Sender : Matthew Van Huizen
Ah yes, choruses of execration now raise themselves from every roof top! How dare His Majesty’s Government take back the “right” to these poor, destitute yet brilliant students who “deserve” a free ticket to that piece of paper one calls a degree. How dare they stop the outflow of a quarter of a million, albeit inflation riddled ringgit which these deserving , gallant, crème de la crème of Malaysia desperately need , snatched from every man, woman and child. How dare they stir up tensions and cause divisions to the future of our nation. How dare they indeed!
Streams of spittle now flow ceaselessly from the hoi polloi, as they demand an explanation from the government on why the future “leaders” of our country are robbed from their god given prerogative to study in the ivory towers of Europe, and in consequence denying oh these poor students their well deserved summer holidays rowing down, you take your pick the Granta, the Seine, the Rhine, the Trent, the Tiber or the Isis.
What a load of self-serving tripe.
And how easily these proletariat masses are deceived. Do not be fooled. They are not robbed of a future. The rich among the scholars which is by far the majority of them can already afford an overseas education. What about the deserving poor then? An education spent in a public university in Malaysia whose whole degrees costs a fraction of the monthly rent of an apartment in London surely can be a perfect alternative for those scholars to complete their tertiary education. Unless of course that in their hubris they think that they do not deserve to be in a local university and that they are above the intellectual dexterity of the Malaysian academia.
And besides I am very wary of a foreign education. It is in these places that sepertine ideals are flushed down the throats of impressionable youth. After a scant three years spent abroad they, with their mephitic pretend accents and their air of intellectual superiority, return “home” to lecture us on what is the meaning of liberty and to impose on us their rotten political, social and religious ideas all and sundry. They poke fun at the conservatives and traditionalists who don’t want openly gay relationships, who don’t want the disastrous effects of globalism, who don’t want the relegation of Malay as the national language to a mere token , usurped by English, who don’t want the influx of legal reforms like the abolishment of the death penalty and the legalisation of drugs, who support the importance of Islamic values to our culture as backwater and provincial . They love to ridicule these people and throw insults and jibes at them for not being as equally educated as their good selves as they lack the “QS 100 Top Universities of the World” degrees they so lovingly hang on top of their mantles. It is they whom we think would be leading the nation into an era of stability and growth, become instead the match that sets fire to the tinderbox which will make our fair land devolve into a fracas of self-entitlement and self-hate.
I say therefore it’s a fantastic move to put a moratorium on JPA scholarships, and long may it continue.