Monday, March 23, 2009
APOMM vs JPA Scholars
As a PSD scholar, I want to highlight the major issues of the PSD scholarship contract.
The first lies on the part of PSD for weak enforcement of contracts and allocation of public sector jobs. This is bad because we are spending billions of ringgit on PSD scholarships and yet we do not ensure that these quality human capital serves to improve and develop our country.
It used to be rigid when a PSD scholar will serve only under PSD. Things have changed recently when PSD scholarship contracts can be transferred to other Government agencies like the Securities Commission, Bank Negara Malaysia and public universities.
Yet, I wonder how many of these scholars will be allocated jobs in the public sector.
The second problem is on the part of the scholarship recipients. When the time comes to serve in the public sector, I see many praying and hoping that the Government will not enforce the PSD contracts and allocate jobs for them. There are some who are planning to break off the Government bond by repaying the whole sponsorship fund.
Right after the SPM examinations, there are about 13,000 applicants of the scholarship. Public funds are used to sponsor students to pursue a quality education overseas and return home to further improve or develop the Malaysian systems.
About RM400,000 is paid out for each non-medical scholarship. Most of these human capital sponsored by the Government will go down the drain because of the weak enforcement of contract by the Government.
I hope the PSD will ensure that they improve on the selection criteria and implement strict enforcement of contracts in future.
Our public funds must not be wasted at a critical moment when we are lacking in human capital as compared to Singapore, China and Britain.
GOH WEI LIANG,