Year after year, we read that many top scorers failed to receive the PSD scholarships from the Malaysian Government.
Of course, these were top scorers but I hope people keep in mind that meritocracy is not everything.
I have been through a lot of dealings with the Public Service Department. Over the years, I have dealt a lot and frequently communicated with JPA officers and education attaches.
In my honest opinion, academic results will only qualify us for an interview.
It is how we perform during the interview and what additional bargaining chip we have in terms of presentation, the way we carry ourselves, our professionalism, and of course our achievements in extra curricular activities.
It is like getting a First Class Honours and going for a job interview.
It doesnt mean that a First Class Honours from Oxford will get the job as compared to another person with First Class Honours from perhaps Nanyang University of Singapore.
Other X-factors come into the picture and at the end of the day, I wont be surprise if a Monash University graduate or a NUS graduate beat an Oxford kid.
If we go for a job interview, and there is another applicant who happened to be our coursemate and had better results than us, will you be surprised that we might get the job in the end and not him ?
I am sure many of you who are Executives, job seekers, and HR managers know what I mean.
We all know that meritocracy does not guarantee a person to get something in life.
Selection and proper filters must be in place because we have more and more students getting 9 A1s and above.
No Government can give scholarship to every student with excellent results based on budget constraints.
As usual, most of the students rejected are applicants of medical studies. Getting straight A1s do not guarantee that the person a place in medical schools.
One solution to this that will be seen as fair is to have the Malaysian Medical Association step in and perform the interview for medical scholarship applicants.
Many other factors must also be considered such as family income of the applicant, co-curricular activities participation and of course the performance during the interview.
When I was in an interview with JPA for the undergraduate scholarship a few years ago, a few of them in my group had better results than me by count of grade A.
Sadly, during the interview, these so-called top students did not show that they are quality material.
Some were not able to converse properly in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language of our country. Many stammer when speaking and could not even structure their sentences properly during presentation of opinions.
Awarding scholarships alone is one thing that will never solve brain drain. Strict enforcement of PSD contracts must be in place also.
There are many scholars who received scholarships and later default from their contract.
Many were critical about working for the public sector and already planned to stay away from public service before completion of studies. Some even considered paying off their contracts to be free from the bond and work overseas.
The JPA scholarship has all the while been controversial but nevertheless, the people must also understand what happens after that too.
I strongly urge Tan Sri Ismail Adam to improve the enforcement of the contracts and review the selection criteria so that controversies like this do
It irritates me to know that scholarships are demanded by many so-called top scorers but these people are not repaying the kindness of our taxpayers by serving in our country.not surface anymore.
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