The Insane Optimist reflects on an annual event that does not show up in the ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ tourist calendar – the spectacle of failed university applicants with perfect or near perfect pre-U academic scores.
The collective outrage over our education system shouldn’t abate, writes Sheila Santharamohana. Let us insist on and advocate for an open forum where all students are accepted for who they are and heard as equals.
In the wee hours of dawn today, the students’ and Occupy Dataran encampment in KL was violently ambushed by a group of thugs. After the ambush, everyone sat down and victims of violence started to tell stories of what happened. Temme Lee reports.
Open your newspaper now, says Francis Loh. Is there any mention of science or of scientists in Malaysia? Why not?
There’s simply no way of overstating the important role that young people play in affecting change in society. The sooner we acknowledge this the better we will become as a country, writes Azmil Tayeb.
Aliran condemns the high-handed and uncalled-for police action at the dawn of the New Year against university students championing a cause that merits the support of all freedom-loving Malaysians.
Zaharom Nain notes that as long as the rigid feudal politically and racially-tainted civil structure remains, there is little hope of stemming the rot in higher education.
Dema Malaysia is urging UKM authorities to drop disciplinary charges on four political science students who were hauled up for observing the recent Hulu Selangor by-election campaign.
So many students these days obtain a string of A’s in public examinations. And yet, most people who were in school, say 50 years ago, can recall how difficult it was in those days to obtain an ‘A’ for any subject in the study syllabus, observes Inhindsight.
Half a dozen Aliran exco members spoke before a Parliamentary Select Committee on National Integrity chaired by Bernard Dompok. Find out what they had to say.