Reform the university admission system for genuine meritocracy, not sympathies and yearly short-term measures

Media Statement
by Loke Siew Fook

(Petaling Jaya, Tuesday):  DAPSY calls on the Cabinet tomorrow to seriously discuss the steps to reform the university admission system once and for all and end the unfair and flawed meritocracy system started two years ago.

The so-called meritocracy system which put the STPM and matriculation students into the same basket of selection for university placement was introduced in 2002. Right from the beginning, DAPSY has expressed our objection to the system as it is not meritolous at all for the simple reason that we cannot compare the two completely different examination systems with a same grading system.

For the past two years when the university admission results were announced, newspapers headlines has been filled with reports that top-scoring students did not get their courses of choice or many other deserving students were denied places in public universities.

While DAPSY welcomes the assurance by the Prime Minister that the plight of the 128 top scorers will be discussed at the Cabinet tomorrow, we express our concern that many other deserving students who got between 3.8 to 3.94 points are not given due attention. All those students should also be given opportunities to study the courses of their choice. 

The time has come for the government to reform the university admission system by abolishing all the different examination systems as criteria to get into public universities and instead create a common examination system for all Malaysian students regardless of race.

DAPSY reiterates that this is not a racial issue. It is solely an issue of academic equality and fairness. We wish to remind the Barisan National leaders not to turn all the criticisms against the so-called 'meritocracy system' as raising sensitive racial issue. What we want is fairness to all students who studied hard to get the best  possible results. They deserved a place in university and not sympathies from the government and treated as a case to case basis every year.


* Loke Siew Fook,  DAPSY National  Secretary and Negeri Sembilan State Assemblyman for Lobak