by Singa Terhormat
There are 3 aspects of life that are of utmost importance to every individual. These 3 are personal security, health and education. Other matters, whilst they may also be of importance, pale in comparison.
How does the situation of these 3 matters rank in Malaysia?
Personal security is a matter much-talked about these days. Corpses are found in drains, bushes and such areas on a fairly regular basis. People do not feel safe walking down streets anymore as reports of snatch thefts abound. Then there are numerous accounts of house break- ins and armed robbery. Heck! even filling-in petrol at petrol stations are no longer as safe as before.
Residents have resorted to engaging private security firms to man their residential areas and installing burglar alarms and CCTVs, but even these have not prevented the escalating crime rate.
The police are often in denial mode and claim, despite the ever-increasing incidence of crime, that everything is under control. People meanwhile live in fear.
Our educational standards meanwhile are on the decline. Each time a global survey is carried out amongst nations on the educational standards of each nation, our ranking is embarassing.
Many of our Universities are merely ‘Universities’ in name. The graduates produced are by far and large mediocre and quite unsuited for the job market. Gerrymandering in the marking of examination scripts and the absence of meritocracy in the awarding of places in higher institutions of learning have all contributed to the current situation. Having lost faith in Government-schools and institutions, many resort to sending their children to privately-run schools and colleges, even at exorbitant rates. Being commercially-driven, many of these private schools and institutions have doubtful standards, but even then they enjoy a higher degree of trust amongst the people.
Government education-leaders meanwhile, like the police, are in denial mode.
What of the medical services available? Recently the President of the Malaysian Medical Association, Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan, is reported to have said:
“Medical colleges have sprouted up and the entry qualifications into these colleges are frighteningly low; only four B4 credits in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examinations are needed.”
Truly it is frightening to consider that even with declining standards and the gerrymandering in marking of examination scripts, entry qualifications for medical studies have been lowered to fill the many medical colleges set up.
Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan went on to say that there are “too many medical graduates, and too many private medical colleges; almost 40 now for a population of about 28 million”.
“It’s a well acknowledged fact that the standard of medical practice in the country is gradually waning.”
As to be expected, there has been no response from the medical authorities.
Our Government leaders meanwhile doggedly persevere in indoctrinating (or trying to) our people that all is hunky dory and that we should be grateful for their leadership and that we are the envy of many nations..
When once, in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, we were a ‘beacon of light’ to third world countries in showing the way forward, we are now not far off from being the subject matter of case management studies in how to screw up a nation and its peoples.