Wednesday, December 14, 2011


The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) is opposed to the idea of regulating IT professionals as mooted in the proposed Computing Professionals Bill 2011, and labeled the Bill as counter-productive and sees it as a devious attempt to stifle creativity and innovation that are inherent to the IT industry which is constantly evolving through innovation.

Supporting IEM, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) questioned the government's competency to regulate and accredit the IT industry. Its senior executive Medecci Lineil firmly believed that this law is not needed because it denies the efficiency of the market and it should therefore be withdrawn."

"The proposed Bill will fail because the limits and scope of the law cannot be defined, for the industry changes by the minute," said Tony Pua, who worked with the IT industry before moving into politics full time.

Labis MP Chua Tee Yong, who heads MCA's Young Professionals Bureau, also made an appearance to express his party's opposition to the Bill.

One industry insider, who spoke anonymously to Malaysiakini, said the Bill, which seeks RM10 million for the board, “is an overkill for the roughly RM1 million needed” to gear up for the Seoul Accord accreditation. "It is a RM10 million solution for a RM1 million problem," the insider said. There you have it……it’s the ringgit again, yah?

Anyway no MOSTI bigwigs were around as Panel Members! Passing the buck to academicians who got crucified at the forum?

Allow me to draw a parallel on how an institution is judged by what it sets out to achieve, aka its Mission Statement. (I picked this up browsing thru and interesting debate between some Victoria Institution Old Boys):

I pick three universities: Havard, Cambridge,National University Singapore and University Kebangsaan Malaysia


‘Harvard strives to create knowledge, to open the minds of students to that knowledge, and to enable students to take best advantage of their educational opportunities. To these ends, the college encourages students to respect ideas and their free expression, and to rejoice in discovery and in critical thought; to pursue excellence in a spirit of productive cooperation; and to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions. Harvard seeks to identify and to remove restraints on students' full participation, so that individuals may explore their capabilities and interests and may develop their full intellectual and human potential.'

Note some key governing phrases, namely ‘to respect ideas and their free expression', ‘to rejoice in discovery and critical thought', and ‘to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions'.


‘The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.'

This university's core values are as follows: Freedom of thought and expression, and freedom from discrimination.


The National University of Singapore aspires to be ‘a bold and dynamic community, with a "no walls" culture and a spirit of enterprise that strives for positive influence and impact through our education, research and service'.

All three universities seem to have virtually the same vision and mission namely to make their students to think openly and even courageously.

These august institutions are aware that the human mind works best when it is free from encumbrances and pre-determined parameters, or the ‘walls' of NUS. They know that only with this complete and total freedom can the mind explore the smallest atoms and the farthest reaches of the universe.

Their approach to learning thereby is to develop and encourage original cutting edge thinking, of daring to explore, of initiative and creativity, of developing an open mind free from conservatism, conformity, prejudice, myth and dogma.Wrong visionI believe our universities are not looking into education in this time-tested way.

For this I'd highlight the vision and mission statement of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM):

Its charter says it seeks to protect the sanctity and supremacy of God, and to put theory into practice.

It also strives to promote the Malay language.

I remember reading about this some time ago. A quick check on its webpage indicates this vision is basically unchanged.

A closer examination of this vision indicates that this university does not teach its students to ‘respect ideas and their free expression, and to rejoice in discovery and in critical thought' as articulated by high achieving universities like Harvard.

Instead it stresses its students toprotect the sanctity of Islam, and to champion the rebirth or strengthening of the Malay language and culture.

Now, I have nothing against the protection of Islam or any religion. Nor do I have any aversion to the vision of nurturing the health of the Malay language and culture.Only that they are far and away from open, objective and critical thinking.

Instead, this thinking puts encumbrances and limitations to the pursuit of ‘excellence in a spirit of productive cooperation; and to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions.' They are in fact the symptoms of the closed or ethnocentric mind.

In a nutshell UKM does not go for truth, but instead for what the authorities want the truth to be. It does not go for intellectual honesty.

No analysis is encouraged, but what is encouraged is the passive acceptance of past wisdom and prejudices.

All these do not promote proper thinking, but they propagate value judgments: prejudices, doctrines and dogmas, speculations. They are discriminatory.


We must therefore shun away from being a nation of Sheep because Judge Napolitano says: A nation of sheep BREEDS a government of wolves.

So let’s


Mej. A R Ramachandran (Retired) said...

Seeing with your eyes, hearing with your ears, smelling with your nose and feeling with your fingers is different from doing all of these with your mind. Grasshopper - your mind is only as large as your thoughts can encompass. Such is the search for knowledge.If anyone cannot understand this, then we are doomed to a life of ignorance.

bruno said...

Are these big ugly creatures with the big balls belonging to the members of the NFC cow's club.

Malchindian said...

I read with pride that 30 students organised an impromptu protest at KL Sentral yesterday but 15 were arrested for refusing to disperse when the police stepped in. We have to support them somehow.
Mahasiswa, kudos to you for standing up.
Alert more for the next rally!

najib manaukau said...

Sorry to say that Malaysia should not even be allowed to compare with the countries mentioned in your posting.
They are way beyond the comprehension of the retarded morons, they should instead be compared to the varsities in Indonesia, Pakistan or those in Africa just to name a few.
The fact that yearly under the NEM (Never Enough Money) hundreds of Malay students are sent abroad to further their studies are good testimonials to their believe. These would include the big money they paid to the New Zealand government for the right to send annually 30 students of Malaysia own choice, without passing the NZ normal process of the qualification needed to be enrolled for their medical study there. Of course if that was to be the case none of the 30 students sent by Malaysia would even be qualified for the first year for their studies as medical students.
If that is not bad enough wait till you get to know the 30 Malay students or so called 'medical student' are there for four years without having to sit for their annual examinations and then at the end of the four the four years of their holidays they are then brought back to Malaysia where they are 'enrolled' as fifth year medical students in the local varsities and then automatically go on to the sixth and final year as medical students. Needless to say at the end of that period they are then passed to become doctors for practice Malaysia. Just the way what the grand son of the pariah from Kerala once said we pass doctors for them to practice in our own country and not for these doctors to work or be recognized to work in other countries as doctors.
Now you know why these 'doctors' stay on in Malaysia and practice in Malaysia and so often get litigated by the patients and their cases settled out of court ? Just go and ask the staff in the hospitals about these litigations !
Now you also know why so many rich Malays and Malaysians go abroad for their medical treatments !

Anonymous said...

'A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves in sheep's clothing'.Anonymous

flyer168 said...


Martin Luther King, Jr. said...

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good."

No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life and breeds ill will and suspicion – it is an evil government