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"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

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Since light travels faster than sound, some people appears bright - until you hear them speak.

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

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responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

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Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

What was it like as a non-Malay student in a Mara Junior Science College?

Tun Dr Mahathir would like us to believe that all Chinese are racists, when in fact, we are just reacting to racist policies set by BN (as in Umno) leaders. The truth hurts, but still we need to know and understand what's like to be on the receiving end of unfair racial discrimination.

As long as we still have leaders who suggested that if we are unhappy with our political system, we should migrate; and that the best way to beat competition in education is to have separate systems, then we are no where near solving our real problems. The following is an interview being forwarded in an email:

JBU interviews Justin Tan, a Malaysian based in Singapore.

JBU: What is your background (age, hometown, profession)?
Justin: I am 35 year old, originates from Kampar, Perak, currently working as a medical doctor in Singapore.

JBU: When did you emigrate from Malaysia?
Justin: I emigrated from Malaysia in October 2008.

JBU: Why did you emigrate from Malaysia?
Justin: I have a story to tell about myself. This is what happened to me that I do not want to recur to any other Malaysians, ever again.

I was born in Kampar, Perak. This is a small town that I had my early education. I had a lot of fun childhood memories in this town. I was among the top in my class since primary school and early secondary school. Due to my academic results, I was accepted in Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) in 1993. I remember there was about 13 MRSM nationwide in 1993. I was accepted to the college in Terengganu, one of the best MRSM in the country.

To those who may not know what MRSM is. MRSM is a full boarding school, managed by MARA agency, especially built to nurture elite Bumiputra students. Good Malay Students are selected into this school. MRSM has full facilities, with the best teachers, in the college to teach the group of elite students. You cannot imagine how many hundred times of allocation to one MRSM a year, paid by government, compared to the normal national school.

In 1993, I was among the few non-Bumiputras being selected into this school. During my intake, there were about 300 over Malay students, 3 Chinese and 3 Indians. I was one of the three Chinese being selected into this elite school.

I was told then that we were recruited into the school in order to create competition among students so that the Malays can do even better. I decided to go for it. Reason for my decision was with the hope that i could secure a MARA scholarship after i finish my SPM. I have 3 elder brothers and one younger sister. To me, it's a heavy financial burden to my parents to send all of us to universities. It was almost impossible for my parents to send any one of us overseas. To go overseas for my higher education, this was the only way. Malaysians know how much MARA spends a year in sending students to further their studies after graduating from Secondary Five. When i first joined MRSM in Terengganu, I was told by the school principal that I will be 'treated equally'.  I just had to work hard.

During my 2 years in this school, i worked very hard. In the school, I got to know many Malays. I could see how we live in harmony. We helped each other in our studies. We spent our weekend in town together, shopping for groceries. I felt how Malaysians should live together. In the boarding school, I do not see any barriers between us. Very often, it is the politician who divides the society by using racial sentiments. In fact, I made many new Malay friends in the boarding school. No RACIAL sentiments felt at all. We are all EQUAL in the school.

In all my 4 semesters in the school, I was the top student in all the 4 semesters. I scored the highest in the SPM Mara Preparatory Exam. This exam was more important than SPM as it was based on this result, MARA would decide which students they would sponsor to go overseas. As other students in my batch, I had asked for an application form to fill for the upcoming interview. I was denied to have the form. Reason given by the MARA Headquarter Office - I am not a Bumiputra. Despite being born here and live as a Malaysian since I was born, i was told by my own country that I was not entitled to the scholarship's application as I am a non-Bumiputra. Everyone in my school wondered why they had accepted me at the first place. My college principal, with my class teacher, were kind enough to write me a letter to the MARA headquarter to appeal so that my case can be an exception. I felt disappointed being treated this way in my own country. Despite being the top in the school, I was denied of education. This is with one reason - that I am a non-Bumiputra. Everyone in my family was disappointed as it had meant that I had "wasted" two years. I felt like I was 'used and then dumped'

Frankly, even though I did not get the scholarship in the end, I had real good memories in this school as the school made me felt that I was a Malaysian. The people in the school, who include my teachers and friends who are mostly Malays, treat me the same. After Form 5, most of my Malay friends were sent overseas, fully sponsored by MARA, for courses that I had dreamt of going for - Medicine. I had no choice but went back to Ipoh to pursue my Secondary Six.

I worked very hard for another 2 years in Ipoh. I scored 5As in STPM Exam. With this result, I secured a place in medicine in the top local University in Malaysia. I finally made it. Looking back, I have to work double hard, if not triple hard, to achieve my dream compare to my other fellow Malaysians. However, I see it as a challenge. It indeed made me stronger. After 5 years, I graduated with a medical degree in 2003. I served my country for 4 years before I decided to move to Singapore.

JBU: Any plans to head back to Malaysia ?
Justin: It depends on the change in the country. I hope that I will be able to return to Malaysia to serve my Malaysian people one day.

JBU: Do you have any message of hope for Malaysia?
Justin: It has been 5 years since I reside in Singapore. I work as a medical specialist now. Despite being in Singapore for 5 years, my heart has never changed. I still love the country - Malaysia that makes me feel that change is needed. Even all the stories about what happened to me 10 years ago, I am still a Malaysian at heart. I joined BERSIH and 428, as a medical volunteer.

No matter how the policy in the country divides us, we believe that things will change one day. We still have hope in the country.

When Singaporean asks me if I am a local, I am quite proud to tell them that - " I AM A MALAYSIAN"

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good for you,Justin...a less stronger person would have given up hope but not you, and for that I salute you!

Anonymous said...

Good for you Joshua though on Malaysia Today you would be labelled as aDAP Chinese racist. I will continue praying for Malaysia as I know there are those who wish to polarise Malaysia including on Malaysia Today by continually posting anti-Chinese and anti-Christian comments by justifying them with so called retaliation against non -existent Red Bean Army. Malaysians are not fools like some people want us to believe, they know DAP wants to attract and please the Malays, so the accusations against imaginary racist cybertroopers from DAP are bullshit! I would not even waste my time to post this comment on MT as I know what kind of response I will be getting. Remember there are those on MT who wish to see bloodshed in Malaysia, so lets pray for them. DEATH TO RACISM!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Good for you Joshua though on Malaysia Today you would be labelled as aDAP Chinese racist. I will continue praying for Malaysia as I know there are those who wish to polarise Malaysia including on Malaysia Today by continually posting anti-Chinese and anti-Christian comments by justifying them with so called retaliation against non -existent Red Bean Army. Malaysians are not fools like some people want us to believe, they know DAP wants to attract and please the Malays, so the accusations against imaginary racist cybertroopers from DAP are bullshit! I would not even waste my time to post this comment on MT as I know what kind of response I will be getting. Remember there are those on MT who wish to see bloodshed in Malaysia, so lets pray for them. DEATH TO RACISM!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The positive of the story is not only that the protagonist made it but the teachers and students were supprotive of his efforts despite the propaganda thrown at them by the Dr M minions. It shows that the political philosophy of the ruling party is the source of the malaise. Today those teachers and co students of Jason are at the forefront of the fight against this system.


MAK JUN YEEN

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Justin on your success in life! Regarding MRSM, while they do take in non-Bumi which was supposedly to be 10% (but in actual implementation, approx. 3%), they will NEVER sponsor any non-Bumi overseas no matter how genius you are. The sponsorship is from the tax payers' money contributed mainly from the Chinese; it is not even from the Zakat (which is the tax most Malays are paying). You will never see this thing happen in any country in the world except Malaysia. You see, although our leaders may be mainly Muslims, the way in which the policies are implemented are worst compared to atheist, buddhist, hindus, or christian countries. You are lucky but not many Malaysian are as lucky as you.

Anonymous said...

Justin, I share your sentiments, unlike you I wasnt a straight A student but I had the opportunity to live with my Malay friends in a boarding school in Melaka. I learnt a lot about Malay culture and until today have many Malay friends. However it is governmejt policies created by a few who divide Malaysia into what it is today. In earnest, we are like the Black people in the US in the 50s fighting for thier rights and like Mandela against Arpetheid. We must continue as Malatysians to fight for justice.