Monday, December 28, 2009

Why aren't they recognised?

It is very disturbing to note that whenever Malaysians, non-Malays that is, made the news, or received international acclaim, the UMNO government has a tendency of turning a blind eye in recognising the achievements of these Malaysians. Is it because they are non-Malays? These are the people who have put Malaysia on the world map for the right reason and made us proud. Certainly not some unworthy happenings like the murder of a Mongolian citizen, missing aircraft engines, FOREX loss, the PKFZ scandal, the cow head incident, committing sacrilege in a Catholic church and conducting coups of another state [just to name a few] which have made us t he world laughing stock instead. The silence from the government in not recognising the achievement of the non-Malays is most deafening. This is what meritocracy is all about. Competing among the best. Not the version expounded by UMNO. It is no mere wonder that such Malaysian achievers decided to stay abroad where their efforts continued to receive recognition. The brain drain has started years ago and now only, UMNO is showing concern. I believe it is too little too late to salvage the situation. These are the Malaysians that don't need land, prize money or titles as rewards. All they wanted was support and recognition (which cost very little) and yet UMNO could not afford these.

There have been cases of many achievements by non-Malays Malaysians but two stood out in recent times.

On March 12 2009, this is a prestigious award presented to our Ambiga Sreenevasan of the Malaysian BAR Council. The ceremony was held at the State Department in Washington DC in the presence of the Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton and the wife of the President, Michelle Obama. The question is, other than a small press release in The Sun, hidden somewhere in the inner pages, no other msm reported this event. The question is why? Oh, by the way, where is Sharizat. Did she say anything to commemorate this event since she is in charge of women affairs of the nation?


By now, we all know that the founder of single chip USB flash pen drive( USB is universal serial bus) is from Malaysia.

He is a Malaysian Chinese from a small village in Sekinchan, and educated in an independent Chinese school, which is not the main stream education system in his country. He was a graduate with Master degree in electrical and control engineering, from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, a degree may not recognized by his country. The market reported that he designed the world first single chip USB flash pen-drive.

He is KS Pua (Pua Kian Seng ), the youngest CEO of Taiex darling stock, Phison Electronic, at 33 years old. Phison means 5 persons who found the company, which included two other Malaysians,
Aw Yong Chee Kong and KS Pua, both former students of Pin Hwa High School,Klang).

His biodata:
Birth date: 1974 in Sekinchan,Malaysia
Primary School:
(1981 ~ 1986)
Secondary School: (1987 ~ 1992)
Tertiary education:
Bachelor of NCTU, Taiwan (1993 ~ 1997), Master of Electrical & Control Engineering, NCTU, Taiwan (1998-1999)

Awards received:

  • ”The President Award of National Management Excellence Award 2006”
  • “Outstanding Young Manager Award” of HsinChu, Taiwan, 2005
  • “Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award” of TAIWAN BUSINESS AWARDS, 2005
He has changed the world in data storage...he is the technology idol that Taiwan has produced for Malaysia. If he is still in Malaysia, the world may be still using floppy disk.

Taiwan education give him the opportunity, just like what his father said to him, when he was 9 years old. "People are not unlucky in their entire lives.if you work hard you will naturally be rewarded". Is it possible if he was not given the opportunity in education? Taiwan's liberal education has produced many successful people for Malaysian Chinese education students, but yet their degrees are not recognized by their own country (except recently dental and medical degrees have been accorded recognition). The justification was not clear, their standard (Taiwan universities rank among top in the global list), their language (Japanese and Korean universities, and western foreign language universities are recognized e.g. France, Germany, Russia).

This is global era, if you don't provide the reward after their hard work (many going to Taiwan with their own finance, some borrowed monies), they will stay in Taiwan. With our discriminating education recognization system, the country lost the talents. The consequence : Malaysia's loss, Taiwan's gain.

If our education is as good as claimed by UMNO, how come it has not generated world beaters?

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