PAP MP for Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng says …
“No matter where a scholarship comes from, nationality should not factor into the decision of who receives it…Whether they are a GLC (government-linked company), the government or a private company, they all want good people to work for them,” he said. Link to the source.
He added that a scholarship should be awarded based on “meritocracy”, and should not be allocated specifically to locals or foreigners.
“If a local is as good or better than the foreigner, I think the local should get it. It shouldn’t be because I want a foreigner, therefore I will settle for (a candidate with) a lower standard… because ultimately people want good talents, so the nationality should not be an issue at all,” he added. Unquote
If scholarships are given based ONLY on MERIT let me tell you once and for all, including that smart MP who was proud to be born in the year of the dog, locally born indigenous citizens will never stand a chance! This is a sad fact of life regardless whether you accept it or not.
If you could recall didn’t our supremo senior Lee keep saying that our local born Chinese including that controversial MP scholar are the offspring of poor and dispossessed desperate landless farmers who could not make a living in the southern coastal areas of China? They had no choice but to seek a better life via emigration. In other words, our forefathers were the desperate wretched lowly inhabitants of Southern China.
Whereas, those who did well – the rich and smart mandarins and merchants didn’t want to risk their comfortable lifestyle so they stayed on. The uneducated dispossessed farmers left. Thus our forefathers came from this pool of social outcasts. Like it or not it’s a historical fact enunciated succinctly by our founding father. We didn’t inherit any of the coveted scholarly genes!
That is not all. When asked of all places in China why chose Suzhou to invest and open our first industrial park? The same founding father and architect of modern Singapore says that it is a tradition that usually those top mandarins in Beijing (seat of govt/power) would retire to the countryside in Suzhou because of its warmer weather and beautiful scenery not forgetting the beautiful maidens also. In those days, polygamy was practiced. It’s quite normal for the rich in China to take on many wives. That perpetuated their brilliant gene pool.
In other words, Suzhou gene pool – thanks to those retired top mandarins was much better. Hence, we chose that place to pump in tons of money to develop an industrial park. In the end, we got outwitted by those “ingrates!” They duplicated another similar cheaper industrial park nearby to compete with us.
The above facts support a general view that there is vast amount of talented people in China. Some like senior Lee believe its in their inherited gene pool. I would rather say its due to their huge 1,000 over million of humanity.
Let us just take China’s 1 billion population. 1% of China’s population is 10 million. 0.1% is 100 thousand. When we say scholars it means the best brains in the country or creme de la creme. Read here for story.
Imagine just China and India with a huge combined mass of humanity – they can easily harvest the best geniuses as compared to our paltry 3 million plus local citizens! That is why China, India and those big countries with huge base of humanity always excel in the Olympics games, World Cup soccer, Asian games and many other international sporting events! Even our world class paddlers originated from China. They were not born here. Tiny Red Dot won’t stand a chance in those international events at all.
Those Chinese in South-east Asia share this common ancestry elaborated earlier. Whereas, those Chinese in Taiwan are different. They are the offspring of defeated KMT from the mainland. One prominent Taiwanese referred to our unflattering forefathers. It created lots of controversy.
Now we have the latest China scholar Sun Xu in National University of Singapore calling us dogs when we paid so much for his studies here. It was not the first and will not be the last that we are reminded of our “heritage!”
To cut it short – we never had any scholar gene in us. Those scholars and real mandarins during our forefathers’ time remained in China. In whatever millions we pump in to create an elite class based on our paltry 3 over million indigenous gene pool will only result in “paraplegic scholars that are feted and chaperone around the system like crippled mandarins!” Quote from Darkness 2012.
Now coming back to that dog year MP’s statement that scholarships should be awarded based on merit only. Do Singaporeans stand a chance? As the government, it should intervene and put a cap of say 10% to 20% given to the best foreigners whereas the rest should be invested in our own citizens whom are akin to our children! The father should take care of own children and not other people’s children no matter how good they are.
If it’s a private company or enterprise wanting the best talent when awarding scholarship we can understand. Should the government follow them? There is a difference between taxpayers’ money and corporate earnings. Please do not lump them together and get confused.
My brother applied for study loan for his NUS degree programme in the mid 1980s but was rejected! Dr Tony Tan was the Education Minister then telling parliament that NO SINGAPOREANS WILL BE DEPRIVED of a place in the university if he qualified when the tuition fees were raised substantially! Really?
Mind you study loan need to be paid back to the government. It’s not free. The reason is becuz he was not an officer in NS. But then he still sacrificed two years of his life serving NS and later reservist like so many citizens protecting the country and foreigners of course.
My lorry driver father had to work like shit from 6am to 10pm to pay for his studies. I also had to forgo my further studies to join as a regular in the SPF to earn extra. If I had gone for NS, the NS allowance of $110 then was definitely not enough to survive.
During a parliamentary session this week, it was revealed that the Singapore government spends some $36 million dollars on scholarships to over two thousand students each year, or about S$174,00 per scholar. However, only 45 percent of the foreign scholars obtained Second Class Honors and above as compared to 36 percent of locals. Unquote
Honestly, if I declare my support for this government, I must be a hypocrite. The bitterness and disappointment with this government deepens and widens more than ever. Do they protect, defend and care for our children? Instead, they declare to the whole world that they want the best irrespective of nationality. Scholarship is ONLY based on merit they insist! Your place of birth is not a factor! What kind of shit logic is it? What kind of government are we having here? Why are we paying millions to this government always supporting foreigners be it scholarships or jobs? I am really at a loss!
We are all – most of the poor – born in KK hospital – citizens of Singapore. I spoke the truth. But the hard truth hurts. The government should do the right thing by declaring once for all – that whether scholarship is based ONLY on merit? What’s the use of having a government then if they are run like a private enterprise?
With wages stagnant and soaring inflation coupled with the recent education fees hike across the board, many parents will have to pay through their noses by dipping deeper into their CPF savings or working longer hours to cope!
No wonder they felt indignant with the government acting like “Santa Claus” throwing millions of hard cash to those foreign students. Thus, Sun Xu is the spark ignited by that dog year MP! It is a whole policy issue that has gone awry notwithstanding the fact that we generally agree that some scholarships need to be awarded to foreign students for all those altruistic reasons given by the government. Moderation not extremity is the key to the crux of this controversy! Really langgar!
Got it? But those retards collecting millions of salary from tax payers simply don’t understand this basic simple logic and that even my 13 year old understands! Sigh ….!