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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

What a Shame

Recently, a relative of a Vice Chancellor of University Malaya was brought into the University Malaya Medical Centre for treatment. She needed an admission and thus an intravenous line inserted. It was almost midnight and the VC insisted that the intravenous line could only be inserted by the cardiologist, who stays in Shah Alam and was not on call. What is wrong with this story?

THe Vice Chancellor obviously has no confidence in the abilities of the staff that he himself governs. This does not reflect well on his leadership qualities. It was ludicrous to ask a cardiologist to come all the way from Shah Alam in the middle of the night , just to insert an intravenous line. Come on, VC! Don't you even trust the abilities and talents of your staff? How will they think of a boss that does not even have confidence in their abilities to perform the simplest of tasks?

I find it quite perplexing. I think such individuals are not worthy of the Vice Chancelorship and should step down. Even the excuse that many are students is unacceptable. It is a teaching university and if indeed a student is assigned to insert an intravenous line, it should be a commitment to education NOT shying from it. It reflects poorly on the VC and negates his battles for education at the university.

I feel a sunse of anger with this episode of events. It takes a way any sense of belonging to an institution when its flagbearers are unappreciative, unsupportive, and possess illogical and irrational behaviours. VC, you are a shame to the university!

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Bangsa Malaysia?

Keng Yaik: Gerakan, MCA merger 'unlikely to happen'
News update by Nick Leong

KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan and MCA should strengthen ties and find new ways of cooperation instead of working towards a merger, Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said Sunday.

He said a merger between the parties was unlikely to happen unless the identities of the two parties became the "undistinguishable".

"If we can identify a common goal and attitude, and our identities can no longer be separated, we will come to a conclusion in the long term," he told reporters after opening the Federal Territory Gerakan delegates' conference at the party headquarters.

He said among the common goals that the two parties could work together was the creation of Bangsa Malaysia and Vision 2020.

I was rather intrigued with this article for 2 reasons. Firstly, Gerakan and MCA should never have had a conversation or even suggestion about the merger of these 2 parties. From the Gerakan website,

Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia, Parti Gerakan for short, has since its founding in 1968, been committed to the pursuit of a non-ethnic approach as the basis of its political struggle, be it in politics, economics, education and culture.

They went on later in the article:

This consistency and steadfastness in our party's commitment to the non-ethnic approach are premised on the belief that there is a large section of our society whose political consciousness is Malaysian, and want political representation as Malaysians.

MCA remains a party representing the Chinese community of Malaysia. By discussing a merger with MCA, they are defying their very own ideology of a "non-ethnic" approach. Keng Yaik is still open to the possibility of a merger in future and this only dilutes the struggle of the party. It will most likely leave its non-Chinese members totally disenchanted.

Secondly, he mentioned that he is fighting for a Bangsa Malaysia. Well, that will not happen so long as special priviledges remain for the majority bumiputeras. It is only wishful thinking. What are they doing to ensure their goal of a bangsa Malaysia? This goes for both MCA and Gerakan. One of MCA'a ideology is :

to strive for equal status for all races in the country

They do not appear to be making any progress since independance. If there is a change, it is a regression. Ludicrous.
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