Wednesday, May 21, 2008

My Question Amended Again

I'm very miffed.

It looks like I need to review all my questions which has been submitted to the Parliament in advance to ensure that they remain the questions which I have asked the respective ministers to answer. My earlier question to the Minister of Home Affairs was "amended" such that the key answers requested weren't given.

Today, my question 'scheduled' to be answered at No. 64 was again 'amended', more seriously time such that I didn't at all obtain a satisfactory answer the Minister of Higher Education.

Here's my original question:
Tony Pua meminta Menteri Pengajian Tinggi menjelaskan dengan teliti cara pelajar-pelajar STPM dan matrikulasi

a. Berlayak meneruskan pengajian di universiti awam
b. Diperuntukkan ke universiti-universiti dan kursus-kursus yang tertentu

Apakah kriteria yang digunakan selain daripada pencapaian akademik mereka?
And here's the version which the Ministry responded to:
[Tony Pua] minta Menteri Pengajian Tinggi menyatakan:-

(a) kriteria pelajar STPM dan Matrikulasi yang layak meneruskan pengajian di universiti awam; dan

(b) kuota universiti-universiti dan kursus tertentu bagi pelajar tersebut.
There are some key difference in the above amendments, which went beyond just "grammatical" corrections.
  1. "Dengan teliti" was left out

  2. The intended question in (b) to request the Minister to clarify exactly how students are allocated to the respective universities and specific courses went completely missing.

  3. I never mentioned or asked about "kuota"! How did that get into my question!
As a result, I got a reply that essentially a regurgitation of what we have heard before which didn't provide any useful information.
Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, kriteria pemilihan bagi kemasukan ke universiti awam bagi pelajar lepasan STPM dan Matrikulasi adalah berdasarkan susunan merit, pilihan program pengajian, pilihan IPTA dan bilangan tempat yang disediakan bagi program pengajian berkaitan dengan berasaskan prinsip meritokrasi. Pemohon juga perlu memenuhi syarat am dan syarat khas program yang dipohon seperti yang telah ditetapkan oleh universiti.

Kejayaan calon untuk dipilih ke program pengajian yang dipohon adalah bergantung kepada kriteria yang disebutkan. Pemohon yang mempunyai merit yang rendah tetapi memilih program yang kompetitif, berkemungkinan sukar untuk mendapat tawaran ke IPTA.

Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (KPT) sentiasa menyebarkan maklumat berkaitan kriteria pemilihan kemasukan ke IPTA. Guru Bimbingan dan Kaunseling / Kolej Matrikulasi dimaklumankan tentang kaedah penyediaan merit semasa Program Pendidikan KPT Bersama Rakyat di seluruh negara. Kementerian bersikap terbuka, telus dan adil dalam pemilihan pelajar ke IPTA bagi memastikan pelajar yang berkelayakan tidak diabaikan.

(b) Kursus-kursus yang ditawarkan di semua IPTA adalah terbuka kepada semua pelajar yang layak. Pelajar perlu merujuk kepada dasar dan syarat-syarat kemasukkan yang telah ditetapkan.
I'm not sure if you are satisfied with the above answer, I certainly wasn't.

Which unfortunately means that I have to ask this question again for the next sitting. Possibly I could ask about the lowest scores achieved in getting accepted into the specific course within a specific university.

Your advice will be most welcome in how I can rephrase the question such that there is no way the Minister can get away with such a general and meaningless response.
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