w.I.b:warung ikan bakar:
Harap-harap INI KALILAH !

Wednesday, June 30, 2004  

Are we ready to do away with the WHITE COAT ?

In another world, it may have look like a fashion disaster, but in reality, wearing a white coat is like making a statement, isn't it?

In some medical schools, donning the white coat comes with a ceremony - called the White Coat ceremony.

Yeah, it looks good, and the "white-ness" of it perhaps reflect the "kesucian" of the medical profession?

But maybe it's time to consider moving beyond the superficial of it? My lecturers have argued that the white coat or the lab coat is for the sake hygiene and uniformity, formality.

Hmmm... but what hygiene are we talking about if we keep wearing the same coat for weeks without washing or disinfecting? And sometimes it is so long that it is accident prone and it can also be a vector for infection. Still waiting for studies to prove this....

Perhaps the first place to start discarding the white coat is the Paediatrics ward. Many children cried when they see white-coat students or housemen approaching them. They associate the white coat with the pain of injection and blood sampling.

Anyway, I am okay with wearing a white-coat (it looks cool, yeah) but with our kind of weather and being in wards with no air-con, I am soaked almost everyday. Panas gila!

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 7:14 AM

Monday, June 28, 2004  

Hishamuddin - how's the Education portfolio doing?

A regular IkanBakar visitor, W.T. mailed me her thoughts after one week as a guru sandaran tidak terlatih:-

.. should say that it is quite a disappointment in seeing the current
condition of my current school, as in the quality of edu, the teachers
and the administration, despite it being one of the major school in
this daerah.

1) It is really rare to see a malay lady teacher being "bersemangat" - be it pregnant or not, it is
always that "tidak bermaya" face. there isn't any zest at all. and the
best part of all, despite i am considered an extra (which is another
issue), i am being told that my presence in the school is very much
appreciated cause there is never a full attendance for the teachers
(i.e. mc being taken). there is even this teacher who will definitely
has at least a mc per week. interesting isn't it?

thus, what can u expect from the students, who are in a rebelious age?
to come to school and sit in class obediently? or do u expect the
relief teachers to go in and continue teaching from the last lesson
despite not having the knowledge? or, do u want the teacher to sit
there and have a face-to face staring with the students for that whole
period? bear in mind, the relief teacher will be held responsible if
anything were to happen to the students.

2) we are having non-optionist (not trained to teach in that subject)
to teach english in most of the schools. but there will be an issue of
extra teachers, if teachers are only allocated to teach in major
subjects which they are trained for. and the headmaster will be fined
if he/she chose not to notify the local education dept if they have
extra number of teachers (disregarding subjects). thus, the students
are not having the real experts in educating them. is this fair?

3) the condition of the school. i should say that it is sad, when one
of a 3-storey block (around 10 classrooms) has no electricity for the
whole week. inefficient administration/maintenance. students got fed
up, went roaming in school and got caught by discipline teacher. u
figure out the rest.

4) children are always seen roaming in school. why? to the admin, the
are not obedient. but to me, it is the ineffecient teachers who kill
their interest. i for one, was sometimes a happy wanderer during my
school days. guilty! =)

5) disciplining students. the admin assumes that teachers are always
correct. we are having rebelious teenagers which we can't avoid
having. i have students who complained to me how ridiculous some
teachers, as in character.

i was from a semi government school, a school being controlled by PIBG
funding, and majority (damn dedicated) chinese teachers. students are
the king, back then. thus, u can imagine, it is quite a shock to see
how things are done and handled here.

i am only there for a week, thus, m not at all in the correct position
to voice out anything. but, for a week, there are already so many

the question is, how many more schools are suffering from the same
situation? and who is there to govern the teachers/admin - from
behaviour aspect, from the dedication aspect? is there a solution
after all?

what say u?

Well, I said enough.
Hishammudin, what say YOU?

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 11:55 PM

The ideal medical student at the end of the clinical course will have written his or her own textbookk - a digest of the lectures and tutorials assiduously attended and of the textbooks meticulously read.

Unfortunately, few medical students are perfect....

H.Ellis, R.Y. Caln, C.J.E Watson - Introduction, Lecture Notes on General Surgery

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 11:45 PM

Friday, June 25, 2004  

Greece 2 - France 0

It depends how shallow you are regarding the Euro. For a lot of people, with the exit of the all the superstars and the favourites like England, France and Italy (most of them appeared in the expensive Pepsi, Nike and Adidas ads), there is not much reason to follow Euro with much excitement and interest anymore.

For me, it was yet another watch-worthy match between the Greeks and the French, that revealed the simple fact that teamwork is better than flair.

And I am not lying about the score-line, a freekick in the 15th minute actually produced a goal, where the ball crossed the line but Barthez pushed it back out, and was dishonest about it. The referee did not think it was a goal. The gentle Greeks hardly protested and went in search for a more convincing goal which they did.

France showed no urgency at all. And out they go. For me, Euro 2004 is getting better and better.

Tomorrow morning - Will Holland create some Orange Magic against the more favoured Sweden?

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 7:03 PM

Thursday, June 24, 2004  

Sorry, England fans ! The Euro excitement continues minus Rooney and gang

England played a good game, much better than the over-rated Italy, Spain and Germany. But hey, we’re in Lisbon, so let the Portuguese celebrate some more before they fall to Sweden or Holland, okay?

I supported England in the group matches but when it came to last night, Portugal deserved my support in the midst of the EPL fans around my college. And the match turned out to be one of the best so far, it was worth sacrificing my sleep.

What could have been a painful and fruitless wait after the Owen goal thanks bad defending, the whole affair got pumped up 100x after Poshtiga scored. Rui Costa could have been the winner had not they given space for Lampard.

The penalty kick-off should have been avoided as it would be unfair to the keepers and those who failed. And Beckham again turned out the be scapegoat for the exit.

Ricardo who had guessed wrongly till the 6th penalty changed role from a bad gambler to the darling of the match.

It was a great game. Too bad England and Portugal meet too early.

It is okay, with the huge success of the EPL, losing this major title is no big deal for England, isn’t it? Portugal needs it more.

I am taking Greece tonight with ½ goal handicap? Anyone?

England 2 (Owen, Lampard)
Portugal 2 (Poshtiga, Costa) won penalty 6 – 5 (missed: Beckham, Costa, Vassell)

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 11:56 PM

Wednesday, June 23, 2004  

I watched Star Wars Episode II last night with Choo Wei and gang.

Corny lines but still a favourite. Especially with Yoda fighting a lightsabre duel.

Now, here comes my big question for the week:-

Padme Amidala, the mother of Leia and Luke Skywalker fell for Anakin Skywalker who is 8 years younger.

Do you think this will work out in real-life, where the girl is so much older?
Any conflict of interest and maturity?

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 11:53 PM

Sunday, June 20, 2004  

Go for it!
You can do it!
If you think you can, you can!
If you believe, it will be possible!

Words of encouragement. Perhaps, they are also the reason why we get to see so many 'perasan'ly untalentedly 'talented' people in Malaysian Idol.

Of course, some of them are just so amusing to watch, the funny styles and the way our 3 judges shoo them off. There are also some I really feel sorry for, for they do not know what they do, and their 'courageous' attempt get ridiculed for the sake of us viewers.

No wonder this Idol franchise is so hot, such a success.

And there are also those who can sing, but unfortunately the judges cannot take them because they won't go far just by being able to sing. After all, it is not merely a singing competition. They are looking for a so-called Idol. Someone that can make us spend money.

Now I know why 8TV wants to have Malaysian Idol. Even I, who used to criticise this franchise exercise, am hooked.

Now, let me get back to what I really want to say in this blog post - Unfounded confidence. How many times did we wrongly judge our abilities, and ended up making a fool of ourselves?
Most of the failed Idol contestants are examples of being falsely confident of their abilities.

Should we be more humble, and scrutinise every reason for optimism and confidence? Many people have told me I am underestimating myself, and tick me off by labelling me a 'pessimist'.

Perhaps, for this lack of confidence and raw self-belief, I am still single and available, without an amazing someone, still without much income, much foundation, etc.

But then again, this is just my form of self-defence. Protecting myself from humiliation.

What is the difference between the failed Idol contestants and Fooji? Fooji thinks he can sing too, but Fooji knows he would not be good enough to get selected. Now, that saved Fooji from wasting time and getting insulted, isn't it?

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 7:04 AM

Wednesday, June 16, 2004  

Maybe I should run for student council?

Nik Nazmi has this to say, : " Pertama sekali, isu-isu “kecil” ini penting kerana ia melibatkan kebajikan mahasiswa. Seperti pepatah Melayu yang menyebut, “Kuman di seberang laut nampak, tetapi gajah di hadapan mata tak kelihatan”. Dalam situasi hari ini apabila majoriti besar mahasiswa yang kurang berminat dengan isu-isu politik nasional atau antarabangsa, ramai di antara mereka yang tetap mengambil berat tentang hal-hal yang melanda diri mereka sendiri di kampus. Isu-isu yang pernah diperjuangkan misalnya isu faedah Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) perlu dipergiatkan lagi dalam hal-hal lain seperti keselamatan mahasiswa di kampus, kos sara diri mahasiswa, perkhidmatan yang diberikan oleh universiti, pembentukan akhlak dan sahsiah warga kampus serta hak-hak kebebasan mahasiswa."

Dr Cheah commented that the UM medical student body should do more to request a curriculum overhaul.

With the current office-holders in our student council, I have little hope.
Mom, should I stop being an arm-chair critic and run for a seat in the council?

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 1:25 AM

Sunday, June 13, 2004  

Seniors, where are you?

Dr Cheah: "In my short duration at University Malaya Medical Centre so far, I hardly see medical students in the ward on the team. Even the students who are assigned to take blood samples, do not turn up regularly. This is surprising when UMMC is supposedly a training university hospital. No medical students are in sight during most of the rounds that are done."

Or is it because the seniors have no role in the wards other than bugging patients?

Dr Cheah: "The occasional students that turn up would look lost as no team is assigned to them. Some even would approach us begging for cases to be seen. The bottomline is that University Hospital looks nothing like a teaching hospital. I only hope that University Malaya is not living based on past glories."

Read the full article from Dr Cheah.

Over here in Klang(Phase 3A- 3rd,4th year), we have no role. Sometimes, we can ask to join the Klang doctors in their rounds. If they are nice, they would teach. Other than that, we have no part in management. Clerking is from self-initiatives and for case presentation. We are not on-call, no blood-taking duties, unless you volunteer and if they allow. Some nurses are nice, some thinks you are a nuisance.

We still learn, yet we wished we would be accepted as part of the Klang Hospital team. Now, my seniors said we will be more involved in final year. Either the current batch of 5th-year is lazy or Dr Cheah is right.......

But I am afraid Dr Cheah is right when he said:- "I only hope that University Malaya is not living based on past glories."

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 6:13 AM

Mom, I think I am putting Taiping as one of my houseman choices...

I am currently having a 5-week-program in my Social&Preventive Medicine curriculum - famously called the CRP by UM students. I chose to do it in Taiping which means that I will be surveying households in the villages around the District of Larut, Matang and Selama.

This program is turning out to be great. Here's a few highlights:-

1) The food! Oh yes, after the months of lacking good food in Klang, Taiping food is heavenly, and cheap too. I have been having popiah almost everyday since I come here.

2) We visited the Gunung Semanggol Water treatment plant, a gravity-feed water pipe system in Bukit Kurau, and also a waste landfill site. Now, this is so much better than attending boring SPM lectures on environmental health and occupational health on hot afternoons in Klang.

3) The village folks are all very nice people. We endlessly get offered drinks and food in several houses that we surveyed. There was this nice gentleman Pak Kamaruddin who gave us a hearty durian feast in Bukit Kurau. These are high-quality kampung durians that I am talking about!!! And just now, Dr. Victor has brought in 3 packs of durians for our consumption today.

4) Working with other 32 people of different races and clicks is welcomed change to always sticking to people of my gang and my posting group. The Malay banglo that we are staying on is an excellent place, except for the leaking pipe.....

5) The Lake Gardens!!! I should be ashamed for being an Ipoh boy and only coming here for the 2nd time. This place is beautiful, not to mention the interesting Taiping Zoo and Bukit Larut. We visited the zoo night time. They called it the Night Safari, but not really la... Some creatures are hiding or resting. It would be fun to go in the day. The climb up Bukit Larut was tiring,(13km) but was satisfying. The Burmese Pool needed some serious cleaning up by the Taiping Town Council though.

6) The District Officer, the MOH and the health inspectors are giving us their full support. It is nice feeling welcomed.

7) We are lucky to have Dr Myint and Dr Victor Hoe as our facilitators. Enough freedom, good advice, and caring attitude.

All in all, this CRP is a good opportunity to learn SPM properly, at the same time having some cuti-cuti Malaysia along the way. Alright, I have some reports and SPSS to play with...

Signing off from Bandar Taiping. You all should come here some day.

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 5:28 AM

Friday, June 04, 2004  

For the past one week, the warung has been almostly endlessly filled with posts resulting from the the latest foolish act of the government especially the education system.

However, this warung would be quiet for at least the next 10 days as the tauke would be off to Larut Matang, Selama for a field trip. Our guest writer Pang and the tauke would be back with more write-ups on the government's nonsense and worthy criticisms.

The mainstream media would continue to wag the dog, and the government would continue to make mistakes and continue to cheat.

As students who care about the future state of Malaysia, it would be more foolish to just duduk diam than to make our criticisms heard and risk getting penalised for this actions.

I know of people who are allergic to Warung Ikan Bakar, they do not see why I should spend time writing all about these that may put me in trouble. All I need to do to make their heart jump is to mention their real name in my blog. Yeah, they are worried they may get into trouble with the authorities.

Why should we be so scared? If we care to complain about the stupid government in the bathrooms and in the bedrooms and in the mamak stalls, why not put it in black and white and publish it for everyone to read?

As young adults, we should stop being shallowly selfish about our own fortune and comfort and keep quiet when it really matters.

Speak up or end up getting more screwed.

See you guys in 10 days from now. In the meantime, please read Pang's article below.

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 11:40 AM

The tauke's guest writer Pang has more to say: Penny Wise, Pound (Very) Foolish!
By: H.C Pang, 1 June 2004

The BN government spent RM 1.5 million in the sponsoring of 2 UiTM students in their attempt to scale Mount Everest. That is not inclusive of their previous successful climbs of other mountain peaks around the world.
1.5 million ringgit is by any standard, a huge amount. Most of us could work our lives away and would still not come close to having RM 1.5 mil in our savings accounts. Still, the really sad fact here is that the money was spent on 2 healthy 22-year-olds instead on a sick child in need of funds for surgery. What an irony, the front page of NST, 1 June 2004, showcased the Everest duo, being carried high by their fellow UiTM students, while a mere 3 pages later, 2-year old Muhammad Isyraf requires a mere RM 80,000 in order to undergo a cochlear implant so as to enable him to hear, perhaps for the first time in life. A simple calculation would show that 80,000 is a measly 5.3% of the 1.5 mil spent on the Everest duo.
These reports are fast becoming a trend rather than an exception. It is testimony of how shrewd, or rather the lack of it, the current government is. In the wake of current circumstances in the country especially in healthcare, the Everest expedition, regardless of who the sponsors are, is at best a case of misplaced priorities. It is a case of “Penny Wise, Pound Foolish” – an English adage coined (no pun intended) to depict the foolishness of being thrifty in monies of small amount, but spending lavishly in amounts of huge figures.
Lest I too, be accused of penny wise, pound foolish, it must be stated that RM 1.5 mil, is again, pale and minute in comparison to other government spending. The on-going anti-smoking “Tak Nak” campaign launched under former Health Minister Chua Jui Meng is allocated RM 50 mil, most of which would be spent on advertising and publicity. Yet nothing in recent times come close to whooping RM 500 mil spent by the National Service Committee for the inaugural NS program. This figure is expected to rise even further as the final claims and expenditures are tallied at the end of the 3-phase NS program.
It seems to me that the Malaysian government is not without financial resources. It is very much more an issue of political will. The government needs to be responsible in each and every cent it spends for it is, after all the people’s money.
No member of the public will complain and object when money is spent correctly and channeled to the right areas. RM 500 mil spent in healthcare will reap immediate, tangible benefits. Sickness could be better managed and controlled, lives can be saved and the nation’s productivity increased. RM 500 mil spent in education would save a child from hunger, a young girl from the sex industry, and given time, produce educated Malaysians for the future. Indeed, much can be achieved with money. Sadly, the BN government fails to see this and instead, have chosen to spend half a billion ringgit in projects whose benefits and results are at best, questionable. They history is here to teach us of lessons learnt in the past, that we might not repeat them and thus, face the consequences. Yet, the Malaysian government has chosen to ignore the failures of past campaigns of any sort. Amongst others, does anybody still remember Kempen Makan Ikan Air Tawar? Does the name Kempen Cintailah Sungai Kita still ring a bell? Hardly so, I believe, and even if so, there are minimal, if any efforts to maintain the cleanliness of our rivers.
For any project, any endeavour, the crucial, deciding point is results. Any project with tangible results is undoubtedly a triumph. The opposite is also true. In Malaysia, there is an additional aspect to this, that is, projects with tangible results directly opposite to that of the projects’ objectives. The National Service Program scores a first in this. While claims of forged national unity and youth discipline are touted by Deputy PM Najib Tun Razak as evidence of NS’s success, these remain mere rhetoric. Talk is cheap, one must be reminded. In reality that none can deny, the NS is overshadowed by its darker side. Reports of clashes among NS trainees and sexual assault are fast becoming expected news rather than mind-boggling incidents. So much for RM 500 mil.
With such spending habits by the BN government, is it any surprise that the country, specifically healthcare, is laden with problems? When a government chooses to spend RM 500 mil in indirectly sponsoring rapes and assaults, rather than increasing the salaries of healthcare workers, is it any surprise that an average of one doctor leaves the government service per day? Should it be any surprise then, when medical lecturers leave for the greener pasture that’s private healthcare?
The BN government under Abdullah Badawi has a lot to learn when it comes to spending. Until then, do expect more “Sen Wise, Ringgit Foolish”.

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 11:37 AM

The tauke's favourite guest writer is back

“Belalang Menjadi Helang”
By: H.C Pang, 1 June 2004

UiTM students Muhamad Muqharabin and Ahmad Reduan, both 22, returned to a heroes’ welcome at the KLIA yesterday, greeted by hundreds of people among which included dignitaries like ministers and deputy ministers. I too, would like to congratulate the duo’s success in scaling the tallest mount of the world, Mount Everest.
At risk of becoming the classic spoil-sport here, we should examine some bare facts about Mount Everest. Since the first successful conquering of the mount by Edmund Hillary and Norgay Tenzing, thousands of all nationalities and shapes and sizes have attempted to scale the peak of the world. The majority of them, fortunately, were successful. Currently, no less than 1,000 people reach the summit annually. The Guiness Book of World Records has even recorded the successful ascend of a blind man back in 2001. The youngest climber ever to reach the summit is a boy no older than 10 years old. But inexorably, none can compare to the wondrous feat of the Sherpa guides notorious for enduring the whole 8,848 metres of the Everest without oxygen supply or food. The most recent record charts the successful climb of a Sherpa guide – without food or gas, all within mere 8 hours!
So admittedly, on the big picture, the “Everest Heroes” of UiTM aren’t really much to shout about. After all, are they not two young, healthy Malaysians equipped with the best of supplies, climbing gear and support team? In the light of this, a successful ascend is not only expected, but very much an obligation. Now I understand why there are Malay proverbs like “Di mana tiada helang, kata belalang akulah helang”.
Indeed, credit has to be given where credit is due, but there is a razor thin margin between rightful praises and ass-licking. In the case of the Everest duo, it is very much of the latter scenario. High achievers they may be, but Wira Negara they are definitely not. At best, they are two among the annual one thousand climbers.

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 11:35 AM

When a non-KeAdilan supporter began to sympathise with the party, perhaps we should read this letter by Ann Choo in Malaysiakini.

If you cannot properly answer the following questions that Ann posed, then Anwar Ibrahim is of course, just like any other BN politician of his time, a bullcrapping half-idiot.

1. Where was our former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim when non-Muslim soldiers appealed to him for help when they had religious problems including not being allowed to pray in their quarters

2. Where was Anwar when exceptionally outstanding non-Muslim students were left out in their pursuit of higher education?

3. Where was Anwar when the Selangor state government passed the mubaligh law targeting non-Muslim children?

4. What did Anwar do in the 20 years he was in the government? Who spearheaded the Islamisation programme? Was he not the cause of polarisation in schools with his great emphasis on Islamic values (as if the other religions had none)?

5. ‘The Malay grassroots are now acutely aware of the excesses of Umno politicians, of their material self-interests and their desperation.’ Anwar was strangely silent on this when he was the deputy prime minister. Why was he silent on the prolonging of the ISA, OSA, UUCA and Printing Presses and Publications Act which curtail the civil liberties of Malaysians?

6. Why did Anwar did not shout Reformasi earlier in his tenure as DPM, but only after dealt the SACK blow by Mahathir?

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 6:55 AM

Thursday, June 03, 2004  

Observer, a reader of Screenshots pointed this interestingly:

"This is a typical Malaysian disease. We are so status-concious and we believe that lawyers, doctors and engineers are way up there on the foodchain," chez1978 says.

How true. And how sad for the rest of us who are neither of these. Yet for the good part of the life of a doctor, until at least he is well into his thirties, on his own accord he will not be able to afford a house or apartment in Sri Hartamas or thereabouts. Or that all of that intelligence is skewed towards saving all those lives to live out in this dreary world of ours which is most often defined by vagabonds like me who try as I might cannot get a single A at SPM leave alone STPM!

How I wish that sometimes these very A level students were the ones who did stuff like Economics, Accountancy, Law, Food Technology, Social Sciences, History, Political Science, Arts, Psychology and so on. Maybe then they would be more appropriately placed to design the community that we live in or create the economic environment that we work in or the social environment that we live and work in. Are not the doctors mostly dealing with sitations that arise out of these conditions in the environment that contributes substantially to the health of the individual?

Who then is looking at these very important communal issues, if not the best brains in the country? Is not the contributions of all these people of any less important than those of doctors, lawyers, engineers and accountants. Lets not forget the guys involved in waste disposal. After all these very humble servants of socienty need only lay off work for 10 days and the accumulated waste would drown us all in Kuala Lumpur!

It is about time that social status as determined by one's vocation be dumped the way we have all dumpped our black and white TVs. There are more attributes than a man's or woman's vocation to define one's character, social standing or more importantly if he or she is human! That maid abuser could have easily been a doctor, lawyer, engineer, accountant or what ever!"

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 8:07 PM

The truth is when these students fill in their UPU forms, not many have the faintest idea of what they're getting into, or that their choices may be nullified arbitrarily. Being on the other side of the system has shown me that unfortunately it's a strange mixture of work AND luck that enables anyone to get into the faculty of choice. There needs to be knowledgeable counselors at the school level, and unis should consider roadshows to educate the general public of their educational content. - Ash.Ox, educator

ACS Ipoh, 2001: There were 12 straight As scorer. However, after the brief celebration, all of them know that applying for UPU is not easy, but full of tricks and traps if you did not play your cards right. The more options they give you, the bigger the trap is. They realised they have to consider the political reality at that time, the quota system factor, the co-curricular activities factor, and the previous cut-off points. Most of them thought hard, sweated, prayed, cried over making the choices. The bottomline is, applying for local universities was one tough critical thing to do. Even for top-scorers.

In the end, The 4 from Arts stream fitted comfortably into the course of their choice. The remaining 8 Science students however were not so 'lucky'.

There were 2 who applied for medicine got something else instead. They appealed but no one responded. In the end, they went ahead with their course. Now, they are happy, and have no complaints. (This proved that some other courses may be just as satisfying, if not better.)

The school's sole 5As scorer, KarKin, chose IT over medicine. This move, though seemed ridiculous to some shallow people, is actually an admirable one. Here we have a young man who see beyond the shallowness of the so-called prestige associated with 'critical' courses like medicine, dentistry, law.

There were also a few who got 3As 1B, they played their cards right, and got the course they wanted also. All but one, a fine young gentleman who would make a great doctor, he scored 3As 2Bs, applied UM as first choice and got punished, and he was offered geophysics in USM. He is now in Crimea State University, Ukraine reading medicine, self-sponsored.

There was also another fine young lady, who would also make a great doctor, but she only manage to score 2As. Enough to enter medicine, but perhaps, the challenge was too great that year. Offered Science in USM, she went ahead with her plans in IMU. That year, the local medical school lost at least 2 potential good medical students.

Point: This was in 2001. The grades inflation was not so bad (too many top scorers)and the quota system was still in place. They still have a benchmark to fall back on when considering their options. They also had good teachers in ACS Ipoh like Cik Shamini and Cik Noraishah who gave good realistic advice. Still, the UPU did some injustice to some of them.

What about now, 2004? There were so many top scorers(grade inflation), and the meritocracy is not really meritocracy, thus very dangerously misleading. Many schools also lack good career counsellors. What do we get? Plenty of wrong choices and rejects from UPUs.

What can we do?
1) First thing first, we sack the UPU director.
2) Bring back interviews and interviewers to critical courses like medicine. Only genuinely passionate students are taken in. Good results is secondary.
3) UPU should minimise the traps in their application process. They should also educate the candidates on the correct way to approach the university application.
4) Sack the UPU director, Dr.Hassan Said.
5) Sack the UPU pengarah, Dr. Hassan Said.
6) MOE should train more career counsellors in school. This is crucial to help students find their niche and their talents. We should move beyond the shallow options of medicine, law, engineering.

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 5:20 AM

You may call me a racist,I don't think I am. But even if I am, I am definitely not a born racist. It must be due to the success of the education system.

I am not angry about the quota system. But I am definitely not going to smile and sit back when the government sings "MERITOCRACY!", but they are not playing it on a level field. This is cheating.

Just stick back to the QUOTA system if you are not ready to play it fair. Better this way than CON the young aspiring students about the so-called bullcrapping MERITOCRACY.

If academic results is the sole criterion for medical school intake, take a look at this:-

Source:- Survey of 1st year UM medical students 2003/2008

STPM - 1.0615
Matriculation - 2.2073
Perak College - 3.3000

STPM - 1.0615
Matriculation - 1.9878
Perak College - 2.8167

STPM - 1.0615
Matriculation - 1.9024
Perak College - 2.4167

Dear MOE and UPU, you cannot expect Mr.Badawi to intervene every year. Why must this Shafie Salleh wait for Badawi for instructions? Has he got no authority or b*lls to work on it first?

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 12:19 AM

Wednesday, June 02, 2004  

The Ministry will apply to the Malaysian Medical Council to allow one lecturer to teach six students, compared to the present ratio of 1 to 4 - said Shafie Salleh, the Minister of Higher Education.

You know what this means ? - no, not that the quality of medical is being compromised (it already is.) but this shows the utter ignorance of our Minister is about the current state of the medical education in the country. (But then again, many of our BN politicians are ill-informed and never do their homework.)

Never before in my past 3 years in medical school have I seen a tutorial with one lecturer attending to 4 students, unless most the students skipped the class. Neither have I ever seen a doctor taking just 4 students for bedside teaching. I have seen one gung-ho teacher taking 30 students at one go, but never 4, not even 6. The smallest group I have ever been in is a group of 8, and that we only enjoy every alternate days. That is already luxury. Other teachings consist of a much bigger group, more than 15.

So, Mr Minister, please get your facts right before going to the papers, because you sound so silly saying that, that or you are mocking our intelligence. I say the medical deans should clarify the facts to bury the misinformation.

The medical schools, the MOH and the MOE have one year's time to change the whole process of medical school intake, and to reveal the truth about doctor-student ratio.

No use bullcrapping to the public in the Star and NST.

But then again, sigh, to the 128, are you all really sure you want to do medicine?
Are we making too much fuss out of something that may not be as PRESTIGIOUS as it seems?
Are you sure you won't look back into this whole episode after 4 years in medical school, and realised that you should have taken original UPU offer, because medicine is actually a poor man's job?

Just now, King Chong told me Badawi has announced that all the 128 will be enrolled into med school, IPTA or IPTS.

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 5:11 AM

Tuesday, June 01, 2004  

Ingat lagi....

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Jangan harap....

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 7:24 AM

Warung.fiction 05: Racial issue it is

Batang Berjuntai: Deputy PM Razark Najeeb today apologised for his lack of understanding of the whole UPU fiasco that involved more than 100 top scorers who were left disappointed for not offered the course of their choice.

Earlier on, he also commented that people should stop making this a racial issue. However, he said today after officiating the ground-breaking ceremony for new matriculation college here, "I apologise for my comments yesterday. I admit the government has been insensitive and taken racial sentiments for granted. The education system is designed, run, and improved on a mechanism that is still very much RACIST."

He said this to a silent crowd," They have the right the make this a racial issue because the UPU has dealt with this RACIALLY. Here, I call on the resignation of Dr.Hassan Said, the UPU director who has repeatedly fail to deliver a good job since the past 5 years."

Sources have speculated that Razark Najeeb sang a different song after reports that Abdollah Bad-Awee, the PM would come back to make changes that may bring good news to the 'jilted' top scorers, most of whom are STPM holders.

Warung.fictions are merely fictitious stories that reflect the tauke's fantasy of a better Malaysia. Any similarities to real life are merely coincidental.

| |fooji made noise at the warung at 5:12 AM

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