• The Ministry of Education should immediately withdraw the restriction that SPM Forecast Results cannot be used for entry into pre-university and foundation programs in private higher education institutions

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 29th of September, 2014

    The Ministry of Education should immediately withdraw the restriction that SPM Forecast Results cannot be used for entry into pre-university and foundation programs in private higher education institutions

    Many people were shocked when it was reported yesterday that the Ministry of Education had imposed the condition that SPM forecast results would no longer be acceptable for entry into pre-university and foundation level programs in private higher education institutions or IPTS.[1] This move was met with much criticism over social media.[2] The Ministry of Education should immediately withdraw this restriction as it is tremendously unfair for the students who want to pursue their studies in private colleges and universities.

    By disallowing SPM forecast results from being used as entry into pre-university and foundation programs, the Ministry is unfairly punishing students who want to enrol in programs in private colleges and universities. A majority of such students enter pre-university and foundation programs in private colleges and universities in January using their forecast results. Many of them have plans to pursue an overseas education. The academic calendar of these pre-university and foundation programs are planned with the intake dates of overseas universities in mind.

    For example, for those wanting to pursue a degree in Australia, the Australian Matriculation program offered in Sunway College starts in January and is completed within 8 to 10 months so that these results can be used by students to apply and enter Australian universities at the start of the following year in January.[3]

    For those wanting to pursue a degree in the UK, many would take the 1 ½ year A levels program starting in January, so that they can enter into a UK university in September or October the following year.

    Forcing students to wait 3 months until the SPM results are officially released at the end of March means that students would either have to go through compressed foundation programs e.g. spending 15 months to prepare for A-level exams rather than the normal 18 months or their entry into university will be delayed by one year.

    Furthermore, what if there are leaks in the SPM papers which require resits? If the release of the SPM results are delayed because of this, our students will be unfairly punished again by not being able to start their pre-university or foundation programs as long as their SPM results are not available.

    I have not seen the circular issued by the Ministry of Education to the private colleges and universities announcing this decision. But thus far, there have been no reports which have stated the reason(s) given by the Ministry for this policy change. If there are no major problems with the quality of forecast SPM exams, which are usually harder than the actual SPM exams, why should the Ministry want to disqualify the use of these trial exam results for initial entry into private colleges and universities? As long as no valid reasons are given by the Ministry of Education, this new restriction should be immediately withdrawn.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/09/28/A-worthless-piece-of-paper-Forecast-results-no-longer-acceptable/

    [2]http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/09/29/Surprise-move-sends-shock-waves-over-social-media/ and http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/09/28/reschedule-spm-exams-to-solve-problem-say-netizens/

    [3] https://onlineapplication.sunway.edu.my/index.php?m=link&c=entry_requirement&academic_type=1

  • 请问城市和谐,房屋及地方政府部长阿都拉曼达兰会否被揭是满口谎言的骗子,还是真的会履行自己曾在国会所作出的承诺,即公布甲洞帕林京园焚化炉计划的招标文件?

    (2014年9月24日)民主行动党沙登区国会议员王建民博士的媒体新闻声明

    请问城市和谐,房屋及地方政府部长阿都拉曼达兰会否被揭是满口谎言的骗子,还是真的会履行自己曾在国会所作出的承诺,即公布甲洞帕林京园焚化炉计划的招标文件?

    根据英文报纸The Edge于9月22日的报道,共有四家公司已经成功入围甲洞帕林京园焚化炉的最后招标名单,分别是马友乃德(UEM)环境私人有限公司,多元重工业(DRB-Hicom Bhd)马来西亚资源集团(MRCB)和商业高峰集团(Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd)。[1]城市和谐,房房和地方政府部长还指出,招标结果预计将会在2015年6月的环境影响评估(DEIA)才被揭晓。

    市场上不断有流传以私人融资计划(PFI)来兴建的焚化炉的潜在成本。为了让尤其是吉隆坡纳税人的公众可以更适当地评估该焚化炉的财务和所带来的环境影响,所有涉及的招标文件有必要尽早对外公开。

    公开招标文件的动作是极为重要的,以便我们在未来不会重蹈特许经营协议的覆辙,例如第一代的独立发电力厂(IPPs)和某些大道过路费的合约就导致了老百姓的血汗钱被压榨来换取该特许经营的公司不合理利润。

    公开招标文件应包含以下重要资料:

    (i)             是否存在保证提供每天1000吨的垃圾量和因无法达标而所需付给特许经营公司的补贴费

    (ii)           处理在焚化过程中产生高度有害煤渣和炉底渣的费用

    (iii)          调整(垃圾)倾倒费的协议

    (iv)          运送到垃圾焚化炉的都市固体废料(MSW)含量,例如垃圾是否会预先进行分类

    在7月15日的媒体声明中,我曾要求部长履行在2013年11月26日于2014年财政预算案辩论期间所答应会公开投标文件的承诺。[2]

    然而现在,随着共有四家公司已经入围投标名单,因此要求部长履行了自己在国会中答应公开这些投标文件的承诺已显得刻不容缓。若非如此,部长的违诺便让自己成为不折不扣的骗子了。

    沙登区国会议员王建民博士

    [1] http://www.theedgeproperty.com/news-a-views/13060-four-firms-in-kepong-incinerator-shortlist.html

    [2] http://ongkianming.com/2014/07/15/press-statement-minister-of-urban-well-being-housing-and-local-government-datuk-abdul-rahman-dahlan-should-fulfil-his-promise-made-in-parliament-to-disclose-the-full-tender-documents-for-the-proposed/

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