Yep, that’s how I would describe it ……… simply confounding!

In order to deflect the World Bank’s 2011 assessment that the standard of University Malaya (or MU as it is still affectionately referred to) had seriously deteriorated, its Vice Chancellor, Ghauth Jasmon responded that the university was never really good ………. if at all, it was due to public perception!

Hey, for crying out loud ……… didn’t he know that most of the time, it is perception that determines reality?

Anyway, who’s he trying to kid?

University Malaya was an institution of world renown then in the 1950s and 1960s. It was known for its research into tropical diseases and its medical graduates held in high esteem.

Dr Mahathir was a product of this institution having graduated with a medical degree, albeit from the Singapore campus!

It is therefore ironic that the rot in University Malaya started to quicken during the Prime Ministership of Mahathir himself …….. that has now caused the World Bank to raise so many sorry red flags as a result of those dwindling standards.

Having a current student population of 27,000 as compared to the 5,000 when Ungku Aziz (the father of current Bank Negara Governor, Zeti) is no excuse for the ‘dilution’ in standards.

The obsession of the UMNO led government to meet the objectives of the 1970s New Economic Policy in a ‘single leap’ has caused so much misery in the country today. 

The race, after all, is not to the swift but to those who keep on running.

Click HERE for the article about ‘University Malaya never having been good!’


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