Publish Names Of Students Awarded PSD Scholarships, Says MIC Youth
Youth chief S.A. Vigneswaran claimed there were complaints that PSD scholarships were being given to students whose parents had “connections” with politicians or who were wealthy.
“The PSD should publish the names of the students as well as the parents, so that there is transparency in the awarding of scholarships,” he said on Monday, adding that students from poor families should be given priority. (The Star)
***** One of the best suggestions to come from the MIC in decades. What a welcome change fr0m the fawning pro-Umno praises of the pre-March 8 election days.
Firstly the cash given out as scholarships comes from the people, including and especially the taxpayers. The hundreds of millions doled out as scholarships do not belong to the officers sitting pretty at the PSD or the Umno pemimpin at Putrajaya. It is our money and we have the right to demand why, how and on whom it is being spent.
Releasing the complete list of names of those who have been awarded these scholarships is the least that the butt-warming pegawai2 in PSD can do. Either they should comply with the call by MIC Youth or face the risk of a court order compelling the information be made public. The days of distributing largesse secretly to undeserving candidates, cronies and their kids and Umno supporters is pretty much over.
Many have blamed Pak Lah and arrogant Umno leaders for the BN's loss at the last elections. Another big contributor to the groundswell of hatred for the ruling party and the government is the racist, corrupt and apathetic civil servant.