The three testimonies below are copypasted from Syed Akbar Ali’s blog post today. They are personal stories shared by Tuan Syed’s readers.
I’ve taken the trouble to reproduce here ‘Comments by [OutSyed the Box] Readers about Hardship, Inherited and Self Inflicted’ because SSA does not maintain an archive.
“I am an alumni of Universiti Malaya, Tuan Syed… I came from a poor family and I had no father since I was 9… couldn’t get a bursary or loan too. Yet the authority never allocated me a place in residential college and I stayed 16 to a house with 4 bedrooms in Section 17 Petaling Jaya.
“My share of rent was RM40 per month and my mother sent me RM50… and I am expected to eat for 30 days and pay for my fees and pay for transport…
“I gave tuition from Subang to Gombak with a second-hand CB100… I survived and I got a first class honours BEc (Hons) in 1982…
“This country has been a failed state as soon as it started the NEP program… the idea was good but the abuses destroyed this country forever..
“Now I see 99% of the students suffering are Malays and I ask myself – who f*cked them up? Their own leaders f*cked them up… don’t blame others please… we suffered too…”
Friday, January 08, 2016 3:06
Helen Ang’s comment on Firestone:
The fella graduated in 1982. That would make him presently 57 years old or thereabouts. His uni days were decades ago. Why can’t he just let go?
Why still harbouring such rancour?
“Most students work to supplement their father’s scholarship. The students know the hardship the parents are undergoing, how everybody is chipping in to help. My niece cannot go to University. Her mother is working. She is working. Her sister is giving tuition. They are all saving for next year for her to enrol in a local university. Malay students expect to get everything cukup from the government! The nons have to work, work and work!!”
Thursday, January 07, 2016 11:57:00
Helen Ang’s comment on Anonymous:
Is your niece from Chinese school? Let’s say the Umno-PAS unity government abolishes SRJK(C).
All Chinese will then go to Malaysian First schools. Under this new order, all students from Malaysian First schools (irrespective of race) will “get everything cukup from the government!” in future just like you think Malays are receiving today.
Will you agree to this ‘ubah’ new arrangement?
Vincent Ang said…
“What are you Malays bitching about. The parents and students of nons have for DECADES been sacrificing meals and the simplest pleasures of life so that the non students get to go to university. If you Malays can’t handle the cost of studying in the IPTAs please stop your studies and go get a job. Give your place to the nons who for decades have had to suffer endless emotional and physical discrimination from the Ketuanans of Malaysia. Is it too much to ask for the children of MALAYSIA to have a shot at the better life? No end to the bitching Ketuanans it seems. Government help also bitch – to use broken Malaysian English.”
Thursday, January 07, 2016 10:32
Helen Ang’s comment on Vincent:
This Vincent person has been commenting in my blog too.
Vincent is such a lost soul. It is he who, like Hannah Banana, is bereft of his cultural legacy.
I have only one simple thing to say.
If DAP takes over Putrajaya after GE14, how do you think they will rule the country?