Sunday, May 22, 2005

POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATION

Why are political parties getting into the business of education?

Why not, they say, when 'other' components of the ruling party have already set up their own shops.

My gut feeling tells me that while there will be just as much horse trading in the 'other' shops, I can't help pondering over this particular case.

Could this line of thought be an extension of the dreadful job these people are doing with the 'national' schools?

I recall some time ago, some big politikus suggested the establishment of Proton University.

In either case, who will be the lecturers, the tutors, and the administrative staff?

Who will be the deans of the departments?

It will be interesting indeed to see what type of 'products' these people come up with...

And, equally important, where are they going to get money to run these shops, to pay the staff, and to build and maintain the infrastructures?

From the ruling party 'funds' or will they suck the blood of the captive citizens at large?


Excerpts...

Umno Mulls Own University

TANAH MERAH, May 20 (Bernama) -- A memorandum on the setting up of an Umno university will be tabled at the party's education bureau meeting
soon, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh Friday.


The meeting would discuss whether the setting up of the university was necessary because Malaysia already had 17 universities, he said.

Dr Shafie, who seemed to support the idea of Umno having its own university, said it would be a symbol of the party's strength and struggle.

Speaking to reporters after opening the Tanah Merah Umno division delegates meeting here Friday, Dr Shafie said the setting up of an Umno university was important because several other Barisan Nasional component parties had their own universities.

MCA had Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman while MIC had the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) and Gerakan had established a distance-learning programme, he said.