Saturday, February 10, 2007

Stupidity defined

There is a limit of how much stupidity one can tolerate.

And this really tests my limit.

Yesterday the newspaper headline is hat Malaysia government finally recognizes the Chinese studies of Tsing Hua University, Beijing.

Ong Ka Ting said "Tsing Hua university ranked 20-something globally, we should recognize their chinese study". Everyone applauded.

Just a couple of quick questions.

First f all, I do not think that we, Malaysia, which has no universities that ranks in the world top-100, has any right to judge and recognize a university much superior to us. It's as stupid as saying that we finally recognize the English study of Oxford University.

Secondly, what was the reason of not recognizing their chinese study in the past 50 years since we regained independence? Can somebody explain why on earth a chinese study degree from China was not recognizable in the first place. You mean, a chinese study is better taught in Japan? Germany? France, but not China? I can only guess that the only reason is Marxism, but China has long stopped propaganda courses after 1978.

Thirdly, are you saying that you are only recognizing the chinese study of Tsing Hua university, and not any other universities in China? Are you saying, for instance, chinese study of Fu Dan university in Shang Hai is so poor that we can't recognize it?

Fourthly, why is the government cabinet deciding whether a foreign university is good or not good. Last I checked, none of you make it to the PHD, except for the chairman of Bank Negara. Can you guys do yourself a favor, don't meddle with academics. Leave it to the experts.

It's a good news that the government recognizes something that should have been recognized long ago, but this decision is not something of which the politicians can claim credits. We still look really stupid in the whole world.

And I blog about this because I know Jeff Ooi wouldn't.


Anonymous jessica said...

Good blog!!! All issues well- covered.

(Who am I to judge Steve's blog anyways?)

2/16/2007 12:27 PM  
Blogger 非舞者 said...

You are an all-around lawyer to judge Steve's blog.

2/19/2007 8:13 AM  
Blogger steve tan said...

haha, u guys have all the rights to judge me, but I'd prefer to be judged by a nice, cool, pretty lady.

2/26/2007 6:50 PM  

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