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Published: Friday August 22, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday August 22, 2014 MYT 6:50:29 AM

Explain drop in medical seats at public universities, ministry urged

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Youth is urging the Education Ministry to explain the drop in places for medical students in public universities.

There are 418 places for medical students this year although the average was 900 seats in previous years, said MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon.

“Who is giving the clearance to slash the placement for students at medical faculties and why was it not announced?” Chong said in a press conference after chairing a MCA Youth exco meeting at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

He said MCA Youth also disagreed with the notion that Malaysia had an excess of doctors in the workforce.

“Even if we do have an excess, why are we allowing private higher learning institutions to conduct medical courses and yet we scale down places for medical courses in public universities?” he asked.

Chong added that MCA Youth disagreed with a policy that called for research universities to reduce the intake of bachelor’s degree students for a higher intake of master’s degree and PhD students in a bid to increase the universities’ ratings in the international level.

“What we need is a policy that will immediately offer scholarships to top bachelor’s degree students, those with first class honours, for them to move on to the next level,” he said.

It was reported recently that a 19-year-old top SPM scorer in George Town failed to get into the dentistry course that she wanted despite securing a 4.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average in her matriculation course.

Ooi Yan Xin, who scored 10As in her SPM, was instead offered a course to study bio-technology in Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).

She said her applications to study either dentistry or medicine at eight public universities were rejected.

Tags / Keywords: MCA Youth, Chong Sin Woon, medicine, Education Ministry

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