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Tuesday June 1, 2010

MCA to discuss bursaries

MUAR: MCA leaders will be meeting with Public Services Department director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam on Wednesday to discuss scholarship applications by SPM high scorers.

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek will attend the meeting with Deputy Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, also the party Youth chief.

“We have 755 students who scored nine As and 73 who scored A-Plus.

“We want to go through the list with Ismail to discuss who are the deserving ones,” he said before attending a dinner at SM Chung Hwa here yesterday.

At the same time, there were also 338 students who are children of public servants and had excelled in the examinations.

On another matter, Dr Chua said the party regretted the outcome of the Bumiputra Economic Congress which rejected the Government’s New Economic Model (NEM).

Dr Chua said Malaysians should realise that for 25 years after independence, the nation enjoyed an average of 7% economic growth.

He added that Malaysia was regarded as a model developing nation until 1992 when it became a middle-income economic nation.

Since then Malaysia was stuck in the middle-income gap as the nation was unable to move up the value chain and unable to achieve value-added growth in all sectors.

One reason was because components in all sectors failed to upgrade on technology and human resources. At the same time, Malaysia also faced a severe brain drain.

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