Will Malaysia ever surpass Singapore?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 12, 2020 05:07 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 12, 2020 05:07 AM

Not in my lifetime.

Singapore is governed based on meritocracy. Meanwhile, Malaysia is governed based on racial preference.

Ha ha, even as a Malay myself, I find this mode of government very disturbing and would not move the nation forward.

In order for a nation to advance forward, the utmost important thing to give attention to is human development.

Let’s take Israel as an example. As a small jewish nation, surrounded by a large arab population, they managed to prosper with such limited natural resources. They give the most attention to their people’s education.

And now, let’s take a look at Singapore, compare it to Malaysia. Just take a look at education.

Nanyang Technology University of Singapore currently has 30k students while the biggest Malaysian university is UITM, currently with 168k students. That is 5 times more than NTU.

UITM wins in terms of student population, but…

Global ranking?

NTU currently is at 12th spot while UITM is at 1+++th place.

The Malaysian government ever proposed the idea to open UITM to non bumis for the sake of competition, this idea landed the government in hot soup with the bumiputras.

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