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Meritocracy

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This seems to be a common issue here in Malaysia, you can be the best student, the best worker or the one with the talent like no other. Chances are someone else who is connected or ‘prefered’ will get that spot which you deserve. I like to use the analogy of a toilet that has not been flushed for a long time. Everyone does they business and nobody wants to flush the crap out. When someone decides to try to use the flush, it doesn’t really work so it’s a hard task to clean the crap. Unless, the toilet is replaced and people are educated on how to use a flush – Story of our powerful nation

These 2 students on the image above scored a perfect 12 A+, doesn’t get any better and what did they get for their hard work .. Absolutely nothing! To add salt to the wound, others with inferior results got into a national scholarships for top scorers in SPM awarded by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. How do you explain that?

Meritocracy (merit, from Latin mereō: “earn” + -cracy, from Ancient Greek κράτος, kratos: “strength, power”) is a political philosophy that holds power should be vested in individuals according to merit.[1] Advancement in such a system is based on intellectual talent measured through examination and/or demonstrated achievement in the field where it is implemented.

It should be based on Merit, but mostly it’s not. Why? Obligation, the powers have an obligation to ‘stakeholders’ who help keep them in power is my guess. Long discussion but ill end this with a quote

Absolute power corrupts absolutely