Thursday, August 18, 2011

More private colleges, more foreign students, more social problems

Malaysia should be proud for being the 11th most sought after country for tertiary education among international students, and that the country now accounts for two per cent of the international student population around the world (here).

Wow! We are always striving to be among the world's best. It's a good effort.

However, we have forgotten that as host to this students, perhaps Malaysia is now among the world's most 'troubled' by them, especially those from the African nations. As at June 2011, the number of international students in Malaysia has exceeded 90,000 people and the Higher Education Ministry targets 200,000 international students by 2020.

Ok. We allow them to study here. Our private universities and colleges also offer among the best education packages as compared to other developed and developing nations.

But our government only issues licenses to this private education centers. As long as they meet all the required procedures, they will get the license to operate. And so, they put up advertisement locally and abroad to lure foreign students to enroll. They also engaged runners who reap millions of ringgit for bringing them in by arranging all necessary documents i.e student visa and accommodation.

Owners and operators of these colleges are happy enough to collect whatever fees imposed on the students. As long as they pay their monthly or annual fees, it does not matter whether they attend classes of not.

What matters most is money. The private universities and colleges need plenty of money to keep operate. Of course, they can't afford to run on losses. And so, money is everything to them.

If the students fail to attend their classes, they will not pass their examination. If they fail, they will have to repeat their subjects. And to repeat, it incurs extra charges. The colleges would be very happy to earn that 'extra income from failures'.

Some foreign students come from rich and wealthy family. Some just have the money to study and live in Malaysia for that stipulated period. In fact, some of them didn't have any intention to study but to do something else, something daring and to some extent breach our laws.

We have read news about many foreign students, especially the Africans, been involved in illegal activities namely drug, vice and gangsterism. We also have a number of them in Kamunting under the ISA.

I remember sometimes in May 2008, a group of African students were involved in gang fights in Mantin and the police had a grueling time to control them (picture).

A group of African students also attacked TV3 crew members in Taman Connaught, Cheras a few years ago when the journalists were 'spying' on their 'Little Africa' colony there.

So, how many more foreign students, notably from Africa are allowed in? Under the 6P program, does anybody know how many illegal Africans are also seeking legalisation but now allowed (as no African nations are on the list)? So, what will happen to them when our 'pemutihan' starts immediately after Hari Raya.

To the Higher Education Ministry, what have you done to monitor the private universities and colleges in ensuring that the students awarded with the 'student visa' really study and not doing anything else?

Are we that proud for being among the best?


23 comments:

Mazidul Akmal Sidik said...

I have asked around, what I found is an interesting fact.

Average of RM30,000 needed for a local student to complete his or her diploma and private colleges could charge up to RM45,000 for a foreign student to get the same paper.

It's all about money Jai.

Anonymous said...

Since the 200,000 is the KPI as set by the ministry why should it do anything to jeopardise its achievment ?
The 6P involves PATI aka illegal immigrants numbering 2,000,000 who are amongst the 5,000,000 foreigners in this country.
Foreign student have student visas therefore they are not PATI.
Inclusive engagement and tolerance
and acceptance do not side law enforcement for people who have student visas.
The home ministry has the powers under the immigration act, but they got their hands full.
The minister, well only act if the people act.
ABBA - money money money its a rich man world.
arjuna waspada
changkat lobak

white eagle said...

mr jai,

there is no monitoring whatsoever being done by the ministry of higher education on the influx of foreign students to our country. they just let them in as long as there are applications from them.

as u said, these private colleges and universities are only concern about their revenue derived from the fees but never really pay attention to what are the students real activities outside their compound.

while the ministry is happy to give approval, the home ministry will never say no to fresh student visa applications. why? its their duty to help bring in more foreign students to the country.

i am one of the many staff working for a private college and i agree with what u wrote.

we cant control the students, especially from africa. many of them came to malaysia for the sake of getting away from their homeland and enjoy their living here as their parents got the money to support them.

however, they are involved in many illegal activities, especially dby becoming drug dealers, mastering black money and cheating our people and others, and also other immoral things.

how do we address the problem now? the govt should put a limit or halt the intake of students from africa!

Anonymous said...

who should answer all this?

the minister himself!

his ministry never monitor the situation. they only want to show they are doing their job.

u-turn said...

by aspiring to be one of the best, we eventually become among the worst!

whats d point of having so mana foreign students if they cause so much problems to the locals?

samagagah said...

bagus apa!

bagi je pak itam ni masuk. nak belajar atau tak, kolej swasta yang buat duit. bila untung, kerajaan pun dapat untung di segi cukai.

biarkan diorang meratah anak gadis dan bini orang tempatan ni. biarkan mereka melacur dan buka pub afrika sesuka hati.

cadangan kepada KDN - bagi je kerakyatan kepada gagak hitam ni!

Anonymous said...

some private colleges only have not more than 200 students and we still issue out license to them?

what a shame.

wahab nelson said...

jai,

ada pelajar pempuan dari china pun jadi pelacur. siang ke kolej, malam ke sangkar maksiat.

pentas dunia said...

kementerian pengajian tinggi tak buat homework la tu.

main lulus je permohonan untuk buka kolej dan universiti swasta. sama ada diorang ada cukup pelajar atau tau, tak penting. mereka cuma nakkan nama 'universiti'pada sekolah yang dibuka.

memang kolej begini pentingkan wang daripada pencapaian pelajar. lulus atau tak, yuran mesti dilunaskan. inilah yang memberi tenaga pengajar gaji, elaun dan sebagainya.

medium said...

we always strive to be the best but we never want to calculate the risk of becoming one. its so foolish of the ministry's official to make such a statement. stupid!

bujai said...

mazidul, bro,

that's the main objective of such colleges. i have conducted a survey sometimes last year. some colleges did not even bother to jot down their students' attendance... they were only keen to issue payment receipts to them, instead of the scrolls!

tks bro

ikan todak said...

alaaaa....


ada pompuan malaysia ni suka kat negro ni sebab best agaknya.

oleh sebab itu, izinkanlah diorang masuk ramai2 lagi.

kalau dah ramai, boleh keje kat kemenmterian pengajian tinggi. jadi menteri pun boleh, apa salahnya?

Anonymous said...

blame it on two ministries - higher education and home!

sugardaddy said...

rape, black money, drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering... just name it! the nigers are good at it!

Anonymous said...

where got control one.

they only want money. i mean the private u and colleges. they dont bother if the students attend lectures of not. money is bottom line.

Anonymous said...

TOLONG PIHAK BERKUASA SEMAK SEMUA REKOD KEDATANGAN PELAJAR ASING DI NEGARA INI..

MAKLUMAT SAHIH MENYATAKAN MEREKA INI TAK DATANG KELAS PUN TETAPI REKOD KEDATANGAN DI ISI PENUH, TETAPI AKAN GAGAL DALAM PEPERIKSAAN DAN TERPAKSA MENGULANG..

TAPI YG PASTI SETIAP TAHUN PELAJAR-PELAJAR INI TIADA MASALAH MEMBAYAR YURAN BERPULUH RIBU KEPADA KOLEJ/UNIVERSITI YG TERLIBAT.

KERAJAAN PATUT SYARATKAN PELAJAR INI DI TEMPATKAN DI SATU TEMPAT UTK TUJUAAN PANTAUAN..

MALAYSIA KENA JADI SEPERTI ENGLAND DAN AMERIKA DIMANA SETIAP PELAJAR DI BUAT TAPISAN KESELAMATAN SEBELUM DIBENARKAN BELAJAR DI SINI

mad prof said...

being among the best does not mean good.

being among the worst does not mean bad.

there are always adverse and good impacts of being the best and the worst.

it depends on how we manage our standing

Anonymous said...

bila nak buat ops gagak hitam lagi?

Anonymous said...

the ministry doesnt care much as long as their officers get the kickbacks, bro!

continental said...

bagi la negro ni rogol anak bini rakyat tempatan.

bagi la depan menyamun, buat maksiat, edar dadah dan menipu secara black money.

depa mai guna visa pelajar tapi tak pi belajar. ada yang jual tali pinggang, beng kulit dan barangan dari afrika.

bila nak sedar wahai kementerian pengajian tinggi?

don kisot said...

polis pun tak berapa ambil tindakan ke atas pelajar kulit hitam ni. nak tangkap sorang pun, empat lima orang polis kita belum tentu dapat pegang dia.

rihana said...

the govt should put a limit to the entry of foreign students from africa to malaysia. they create a lot of problem, socially.

better give more space to asians.

Anonymous said...

Malaysian students studying abroad are not much better ,however the Malaysia government policy of not allowing students to work , at least to ease the bore of going from classroom to home to classroom again, is the cause of all this problem.
Give these foreign students work even if it means 20hrs a week ,juz like the other countries wt foreign students