Article 153 talks about the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak in educational privileges given or accorded by the Federal Government, and not, everything and anything under the sun (see Article 8). It is not a constitutional licence to drum-roll one’s racial sentiment in everything they say and do in public universities.
Therefore, while we can put the issue of quotas to rest (unless and until Article 153 is amended), the MOE has a lot of work to do, in terms of implementing values.
That made me realised that my main source of anger, as mentioned above, arise out of pure hope as a lawyer who has just been in practice for 2 years. I have hoped that every lawyer who had been admitted to the Bar is really a fit and proper person to be admitted as an officer of the Court. By fit and proper, it means at the very least, that there is always an application of mind to the file they manage; that they strive to bring their best case forward without misleading the Judge(s); that they do not do all things necessary just to win, bearing in mind their first duty is as an officer of the Court, and their duty to client comes second.
This reminds me of one of the chapters I read in ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’. Rolf Dobelli talked about an irrationality called the “confirmation bias”. He called it “the mother of all misconceptions” and “the father of all fallacies”. Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek, interpret, favour, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions. In plain language, you collect information to confirm your biasness. Here, I collected information to make sure what I planned to write in my blog post is justified and supported with facts.
What sets them apart is, unlike many of us, they have extraordinary callings in life. The titles they carry are expected to be synonymous to perfection. They have on their shoulders unforgiving burdens and responsibilities. If to err is human, people certainly expect them to be God and Goddess.
So the message I have for my millennial Minister is this. You get to decide who you want to hire as your special officer. You get to decide whatever photo you want to post on your social media. People will disagree with you. They will say all the nasty things there can possibly be like they would to stigmatise millennials. But please also remember that there are just as much, if not more people out there (commonly millennials but not necessarily so) who are ready to back you up. In fact, in both instances, you had people sticking up for you even before you chose to respond the way you responded.