Decay of intellectualism
The country is suffering from the stagnation and decay of intellectualism which in turn is reflected in the poor showing of Malaysian universities in the THE survey.
We see the products and symptoms of this stagnation and decay every day, as highlighted by the following short list:
Incompetence instead of professionalism in the public workplace. The ratio of civil servants to the population is among the highest in the world.
Intellectual dishonesty instead of personal integrity. A Judge for example is under public suspicion for plagiarising a judgment. The breaking down of the rule of law and the rise in corruption are other illustrations.
Fracture and cleavage in between different ethnic groups. The Malays are asserting their ‘Malayness’ at the expense of the other ethnic groups.
Religious intolerance. The leaders are determined to implement hudud law despite the constitutional objections to such a ruling.
It’s painful to add more into this list although it’s too easy to do so.
To conclude, a friend, Paul Laine, from Finland, imparted to me a saying from his country: ‘The rotting of a fish starts from the head’.
I remember this now as I see the rot in the university education producing mediocre leaders who then drag the country intellectually downhill. Thanks Paul, for your wisdom.
University ranking and intellectual honesty « Lim Kit Siang: The country is suffering from the stagnation and decay of intellectualism which in turn is reflected in the poor showing of Malaysian universities