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390 comment(s). Last comment by limko1 2016-02-12 17:22


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Posted by Ayoyo > 2016-01-16 00:30 | Report Abuse

I see now wrong in Mr koon publishing the letters to accentuate the deplorable state of English in our graduates. Even iron lady rafidah has said that tun Razak would turn in his grave at the state of our command of the global currency of communications

Not only their mastery of the language but also their fragile nature. Joey Yap calls the current generation as the strawberry generation. Nice on the outside but a light squeeze not only turns them soft, even the juice gets oozed out.

In my broker's office, there is a nationally sponsored graduate who returned with a degree from the US. Employed as a assistant manager, and he was asked to xerox a few copies of some documents for a meeting with the GM. However, he took an exceptionally long time and when asked why, this was his reply and I'm not joking - I wanted to compare and make sure that the photocopied documents are the same as the original. He's considered an endangered species and left alone in his own space to make the numbers quota


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Posted by Ayoyo > 2016-01-16 00:32 | Report Abuse

I see no* wrong, I mean

Posted by Alex Lim Jun Xiong > 2016-01-16 01:03 | Report Abuse

Dear Mrs Koon,
You are very generous and kind in contributing back to the society.
Hope I'm also able to do that in future.
Currently, I'm doing my PhD in USM and successfully obtain a scholarship to finance for my studies.
Besides your scholarship, I hope to learn more about investing from you, Mr Tan, Mr Ooi or Icon8888.
All of you are my idols.


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Posted by tyran > 2016-01-16 01:12 | Report Abuse

"My comment: Why would any poor student want to study medicine knowing the tuition fee alone cost between Rm 250,000 to one million Ringgit?"

Mr Koon, this comment is quite unfair. Why can't a poor student aim for an expensive course of study? Are you inferring that poor individuals should only stick to cheap courses?

I am a regular reader of your articles and do admire you for your successes in life and your willingness to share that success with others - however I do not agree with your decision to publicly publish (and borderline ridicule) emails that were likely penned with heartfelt hope.


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Posted by ccdev > 2016-01-16 05:07 | Report Abuse

I read n reread what KYY posted.

When you're poor and asking for help, you're already fighting a battle already so you don't need someone to poke fun at you in this manner. If the point was to SPREAD A MESSAGE, it could have been done with a bit of tact, something i would expect from an elder statesmen like kyy. But what message was being spread? That english in msia is bad? bad english in msia is something we already know exist, so it's nothing new. Was it to show that young people shouldn't make 'unreasonable' and foolish choices? None of that. These specially selected "Famous 5" were chosen, the way a school BULLY chooses a VICTIM. It was an insensitive act, a touch of black comedy meanness, perhaps. Although in KYY's defence, it is not nearly as bad as beating them up and stealing their lunch money. (And since KYY gives away so much $$ to charity, i forgive him for this one mean act. i'm cheap that way).

Anyway, as Malaysians, we must all learn to live in piss.


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Posted by sksam > 2016-01-16 07:28 |

Post removed.Why?


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Posted by pang72 > 2016-01-16 11:26 | Report Abuse

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Posted by pang72 > 2016-01-16 11:40 | Report Abuse

I had just read above news that similar to KYY case that the poor and the young had to be respected. They are human being. If you want to donate, please donate a good one. Do not bring rubbish to entertain them. If you want to donate, do not criticise them in public and making them as a spot light in public.


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Posted by kakatuah > 2016-01-16 19:08 | Report Abuse

Mr Koon, you do have my utmost respect in your noble deed to contribute back to the society in need especially to those who wants to better himself or herself through the field of education.
To those that are successful, I like to congratulate and to wish you all the best and to make full use of the opportunities being given to you. You are most fortunate and lucky to have this type of opportunities as compared to my time, if one wants to succeed and to have a degree, one has to work real hard for it. No such scholarship is available at that time.
I recalled I have to finance my studies by working 2 or 3 part-time jobs in the university and studied full time with a full load of 4 or 5 classes. Life was really tough but I was happy and found life meaningful with the thoughts of self achievement and planned a better life for the future. Please do not let it slip and go to waste and do try to help others when you are able and capable.
On the other hand, for those who are not successful, please do not be discouraged, disheartened and disorientated by what Mr Koon has written. Please sit back and give a deeper thought on what Mr Koon has written and seek the rationale for his writings and comments. His comments deserved some deeper thoughts and analysis. Take it positively and constructively. Just be tough and seek other alternatives to continue your journey and be successful in your undertakings. There is always a solution if one is willing to work for it. All the best.


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Posted by Icon8888 > 2016-01-16 19:12 | Report Abuse

Those not successful will not be devastated, unless uncle Koon spit on them, which he did


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Posted by smartinv > 2016-01-17 06:27 | Report Abuse

Mr & Mrs Koon have their points and views on letters written by the applicants.

Instead of sharing their letters in public/blog (although their personal detail is masked, they may be demoralised by public comments/views), suggest to reply them individually with your wise advice. Although they may not get your scholarship, they are blessed by your moral support and encouragement as they believed you are a person of Wisdom.

God Blessed you and family with wisdom and good health.


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Posted by kakatuah > 2016-01-17 07:33 | Report Abuse

Smartinv, I do fully agreed with your suggestion.
Do please write to them and advise them as well, Mr & Mrs Koon.

Posted by hikai3698 > 2016-01-17 11:11 | Report Abuse

White men are the only race in this world who are proud of their own language:English! Because they don't feel that their own language is inadequate that they need to learn the language of others. We seldom see any white men speak the language of other races with their family in the public(of this I feel ashamed if compare with them)unlike certain yellow skin Asians who speak English with their children in the public and even name western names for their children as kind of glory. They like to fawn the west,they hope immigrate to the west on the ground that the moon they see in the west is rounder than the moon of their own country. They wish to mix with the west, although the white deny to accept them because of different skin color. Korean and Japanese are another. We seldom see any Japanese or Korean name English names for their children or speak English with their children in the public as an extraordinary. These people firmly keep they dignity, never kowtow to others deserved respectful. Japanese professors or doctors who do not know English are not a big deal, for non ones ridicule at them, while in other Asian countries, even the late Confucius is ridiculed by street sweepers for not knowing English.


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Posted by silom > 2016-01-17 12:03 | Report Abuse

With all due respect Mr Koon, some of them are just victim of circumstance beyond their willful control, some of those studying abroad badly hit due to our RM, and also it is hard certainly to pin why their English not good as it could due to many factors, yet this doesn't prove they are not good


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Posted by c14820 > 2016-01-17 18:59 | Report Abuse

Looking at most of the comments, most of them do not understand the message that Mr Koon is trying to emphasize. One is just to show the bad standard of English even though the students score As. We need to work on this rather than trying to ignore this key point. Another point is the word " poor and needy " must be understood very clearly. There are many more poor and needy compared to those few cases mentioned . Do you know how many are studying locally on government loans and working part time to survive ?>


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-17 20:42 | Report Abuse

Actually who didn't laugh reading the letter above must be saint


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-17 20:45 | Report Abuse

Or they didn't understand the English


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-17 20:46 | Report Abuse

And they took very serious on the letter to figure out the messages behind it


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-17 20:47 | Report Abuse

Like a puzzle waiting to be solved


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-17 20:48 | Report Abuse

And there is rewards if it was solved
May be a map lead to a hidden treasure


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Posted by Bercham11 > 2016-01-19 14:30 | Report Abuse

I did not laugh at the letters and I am not a saint.Everyone has aspirations,hopes and dreams and looking at their letters,they have the qualities to make it in life.

Posted by hikai3698 > 2016-01-20 05:33 | Report Abuse

Certain yellow skin Asians regard English as word of ghost. Other than their own people, the tribes never before saw any other different races, and once their saw a white man, with deeper eye socket and extremely hooked nose, they were terrified, they regarded him as a ghost, and call him Gui Lau(a guy of ghost), and his speech was described as words of ghost. Not only that, asides of them self, they described all other races as ghost, thus a series of ghosts emerged: white ghost or black ghost etc...
In Asian, you speak English accepts honorable. Thus, either beggar or villain, as long as they come from the west, well speaking English, are deserved respectful when they come to Asian countries.
Most of the Asian countries had their own language as national language, and English is not a compulsory for university entry. However, due to the less round of the Asian moon, certain private universities and institutes stick to the 'requirement.' Thus under such circumstance, you have no other choice unless try to learn speak and write ghost's word, or you never can expect to look for a better job. What you can blame is you were birthed to a wrong country, where the color of its people are not as white as milk.


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Posted by Desa20201956 > 2016-01-20 07:45 | Report Abuse

KYY ( and I) certainly do not have your kinds of convoluted thinking.

Being practical is the only criteria for me. ...that is why both my children have English tuition from pre kindergarten to Standard 6 and both went to Chinese schools because the rise of China is already clear enough by the late 1990s.


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-20 22:00 | Report Abuse

Soon enough this foundation will become the most seeking scholarship because government has no money left to sponsor JPA for future student


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-20 22:02 | Report Abuse

Koon will be flood with letter from JPA qualified and high quality student who speak england better than most UTAR standard


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-20 22:04 | Report Abuse

Government couldn't afford to sponsor 700 JPA student per year because all of them wanna study medicine and it is very expensive in the other country


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-20 22:05 | Report Abuse

Koon wil be flood with 700 letter from genius all over the country


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-20 22:09 | Report Abuse

Too bad Koon only can afford 10 letter by now because all of them wanna study medicine if 700 of them wanna do it, Koon will be broke in one year


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-20 22:10 | Report Abuse

Putrajaya has suspended the Public Service Department (JPA) Scholarships for degree courses and the Education Ministry's bursary for pre-university programmes amid falling national revenue.

According to Sin Chew Daily, this was confirmed by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Wee Ka Siong who raised the issue at the cabinet meeting today following several complaints from high-achieving students.

Wee said he had asked the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to rethink and reinstate the scholarship.

"The prime minister understands that the economy is not good at the moment and the people are facing heavy burden so he has instructed the chief secretary to the government and JPA to come up with a new solution.

"I can't say for certain if there will be a change of decision but we (MCA) have tried our best to appeal the matter because we don't know how the economic situation will develop," Wee was quoted as saying by the Chinese language daily.

The suspension applies to both overseas and local scholarships and affects some 700 placements this year.

Urgent resolution

Wee urged for an urgent resolution to the matter as some university commence their intake as early as Feb 1.

He added that Najib had asked the chief secretary and JPA to submit a report to the cabinet next week with their proposal.

The Sin Chew report also pointed out that some students have questioned why the JPA scholarships were suspended, but not Mara scholarships.

However, Wee declined to respond to this claims, citing that he had not heard them personally.

Asked if the suspension of the JPA scholarships was linked to the planned budget revision on Jan 28, Wee said he did not know.

A check with JPA's website found the "bursary e-filing system" link which is used by students to apply for the scholarships, have also been removed.

Putrajaya is struggling with shrinking revenue as the Brent crude oil price has fallen to a 12-year low, settling at US$27.78 per barrel.

This is in contrast to a high of US$114.81 per barrel in 2014.

Najib has announced that the 2016 budget will be revised to adust for falling revenue and will see government expenditures optimised.


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Posted by gray > 2016-01-20 22:20 | Report Abuse

I'm assuming some of the applicants got A's in their English... How in the world did that happen?


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Posted by moneyfriend > 2016-01-23 08:24 | Report Abuse

This old man is one leg in the coffin already but yet want to humiliate those young people.

Never look down on young poor people, you will never know where they can go with all the time & potential they have.

While half dead old man like Koon is not much time left, max is 10 years if he can live until 93, making fun at young people is maybe one of their fun thing to do in life.


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Posted by Desa20201956 > 2016-01-23 10:12 | Report Abuse

16 posts by money friend. But pretty obvious who is this money friend....hahahaha
question is why? market down identity also change meh?


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Posted by moneyfriend > 2016-01-23 10:16 | Report Abuse

Desa, don't assume who am I and I am not anyone who have talked to you before. I know there are conversations among you & others like KB, Icon, whoever.

I am not interested to involve between you & others.


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Posted by moneyfriend > 2016-01-23 10:19 | Report Abuse

Though I am new here and I talk with things inside. Also, I know you are a man with your own act, by judging from the way you are talking.

Not like paperplane, he is kind of joker in i3, that one for sure.


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Posted by moneyfriend > 2016-01-23 10:22 | Report Abuse

I use this new ID because someone know my real identity in the other id, so not nice to be seen naked.


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-23 10:42 | Report Abuse

I also use new ID but anyone can redognize me instantly because the accent cannot change


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-23 10:44 | Report Abuse

If two Icon one is 8080 one is 8888
how can I know if they are same dupe?
of course they are both two different individual I can tell you


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Posted by Ryan88 > 2016-01-23 10:54 | Report Abuse

Haha. Joke of tday. I also know who is that


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-23 11:04 | Report Abuse

I read the comment and I would instantly recognize the person even if they couldn't tell its name, name is just to fortify my assumption.


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Posted by moneyfriend > 2016-01-23 11:08 | Report Abuse

That's fine to me, anyway, just continue to assume.


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-23 11:18 | Report Abuse

Judging from the reply
It is easy to assume their background.


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-24 08:14 | Report Abuse

Mara scholarship is said to be running out of fund to support all their study
koon foundation will be flooded with them too?


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-24 13:08 | Report Abuse

Our education system will soon be running out of fund
Teacher underpay now student is not getting any pay but still need to pay for study
May be after JPA scholarship and MARA scholarship, next will be education loan affected.


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Posted by Desa20201956 > 2016-01-24 13:12 | Report Abuse

PTPTN loans already reduced from roughly half of tuition fees to about 1/3.


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-24 13:15 | Report Abuse

Cancelation of scholarship is equally to 100% fund reduced


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Posted by Desa20201956 > 2016-01-24 13:21 | Report Abuse

2013 ( Form 5) batch promised to be send to Germany is still being honored. Knows of someone < Chinese>, just flew off to Germany.


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Posted by PlsGiveBonus > 2016-01-24 17:28 | Report Abuse

Koon can sponsor the scholarship to fly to Germany


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Posted by smetrader > 2016-02-07 19:51 | Report Abuse

Mr Koon, may I suggest you should just sponsor those who are really poor and could write reasonably good English.


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Posted by enning22 > 2016-02-12 17:14 | Report Abuse

don't put to much emphasis on language ability,students may not aimed to be "language word-smiths", they could be future scientists and engineers, excel in logics and mathematics,and have creative minds


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Posted by limko1 > 2016-02-12 17:22 | Report Abuse

English is important, but that's not the only important thing to consider.some people are just over the top on emphasizing its importance.

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