Admission to public universities has been a question Malaysians have been asking for decades, but it seems that nothing is being done by the authorities to address it.
In addition to the quota system, the criteria for admission to state universities are also somewhat vague. This in turn led to many eligible Malaysians seeking opportunities from abroad, and eventually migrating there.
Recently, a Twitter user, who managed to score a CGPA of 3.95 uploaded it online to share that he was not offered a seat at a local university and instead, got an offer from a UK university.
“My results. UPU vs UCAS. I don’t understand. What’s wrong with UPU? None?” the user said.
In the post is a screenshot from the University Central Unit (UPU) showing that he has not been offered any placement locally, while another shows his application at the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) offering 3 courses from 2 UK universities.
My results. UPU vs UCAS. I don’t understand what’s wrong with upu. neither one? pic.twitter.com/sBeEEnwdJY
— Firdaus Lee (@thefirdauslee) September 25, 2022
The tweet later went viral with many netizens sharing a similar experience when applying to a public university.
“I got 3.92 for my STPM but I didn’t get any offer from UPU. Confused what went wrong. But the people who got pointers lower than me actually got an offer from UPU! So unfair,” one netizen said.
“Your situation is the same as my brother. Last year my sister got offers from King’s College London and the University of Manchester. But when he applied under UPU, he got nothing,” another netizen said.
A former Monash senior I know got 4 flats in his Dip(Engineering) but never got a single offer from Top5 Gov Uni. He then got an offer from Monash+ undergraduate and is now doing his Masters in Materials Engineering at Princeton, an Ivy League. Overqualified for Malaysian league I guess
— Bro/Bruh (@looisvuitton) September 25, 2022
Meanwhile, some netizens are asking the authorities to explain the unfair algorithm used in approving this app.
“Make the UPU algorithm transparent. I have so many questions about their current algorithm in this infographic,” one netizen said.
“Had 1 classmate. Failed 1 subject in F5. Got a full scholarship to study medicine in Ireland. Father works in Education. That’s one of the algorithms,” another netizen said.
Do you think there is something wrong in the UPU algorithm? Share your thoughts!