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“Mathematics, Malaysian-style” August 14, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Economy, Malaysia, Note2Self.
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(Forwarded. Unedited.)

I find it most alarming that Malaysian schools teach our children the wrong things. I mean: can the children really apply what they are taught in school later in life? For example, can you imagine a mathematics question in a recent examination as follows?

“If an egg costs fifty Sen, and if you buy one-eighth of the egg, how much would you have to pay?”

Who in heaven’s name will want to buy one-eighth of an egg? The shopkeeper will probably think you are crazy and he will be equally stupid to break the egg and measure one-eighth for you. Yet, this is how they structure the questions in Malaysian schools.

Why not pose questions that would be more useful later in life when you go out into the world to earn your living?

To help Malaysia’s Ministry of Education better to face the realities of life, we are suggesting some questions they could use in our classrooms.

QUESTION 1

If you drive from Kuala Lumpur to Penang along the
PLUS Highway and there are four speed traps along the
way, and if each speed trap would cost you RM300.00 in
fines, how much in fines would you accumulate by the
time you reach Penang?

ANSWER (Choose one)

1. I would not suffer any fines as the oncoming cars
would flash their headlights and I would slow down
before coming to the speed trap.

2. I would only need to pay a total of RM80.00 as I
would pay aRM20.00 bribe at each speed trap.

3. I would not be stopped as I am an UMNO Wakil Rakyat
so I am exempted from speed traps.

QUESTION 2

If your Bumiputera company is awarded a RM150 million
government contract, and you make a 20% profit, how
much profit would be at the end of the contract
period?

ANSWER (Choose one)

1. I will not be making a 20% profit as I would have
to pay the Minister 10% and UMNO 5%.

2. I would make 30% profit, which is the progress
payment I receive, after which I will abandon the
project and let the government call for a re-tender.

3. My company will not make any profit at all as I
will siphon out all the profits and show a loss to
avoid paying corporate tax.

QUESTION 3

If the ruling party obtained 54% of the popular votes
the last election and won 151 or 80% of the seats, and
if it saw an increase of 10% in votes
this election, how many more seats would it gain?

ANSWER (Choose one)

1. The ruling party will not show a 10% increase in
votes, as it will stuff the ballot box with another
20% to give it a 30% vote increase.

2. The ruling party will win a ich are the newly
created seats in the delineation exercise recently
done.

3. The ruling party has already decided it will win
90% of the seats and the votes have nothing to do with
it.

QUESTION 4

If the national petroleum company, Petronas, pays a 5%
royalty to Terengganu State and if the amount paid is
M800,000,000 per year, how much
should Petronas have in the bank accumulated over the
last 25 years?

ANSWER (Choose one)

1. Nobody is supposed to know as Petronas need not
show its accounts to anyone except the Prime Minister
and this information comes under the
Official Secrets Act.

2. Petronas earns only 50% of its petroleum revenue
from Terengganu so Petronas’ total income accumulated
in the banks over 25 years should be RM800 billion.

3. Petronas has nothing accumulated in the bank as all
the money has spent bailing out companies and finance
mega projects.

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1. V T - August 14, 2007

QUESTION 5

If PKFZ is in the red with RM 1.00+ billion, what should the company do to make it in the black with RM 1.00 billion?

ANSWER (Choose one)

1. Get the Rakyat to bail out with 4.6 billion, pocket pay off 1.00+ billion in debt, retain 1.00 billion in cash and pocket the difference.

2. Get the Rakyat to bail out with 4.6 billion, pocket pay off 1.00+ billion in debt, retain 1.00 billion in cash and pocket the difference.

3. Get the Rakyat to bail out with 4.6 billion, pocket pay off 1.00+ billion in debt, retain 1.00 billion in cash and pocket the difference.

4. Sell off to Singapore or Bruinei for 2.00+ billion.

Note : answer one and two are the same, this is to make sure that under NEP, 75% of the “privaledge” students will probably answer corretly.

2. V T - August 14, 2007

Liz, please delete the previous posting, thank you.

QUESTION 5

If a new mega project like PKFZ is loosing RM 1.00+ billion, what should the company do to make it seemed profitable with a profit of RM 1.00 billion?

ANSWER (Choose one)

1. Get the Rakyat to bail out with 4.6 billion, pay off 1.00+ billion in debt, retain 1.00 billion in cash and pocket the difference.

2. Get the Rakyat to bail out with 4.6 billion, pay off 1.00+ billion in debt, retain 1.00 billion in cash and pocket the difference.

3. Get the Rakyat to bail out with 4.6 billion, pay off 1.00+ billion in debt, retain 1.00 billion in cash and pocket the difference.

4. Sell off to Singapore or Bruinei for 2.00+ billion.

Note : answer one, two and three are the same, this is to make sure that under NEP, 75% of the “privaledge” students will probably answer corretly.

3. luclai - August 14, 2007

oh i came across this list of Qs before some time back. it was being passed around via email (and posted on some blogs). think there are more than 4. it was mentioned the creator too but i forgot who.

EW:🙂 I’m sure this has gone around for a while. Unfortunately I don’t know where this originated from. It was forwarded to me over the weekend.

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