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MGG: The CLP fiasco: Why this Monday deadline?
By M.G.G. Pillai
1/12/2001 2:53 am Sat
[Ramai yang mungkin tidak berminat dengan kes CLP ini sedangkan ia satu
isu yang boleh meletupkan banyak pihak yang buncit-buncit perut mereka.
Kerajaan sudah menggelabah dalam isu ini dan sedang pening-pening sekarang
ini kerana tiada siapa yang sudi rebah dahulu. Yang mungkin rebah di sini
mungkin bukan satu sebab itulah semua sudah mula tergaru-garu.
Now, it seeks to apportion blame. How else should one look
upon its decision, signed by the LPQB's secretary, and
communicated not by letter but by a notice outside its offices at
3.00 pm in Menara Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (29 Nov
2001); "All appeals sent (sic) to the board's office at Menara
Tun Razak by 9am on Dec 3". After refusing to interfere, and
stonewalling what in the end were justified doubts, it now wants
those dissatisfied to rush posthaste and apppeal. It does not
have the courtesy to indicate that by letter. Or realise there
is not enough time to collect themselves to appeal in a day,
which is all they have, with the weekend in between. Meanwhile,
the Malay Mail reported yesterday that the six arrested by the
police for handling leaked question papers were amongst the
passes. The Board goes on its high horse: "If the six are
implicated, then we will take steps to nullify their results,"
the secretary, Dato' Abdul Wahab Said, said in a press statement.
The Board is under the distinct impression that all who sat
for the examinations live in the Klang Valley and, more
important, hang about the LPQB offices as a matter of course even
after its decision last week. I met students from Brunei and
almost every state in the federation, who rushed down when the
crisis broke and no doubt went back when it was resolved. But at
no time were there more than 100 students crowding its offices,
usually less. No doubt those who want to appeal would read of it
in the newspapers. But what of those, for instance in Sabah,
Sarawak or Brunei where the news would not reach them when it is
too late to respond? Especially if they live in the bondooks, in
the longhouses up the Rejang River for instance, and
incommunicado. And those who, having known of the results, had
gone off on holiday and do not even know to this day that they
have not passed but failed? One hopes this is not to punish
those who questioned the results or for their temerity to fight
for their rights. Why does the board collect unnecessary black
On another front, officials move at blinding speed. Haste
in Bolehland, it seems, is the only yardstick for efficiency.
The LPQB chairman and Attorney-General, Datin Seri Ainum Mohamed
Said, has written her report, which she hands in piece meal to
the de facto law minister, Dato' Seri Rais Yatim. The report
would be ready by the weekend, and Dato' Seri Rais would no doubt
have his ready for next Wednesday's cabinet meeting! And, of
course, he now agrees, the CLP examination must be modified to
make it more "transparent, effective and responsible". Was it
not why the berriboned board was set up? Datin Seri Ainum has a
month before her resignation takes effect. She must be asked, as
the DAP chairman, Mr Lim Kit Siang suggests, to remain until this
mess is sorted out. What is frighting about this sordid episode
is that no one in authorities seems the least bothered at what
had happened. Nothing they have done suggests it.