DAP's economics pointman, Tony Pua, gets his name figured prominently in the major Malay papers again (pic from Tony Pua's blog) - in retaliation for his earlier blurb about the civil service being a dumping ground for unemployable Malay graduates.
It's apparently a good thing that 5 highly educated individuals willingly became beat cops.
Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian both carried a Bernama report which said that five individuals with Master's and PhD qualifications had enlisted in the police force and were now constables at the Bakri police training college.The conclusion the Malay media and the police force has drawn from this, is that the police profession and by extension, the civil service, was "gaining recognition among youngsters, including those with high qualifications."
College commandant Datuk Zakaria Yusof said they were willing to do so after their recent application to be placed as inspectors had failed.
“All five of them really wanted to join the police force and they were willing to be constables,” he said.
Zakaria added that the five were among the 500 constable recruits who proved that the police profession was gaining recognition among youngsters, including those with high qualifications.
Ref: The Star
However, I would ask this question instead: Why did PhDs/Masters holders fail to qualify for a simple entry level position of cadet inspector?
And according to PDRM's website, even STPM holders qualify as cadet Inspectors. So, what subjects were their PhDs/Masters for? History? Malay studies? Religious studies? Which universities did the degrees come from?
Was this willingness to downgrade and discount their qualifications due to a true love for the police profession, or does it indicate the concerned individuals' basic inability to secure employment elsewhere? (which ironically goes back to support Tony Pua's dumping ground assertion).