While the uproar over the BTN continues, let’s look at what happens to some of our university students after they graduate.
The following was the answer received by Selayang MP William Leong in Parliament recently:
In 2004, there were 4,594 unemployed graduates of whom 163 were Chinese, 207 were Indians and 4,060 were Malays;
In 2005, there were 2,413 unemployed graduates of whom 31 were Chinese, 70 were Indians and 2,186 were Malays;
In 2006, there were 56,750 unemployed graduates of whom 1,110 were Chinese, 1,346 were Indians and 50,594 were Malays.
In 2007, there were 56,322 unemployed graduates of whom 1,348 were Chinese, 1,401 were Indians and 49,075 were Malays.
In 2008 (as of June) there were 47,910 unemployed graduates of whom 1,403 Chinese, 4,694 Indians and 41,813 were Malays.
This more or less tallied with the 47,733 active graduate registrants on the Malaysian Labour Exchange in June 2008.
By October 2009, we were looking at 81,046 active graduate registrants on the Labour Exchange – and another 70,747 active registrants who are diploma holders.
Mind you, this is after the civil service absorbs thousands of graduates every year.
Clearly, we have a problem with unemployed graduates (and diploma and certificate holders).
Maybe we are producing graduates with skills that can’t be used/knowledge that cannot earn them a living or that are not up to employers’ expectations. Or maybe they are not taught how to be independent and self-sufficient and how to put their skills and knowledge to good use. Perhaps they are spoon-fed so much and closeted from the real world, they don’t have the ability to think analytically and critically. Or maybe they are not taught how to carry out independent research and inquiry and are more used to rote-learning.
Or all of the above.
Check out how much it costs to re-train these graduates here.
Meanwhile, those Umno/BN chaps are arguing over who is more racist (re: BTN) when there are so many unemployed graduates around, the majority of them Malay. What will happen to them?