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Not Everyone Is Good at Studies, But Everyone has a Skill

Currently, 80% of all Malaysian households earn an average of just RM2,500 per month – far from the wages typical of a upper-middle income country. With 77% of our workforce holding only SPM qualifications at best, the government’s ambitious plans to attract high-level talent through institutions like the Establishing Talent Corporation (Talent Corp) and Special Innovation Unit (UNIK) are elitist and irrelevant to the vast majority of Malaysians.

A step in the right direction is to recognize and hone the skills Malaysians do have. Our current education system focuses heavily on examinations and university-awarded distinctions. This does not help the significant number of Malaysian youths who are not academically inclined, let alone suited to pursue tertiary education.

However, while not everyone is academically-inclined, everyone is adept at something. Pakatan Rakyat (PR) proposes to upgrade technical and vocational education and training (TVET)  for the benefit of those who excel at practical application and hands-on practice. The skilled tradesmen thus engendered will produce higher-quality, more precise and more dependable output, and earn justifiably higher wages – a win-win situation.

Such an approach has worked for Germany; why shouldn’t it work for us as well? This is but just one step towards sustainably raising incomes for Malaysians. UMNO-nomics outlines the facts, with clever cartoons deftly illustrating key points.

Written simply by Teh Chi-Chang, illustrated creatively by Johnny Ong and endorsed by personalities from Nurul Izzah Anwar to Kee Thuan Chye and Zunar, this book is a steal at just RM35 for delivery to your (Malaysian) door-step. Email or visit to order your copy now!


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