now the students have to look elsewhere to further their studies.
One obvious benefactor is Singapore, which offers Malaysian students scholarships, living allowances and an attractive multi- cultural environment to study in. Eventually, after graduation, jobs are offered too.
The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) have kicked up a storm, and rightly so, over the drop in placements. The government has said a decision is pending.
But why deny Malaysia's top students the courses of their choice in the first place? Why allow this mockery to take place year in, year out?
Why put them through this harrowing experience, which must surely test the limits of their love for their country.
The MCA, in particular, wants to know why there is a low intake of Chinese students - 7,913 successful applicants out of 41,573 for 20 public universities this year.
Its education bureau chairman, Dr Wee Ka Siong, revealed shocking figures that show Malaysian Chinese students intake at a mere 19 per cent of the total for the new academic term.
In previous years and since meritocracy in the university intake was introduced from 2002, the Chinese student intake had not dropped below 25 per cent.
Apart from the ethnic Chinese students, there were 30,903 bumiputeras (Malays and indigenous groups), 1,824 Indians and 933 other races that made up the total number of successful applicants.
This state of affairs is completely unacceptable. It is unfair, and bright, young students should not be put through this.