Remember Prof Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) political science lecturer and director of its Institute of Malay World and Civilisation, who was reported to have expressed his scepticism at Asli’s study report last year, which stated that bumi equity had topped 45%?.
Remember the Prof reaction to the Asli's report, where he was reported by malaysiakini to have said: “I am very sceptical about the study which has been carried out by a particular race. They (the race) usually have their own agendas”?
I blogged that in Chinese researchers - sinister motives?
In that posting I lamented the Prof had based his scepticism on the basis and motive of race instead of challenging Asli’s methodology.
Then a couple of days later, Professor Shamsul denied dismissing Asli's report, though malaysiakini declared that it was standing by its reporter and would not retract its report.
Whatever, a Universiti Malaya research report suddenly emerged to uphold Asli’s findings, going even further than the think-tank by stating that the so-called mythical unattainable 30% bumi equity was surpassed in 2002 - 4 years before Asli came to that startling conclusion – an indication of the UMNO-led government's duplicity in concealing the truth.
I blogged that in UM equity report - resign, Mirzan Mahathir; speak up, Prof Shamsul!.
Also in Chinese researchers - sinister motives I mentioned the Prof’s interview with Australia’s ABC about Khairy Jamaluddin’s infamous insult against Chinese Malaysians. I observed that in the interview the Prof tap-danced and generously spun to mitigate the scandalous actions of and accusations against AAB’s SIL.
Well, the Prof has been back again in the news. Apparently he’s the chief coordinator for the task of revising the original UPM's racist-biased ethnic relations module that was to be used by universities. The public was so outraged by the bigoted slanted views of Malaysian history in the text that the PM had to call for its revision.
But other than Prof Shamsul, no one knows who the members of the revision team are? According to Dr Lim Tech Ghee's letter to malaysiakini, the Prof has rationalised during a news interview why he won't provide the names of his research team.
Can you bloody beat that? First, we have the commerical toll agreement concealed from public eyes, in accordance with the bizarre broken egghead worldview of Humpty Dumpty. Now, we have even the identities of the Prof’s team members kept under wraps.
So Dr Lim, one of Prof Shamsul’s academic mentors, criticised the Prof for his (Shamsul's) refusal to name his team.
Why, I may ask?
Well, then don't blame us if we ask the natural questions, like "What are you afraid of, Prof?" and "What’s there to hide?"
Dr Lim lambasted the Prof’s explanation (I didn't hear what they were as the Prof gave that on the news) as weak and disingenuous. Lim said that refusing to provide the names and academic credentials of those engaged in the enterprise is akin to asking the public to endorse a contract for an important infrastructure without knowing who the contractors are – potentially a recipe for disaster.
Dr Lim said that a correct and transparent disclosure of "the names and participation of highly qualified scholars and individuals would restore public confidence in the scholarly standard of the module, in its academic and social relevance and objectivity, and in its fair and representative handling of a complex and difficult topic that is of much concern to educators and the larger Malaysian public."
Then Dr Lim gave a Confucian jab in Prof Shamsul’s rins by stating:
“I would like to thank him for acknowledging the role that I played in helping with his early research and in regarding me as one of his ‘gurus’. I hope I mentored him not only on the craft of scholarship but also on the importance of seeking and disseminating knowledge through fair and objective procedures and methods, and adherence to standards of truth, fairness and respect.”
All I can add is … er … what’s your race and motive, Dr Lim?