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Monday, August 14, 2006Graduates Tracer Study System - wtf?
Anxious to know where our local graduates are headed to, the Ministry of Higher Education has made it a must for fresh graduates to fill up a survey form to measure our level of "employability and marketability".
Normally I wouldn't bother about these crap surveys, but since I'd need to complete it to collect my graduation robe, I went to the website to have a look at what questions the ministry had prepared for us.
Naturally, I skipped the BM version and went to the English one. Interesting enough, this new system was named "GRADUATES TRACER STUDY SYSTEM", which, though sounding rather professional, made me go "Wtf???"
A check with the BM version reveiled that it was called "Sistem Maklumat Kajian Pengesanan Graduat", yet another lame attempt at making it sound good. Bravo for the creativity and translation.
On the front page, there was a word from the Minister himself. I went through the text to see what message he tried to convey, and I must say he didn't do a very good job at it.
It was littered with grammatical mistakes. And he's the minister ffs!
I really hope that was a screw up by the web admin or some other staff who recorded the message. Think about all the poor undergraduates if he really did have the audicity to come up with such language.
I went on to login, eager to get it done with. After typing in my details, lo and behold, I was greeted with this message:
Damn. I hope he doesn't keep his job for long.