Monday, May 02, 2005

View from the sidelines 2

Malay Bibles redux
National Chairman of Democratic Action Party (DAP) Lim Kit Siang puts on record his position on the Malay Bible controversy in a letter to Malaysiakini, clarifying what he said in Parliament:
Firstly, I asked whether logically, the Quran should be stamped with the words "For Muslims Only"?

• If the problem of the Malay Bible is that it could be read by Muslims, does this mean that one day, even the Bible in English could be banned on a similar grounds, especially as all Malaysians, including Malays, are being encouraged to master the English language?
• On the Internet, all Bibles, including those in Bahasa Malaysia, can be accessed. Do we have to ban the Internet?
Affirmative action analogy
A visit to tacitus brought me to the following comment by catsy of Slouching Donkey, Lying Elephant. Hmm, is there a familiar ring to this analogy?
I'd long had an attitude towards AA that varied between ambivalent at best and vehemently opposed at worst, but this was what tipped me in favor of it, but with racial considerations removed in favor of economic ones.

Roughly paraphrased, it was: if you're a baseball manager and you have the choice of drafting two players with the same averages, form, and speed, do you choose the rookie or the seasoned veteran? The answer is, of course, the rookie: the rookie is already as good as the veteran and has his whole career to learn and improve, while the veteran is much likelier to have already gotten as good as he's going to get.

This ties into your fourth paragraph: take two students, both with 3.6 averages. One is a rich son of a prestigious alumnus, the other comes from a impoverished inner-city family and school district. Wouldn't you give more weight in admission considerations to the latter, who has succeeded despite the strikes against him, than to the former, who achieves the same average despite the best education and resources money can buy?

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