Sunday, December 23, 2007

Malaysian Mathematics (Funny)

This email was sent by a Malaysian parent :

I find it most alarming that Malaysian schools teach our
children the wrong things. I mean: can the children really
apply what they are taught in school later in life? For
example, can you imagine a mathematics question in a recent
examination as follows?

"If an egg costs fifty Sen, and if you buy one-eighth of
the egg, how much would you have to pay " Who in heaven's
name will want to buy one-eighth of an egg? The shopkeeper
will probably think you are crazy and he will be equally
stupid to break the egg and measure one-eighth for you. Yet,
this is how they structure the questions in Malaysian
schools. Why not pose questions that would be more useful
later in life when you go out into the world to earn your

To help Malaysia's Ministry of Education to better face
the realities of life, we are suggesting some questions they
could use in our classrooms

If you drive from Kuala Lumpur to Penang along the PLUS
Highway and there are four speed traps along the way, and if
each speed trap would cost you RM300.00 in fines, how much
in fines would you accumulate by the time you reach Penang?

ANSWER (Choose one)

1. I would not suffer any fines as the oncoming cars
would flash their headlights and I would slow down before
coming to the speed trap.
2. I would only need to pay a total of RM80.00 as I
would pay a RM20.00 bribe at each speed trap.
3. I would not be stopped as I am an UMNO Wakil Rakyat
so I am exempted from speed traps.

If your Bumiputera company is awarded a RM150 million
government contract, and you make a 20% profit, how much
profit would be at the end of the contract period?

ANSWER (Choose one)
1. I will not be making a 20% profit as I would have to
pay the Minister 10% and UMNO 5%.
2. I would make 30% profit, which is the progress
payment I receive, after which I will abandon the project
and let the government call for re-tender.
3. My company will not make any profit at all as I will
siphon out all the profits and show a loss to avoid paying
corporate tax.

If the ruling party obtained 54% of the popular votes
the last election and won 151 or 80% of the seats, and if it
saw an increase of 10% in votes this election, how many more
seats would it gain?

ANSWER (Choose one)
1. The ruling party will not show a 10% increase in
votes, as it will stuff the ballot box with another 20% to
give it a 30% vote increase.
2. The ruling party will win which are the newly created
seats in the delineation exercise recently done.
3. The ruling party has already decided it will win 90%
of the seats and the votes have nothing to do with it.

If the national petroleum company, Petronas, pays a 5%
royalty to Terengganu State and if the amount paid is
RM800,000,000 per year, how much should Petronas have in the
bank accumulated over the last 25 years ?

ANSWER (Choose one)
1. Nobody is supposed to know as Petronas need not show
its accounts to anyone except the Prime Minister and this
information comes under the Official Secrets Act.
2. Petronas earns only 50% of its petroleum revenue from
Terengganu so Petronas' total income accumulated in the
banks over 25 years should be RM800 billion.
3. Petronas has nothing accumulated in the bank as all
the money has spent bailing out companies and finance mega


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