The fact that the avenue for direct training is closed in Malaysia (unless if you enter SLAB/SLAI) is baffling to me. I'm still a little bit bitter that my Masters application years ago was rejected as my service period was almost a month too short for consideration. I'm all for being careful of producing specialists with little experience (gaining experience should be a key tenet of the training program anyway), but the current training pathway seems too long taking into account the lull between housemanship and specialty training (especially if you're unlucky to get to an unwanted department after you finish housemanship). While at the same time there's real pressure in scoring in the exams as the "scholarship" only lasts for the duration of training if you do not fail a single paper (which is ridiculous as well). We're human and not supermen/superwomen.