“SERDANG: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has no power to propose that Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) be opened to non-bumiputras, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said. The Prime Minister said matters relating to student intake was the prerogative of the relevant higher education institution.On Monday, Abdul Khalid proposed that 10% of places for new students in the university be reserved for non-bumiputra and foreign students.
UiTM students strongly objected to the proposal, describing it as illogical and inappropriate.”
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Malaysia as a multi-racial country has 3 major races, which are Malay, Chinese and India. Other than that there are also other races such as in Sabah and Sarawak. Malay together with certain races in Sabah and Sarawak are termed ‘bumiputra’. For bumiputra, according to Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia, we are entitled to the privilege of quotas for entry into the civil service, public scholarships and public education. ( it’s an sensitive issue so no one is allowed to discuss or repeal it even in a parliament )
Every body knows that UiTM is an institution for bumiputra but I really don’t understand why they ( those who against it ) don’t allow this university to be opened to the other races. For God’s sake, it’s only 10%!! Malay is not going to be better and ‘safe’ if they are too afraid to step into the rat race but opt to just stay in their own niche. We’re in the 21st century and people are moving fast every where.
And what surprise me even more is some of the ministries ( even the prime minister? ) are also against it. Is it because this suggestion came from the opponent?? The politician ( both the governenment and opponent ) always said in their speech that the unity of citizens is an important objective for a multi-racial country like Malaysia as it forms an important security for strength ness of the country and its administration but whether they really mean it, only God knows. By building an institution just for certain races ( read UiTM, Chinese school, Tamil school and etc ) how the bloody hell are they going to achieve unity? It’ll only produce a large group of people who hate other races but them…