This is almost comical if not tragic beyond belief. The whole institution is going down the tubes yet people are foaming at their mouths preventing non-Malays from joining Uitm. What’s the point of having a 100 % bumiputra enrollment if your graduates can’t find a job?
PM vetoes call to open UiTM to non-Malays
Aug 13, 08 2:42pm
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has vetoed a call to allow other races to enrol in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), a proposal which caused a furore and a student protest.
The mentri besar of selangor, where UiTM is located, triggered an uproar when he suggested on Sunday that the institution could offer 10 percent of its places to other races.
“He has no power to do that. Matters related to (student) intake are under the jurisdiction of higher educational institutions,” Abdullah was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.
Selangor Mentri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (left) has reportedly said the move to include other races and foreigners into the university would allow students there to gain more exposure and be friendlier to people of other races.
Currently it is the only university in the country which is confined to Malays and indigenous races – known collectively as “bumiputera” or “sons of the soil”.
Abdul Khalid’s remarks triggered a protest by 3,000 students from the university who took to the streets yesterday and marched to the chief minister’s office, waving placards saying, “Do not seize our rights,” and “Save UiTM.”
S’gor MB told not betray own race
UiTM vice-chancellor Ibrahim Abu Shah said the public university was reserved for bumiputeras as a majority of students in leading fields of study in higher-learning institutions in Malaysia were non-Malays.
“Our constitution stresses balance. This is a statistic which should be understood by any leader, government or opposition body and nobody should begrude UiTM as the only public university for bumiputeras,” he said.
Ibrahim said he found it “weird” that the mentri besar, being a Malay leader himself, should have made the suggestion.
“Abdul Khalid as a leader should think before making such a statement and not betray his own race,” he said according to the New Straits Times.
Selangor is one of five Malaysian states which fell to the opposition alliance in the March 8 elections which saw the Barisan Nasional government coalition suffer stunning losses.