The Star Online reports that Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has welcomed Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) decision to take legal action against him over his statement calling for 10% of the varsity’s intake be opened to non-bumiputras.
Khalid said he welcomed the suit announced by UiTM Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Abu Shah last Saturday as it would provide an opportunity for the truth behind the statement to be highlighted to the people.
“I feel the Malays and Malaysians as a whole are more matured and they know that such efforts (to open the intake to the non-bumiputras) are needed as we head towards globalisation. The openness in education is necessary to raise the skills of each member of the workforce in Malaysia as a means to ensure the country can effectively compete with other nations,” he said.
Khalid had on Aug 9 asked for UiTM to open 10% of its intake to the other races to raise the level of integration, competitiveness and the quality of graduates.
Read the report here.
For the non-Bumiputras who have an urgent need for scholarships and higher education that is based on pure meritocracy and without any ethnic bias please visit the ASEAN Scholarship programme provided by the Government of Singapore here.
But be warned that Singapore and the rest of world will grab these brains when they graduate from the National University of Singapore (which is ranked in the Global Top 50 Universities) and pay them minimum 5 times the salary that Malaysia pays. Be further warned that they will also be offered permanent resident status and, even, citizenship. Also watch out that they may have to pay the price of becoming kiasu and kiasi.