Your calls for Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to open its door to non-Bumiputera students are good, except that it will oppose a one-way street.
Since its inception in 1956, ITM then and UiTM today has produced thousands of Bumiputera professionals in various disciplines - banking, journalism, estate management, architecture, engineering, etc.
However, your proposal is seen as politically-motivated. As you lead a state where DAP is also a member of the state assembly, you would like to please your partner with such an idea. It was good, indeed for your politics but not for the principles of UiTM set-up.
To have a multi-racial intake of students is a positive move in order to foster national unity and racial integration. We cannot separate mosques from churches, yes, but we cannot just simple revoke its standings before the community.
UiTM is a sentimental learning institute for the Malays and Bumiputeras. Let it just be like that forever, just like the Constitution. There are sound reasons why the founding fathers of UiTM wanted it to be that way. Dont you know why?
Now, let me suggest this to you. Please consider and give comments, agree or not. Let the readers judge my proposals to you:
* why not you propose that the Malays be stripped off their 2 per cent to 5 per cent discount for purchase of all types of houses;
* why not you propose for the end of the New Economic Policy so as to create a level-playing field for all Malaysians, and
* why dont you propose that the government stop giving any kind of subsidies to the Malays, and make them compete in the open market with others in enhancing their economic standing.
Dont you think its good for Pakatan Rakyat, Tan Sri? I believe it will soon come out from, if not your own mouth, from your friends in PR.
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