Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Najib: Govt Has Never Restricted Non-Bumis Pursuing Higher Education In The Country. Is This True?

From Bernama
Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) government have never restricted opportunities for non-Bumiputeras to pursue higher education in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak said Monday.

He said various changes have been made by the government over the last few years to make education in the country more liberal and open.

These more liberal and open educational policies benefited the non-Bumiputera communities, he told reporters after a visit to the BN election operations room in Sama Gagah here.

He said the picture portrayed by the Opposition on educational opportunities for Bumiputeras and non-Bumiputeras was incorrect altogether.

Najib said the issue of education could not be viewed from one angle but should be seen from the viewpoint of changes to the educational sector and the national education policy initiated by the BN government.

Najib said the government provided ample opportunities for all communities, including non-Bumiputeras, and the issue should not be politicised by the Opposition, especially in the Permatang Pauh by-election, polling for which is on Aug 26.

The BN deputy chairman was asked to comment on a statement by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in his "ceramah" (talk) that he supported the proposal by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim for a 10 per cent intake of non-Bumiputeras into Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

Anwar, 61, is involved in a three-corner contest with Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, 51, of the BN and Hanafi Mamat, 61, of the Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akin) in the by-election.

The by-election has been necessitated by the resignation on July 31 of the member of parliament, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to pave the way for her husband, Anwar, to contest and become an MP.

Najib said the government had approved legislation providing for the setting up of private colleges and universities to open up opportunities for non-Bumiputeras to pursue higher education, replaced the quota system with a meritocracy system and extended the National Higher Education Loan Fund Corporation (PTPTN) scheme to all communities.

"We have also allowed private colleges, such as Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), to upgrade and recruit more students. Gerakan also has a university and, yesterday, MIC officially opened its Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) university," he said.

As such, he called on the Opposition not to politicise the issue of education in an attempt to garner the votes of the Chinese and Indian communities.

He said the issue was used as capital to draw non-Malay support for Anwar as the support of the Malays and Muslims was divided between Umno and PAS.
***** How many of you feel that Najib is accurate in his claim that the government has provided ample opportunities for all communities, including non-Bumis? The lack of tertiary education opportunities is one of the sorest points in the long list of non-Malay grouses and dissatisfaction with Umno. The non-Bumis have been given the short end of the stick for the better part of four decades partly because the so-called Chinese and Indian parties in the BN have remained deaf and dumb all these years.

But now in the run-up to the Permatang Pauh by-elections, knowing that the non-Malays are extremely pissed off with Umno and its continous use of the race and religion card, Najib is making this empty claim. To be fair he has every right to claim what he likes just as the people have the right to give Umno the boot in this and other elections. Say no to racism.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Najis should tell us non bumis WHY WE MUST VOTE BN?What makes them so special.To encounter another 50 years of pillaging under this umno puks is breaking the camel's back!
Hell with them!

10:49 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the fcuk he is talking about??
Don't ever compare with the private universities.

Did BN gave ample opportunities to the non-Malays in pursuing higher education in public universities which were funded by ALL Malaysians? How about scholarships where non-Malays with excellant results were denied opportunities?
These politicians really think that Malaysians are idiots & can be fooled/screwed again & agiain.

12:44 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Najib cakap sangat betul.Sudah ada SRJK, lagi cakap tak bagi peluang. Satu SRJK ada satu orang murid pun boleh buka.

12:44 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? Than why do we have issues of non-Malays with 10 & 12As being unable to get scholarships and places in uni? Najib probably lives in his own world and does not know the reality on the ground.

1:38 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Jed Yoong said...


To be fair, when Najib was Edu Minister after Anwar, he opened up private tertiary education which really helped the nons.

What I really dun get is instead of having uTAr and UiTM, why din they build more universities that maintained quality so that over time more Malays will get in?

Also, a degree does not begin at uni but from primary n secondary schools. Why din they focus on quality here.

UTar also took about 20 years to materialise as there was much protest over it. I dunno why. Can you blame the Chinese for depending on the Chinese education system? After all if they do really well, Spore, China or Taiwan may offer thme a scholarship.

2:11 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Najib as always, talk w/o going thru his brain (of does he has one.. hahah), speak w/o listening (guess he must have gone deaf).

How could he compared private uni to governments.

Is he tring very hard to say, if MCA/MISC does not support BN, MIC/MCA won't even get a chance to get a license to open a private uni. It's from private fundings. Come on.. what he's talking about.

The more he speak the more credibilies (not that he got plenty) he going to loose.

Well.. obviously BN still thinks that the non-bumis are a dumb lot.

HA HA...

2:18 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous wisdomthinker said...

Is good to have commentators like Jed yoong who can think wisely compared to others who can even see them with open minds and thoughts.

But I think the purpose of making national sek Keb rather than just chinese schools or tamil schools explains it. The government needs to improve the quality in this area to improve the education sectors.

3:49 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous role roll said...

there are also malays that got very good grades but doesnt have the opportunity to further their study.bear that in mind.

there are many opportunities for all regardless of race.it's just the matter if we are able or not to grab that opportunity.some people are lucky and some people are not.

we all still have a lot to learn and improve.thanks to Jed Yoong for his senseful comment unlike some others.

4:54 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear role-roll,

Now if you feel asking for 10 % open up UITM for non-malay is too much, imagine you live in Malaysia where there is a UITM that say that Malays are not allow to enrol at all.

How do you feel.


5:01 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is the DPM trying to kid, by giving majority of the University places to one race is restricting the non bumis from pursuing higher education. Entrance requirements to Universities for bumis are not based on merits, that is restricting non bumis from pursuing higher education. DPM talks shits and thinks all non muslims are stupid. He is an ass in a human body.
Screw Najib.

7:58 PM GMT+8  
Blogger bakakuk said...

They don't restrict but make it harder!!! Dumb ass minister

8:42 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous role roll said...

dear leno,

i dont have anything against 10% on enrollment by non-bumi.the question is every university have policies.i myself failed for enrollment in UITM but that doesn't stop me to further my study.after some discussion with my parents,i enrolled into a private college.and now i got myself a job.

the funny thing is that i found out that mostly in urban cities here in Malaysia,private sectors usually gives more priority towards those who are fluent in chinese and english.luckily for me that i'm quite ok in english.phew.

so,now it's like an additional term in job-seeking to be able to understand chinese.and that even makes it harder for malays to get them self a job.

9:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Najib is either a lair or a hypocrite. Every parent who had unsuccessfully got their children study in the universities are testimonies to these lies.

Non-bumi students are restricted by quotas to take medicine in MU and other "strategic" courses reserved for bumis. Many were given courses NOT of their choices (of the non-bumi students) and many were deliberately turned away through bureaucratic red-tapes.

What the shit is "he" talking about? There is nothing to argue now, enough is enough. Just vote Opposition at EVERY GENERAL ELECTION or BY ELECTION.

This is the message to our beloved deputy prime minister.


9:39 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

Back in the 1980's and early 1990's - the ugliest period of NEP implementation, many Non-Bumi parents scrapped and saved every sen they could to put their children through universities overseas - because opportunities for Higher Education for Non-Bumis were extremely limited.
I know very well, cause my parents were among those.
If Najib could be honest enough to admit "I admit it used to be very bad, but we have opened up opportunities for Non-Bumis" I might be more receptive to his appeal.

Sorry, Najib, no vote for you this time. See you as Ambassador to Mongolia. More likely facing a Royal Commission into Executive involvement in the Altantuya murder.

10:22 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahaha...no lah they don't stop Non-Bumis from pursuing Higher Education in this Country.
They just ask the Non-Bumis to balik India & China.
They just use a QUOTA.
Malays who get good grades not given a chance to further their education? That's the biggest CRAP I've heard!
If ever they were to allow fair competition (i.e. when PIGS FLY), you can imagine what would happen!

8:04 PM GMT+8  
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