Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad promised to look into the quota system for students intake in the matriculation programme, which Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik had previously announced to remain according to the 90:10 basis.
The issue was prompted by an urge from DAP Youth’s university affairs bureau director Leong Yu Sheng for the government to stop the discrimination practice against non-Bumiputera students who only received 10% seats in matriculation.
According to Leong, it is unfair for the qualified students to be denied admission into the programme because the quota allocated for them is full.
In addition, it is also against the Federal Constitution’s guarantee of no discrimination against citizens.
Last year, 2,200 and 1,000 seats were allocated for Indian and Chinese students respectively, to which Dr Maszlee Malik said was only a “one-time” initiative.
Education Ministry’s director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said that matriculation programme was originally created only for Bumiputeras, backing Dr Maszlee’s statement.
Taking the second spot, former Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak criticised the Education Minister for his “one-time” initiative statement. This goes the same for former Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, who also disagreed with Dr Maszlee’s “one-time” claim, saying that the added quota for the Indians would not be changed if BN remained in power.
From the media share perspective, it is noticeable that Malaysia Gazette is significantly more active than other media with regards to reporting on the matriculation programme issue. On average, media would produce five to eight news on the matter.
If the Prime Minister were to increase the matriculation quota for non-Bumiputeras, will it stir other racial issues?
Source: Malaysia Indicator