KUALA LUMPUR – November 27, 2017: The alumni of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) are furious with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor for allegedly insulting their alma mater.
The minister who is usually referred to as Ku Nan shoved himself into the limelight for all the wrong reasons after he described UiTM as a place for slow-learners at an event last night.
“If you are a slow-learner, go to UiTM,” said Ku Nan when he spoke about the government’s educational contributions during the Anugerah Nadi Negara programme.
UiTM, formerly known as Rida (Rural and Industrial Development Authority) Training Centre and then ITM, was established in 1956 to primarily help rural Malays gain access to better education.
It has 30 campuses which have produced more than 720,000 graduates and according to the Global Graduate Employability QS2018 report, UiTM’s graduates were ranked the third most employable in the country.
President of the UiTM Alumni Association, Datuk Zaini Hassan, who is Utusan Malaysia assistant editor-in-chief 1, gave a long list of big names who studied there.
They include corporate figures like former American Insurance Co. chief executive officer Datuk Wan Nazri Wan Aria, former head of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Malaysia Nik Roseli Mahmood and AirAsia chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun.
“A slow-learner?” asked Zaini at the end of his Facebook-based list.
Where Zaini was subtle in his criticism of Ku Nan, who is the Umno secretary-general, others did not hold back.
“What is up with this arrogant bugger? What does he want?” wrote Facebooker Shah De Bunt
“Ku Nan does not use his brain when he speaks. I don’t think he’s intelligent. He’s just plain lucky that Tun (former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad) picked him to be one of Umno’s supremos in 1998,” wrote Sharifah Forsberg.
“So rude. Will someone please advise Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to drop Ku Nan from the next general elections,” wrote Hamdan Sarabani.
Journalist-blogger Datuk Ahirudin Attan pointed out that Ku Nan’s antics were among the reasons why people are angry with Umno.
“I wasn’t the least surprised by Tengku Adnan Mansor’s stupid remarks; this is the sort of rubbish one spews when one is brain dead and long past his expiry date.
“Before the end of the day, Ku Nan will tell the UiTM graduates and students that he didn’t mean what he said about the slow learner bit…. that he’d been taken out of context and blah, blah, blah.
“Ku Nan is obviously keen on contesting in the coming GE and at this point, in my humble slow-learner opinion, he is Umno’s least winnable candidate,” wrote the blogger who is also a graduate of UiTM.
An online petition calling for Ku Nan’s apology was also set-up earlier today by Pribumi Bersatu youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.