KUALA LUMPUR – May 30, 2018: The ‘Keep non-Bumis out of UiTM‘ petition started by the institution’s alumni association has received an overwhelming response, collecting over 150,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.
The petition by the Universiti Teknologi Mara Alumni Association (PAUiTM) yesterday was against a demand by Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) 2.0 for the government to open the university to non-Bumiputra students.
“We had received more than 150 000 and we will bring this petition with a memorandum that will be delivered on Monday to Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, Education Minister Maszlee Malik and the Council of Eminent Persons,” said association president Datuk Zaini Hassan.
Zaini remarked that if the government has to bow to the demand by Hindraf 2.0, it should first introduce a single school system in the country.
“We have a multiple system consisting national-type Chinese and Tamil schools, Islamic schools and many others which are not helping to unite Malaysians.
“If we want to change to a new Malaysia, then we need to start at school level,” said Zaini, adding that the demand should trigger a closer look by the people as to why UiTM, formerly Institut Teknologi Mara, was established.
“UiTM was set-up with the objective of helping Malays/Bumiputras who could not get places in the universities. I don’t see anything wrong for UiTM to close the gap between Bumiputras and other races.
“If we look at the private universities, more than 90 per cent of their students are of a single race. This is because those students have the money,” he added.
Hindraf 2.0 leader P. Uthayakumar had demanded the Pakatan Harapan government to open the enrollment at UiTM to non-Malays/Bumiputras as well as a 15 per cent mandatory intake of Indians into all public universities and polytechnics. The original Hindraf is led by Uthayakumar’s brother P. Wayta Moorthy.
PAUiTM was formed in 2009 to represent 720,000 UiTM graduates.