Let Moonlight continue to shine under the coconut shell only?

Moonlight under the coconut shell?

UPDATE

ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY

  1. In IIU (UIA) International Islamic University, Malaysia, Burmese Students were given places to study Medicine, Engineering and Law before we were ASEAN members.
  2. After we are accepted as fellow ASEAN, those good places are nowadays denied to Myanmar students.
  3. If the university continue to refuse accepting foreigners for Medical studies, please drop the International word from your name and refuse donations from other Islamic nations.
  4. UIA used to reject all the Burmese Students for their Matriculation Classes with the lame excuse that IIU has no bilateral agreement with Myanmar Government. But they are accepting even non-Muslim students from India.(Are the authorities blind to see the anti-Muslim SPDC’s policy and democratic secular India’s policy?
  5. Now ASEAN Foreigners’ children are no more accepted in public schools. Previously they could. Is this the price of becoming an ASEAN member?
  6. They even refused to accept the PR holders who are even born and brought up here. Even Muslims with excellent academic records and impressive extracurricular activities and sports are rejected.
  7. They even refused to accept the PR holders who are even born and brought up here. Even Muslims with excellent academic records and impressive extracurricular activities and sports are rejected.

     

     

     

     

     

  8. And after that when we sent to private universities, even PR students are forced to pay extra in addition to already very high tuition fees.

     

     

     

     

     

  9. Please open your eyes, you are given all the supports with our income tax, your private U fees are subsidized. You got loans, scholarships etc but we are denied all those as just PR holders. PR holder students are treated like their citizen children around the world but here even PR students are treated unfairly

     

     

     

Malaysiakini news

The mentri besar of Selangor, where UiTM is located, triggered an uproar when he suggested (WISELY from democratic and academic point of view) on Sunday that the institution could offer 10 percent of its places to other races.

Selangor Mentri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has reportedly said the move to include other races and foreigners into the university would allow students there to gain more exposure and be friendlier to people of other races. (Dear DSAI, we need more open minded leaders like this. Following people failed to understand that if the universities around refuse to accept enrollments based on creed, origin, race without merits . . . where are their students going to study? )

All the athletes know that WE NEED GOOD SPARING PARTNERS to improve our skills!

One-eyed person could become the best in the village of blinds.

If one-eyed person used to train or compete with two-good-eyed or even some persons wearing night goggles or using binoculars, his skilled could be improved.

Currently it is the only university in the country which is confined to Malays and indigenous races – known collectively as “bumiputera” or “sons of the soil”.

Abdul Khalid’s remarks triggered a protest by 3,000 students from the university who took to the streets yesterday and marched to the chief minister’s office, waving placards saying, “Do not seize our rights,” and “Save UiTM.”

  • Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has vetoed a call to allow other races to enrol in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM),
  • a proposal which caused a furore and a student protest.
  • “He has no power to do that. Matters related to (student) intake are under the jurisdiction of higher educational institutions,” Abdullah was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.
  • UiTM vice-chancellor Ibrahim Abu Shah said the public university was reserved for bumiputeras 
  • as a majority of students in leading fields of study in higher-learning institutions in Malaysia were non-Malays (Is he BLIND or STUPID?)
  • nobody should begrude UiTM as the only public university for bumiputeras,” he said.
  • On the TV one shameless gangster threatened others that he had 13 thousand students, many thousand alumnus and parents. Is he stupidly promoting MOBOCRACY?

I still remember meeting a stupid and stubborn VC from that university, long time ago. That VC told me that the post I applied, a Medical Officer came with RM 2800 and was not meant for foreigners but their own race only. Then, why that stupid fellow called me, a foreigner for the interview. I had to take leave and travel up to there. And that bloody stupid VC mocked me for my Burmese name. He could not accept my explanation. He thought that my Islamic Arabic name is Malay Name. I argued that it is an Islamic Arabic name and not Malay name as I never put your BIN between my name and father’s name. Because he keeps on harping about my name, I told him that there are some Malaysians with Malay names but not Muslims. He IGNORANTLY refuted that there was no such thing and not allowed in Malaysia. I told him to just go to the Orang Asli village near his university where there are non-Muslims with Malay names. I continue that they told me that they just take the previous PMs, singers and movie stars although they were atheists.  And there are many non-Muslims who are left with Malay names when their fathers passed away or divorced and the left behind converted mothers who remarry with the persons from her old religion and renounced Islam. He shamelessly showed his ignorance by refusing to accept my explanation.

I am sure that, that idiot VC would go and give salaam to the present MAS chief, just by looking at his name!

 Although he keeps moderating his views depending on the crowd, PKR leaders and members have understood the message that although the Malays still need to be protected, the open-to-abuse NEP should be replaced with a policy that should assist the poor, regardless of race or religion.

Commentary by political editor Wan Hamidi Hamid, The Malaysian Insider

It may be politically incorrect at the moment for Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to ask the federal government to allow a small number of non-Bumiputra students into Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

But it should also be no surprise to those who have been following Khalid’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) agenda towards a more equal opportunity society as espoused by the party’s de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Before and after the March 8 general election, Anwar has been consistent in his promise towards uplifting the poor and marginalised Malaysians while ensuring continued protection of Malays.

For the former deputy prime minister, this means that while the pro-Bumiputra policy will be pursued despite the end of the affirmative action New Economic Policy,  dismantling it is a process that must be done in stages.

It is for this reason that Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid is only proposing a 10 per cent intake of non-Bumiputra students into UiTM instead of suggesting the Bumiputra-only university  be open to all.

Even with that, thousands of UiTM students, almost all of them Malays, took to the streets yesterday to protest Khalid’s suggestion, claiming that their institution must forever be in the hands of Malays.

Anwar, who was sacked by then premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and subsequently jailed a decade ago, has been voicing his concern after his release from prison, over what he termed as abuses of the NEP, alleging that the poor Malays benefited little while the rich Umno leaders gained all the perks from the affirmative action policy.

“By far the most damning case against the NEP is that it has been hijacked by the ruling elite to satisfy their lust for wealth and power. No doubt this was a multiracial rip-off of the most systematic kind: the leaders of the component parties of the ruling coalition working hand in glove with Umno to deprive the deserving Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans and Kadazans of the benefits that were to be derived from the NEP,” said Anwar, who is now preparing to contest his old Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election on Aug 26.

He lambasted “a small number of very wealthy Malays and Umno leaders” who were inciting fears among the Malays to deflect their electoral defeat and the party’s failure to gain support in the March 8 elections.

Although he keeps moderating his views depending on the crowd, PKR leaders and members have understood the message that although the Malays still need to be protected, the open-to-abuse NEP should be replaced with a policy that should assist the poor, regardless of race or religion.

Anwar himself had explained that the multiracial affirmative action would automatically protect marginalised Malaysians – the problem he claimed was that billions of ringgit allocated by the government never reached the poor because only the Barisan Nasional cronies would utilise the allocations for their businesses.

Although it might be read as a political propaganda, the former finance and education minister insisted that it would be money well spent if those billions of ringgit were channelled to schools, colleges and universities, instead of a few Malay families.

Anwar has also been reported as saying that for a start a 30 per cent quota of university places would be based on merit if the Pakatan Rakyat takes over the government. The remaining 70 per cent intake would be based on the multiracial affirmative action according to needs, i.e. the poor.

But he too knows that abrupt changes will never be accepted by the mostly conservative Malaysians. After all, BN and its predecessor the Alliance have been ruling the country since independence, and changing attitude and tradition is not easy.

As expected Khalid’s UiTM proposal has been attacked by the pro-BN crowd including academics and NGOs who see it as nothing but a political ploy to please PKR’s non-Malay ally DAP as well as the non-Bumiputra communities.

UiTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Abu Shah told the press yesterday that Khalid’s statement was politically motivated, meant to garner support from non-Malays.

“UiTM is one of the special rights of the Malays under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution and its chancellor is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. But what is strange is that the suggestion had come from a Malay,” he said.

What the critics did not bring up was the idea of healthy competition among Malaysians. There have been serious concerns over other public institutions of higher learning (IPTA) including UiTM over their world rankings, and it has a lot to do with quality education and competitiveness.

And for Khalid to mention the reasons for his proposal – to instill a sense of competition and improve quality – is again merely echoing Anwar’s concept of opening up as many sectors to create a real world class system for the country.

“Certain detractors have pointed out the road to a more deregulated free market economy will lead to the abandonment of social instruments. We would answer this by saying that we have no intention of abandoning of our electoral promises among which is the promotion of social justice,” said Anwar at the CLSA forum in Singapore last May.

“We advocate no doubt Hayekian free enterprise but we don’t think Adam Smith’s invisible hand will be that responsive to the changing times. Hence, whenever necessary, to paraphrase John Kenneth Galbraith, we temper free market with an appropriate dose of state intervention to rectify the social inequities attendant on the interplay of pure market forces.

“We don’t think that we need to apologise for advocating a policy on fuel, health care and education which is calculated to ease the burden of the rising cost of living. We call this humane economics.”

Khalid is expected to receive more flak for his idea but his critics will also have to question Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s position as “a leader of all Malaysians” to find the meaning of being Malaysian.

After all, the prime minister in his Ninth Malaysia Plan’s National Mission agenda has promised to strengthen national unity and to bring about a better distribution of income and wealth and higher quality of life among the people.

Khalid explains ‘UiTM quota’ remark

 

By Adib Zalkapli

SHAH ALAM, Aug 13 — UiTM should not only focus on maintaining the admission quota system, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said today, “it must also focus on improving the university’s quality and facilities”.

“The remark was made in the context of improving the quality of higher education in the era of globalisation and to widen the employment opportunities for the Malays and Bumiputeras,” he said after chairing the weekly state exco meeting.

He regretted that his remark on implementing a 10% quota for foreign and non-Bumiputera students in the university was taken out of context and had been turned into a racial issue.

“The state government would like to clarify that the statement is not the Pakatan Rakyat or PKR government’s policy,” he said adding that it was made in response to a question from the media on allowing non-Bumiputeras to be admitted to UiTM.

Abdul Khalid urged all parties not to prolong the issue. “The state government hopes that students and academics can assist the state government in improving the quality of higher education in Selangor,” he added.

When asked whether he would apologise for his remark, Abdul Khalid said it was not necessary.

“There is no need to apologise, I just want to explain an issue that has been politicised. I will hold discussions with universities in Selangor,” he added.

He said that universities must practise openness in admission process and allow the students to take part in discussions on current affairs.

Comments in Malaysiakini 

On MB proposes special meet with UiTM students

Dian Abdullah: I do not understand the fuss over MB’s Khalid Ibrahim’s suggestion that other races should be allowed into UiTM.

Who are the instigators bribing these students?

(My comments: Why they are not stopped with the notorious FRUs. Not sprayed with chemical laced water. Why no one was arrested and charged. Is there any LAW stating that University students could protest against a state government but not the Federal Government.)

Maybe these students should just check past records and they will notice that two Chinese girls – both non-Muslim – were allowed to study there before.

When BN/Umno recommends, no-one, absolutely no-one, can reject. So why BN/Umno’s recommendations are okay but a mere suggestion by MB Khalid leads to a protest?

Why the double standard?

Elsie Goh Siew Khim:
 First of all, I salute the Mentri Besar of Selangor, Khalid Ibrahim for suggesting to meet the student representatives of UiTM to discuss their discontentment in opening up the university to non-bumiputeras.

I think this is the way to go when there are issues need to be raised instead shouting and ranting racial slurs as witnessed at the recent Bar Council forum.

But what really trouble me as a non-bumiputera is that the students of UiTM think that the university belongs to bumiputeras only. (Comment: Even the VC and Gov. wrongly thought like that.)

Are they not aware that their education, activities, programmes and everything about the university are funded by revenues from taxpayers including myself. This is a university for all Malaysians.

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