As predicted...the statement made by the current Selangor MB has been met with lots of flak. What ensued today happened to be the biggest peaceful rally staged by the Student council of UiTM for I can remember. There was once a big rally but that was more than 15 years ago if I am not mistaken and then it was not a University but a measly college.
Before I go on any further about this whole "Ketuanan Melayu" (that is Malay Rights or commercially known as "social contract" for you foreign readers), what happened today was a totally the opposite action of what the authorities did as compared to the recent public rallies that was held. Hindraf had water cannons.... Bersih had water cannons laced with chemicals. While as long there was a hint of a gathering of mass proportions there were roadblock set up to the inconvenience of the people. But, this one?
Let what was portrayed in the news be proof of how unjust and prejudiced are the authorities are towards select groups. Anyway...some say it was not the right time to such ideas of opening up UiTM to other races....even for 10% for that matter. The fact is for as long the very same people that uphold the "Ketuanan Melayu" idea now is still around, that is how long more UiTM will only be specifically be for the Bumis.
I was watching the news on the tele... and the beloved "father" of all UiTM undergrads famous for his mustache and fancy designer sunglasses/glasses specifically said that it is a no question issue and he will defend UiTM to be forever for the Bumiputras. I would imagine no less of the man.... other wise he would no longer be holding the post of Vice Chancellor now would he?
But is the issue politicized? Tell me what is not politicized in Malaysia? Even construction of highways are politicized. Heck, I bet someone who is Ultra Pro Malay / Government / UMNO would say that even a measly blogger like me has somewhat a political agenda.
Look~ there is a popular saying about UiTM... believe me many realized it once they actually graduated from the university. It simply sounds like "First Class facilities, Third Class mentality". I am not saying all UiTM graduates feel that way...but saying "many" would be too ambiguous. Perhaps a poll should be done by a third party to give an unbiased account of what those students are really thinking of their Alma Mater.
Should other races be bothered that there is one University that is not opened to them? Honestly they should not. They are not missing much really.... in terms of education quality there is nothing much to shout about UiTM. If one of the top 3 Unis in Malaysia were to be restricted to Bumis only then I would really understand. But UiTM has nothing much to be fussed for.
I have written many articles pertaining to UiTM and the quality that they seem to shout aloud for. Even the fact that I was kicked out for publishing those articles I am glad they did what they did. For I am indeed grateful of the Diploma that I graduated for but other then the knowledge that i could very well read on my own I cant say I am proud of everything else that UiTM offered.
So what if the fees are dead cheap? So what if the world class facilities are subsidized with the rakyat's money? So what? Other colleges and Unis offer a much richer experience living as Malaysians. Compared to studying surrounded by just once race....imagine how socially insecure is that? Like a Malay saying "Katak Bawah Tempurung".... being secure in one surrounding will not let you master what the rest of the world has to offer....which coincidentally brings us to another saying "Mati Katak"...so one will live till death in vain.
A few other blogs that discuss on the issue are listed below:
That's so Farah and no other
Mango and Jojoba's Blog
Of Happiness and Valiums
Poobalan Dot Com
My Side of Story
Malaysian Indian 1
Get inside the fabulousity
Articles I have written previously about UiTM are here.