Thursday, August 14, 2008

Reciprocate - then it will be more palatable

When Khalid Ibrahim proposed to open up 10% quota in UiTM for non-Malay students, we saw obvious reactions from several parties. His reasoning was that by opening up, UiTM academic standard would be increased.

Several Malay organisations capitalised on the report and chastised the idea, accusing Pakatan Rakyat of trying to diminish the number of future generation of Malay graduates. However, again, did you notice that alternative media such as Malaysian Insider spin the story and viewed the idea favourably, viewing it as a preview of Malaysian Malaysia agenda for Pakatan Rakyat?

I would rather propose to make it mandatory for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) to open up 10% to 30% of its intake to Bumiputera undergraduates in return for the opening up of UiTM to non-Malay students. (Anyway, what is the current population ratio of Chinese students vs others in UTAR?)

The Malays should also start to pressure the Chinese institutions to open up to Malays. It is a known fact that you almost would not see a single Malay professional heading a Chinese-owned corporation in Malaysia. It is not because of the lack of capable Malay professionals.

There are not many big Malay-owned corporations to start with. Thus, the government-linked corporations would be the best places for the government to use its political clout to appoint Malay professionals as CEOs. If not, even the most talented Malay professional would not be able to proof his capabilities.

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