The Malay Unity Action Front (MUAF) has protested the scholarship quota increase for non-Malay students from 10 to 45 percent announced by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz recently.
MUAF chairman Osman Abu Bakar said the increase was unwarranted and said the current quota should be retained in line with the special privileges of the Malays as provided by the Federal Constitution.
“The goverment should increase the scholarships and give to more Malay students. The number of Malay and non-Malay recipients will increase with the current quota,” he said in a statement here Monday.
He said the Malays who formed in the country’s population should be given priority as they were still lagging behind in critical areas thus the need for more scholarships.
“From the economic angle, the Malays need more scholarships to restructure the economy to be on par with the other races. Education is an important instrument to balance the economy and must be implemented fairly,” he added.
MUAF want Nazri to explain the rationale for the increase to 45 percent for non-Malays and said it would seek a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi soon to seek clarification.