Students who have the potential to excel in their studies should be given equal opportunities to pursue tertiary education, said PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
All students, regardless of race, should have the chance to “rise to the occasion” and fulfil their potential, he stressed.
Anwar also touched on the suggestion by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim that 10% of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) intake be open to non-Malay and foreign students.
“Khalid was only talking about opening one or two courses to non-bumiputras. But Umno views it as selling off UiTM to the Chinese,” he said at a dinner with Chinese voters in Sungai Lembu near here last night.
He said smart Chinese, Malay and Indian students should be given every opportunity to move up the ladder.
“If the Malays are smart, let them rise. The same applies to Chinese and Indians,” he said. “Who benefits from this? Everyone.
“The Government benefits and so does the economy.
“But now, we uplift Malays who are not smart. Everyone loses and the share market drops.”
He also said not all Malays were corrupt or thieves, adding that the good ones had the capability to make the country prosper.