“Nobody has denied that (UiTM was built under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution), but when people raise such a proposal or suggestion, is it necessary to pick a quarrel with them?” he said yesterday in response to the protests following a suggestion to open the university to other races.
Ong said UiTM already had a 5% quota for foreign students, and like any other public tertiary institution, it was financed by public funds.
He said Maktab Rendah Sains Mara had set aside a 10% quota for non-Malay students as early as 2000 and it had been well received by non-bumiputras.
“It was a policy made by the government of the day, with the objective that the bumiputra students would have greater opportunities through such an offer to interact with non-Malays, enhancing the competitiveness of the students.
“These are not my words. I am merely quoting what the Government said at that point in time,” he told reporters.
Ong Tee Keat reminds everyone that UiTM is public funded and interaction with non-Malays enhances competitiveness of students