I AM writing in response to the issue of changing the UiTM enrolment policy.
As an English expatriate, I have to say the current policy is considered rigid and out-of-date. You may disagree all you like, but I have another reason why I am voicing my opinion regarding this issue.
A few days ago, my Malaysian colleague lamented the fact he and his wife have to send their children to study overseas after they complete their secondary school education. At first I did not understand until he explained to me that it is all due to a policy which is sort of discriminative.
History lessons suddenly came back to me and I could easily relate what he said with ancient times where a person was chosen for a particular role or occupation according to his ethnicity, social status and religion rather than merit and ability.
My colleague is not the only one in this situation and my heart goes out to others like him.
Having followed the news about the proposed idea of UiTM opening its doors to non-bumiputras and foreign students, I wholly agree with both Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who believe the move will enable the local university to foster a positive academic culture and compete at a global level alongside other prestigious tertiary institutes such as Oxford University, National University of Singapore and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Unfortunately, the suggestion has generated opposition from the university’s management and its student body.
Will opposing this bring any benefit to them? If they carry on like this, they, their children and children’s children will suffer in the future.
It is no wonder many talented and brilliant Malaysians, especially non-bumiputras, have gone to seek greener pastures overseas.
In England, a university student is and will always be chosen according to his or her talent and ability rather than based on his ethnicity, religion, and social status. Discriminative policies have no place in nations that uphold and respect all individuals from all walks of life. Meritocracy is the way to go.
CHRISTOPHER K. BIRCH,