Khairy defends Ku Nan, recalls UiTM’s origins


PETALING JAYA: Umno’s Youth chief has come to the defence of its party’s secretary-general, saying a remark Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor made about Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) had been taken out of context.

Khairy Jamaluddin said Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM), the precursor to UiTM, was set up to help those who struggled academically to further their studies.

“What Tengku Adnan said was based on an Umno policy to help Malays who could not secure a place in university, to pursue their diplomas in ITM,” Umno Online quoted Khairy as saying today.

Khairy added that UiTM was now one of the best higher learning institutions in the country.

Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan, came under fire recently after remarking that UiTM students were “slow learners”. He said this at a function on Sunday.

He subsequently apologised for his comments, although blaming the opposition for distorting his speech.

He said he had no intention of degrading anyone and admitted that he could be a loose cannon at times.

Khairy said Tengku Adnan had not meant to insult UiTM students or its alumni.

“Of course he is aware of ITM’s history as he himself is a product of the institution.

“We must acknowledge that when ITM was set up, it was meant for underprivileged students and those who weren’t high achievers in school.”