Alumni body says no to opening up UiTM to non-Malays

President of UiTM Alumni Association Mohd Zaini Hassan says opening entry to all races would be in violation of the Federal Constitution. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Alumni Association is against any attempt to open entry to UiTM to all races.

Its president Mohd Zaini Hassan, in a statement, said the association which represents 700,000 UiTM alumni nationwide, viewed seriously the request by Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) yesterday for UiTM to be opened to other races.

He said the status of UiTM as the tertiary education institution for the Malays and Bumiputeras in the country was part of the Malay rights and privileges’ enshrined in Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

“Based on this fact, any attempt to challenge the privilege will be seen as a violation of the Federal Constitution.

“We know that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has to take note of the demands of other races in the country, but this matter must be tackled firmly with all other components of Pakatan Harapan in the context of protecting Malay rights,” Mohd Zaini said.

Hindraf yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC), listing 25 proposals to redress the issue of the bottom 75% (B75) of the Indian community, including a mandatory 15% intake into public universities, polytechnics, UiTM and Permata kindergartens for the B75 every year.

Mohd Zaini said instead of giving in to the demands, his association would suggest that the government, through the education ministry, find a way to empower UiTM further.

“To ensure that UiTM will not be disturbed again by any other parties, we would also like to suggest that UiTM be placed under the Council of Rulers’ protection initiative,” he added.