Matriculation programme vital for racial harmony, says UiTM vice-chancellor

Universiti Teknologi Mara vice-chancellor Prof Mohd Azraai Kassim. (Facebook pic)

SHAH ALAM: The matriculation programme is important to sustain racial harmony through equal involvement of all races in the science, technology and professional fields, said Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) vice-chancellor Prof Mohd Azraai Kassim.

He said the racial gap in the science, technology and professional fields is still significant in which Bumiputeras are lagging behind.

“For example, in the medical field, according to the Malaysian Medical Council in 2018, there were 24,891 Bumiputeras compared to 48,228 from other races.

“According to the Board of Engineers Malaysia, there were only 36,024 Bumiputeras compared to 101,478 of other races involved in the professional field in 2017.

“This gap should be bridged,” he said in a statement here today.

Azraai said UiTM urged all parties not to turn education into a polemic and to follow the harmony and social justice guidelines set out in the Federal Constitution.