The education minister says there are 40,000 seats available, including 5,000 to do science.
Denison Jayasooria calls for a review of the justification for a Bumiputera quota.
Former higher education minister says total equality would sideline the less fortunate.
He says matriculation quota was decided by the Cabinet and should only be discussed within the Cabinet.
Prof Mohd Azraai Kassim says Bumiputeras are still lagging behind in the science, technology and professional fields.
PBS deputy president Yee Moh Chai says the federal education policy is not in line with Sabah’s multiracial and multireligious society.
Universiti Utara Malaysia's vice-chancellor also says the increase in the number of places is in line with the programme's original objective.
The education minister has again defended the 90% quota reserved for Bumiputera students in the matriculation programme.
The prime minister says the government's recent decision to increase intake into matriculation centres would mean more non-Malays too using the easy way to get into universities.
The education minister says non-Bumiputera students are getting more places for the first time but not at the expense of Bumiputeras.
Syed Zainal Abidin says the university will make changes to its curriculum to enhance students' competitiveness in the job market.
The intake into matriculation colleges can be increased, but students must pass an exam that is on par with STPM.
What really bugs PH supporters is that a small segment of the opposition seems to have so much impact in derailing important decisions of the PH.
MCA and MIC leaders say the government should not take populist stance as raising the intake into matriculation to 40,000 students will stretch teaching resources.
The education minister should reform the policy of student intake at colleges and universities, including the matriculation programme, to ensure a balance between fair representation of ethnic groups and special assistance for the B40.
Education Minister says 90% of the places will still be for Bumiputeras and 10% for non-Bumiputeras.
This follows various views expressed over the need to provide more places to non-Bumiputera students.
The education ministry's statement negates MIC's accomplishment of securing 2,200 places for Indian students last year.
SPM students who have not received offer letters to do matriculation can appeal to the education ministry.
Instead of justifying the limited seats to study medicine at public institutions, the education ministry must find a solution for all deserving candidates.
The DAP legislator says suspicion surrounds the intake of students into public universities despite Najib Razak’s claims about improving Indian enrolment.
Deputy education minister’s warning comes after security guards go on strike due to salaries not being paid at two schools.