There is alot of hu-ha about allowing non-Malays' enrollment into UiTM. Some are angry at this "suggestion", claiming that TSKI has politicised this issue due to the upcoming by-election. Some say that he is now the puppet of DAP.
Some are actually happy with the "suggestion". Some say that it's high time that we Malays realise that there is actually alot more to life as we know it. That there are more challenges and more competition which we Malays have failed to realise, as put by some; we Malays are pretty oblivious. After all, aren't we famous for "Melayu Mudah Lupa?".
Of course, after landing myself a job which involves advising people, I agree that we are all entitled to our own opinions. Subject, of course to having credible authorities, and viable arguments which stand if ever challenged.
Apart from my real job, you of course know that I am ultimately a blog-hopper at heart. I may not drop comments anywhere I drop by, (which is why I understand why some people like to remain silent readers) but I do read and appreciate what other people post.
Just before lunch, I came across a blog through a friend's blog. I'm like that. I told you; I blog-hop/visit although I don't know you.
You wrote about the same issue I am writing about right now. You seem to think that we, Malays, have lost our competitiveness. Well, to some extent, I agree. But when you put 2 and 2 together, I get the impression that you are saying that being in an All-Malay institution makes us that way. My presumption that your thoughts are in that direction stands until rebutted otherwise.
So, yes, we have lost our competitiveness. But does being in an All-Malay institution really, really make us that way? Remember, some of the greatest "giants" and "brains" come from MGC/TKC, MCKK and many other All-Malay schools. When we see their names, do we say, "Tengok tu, dia tu successful sebab dia pegi Uni yang campur semua race!"? We sure don't do we? From my observation, we normally say, "Dia tu dulu budak TKC!". Have we ever disputed the fact that there are schools which only allow All-Malays to enroll? No. In fact, we are proud that there are some institutions which breed successful Malays.
Back to the UiTM issue. Yes, only Malays are allowed to enroll. Yes, you may be irritated when Prof Ibrahim Abu Shah says that UiTM is the last bastion for the Malays. Yes, I get it that the independence of Malaysia has got nothing to do with the generation of today; that yes, those were the wonders our forefathers did.
But, you don't know half the truth about being competitive and successful, if you say that UiTM should allow at least 10% non-Malays to enroll. You may think that being in an All-Malay institution, heavily subsidised by the Government has turned us all into incompetent, non-competitive people. From where I come, I know for a fact that there are many of us Malays who are competitive over-acheivers, who are result-oriented and cannot stand being idle at work because we are in need of brain-action.
From where I stand, I can say for certain that Malays DO WORK HARD to achieve their goals. From where I stand, there are some Malays who are so competitive that people are bloody irritated by their competitiveness (Mami, anak kau lah). And these Malays, are those who come from this All-Malay institution have landed themselves jobs just a month and for some others, even before the results came out because they are so bloody damn competitive.
And these Malays who come from an All-Malay institution are those whom bosses rely on to do the heavy and messy stuff because we give attention to details. Yes, we are the bunch from the All-Malay institution that we love and want to protect.
Oh, YES, of course there are some slackers who give the rest of us a bad name. They are called the parasites or the riders, whichever you prefer. But, does this "disease" only exist among the Malays? You mean to say it doesn't happen in The UK? In the US? In Ausralia? In MMU, where they have a balance of all races? In UM, UKM, UIA maybe? You mean to say that the non-competitive ones are not competitive because they come from UiTM? How about those from other institutions? You have statistics to show that only Malays from UiTM are non-competitive and lazy and parasitistic?
Just so you know, Parasites are everywhere. And they are not necessarily Malays.
It's easy for you to say what you just said because you don't know half the things that happen here. It's easy for you to say that "we don't have to study hard for spm anymore" just because we have UiTM. Just in case you want to know, I studied bloody hard for my SPM but just didn't come out as well as you. And UiTM was my saviour. My platform. You don't know how much I had to struggle so that I would be seen as "at par" with some of you who were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to travel so early in life.
And it's easy for you to say the things you say because you don't know that UiTM's requirements are bloody damn high and even those who get 10 A's would prefer coming to UiTM because we have great lecturers who are dedicated to their jobs and also great practical-based programmes which prepare us for the working life ahead.
So, yes, TSKI is an opportunist. Now that UiTM graduates are sought for like goreng pisang panas, baru sedar ke kitorang bagus?
And You, don't mess around with the Social Contract. Without it, you might have never gotten your share of scholarship to go abroad. And for all I know, you might have come from an All-Malay school yourself. You might have never gotten that opportunity if they didn't have such institutions to cater to your race.