Sunday, August 17, 2008

Coincidental Startup by UMNO?

I read one piece from today's Star entitled: Varsity Action Against Selangor MB that states this excerpt:

SHAH ALAM: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) will take legal action against Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim for refusing to apologise for proposing the varsity admit non-bumiputra students.

Vice-chancellor Datuk Seri Prof Ibrahim Abu Shah said Khalid should apologise for making the statement as it was not only false but unethical and degrading to the university.

“We are not hard-headed on this issue but the statement is 100% wrong. We can accept criticism if what was said were true,” he told a media conference.

Khalid had proposed that UiTM admit 10% non-bumiputra students and claimed that its students were unfriendly, of poor quality and non-competitive.

The statement angered UiTM students nationwide who held demonstrations to protest the proposal.

Khalid refused to apologise to UiTM, claiming he was not questioning the special rights of bumiputras nor the establishment of UiTM.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon an article somewhere (couldn't remember where) that mentions the profile of the vice chancellor which says that the guy is a member of UMNO. Which I firmly believe that the being in UMNO merits his position here. I must admit that I concur with Haris' statement on this UITM debacle.

Ibrahim it appears, was UMNO Member (1968 - present) Youth Leader, UMNO Kg. Pulai (1981- 1983) Committee Member, UMNO Youths Jasin, Melaka (1982 - 1983) Chairman (Founder) UMNO Club, Carbondale USA (1983) President, UMNO USA Club (1985 - 1987), Exco of Alumni UMNO Club (oversea) (1995 – present) (Note this Umno Alumni fellows were one of the agitators at the Bar Council Forum).

When most of the papers prominently refers this man to the UITM debacle, my first gut feeling was that the guy is definitely UMNO-made and must have gone through believing crap that is Biro Tatanegara. Yes, UMNO-made is more precise and after remembering last week's sham at Bar Council office where another UMNO-proxy man, Jais Karim started the whole mess, I realized that UMNO usually makes the most noise and useless lamenting.

I also revisited the Malaysiakini video on the Bar Council protest focusing on Salehuddin Ayub. Again, notice the stark contrast of approach of speaking by both Malay men but different parties. In Salehuddin's case, he speaks and explains to the crowd in a very proper decent manner unlike Jais that rudely starts - "I am UMNO Malaysia..." The statements seem to point toward UMNO present claim of "offering themselves as defender to the Malays". As Raja Petra said in Klang before the general elections, defending the Malays against who?

Whatever the case is, Ibrahim seems to infer that "Non-Malays" are the enemies of the Malays. A friend has summed up that the social experiment of creating Malays that are able to stand on their own feet (see Mahathir's Malay Dilemma) had failed miserably.

I am not sure how chancellors are selected for public universities, whoever selects them usually puts political affilation over capabilities, which is indeed totally wrong. As for this case, this Ibrahim guy deserves a bullet in the head. PKR did the initial right thing of correcting what is wrong but they need to mean business by doing what they said - something that is not shown significantly in Selangor right now.

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