Earlier this week, the issue of matriculation yet again stirred up a media storm.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik came under fire after he said that employers should not deny job opportunities to Bumiputras. The minister made the statement in response to the public disagreement over the implementation of quota system in matriculation programme.
In response to Maszlee’s statement, DAP central executive committee member Datuk Teng Chang Khim criticised the minister for being irrational by linking the race-based education quota with language requirement.
Meanwhile, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy equated Maszlee with UMNO politicians, trapped in the mindset of racial guideline. Plus, he alleged that there are also ministers who still use racial and religious issues to ensure their own survivability in politics.
Subsequently, DAP was alleged to want Maszlee be removed as Education Minister, and replaced by their own party member Teo Nie Ching. But this allegation was denied by DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang.
Additionally, Kit Siang urged Pakatan Harapan members to not openly criticize one another for the sake of preserving the coalition’s unity.
Last month, Putrajaya said it will maintain the 90:10 quota system in the matriculation programme but announced an increase in its student intake from 25,000 to 40,000.