During a recent public dialogue, a Chinese student asked PM Anwar why she was not selected to entry any public university when her STPM result was much better than many Malay students. PM said that if he practiced meritocracy strictly, many Malay students would not have university education. As a result, PAS will use this fact to destroy our Unity Government which is in a very delicate position. PM Anwar cannot practice meritocracy strictly in student selection to public universities.
The Unity Government is in a very delicate position. Anwar’s unity government is supported by Pakatan Harapan's 82 MPs, followed by Barisan Nasional’s 30, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) 6, GPS’ 23, Warisan’s three, two independent MPs, and one respectively from Parti KDM, Muda and PBM.
PM Anwar must be afraid that some of the MPs might leave the Unity Government to join Perikatan National.
The Election Commission has released the official results for all 245 state seats contested in the six state elections today.
Perikatan Nasional remains in power in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu while Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional will form the state governments in Penang, Selangor, and Negeri Sembilan.
In any case, non-Malays should not be afraid of not getting entry to universities because there are 20 public universities and 50 private universities in Malaysia.
Moreover, there are 34 private university colleges and 10 foreign university branch campuses too.
Those students who could not gain entry to public universities can easily enter private universities or university colleges.
For example, the tuition fee for a 3 years degree course in UTAR is about RM 36,000 and the Government offers PTPTN loan of about RM 36,000 to any university student irrespective of race and religion.
PTPTN loans charge a 1% flat interest rate per year. After graduation, graduates have 20 years to pay back the loan.
According to the Graduates Statistics 2020 published by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM), there were 5.36 million graduates in 2020, an increase of 4.4 percent from 2019 (5.13 million). 202,400 of them, or 4.4 percent, were unemployed, which is an increase from 165,200 (3.9 percent) in 2019.
Nevertheless, many recent graduates are still struggling to find full-time employment.
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