Thursday, August 14, 2008

Karpal defends Khalid's proposal

PETALING JAYA (Aug 13, 2008) : DAP chairman Karpal Singh today defended Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim's proposal that 10% of new student intake in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) be reserved for non-bumiputra and foreign students.

"The suggestion is one which should be welcomed by all. The time has come for all institutes of higher learning to be open to all Malaysians.There is no question of Abdul Khalid betraying the Malay race," said Karpal who condemned public opposition to Abdul Khalid's suggestion.

"I am somewhat taken aback by the unwarranted remarks by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on this suggestion. When he became Prime minister, Abdullah is on record for saying he was the Prime Minister for all Malaysians," said Karpal.

"The country should not practice apartheid in any form. I cannot understand why after 51 years of independence, considerations of race are still the order of the day," said Karpal, who criticised the students' actions and police's tolerance of Monday's demonstration in protest of Khalid's suggestion.

Updated: 07:13PM Wed, 13 Aug 2008

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