A MOTION tabled by Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang to cut RM10 from the salary of Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh was turned down by the Dewan.
Lim (DAP – Ipoh Timur) said it was with a “heavy heart” that he tabled the motion on grounds that Dr Shafie had made “uncalled for” remarks during the Umno general assembly by saying that “Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) will never be opened to non-bumiputras and there was no compromise about it.”
Lim said the statement was shocking and indefensible, adding that it subverted the government’s own programme to end the “subsidy syndrome.
He said Dr Shafie should also be accountable for the action taken against a Universiti Sains Malaysia student, who was charged under the Universities and Universities Colleges Act for campaigning for the opposition during the general election.
Lim’s motion was supported by Chow Kon Yeow (DAP – Tanjong).
Debating the motion, Ahmad Shabery Cheek (BN – Kemaman) said the DAP must understand the history behind the establishment of UiTM.
“What is wrong with maintaining UiTM, which has its own history and nostalgia, for bumiputras?
“The Government has proven it has an open policy on education with more than 500 licences issued to private higher learning institutions,” he said.