KUALA LUMPUR: For Royal Military College (RMC) student Leong Kit Tsin, the school has been a learning ground on how to be independent.
“I’ve learnt to be independent as here we have to do everything ourselves.
“We have to dress neatly and clean our rooms,” said the 16-year-old from Petaling Jaya.
“As students here are from different backgrounds, I have learnt the cultures and customs of other races and learnt to respect them. This is really a good place to learn not just academically but also about life.”
Kit Tsin is one of a handful of Chinese students among 242 Form 4 students who started their stint in the school in January.
RMC commandant Col Wan Ghazali Wan Din said that of the total 485 students at RMC, there were only 21 Chinese and 34 Indian students.
The school is currently seeking more non-bumiputra students, especially from among the Chinese.
“We have been lacking non-bumiputra applicants as there has been a misperception about the school,” he said, adding that the Defence Ministry recently increased the minimum quota for non-bumiputra students to 17%.
Application for the new intake closes in October.
“A lot of people think those who join RMC need to join the Armed Forces when they graduate. We are actually trying to correct this misperception,” said Wan Ghazali, adding that since 1987, students from RMC need not join the Armed Forces when they graduate but they could if they wanted to.
He added that another reason for the low number of non-bumiputra applicants was the number of other institutions and places available to students.
“Because of the openings at other colleges and institutions, they have more choices,” he said.
Wan Ghazali said RMC had also taken many steps to make the college more appealing to non-bumiputras, including conducting talks in Chinese and Tamil schools and taking part in Armed Forces events.
Those interested can apply at www.rmc.edu.my.