Stop using UiTM for political gain, alumni warns

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 22 May 2014

SHAH ALAM: The UiTM Malaysia Alumni Association has called on political parties to stop using the university to gain political points, especially in the run-up to the Teluk Intan by-election.

At a press conference at the university Thursday, the Association's secretary-general Shukri Ishak said the alumni were issuing a "strict warning" to anyone that tried to play up racial issues by questioning UiTM's intake policies.

"We are issuing a strict warning to any parties that try to play up racial issues by questioning UiTM.

"We respect the sovereignity of the Federal Constitution and the social contract between races in this country, but we will defend our rights and special position as laid down in the Constitution," said Shukri.

He called on all parties to stop actions that jeopardised the position of UiTM as a place of education for the Bumiputera of Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, adding that the social contract was often forgotten.

Shukri also said the special rights and positions of all Bumiputera were protected under the Constitution.

"As alumni of UiTM, we are grateful of the university's contributions to Malays and the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak," said Shukri.

He added that the alumni would react and respond to attacks on UiTM, but said they would not overstep provisions of the law.

Shukri also refuted claims that the press conference was in response to comments made by DAP's candidate in the Teluk Intan by-election, Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud.

"For many years,UiTM has been made a political plaything. This is not about Dyana Sofya. It so happens that Dyana Sofya is the latest one to speak about UiTM " said Shukri, adding that some would go overboard in the name of political mileage.

Dyana Sofya, a UiTM law graduate had gone on record saying the university took in well-to-do students with Umno links, as opposed to poor students with no connections to the party.

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