PETALING JAYA: MCA slammed Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for retaliating against a private university, saying “education should never be politicised”.
The Rural and Regional Minister recently announced that Mara will no longer sponsor its students to Taylor’s University, but was unable to explain the reason behind the move.
MCA publicity bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen (pic) described the minister’s action as “unbecoming”, going as far as calling him “childish”.
“Education institutes are expected to remain apolitical. Ismail Sabri has fuelled politicising of education,” Chai said.
He feared that the people would now associate Universiti Teknologi Mara with race-based prejudices and policies.
The decision, according to Chai, will also undermine Government’s efforts to turn Malaysia into an international education hub.
MCA Religious Harmony Bureau Chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker demanded Ismail Sabri to explain himself.
“If indeed it was politically motivated, we call upon his good office to reconsider and immediately withdraw the announcement in the interest and education welfare of the scholars,” he said.
Ti reminded the minister that he was duty bound to promote the well-being of scholars, not to use them as a political tool.
Ismail Sabri’s announcement came after the university terminated the services of the bus operator that used vehicles bearing the university’s logo to ferry passengers to the recent Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally.
When questioned if it was the reason behind Mara’s sponsorship termination, Ismail Sabri merely said: “There are many reasons.”
The university, however, said it had yet to receive official word of the sponsorship termination from Mara or the ministry.
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