PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has voiced support for the Education Ministry's decision to maintain the intake policy of 90% bumiputra students and 10% non-bumiputra students in government matriculation programmes.
Party information chief Dr Mohd Radzi Mohd Jidin said this was in line with the Ministry's goal of developing the potential of bumiputra students in science and technology through quality pre-university education.
"On the issue of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) graduates of Indian descent failing to follow the Matriculation Programme, Bersatu is confident this issue will be resolved by the Education Ministry.
"In principle, any qualified student who meets the Ministry's criteria should be given a place to study," Mohd Radzi said in a statement on Sunday (April 21).
Radzi said Bersatu is aware that the competition for a spot in the matriculation programme is becoming increasingly tough as more students are getting excellent SPM results in addition to the government's policies to prioritise students from B40 households.
He said this presented an issue where outstanding students who are from M40 or T20 households might lose out on the opportunity to enter matriculation programmes
"In connection with that, Bersatu fully supports the Ministry's efforts to enhance the image and quality of Form Six Colleges across the country as an alternative for outstanding SPM graduates to pursue pre-university studies besides the matriculation programme," he added.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik had previously said that meritocracy-based intake policy for 90% bumiputra and 10% non-bumiputra would be maintained this year.
In the 2019 matriculation programme, the ministry had said that 60% of seats had been allocated to students from the lower income (B40) households, and the remaining 40% were for those from middle income (M40) and high income (T20) households.