UiTM vital in drive to attain 51% Bumiputera professionals goal, says Ahmad Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) plays a crucial role in assisting the government in achieving the target of producing 51% of Bumiputera professionals and technocrats.

Referring to a report from the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM), Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) emphasised the necessity of these efforts, noting the absence of any professional or technical field where Bumiputeras have attained the targeted percentage.

"Back in the days when UiTM was known as ITM (Institut Teknologi Mara), the late Tun Arshad Ayub was a trailblazer in the field of professional and technical education," he said.

"The government and I aspire to see another Arshad Ayub emerge from UiTM, allowing us to accelerate progress towards our objectives," he told a press conference at the UiTM Leadership Madani Thinkers Programme on Monday (June 24).

He also expressed gratitude to UiTM's leadership and professionals, underscoring the importance of continuing such engagements in the pursuit of fostering skilled professionals and technocrats in the country.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law and Institutional Reform) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said was also present.

The UiTM Leadership Madani Thinkers Programme, organised by the Malaysian Academy of Sciences (AKM) in collaboration with UiTM, aims to empower the institution in line with the Malaysia MADANI agenda and the principles of the Rukun Negara.

The programme, held for the first time, brought together 74 participants comprising top leaders from UiTM nationwide. – Bernama

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