‘Bumi only ‘dropped from matriculation form

The Education Minister after criticism from the public and education groups has altered its online application form.

B Nantha Kumar, FMT

The  Education Ministry has dropped the “Bumiputera Only” sentence on the online matriculation application form.
This came after heavy criticism from public and Indian education groups.

Yesterday, FMT reported that Education ministry’s  online application has blatantly stated only Bumiputera students can apply for matriculation places for next year students enrollment.

The ministry was insisting in the Applicant’s Qualification (Kelayakan Pemohon) that the applicants must have Bumiputera status (Pemohon mestilah pelajar bumiputera warganegara Malaysia) to apply for the seat .

A check by FMT today showed that the ministry had taken down the word bumiputera in the Applicant’s Qualification and now it states that all Malaysian students are eligible to apply for the matriculation seats for next year’s enrollment.

However, the ministry still maintaining that matriculation is a programme for SPM Bumiputera students (Program Matrikulasi Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia merupakan program persediaan bagi pelajar bumiputera lulusan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia).

The applicants also have to fulfill another requirement which they must identify themselves as Bumiputera or non-Bumiputera.

A Thiruvengadam (picture), the president of Malaysian Indian Education Awareness and Welfare Association (PKP-KIM) thanked the public for applying  pressure on the  Education ministry .

He added that he believed the “Bumiputera” tiff is a drama by Education ministry to divert the public attention from the real issue where the matriculation department still   mum on the status of 333 qualified students name list sent by his NGO.

“The department promised to update us on the matter on Monday. But, today is Friday and there response on the status of the students,” he said.