Would the government amend the law to allow non-Bumis in UiTM?

The Higher Education Minister would be responding to a question by Ramkarpal (PH-Bukit Gelugor) on whether the government would amend the UiTM Act 1976 to allow non-Bumiputeras to study in this Bumiputera exclusive university.

The issue was raised following objections to suggestions to open UiTM for medical specialist training programs known as parallel pathway.

UiTM is the only local university that offers parallel pathway programme in collaboration with the National Heart Institute (IJN) in the field cardiothoracic.

The proposal to open UiTM to non Malays was made by a UiTM scholar as a way out after Malaysia Medical Council refused to recognise cardiothoracic surgeons who graduated from sevral UK based universities.

Opposition lawmaker Datuk Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh (PN-Pasir Puteh) questions the Home Minister on a guarantee that the implementation of the visa liberalisation plan would not threaten the security of Malaysia and Malaysians

He raised this issue since there is an increase in the number of undocumented foreign workers that is close to six million people including those who abuse the facility and overstay in Malaysia.

The PLV among others provides visa exemptions to citizens from India and China, graduate pass for 23 countries, multiple entry visa facility, umrah transit visa and improvement on the validity and eligibility period of visas and social visit pass involving 22 African countries.

The above are among the interesting issues that would be raised in Dewan Rakyat today.

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