Kelvin Yii hammers Umno Youth chief over matriculation issue

Dapsy National urges Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh to cease making futile suggestions that only serve to disrupt racial harmony, said DAPSY chief Kelvin Yii.

He was responding to Akaml’s proposal that proficiency in the Malay language should be a prerequisite for entry into matriculation courses.

“Akmal does not need to make pointless suggestions regarding the admission criteria for matriculation courses,” he said.

“Malay language is a compulsory subject in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exams, and entry into matriculation programs is based on achieving 10 ‘A’ or above in SPM, which naturally includes proficiency in Malay.

“Therefore, Akmal’s deliberate mention to provoke unnecessary racial sentiments is unwarranted,” Yii said via a Facebook post.

“As youth leaders, we have a responsibility to practise mature politics and not to disrupt the harmony and unity of diversity solely to garner support from a single ethnic group,” he added.

He said DAPSY is pleased with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s recent announcement that all students achieving 10 ‘A’ or above in SPM, regardless of their race or background, have the opportunity to qualify for entry into matriculation programs without affecting existing quotas.

“We are pleased with this enlightened education policy announcement by the prime minister and the Madani government, especially providing non-indigenous top students with the opportunity to apply for matriculation programs.

“However, it is regrettable that this announcement has been politicised by certain parties, stirring unnecessary racial sentiments,” he added.

“The government has never neglected the importance and status of the Malay language.

He said to ensure that Malaysia’s outstanding SPM students excel in their education, Malaysia must prepare them for their future, including improving and reforming the existing education system.