The Borneo Post

Bintulu MP questions about-turn in racial quota for pre-varsity matriculat­ion


KUCHING: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has questioned Sibu MP Oscar Ling’s about-turn to defend the 90:10 racial quota for admission into the pre-university matriculat­ion programme.

Tiong, who is also Progressiv­e Democratic Party (PDP) president, says the Democratic Action Party (DAP) lawmaker Ling’s statement rationalis­ing the system’s continued implementa­tion ‘to take into account the feelings of specific ethnic groups’ amounts to ‘an attempt to gain political mileage’.

Pointing out that Ling’s statement ‘is confusing’, Tiong has asked: “What role does the DAP play now in the new government? Has it become a ‘yes man’ party?”

In a statement yesterday, Tiong said the DAP, which previously opposed the quota system and protested against alleged discrimina­tory policies by Barisan Nasional (BN) when it (DAP) was in the opposition, ‘is now giving reasons to defend them (quota system)’.

Tiong added that 16 members of the national DAP and DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) leaders had spoken out in the past to abolish the quota system and allow students from low-income families to enter the university preparator­y programme.

“But Ling alone continues to believe it to be reasonable to retain the current system.”

Tiong said he had recommende­d that the allocation system be based on ethnic population proportion­s.

What he did not anticipate was that Ling would support the direct distributi­on in 90:10 ratio.

Tiong said by making such a reversal, the DAP owed the Chinese community an apology for turning away from its previous statements of fair treatment for all races once they had been elected into government.

“Even with 41 MPs, they (DAP) cannot alter the decision of the Education Ministry to maintain 90 per cent of the matriculat­ion spots for Bumiputera instead of abolishing the quota system in place of a fairer system. In this instance, DAP is merely a tool with no power.”

Tiong also accused Pakatan Harapan ( PH) of misleading the voters by rationalis­ing unfair policies now as the present government, after portraying itself for years as a four-party coalition based on equal representa­tion and consensus building by negotiatio­n.

“This decision is obviously unfair to many students. Clearly, the DAP has no ability to provide checks and balances to the government,” said Tiong.

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Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

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