Let’s move to needs-based education system instead, Muda says after Anwar backs Bumi quotas in universities

The Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) has today urged a shift in the country’s education system to a needs-based and merit-based approach, after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the Bumiputera quotas in universities will remain.

Criticising the current ethnic-based approach, its president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said three have been many cases of straight-A students who failed to secure a place in public matriculation programmes — but were offered spots in top global universities instead.

“To solve this problem, Muda suggests that we transition from a purely race-based system to a hybrid needs-based and merit-based system,” he told a press conference here.