A MIC senator today questioned whether there is possible racism involved in the Pakatan Harapan administration, pertaining to the lesser number of Indian students admitted to the matriculation programme this year, compared to last year.

"This (intake for 2019) has shown a drastic decline.

"Is this because the number of Indian applicants has reduced in 2019, or was it a cabinet directive?" T Mohan was quoted telling Malaysiakini.

He was responding to a written reply by the Education Ministry in Dewan Negara yesterday that the number of Indian students admitted to the programme this year was 1,212, down from last year's 1,804.

Barring a justification for the reduction, it could be taken as a case of racism by the Harapan government, he alleged.

The MIC vice-president also compared the numbers to those during BN administration, where 1,493 Indian students were enrolled into the programme, out of the 1,500 allocated for the community.

Harapan leaders, who were then the opposition, raised a stink over the numbers, but are nowhere to be seen now, he said.

"Harapan also rejected BN's agreement to give 2,200 places for Indian students in 2018. So who is the real racist?" he was quoted saying.

In April this year, Education Minister Maszlee Malik announced that the cabinet agreed to increase student intake into the pre-university matriculation programme from 25,000 to 40,000, while retaining the 90:10 ratio for bumiputera and non-bumiputera students.

Source: Malaysiakini
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