Monday, October 5, 2009
Dr M advises Malay students study with other races
By R.S.N. MURALI
DUNGUN: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged Malay students to enrol in institutions of higher learning with an equal racial breakdown if they wished to maintain a competitive edge.
“Malays must accept that there are people of other races in this country, and they should interact with them too,” he said after attending a discussion entitled “Malay Supremacy” at UiTM here yesterday.
“(Malay students) should also realise that the world out there is diverse and filled with various ethnic groups and should (make an effort) to foster relationships (with other races) if they want to be more competent.”
Dr Mahathir said, through interaction with other races, Malays would be able to sustain a superlative academic standard through healthy competition.
“The foremost element to achieving this is to accept that this country is a plural society.”
On another matter, Dr Mahathir said he hoped Barisan Nasional would only select aspirants with the highest integrity as candidates in future elections.
Those with tainted background would certainly bring forth a negative perception of Barisan, he said.