Wednesday, August 17

PM wants 30 pct of RMC intake to be non-Malays

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PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants 30 per cent of intake into the Royal Military College (RMC) to be from non-Malays.Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the 30 per cent quota of non-Malays was meant to show that the RMC as a full-boarding school was open to all races in the country.

“Eventhough the new campus located in Sungai Besi will be ready in 24 months,  this year, when the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) is announced, intake into Form 4 and 5 will begin as directed by the Prime Minister,” he said after presenting contributions at a 1Malaysia charity event organised by Vesta here Thursday.

He said presently the number of non-Malay students in the college was less than five per cent.

He said based on the 1Malaysia concept as espoused by Najib he was confident the intake of non-Malays would increase to 50 per cent.

Ahmad Zahid said RMC graduates could make a choice to continue their education in university or join the military service.

“If they choose to join the military service they will be paid an allowance,” he said.

Relating to an allegation by PAS that the ‘Juara Rakyat’ programme used government funds, Ahmad Zahid denied it and said the funds to pay for the programme were from Umno.

“The programme is organised by state Umno liaison bodies and involves private organisations and non-governmental organisations.

“Using the going-to-ground concept, the government always finds ways to be close to the people and ensure that we provide services. That is what we want,” he said. — Bernama