Shah Alam – Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the University Technology MARA (UiTM) has not only helped the Malays to improve their socio-economic status through higher learning, but also contributed to highest human capital for the nation building.
The numbers of alumni produced by UiTM indicate that as a public university, it has contributed to the highest human capital in most of the industrial and professional sectors in the country.
The Prime Minister added, UiTM has 60 years of history with 661,456 alumni up to date, which indicates that the university has been successful in fulfilling the predecessors’ aims to help the rural Malays and the poor to improve their lives by way of education in line with the needs of the country.
The government, Najib said, has always been very concern that the wealth of the country is distributed fairly amongst the people regardless of race and religion. The rural people (orang kampung) in particular have to be given equal opportunities in obtaining proper education as to improve their lives.
“I am grateful that the graduates from UiTM have changed the professional landscapes, thus uplifting the moral of the Malays through their achievements at national and international levels.
“I hope the alumni can contribute back to UiTM through various initiatives like the Tabung Pendidikan 1Bilion (TP1B) which was launched last year. What position one held is not important but the spirit to continue the main objective of the establishment of UiTM by the founders including the second Prime Minister, the lateTun Razak (my father) and others who had contributed in many ways to realize this sacred institute of higher learning,” he said.
Najib reiterated the aim of the establishment of UiTM in his speech at the UiTM 60th Anniversary Celebration at Dewan Agung Tuanku Canselor, UiTM Shah Alam, on Friday morning.
At the event, Najib launched the “Entrepreneurs Fund” to help young entrepreneurs to start their businesses and also gave away rewards of various categories in the Diamonds of Alumni UiTM 2016.
Among others present at the historical event were Minister of Higher Learning, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh,Vice Chancellor UiTM, Prof. Emeritus Datuk Dr. Hassan Said, former Pro-Chancellor, Tan Sri Arshad Ayub and two former Vice Chancellors, Tan Sri Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Shah Abu Shah and Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Prof. Ir. Dr. Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar.