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Department of Education Studies

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Education, Ethnicity, and Inequality Symposium: Issues and Insights


Malaysia is a multiracial and multicultural country. Ethnic Malay is the largest ethnic group in the country along with Chinese, Indian, and other races being the minorities. This presentation is a personal account of circumstances surrounding minorities’ admission to public universities in Malaysia. Some minority students fail to secure university places because of a widely speculated quota system. Despite competitive public exam results, minorities seem to undergo a much complex admission process in university that raises questions on its equitable basis. In some cases, minorities admitted to public university withdraw from their study program that was generally not of their interest as a result of the allocation process involved in the quota system. Eventually, these students seek opportunities in private colleges or universities locally or overseas. As a result, brain drain becomes major issue in Malaysia. In this presentation, I share some cases of struggling minorities including those successful ones to the public universities to help you to generate a better picture of the challenges faced by these students under the system.

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Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR


Higher education, school admission, equality in education, multicultural education

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Hong Kong SAR