Merit-based Scholarship. The Prime Minister's proposal to introduce a "merit-based" scholarship system where "only the best, irrespective of race" will be granted JPA scholarships from next year may not be constitutional, or so says a pro-Najib blogger.
In his posting Is the Merit-based Scholarship Constitutional?, Zakhir Mohamad, a life member of Umno, said Najib Razak can't implement the proposal unilaterally.
This is because, provision for scholarships has been enshrined in the Federal Constitution solely for the Bumiputras only, he wrote. "When scholarships are being dished out based on merit, that means Malay privileges as provided in the Federal Constitution inadvertently has been withdrawn."
The blogger also said Najib will need to refer the proposal to the Malay Rulers and should have gone to the party for feedback. Read more, h e r e.
Read Bernama's report on the proposed scholarship, here.