BERA: Only the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government is committed to ensuring the protection of rights of the Bumiputera, including the Orang Asli community, in the country.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak warned that this year’s Bumiputera Education Tour (JPB) – a specially-tailored programme to assist students from low-income families and rural areas to further their studies at higher learning institutions – will not be held if the opposition party wins the 14th general election.
"The Barisan Nasional government is consistent in looking into the welfare of the people, including the Malays, Bumiputera and Orang Asli.
"This is proof that the government is striving hard to ensure that no Bumiputera student is deprived of the opportunity to further their studies due to poverty.
"Do not expect programmes like this to be organised if the opposition is in power. If the opposition, led by DAP is in power, do not expect (JBP) programmes to be implemented," he said in his speech when opening JBP 2017 at the Bera district council field here today.
Najib said the goal of the JBP could not be achieved without the ruling party championing the rights of its people.
He added that the JPB, which kicked off in Bera today for the second consecutive year, will visit 55 parliamentary constituencies nationwide, and target 50,000 students to further their studies at private and public education institutions and technical vocational education training (TVET) institutes.
Najib described the JPB, which is close to his heart, as a programme which will help pave the way for Malay and Bumiputera children to enjoy a better future through education.