As Malaysia’s bumiputra policy turns 50, citizens debate impact of affirmative action

Nov 6, 2021 | INVESTING

Firdaus Jesfrydi, 26, has a profile that makes him a perfect match for Malaysia’s majority affirmative action policy.The ethnic Malay grew up in a home in Sarawak with an annual household income of some 4,800 ringgit (US$1,200), and in 2013 won a spot in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak to read engineering for free.Without the state’s support, Firdaus would not have been able to see the inside of a tertiary institution and improve his prospects.But on campus, he soon discovered that not everyone who…

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