Thursday, December 11, 2008

Amendment to the UUCA

I haven't had a chance to go through the latest amendment to the UUCA that is working its way through parliament right now but from what I've read from newspaper reports, the changes are cosmetic at best. Giving some autonomy to the universities may be good only if there is progressive and forward looking leadership within our public universities. But ultimately, the VCs know that they keep their jobs by pleasing their political masters at the MOHE. Students in public universities still cannot join political parties which I find to be an infringement on the rights of our students. Interestingly, the MOHE Minister, Khaled Nordin, said that this act was not applicable to UiTM because UiTM was set up under it's own Act. I wonder if this means that students and faculty at UiTM can be members of certain political parties? After all, the current UiTM VC, Datuk Seri Prof Ibrahim Abu Shah, is an unapologetic member of UMNO and has been since his days as a lecturer way back then.

9 comments:

Derek said...

Regardless of whether there is a separate Act for UiTM, as UiTM is officially a IPTA, the UUCA should still be applicable.

Example are Banks, there is BAFIA but Companies Act is still applicable.

Maybe the Minister himself is not well informed.

Anonymous said...

The minister of higher education is an idiot.....never get his facts right....same case as University Rakyat when he said it political party's university, when actually it was proposed to be run by government.

Ahmed Razman said...

My father who has just started to blog recently, gave his views on how one qualify to become a VC in public university

you can read his views at http://pakteh48.blogspot.com/

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Anonymous said...

The person in charge of MOHE should be an eminent academic with the at least a Prof title with years of experience in the higher education sector, NOT any Tom, Dick or Harry from virtually unknown other than UMNO.
It's no wonder our whole education sector has gone to the dogs and becomes what it is now, at the whim and fancy of the politicians.

laptops said...

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Anonymous said...

The VC of uitm got the most manly moustache ever shown by any of the worlds vc. His moustache is the top 5 of the worlds vc even by thes standard

Eğitim Araştırmaları said...

Same problems are encountered in Turkey. I used to think that in Malaysia things are more fair. Though, it seems class discrimination and inequality dominates the entire world.

Regards

Anonymous said...

Does UUCA applicable to private universities or college like Nottingham, Monash, UCSI etc.??