Thursday, July 02, 2009

Pakatan's Education and Higher Education Cabinet Committee

Hot off the press. The following opposition MPs have been put on the cabinet committee for the Education portfolio: Yusmadi Yusoff (PKR), Che Uda Che Nik (PAS), Chong Eng (DAP) and for the Higher Education portfolio: Zulkifli Nordin (PKR), Salahuddin Ayub (PAS), Tony Pua (DAP).

I think it's high time that the Pakatan coalition formed its own version of a shadow 'cabinet'. Hopefully this will mean a more structured focus on the part of these MPs, especially those which have been allocated the Education and Higher Education portfolios.

These six MPs are an interesting and mixed bunch. Yusmadi Yusoff is a young, idealistic PKR MP for Balik Pulau in Penang and I've had the opportunity to interact with him a few times. He was a Hubert Humphrey fellow for a year here in the US and is a lawyer by vocation. I'm sure he'll bring fresh ideas and perspectives to his portfolio. Chong Eng, an experienced MP from Bukit Mertajam, is a fiery and passionate DAP MP. She's been very outspoken on women's issues as an MP. I hope that she will do more than just highlight the plight of Chinese and Indian schools but look at how the Education Ministry can do a better job, perhaps in examining how some of their policies may effect girls and boys differently. The gender gap is becoming more significant at the university level (in favor of women) and I think there must be some steps which can be taken at the pre-university level which can arrest this trend. I don't know much about Che Uda Che Nik from PAS except to say that he's the PAS MP for Sik, Kedah.

We're all familiar with Tony's work as the MP for PJ Utara and on this blog. Hopefully, being allocated this portfolio will free up some time for Tony to put forth some of his ideas on Higher Education in Malaysia. I'm sure he'll have an interesting time working with Zulkifli Nordin of PKR, MP for Kulim, who is more well known for his tirades against Sisters in Islam and for protesting the Bar Council forum on religious conversions, than for his view on Higher Education in Malaysia. Salahuddin Ayub, PAS MP for Kubang Kerian, was the former PAS Youth chief and is a seasoned politician. It will be interesting to hear his views on the state of Higher Education in Malaysia since I've not heard him speak on this before.

Hopefully, having these cabinet committees will increase the quality and level of debate in parliament especially when it comes to the Education and Higher Education portfolios. Congrats and all the best to Tony!

6 comments:

John Lee said...

Congrats Tony!

Noor Azleen Ambros said...

Pembentukan Pakatan Rakyat's Shadow Cabinet Committee, particularly for Higher Education portfolio wajar disambut baik dalam menjayakan usaha membawa politik tanah air kepada tahap kematangan yang sewajarnya.

Saya juga percaya Menteri yang bertanggungjawab mempunyai sifat terbuka dalam mendapatkan pandangan serta kritikan membina daripada jawatankuasa tersebut untuk sama-sama menjayakan agenda transformasi dan pembangunan pengajian tinggi negara.

Terima kasih!

mdeals said...

Good going tony.....

SaPPhiRe DraGoN said...

Congrats and good luck!

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Dua dekan dilantik tanpa pengalaman, tidak ikut senioriti?
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KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Julai (Hrkh) - Sumber-sumber dalaman kakitangan sebuah universiti terkemuka di Lembah Klang mendedahkan dakwaan berlakunya pelantikan ke jawatan Dekan di dua fakulti tanpa pengalaman dan bukan senior.
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Sumber yang enggan namanya disiarkan mendakwa, dekan tersebut dilantik hanya selepas berkhidmat selama empat bulan sahaja di dua fakulti tersebut dengan gaji yang agak lumayan.

Pelantikan dua individu masing-masing bagi Dekan di Fakulti Ekonomi dan Pengurusan dan di Fakulti Sains Komputer dan Tekonologi Maklumat (FSKTM) turut mendapat bantahan kakitangan dua fakulti tersebut.

Kata sumber tersebut, seramai 34 pensyarah FSKTM telah menandatangani petisyen membantah pelantikan Dekan tersebut selepas mendapati pelantikan itu dibuat tanpa mempertimbangkan senioriti tiga lagi nama calon yang dikemukakan fakulti.

Beliau turut mendakwa adanya petisyen yang dibuat ke atas pelantikan dekan di Fakulti Ekonomi dan Pengurusan universiti tersebut yang baharu minggu lalu dihantar kepada Naib Canselor.

"Jika ini sikap yang diambil pihak pengurusan universiti terbabit, saya melihat ia satu diskriminasi kepada kakitangan pensyarah lain yang sudah lama berkhidmat, yang sepatutnya lebih layak menjawat jawatan berkenaan," katanya.

Harakahdaily difahamkan sumber, bahawa pelantikan tersebut turut dibayangi dasar liberalisasi yang sedang dicanang kerajaan Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Kedua-dua dekan tersebut yang juga didakwa 'orang NC' universiti terbabit dikatakan tidak fasih berbahasa Melayu, malah tidak mempunyai latarbelakang pengurusan yang mantap di universiti berkenaan.

Dalam pada itu sumber juga mendedahkan, universiti terbabit turut melantik seorang Pengarah Pusat Teknologi Maklumat bukan di kalangan kakitangan senior universiti berkenaan.

Malah individu tersebut yang sepatutnya mendaftar pada akhir tahun lalu dikatakan menangguh pendaftarannya sebagai Pengarah Pusat berkenaan selama hampir tujuh bulan hingga Julai tahun ini, katanya.

"Gaji yang diberikan kepada pengarah baru ini melebihi gaji seorang Profesor yang senior.Lagi satu dia juga sepatutnya daftar hujung tahun lalu, tapi sewenang-wenang sahaja boleh tangguh hingga tahun ini, tujuh bulan lamanya, sepatutnya tidak boleh tangguh lama," ujar beliau.

Beliau seterusnya melihat, pelantikan tiga jawatan penting di universiti ini hanya akan mengkucar-kacirkan pentadbiran fakulti dan memberi kesan buruk kepada 'perpaduan' di kalangan kakitangan. - mks. _

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