Idris: Ministry has no say
By KAREN CHAPMAN
KUALA LUMPUR: The Higher Education Ministry is unable to intervene in the removal of Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Razali Agus as Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel) vice-chancellor as it is a private institution owned by the Selangor Government.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Idris Haron said an individual’s removal must be based on performance.
“If his removal was linked to other reasons besides performance, then the name of academics have been tarnished,” he told reporters after opening the National Higher Education Conference 2008.
He said any performance must be able to be measured.
It was reported last week that Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had said Prof Mohd Razali’s contract was not renewed.
He said the vice-chancellor was not sacked as the board of directors had decided not to renew his tenure, which expires at the end of July.
It was reported yesterday that the university’s dean of the school of postgraduate management, Professor Dr Khalifah Othman, had been appointed as its acting vice-chancellor.
On the opening of franchised cafes on public university campuses, Idris said the decision was up to the individual institutions’ vice-chancellors and management.
“Some may allow the cafes to open while some may not.
“I suggested this earlier as I have noticed many students staying out late at these cafes,” he said, adding that university authorities would be able to keep an eye on students if these cafes were opened on campus.
He said these cafes should also be able to offer wi-fi access to students.
On the complaints of students that not all areas in public universities had wi-fi access, Idris said the institutions were working to improve on that.