Friday, 23 January 2015

Politics: UM & UMNO

The Malaysian Insider:
University of Malaya (UM)
University of Malaya (UM)
Deputy vice-chancellor (academic and international) Professor Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor, will not be getting an extension on his contract, while another deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr Rohana Yusof, who is in charge of student affairs, is set to be replaced for being too lenient with students, the source from the university said.
The most interesting bit of the report is the comment on the current VC compared to previous VC:
UM has been plagued with problems since the Education Ministry announced the appointment of Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin as the new vice-chancellor of UM.

He was seen as having failed to stand up for his staff when associate professor Dr Azmi Sharom was charged with sedition last year over his comments on the Perak constitutional crisis.[...]

Amin is said to be weak and unable to protect his staff and the interests of UM since taking over the position from Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon on November 2013.

Ghauth was known for fiercely protecting his academic staff from political interference.

His firm stance had allowed UM to enjoy academic freedom during his time at the helm of the university.