‘Pub­lic var­si­ties must not be an­swer­able to politi­cians’

Po­lice­woman re­manded over RM2,000 bribe

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PETAL­ING JAYA: Aca­demi­cians are an­swer­able to their field of knowl­edge and not to politi­cians, says Universiti Sains Malaysia’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Aca­demic and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Staff.

There­fore, it called for more au­ton­omy for pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties to self-man­age and re­view re­mu­ner­a­tion pack­ages for aca­demi­cians and cer­tain laws re­lated to in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion would like to stress that there should be lit­tle or no po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in our pro­fes­sional day-to-day op­er­a­tions,” its pres­i­dent As­soc Prof Dr P. Sun­dramoor­thy said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“Aca­demi­cians are nat­u­rally ac­count­able to the re­quire­ments of their dis­ci­plines and the needs of their in­sti­tu­tions.

“In pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion, the aca­demics should man­age academia and not be in­structed by politi­cians.

“We should elect our top man­age­ment es­pe­cially for the post of vice-chan­cel­lor, deputy vice-chan­cel­lors and regis­trar,” he added.

Sun­dramoor­thy said the ap­point­ment of top man­age­ment should come from the re­spec­tive uni­ver­si­ties and not from the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter.

“These im­por­tant po­si­tions should be de­ter­mined by search com­mit­tees es­tab­lished in each uni­ver­sity ... that will sub­mit two fi­nal­ists as sug­gested to its board of governors,” he said.

Sim­i­larly, he said, the chair­man of the board of governors should be a re­tired prom­i­nent aca­demi­cian rather than a re­tired se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cer or po­lit­i­cal ap­pointee.

The as­so­ci­a­tion also urged the Gov­ern­ment to re­view spe­cific laws re­lated to in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing, such as the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act and Uni­ver­sity and Uni­ver­sity Col­leges Act 1971, which Sun­dramoor­thy said “only hin­der in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment and growth among aca­demi­cians and stu­dents alike”. KLANG: A po­lice­woman was re­manded five days to help with an in­ves­ti­ga­tions into a case of so­lic­it­ing a RM2,000 bribe four days ago.

Mag­is­trate Nik Nur Ama­lina Mat Zaidan al­lowed Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion’s (MACC) ap­pli­ca­tion to re­mand the 28-yearold traf­fic po­lice in­spec­tor and con- duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­der Sec­tion 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009.

The sus­pect, who is at­tached with the traf­fic en­force­ment and in­ves­ti­ga­tion division at the South Klang Dis­trict Po­lice head­quar­ters, was de­tained by the MACC at 4.05pm on Wed­nes­day.

A source said she was ar­rested fol­low­ing a re­port by a 35-year-old man who claimed the po­lice­woman had sought a bribe from him as an in­duce­ment not to im­pound his sports util­ity ve­hi­cle that had an ex­pired road tax.

The man claimed the po­lice­woman asked for the money from him at 11.45pm on Mon­day.

He then lodged the re­port with the MACC. — Ber­nama

In a fix: The fe­male in­spec­tor be­ing es­corted by an MACC of­fi­cer at the mag­is­trate’s court in Klang.

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