CM Stops UCSF Pay Cuts, Orders Revamp

Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has put a stop to staff salary cuts at the state-owned University College Sabah Foundation.

Not only that, he has also ordered a revamp of the university’s management.

“I’ve directed that there should be no pay cuts and retrenchment,” he said after receiving donations from four companies to help frontliners battling Covid-19 today.

“I’ve told the State Secretary (Datuk Seri Safar Untong) to look into the matter. We will meet soon,(and) undertake a management revamp,” he said without elaborating.

Last week, UCSF vice chancellor Dr Mohamed Haleem Mohamed Razi said the temporary austerity measure undertaken by UCSF would involve a 50 per cent pay for four months from June.

Total work hours will also be reduced to three days a week, he said.

He said that the austerity drive was not a retrenchment scheme but an attempt to maintain the organisation and retain its staff following the effects of the partial lockdown brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He new student intake had fallen to a low 18 per cent in April as a result of the market sentiment caused by the pandemic but that it was hoping the situation would improve by its next intake in September.

The university had also suspended some programmes including the university’s international programmes.

On Tuesday, Sabah MTUC secretary Catherine Jikunan said that UCSF staff had not agreed to a 50 per cent cut from their gross salary and claimed they were only given a memo on the matter.