Make It A Sabahan VC For UMS, Musa Tells Higher Education Minister

Musa Aman, centre, says a Sabahan must head UMS and there are lots of qualified people. At left is outgoing Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Mohd Harun.

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Musa Aman says a qualified Sabahan must head Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) as its vice-chancellor, once the tenure of the existing head comes to an end in the middle of June.

In a statement Thursday, Musa said the concerns over a non-Sabahan taking over the post of Vice Chancellor of UMS have been relayed to the minister in charge.

Musa pointed out the issue was a common concern among many, including those within Sabah Barisan Nasional.

He said the matter has already been brought to the State Cabinet for discussion and all agreed that the issue warrants the attention of the Ministry of Higher Education.

“I know some have become very anxious over this matter. I have already raised this issue with the minister in charge and voiced the expectation that the next UMS VC should be from Sabah. I believe we have qualified people from here that can do the job.”

He however urged the people to calm down as no decision has yet been made on the appointment.

“I also ask the media especially the social media not to hype up the matter. I know this issue will be political fodder for the opposition but that is expected,” he added.

BorneoToday which was the first to break the news, wrote that the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Zaki Azmi, who is also a non Sabahan, and a committee headed by him, had recommended two non Sabahans to take over from the current VC, Professor Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah.

Dr Mohd Harun who was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor effective 18 June 2012 is due to retire in the middle of this month.

Netizens have slammed the recommendations and the omission on Sabahans.