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Email to all Ministers
tomorrow why they should take collective responsibility for UM and USM’s
disastrous plunge in the 2005 Top 200 Universities Ranking and give it top
priority at Wednesday’s Cabinet
by Lim Kit Siang
I will remind all the Ministers of the principle of collective ministerial responsibility for the deep and worsening higher education crisis, which would not permit anyone of them to distance himself from the higher education crisis and just blame the whole mess on one or two persons, such as the Higher Education Minister, Datuk Dr. Shafie Salleh and the Cabinet-rank Special Higher Education Envoy, Datuk Seri Effendi Norwawi.
It is for this reason why at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Ministers must individually and collectively address the acute problem of Malaysia’s prolonged and worsening crisis of higher education, as well as the scandalous response of the University of Malaya Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Datuk Hashim Yaacob to the latest THES World University Ranking which made a national and international joke of UM as well as Malaysia.
At the June centennial celebrations of University of Malaya, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak expressed the hope that University of Malaya could join the ranks of the world’s Top 50 Universities.
The Cabinet should realise that the challenge facing UM is not whether to achieve the breakthrough to be among the world’s Top 50 Universities, but to avoid suffering the fate of USM of being knocked out of the Top 200 Universities Ranking under the Ninth Malaysia Plan beginning next year.
The Parliamentary Opposition Leader’s Office tomorrow will seek an appointment for me to meet up with Shafie next week before Parliament reconvenes the following Monday on November 14 as I would like to know whether the Higher Education Minister has any fresh and new strategy to restore excellence, quality and standards to UM, USM and other public universities in the country as well the nation’s international standing and good reputation for our system of higher education.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman