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Ongkili: A Sabahan should head UMS

KOTA KINABALU: The Higher Education Ministry has yet to make a decision on the new vice chancellor for Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

State Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said social media claims that a non-Sabahan would replace Prof Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah after he retires are merely speculative as there is no decision yet.

“I have raised the matter with Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh at the last Cabinet meeting.

“He has confirmed that the selection committee has not forwarded any recommendation for a new VC,” he said in a statement.


“As acting Parti Bersatu Sabah president, I have conveyed to him (Idris) that it would not be acceptable for the selection committee to say there are no qualified Sabahans to fill the post. The last two VCs were Sabahan,” Dr Ongkili said.

Acknowledging that the candidate required academically excellent credentials and proven management skills, Dr Ongkili hoped the ministry would choose a qualified Sabahan for the job.

He said under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 safeguards, officers of local origin should be given priority in the appointment of senior federal civil service posts.

“I am confident that the ministry will adhere to this MA63 safeguard,” he added.

Social media has been abuzz with news that non-Sabahans have been suggested for the VC post at UMS.

It was reported in the media that the UMS board of directors has recommended two non-Sabahans as possible replacements for Dr Mohd Harun, who is due to retire in June.

Source: thestar