Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Consider MA63 Borneonisation safeguards when appointing UMS VC, says Ongkili

KOTA KINABALU, May 28 — The Higher Education Ministry should be mindful of the Borneonisation safeguards as contained in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) when selecting the new vice-chancellor for Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

“I have raised the matter with Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh at the last Cabinet meeting and he confirmed that the selection committee had not forwarded any recommendation for new VC for UMS,” said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili in a statement, today.

He stressed that the current debate on the appointment of the new VC for UMS was only speculative.

“As acting Parti Bersatu Sabah president, I have conveyed to him (Idris) that it would not be acceptable for the selection committee to conclude that there is no qualified Sabahan to fill the post of VC since the last two VCs were local Sabahans,” he said.

While acknowledging the selection for the post of VC required excellence in academic credentials and proven skills in management, Ongkili said the Borneonisation safeguards contained in the MA63 stated that in the appointment of senior posts in the federal civil service, priority must be given to officers of local origin.

“I am confident that the Higher Education Ministry will comply with the MA63 safeguards,” he said.

Netizens have been abuzz with news that non-Sabahans have been recommended to take over the UMS VC post.

It was reported in the media that the UMS board of directors had recommended two non-Sabahans to take over from Datuk Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah, who is due to retire next month.

Netizens have slammed the recommendations and the omission of Sabahans. — Bernama

Source: themalaymailonline