Published: Wednesday July 4, 2012 MYT 9:10:00 PM
Kedah MB says no reason for Prof Jamil to step down
ALOR SETAR: Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said there is no need for Kolej Universiti Insaniah (Kuin) rector Prof Datuk Dr Jamil Osman to step down as demanded by more than 100 Kuin staff.
Azizan, who is Kuin chairman, said Dr Jamil, former Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Deputy Dean and Kulliyah of Economics, was appointed as Kuin rector to help bring changes to the university college.
“Why must the rector step down? He is here to help expand and restructure the college.
“He should be given time and understanding and not subject to protest or pressure for him to step down,” he said in a press conference after chairing the state executive council meeting here on Wednesday.
He said the state would not entertain the demand from the staff but would leave it to Kuin board of directors to discuss the matter.
On possible action to the staff who had staged the protest, Azizan said the staff have the right to do so.
“I hope the staff would be patient during this restructuring,” he said.
However. he added he has no intention to meet with the protestors.
It was reported that more than 100 Kuin staff held a protest demanding Dr Jamil to step down because of his unsatisfactory leadership.
Held within the state-owned Kuin compound in Mergong, the protest saw the staff holding placards and banners urging Dr Jamil to step down following several issues with the staff and students.
On a similar note, Azizan admitted that Kuin was facing financial woes and that the state was working on solutions to solve them.
He said this included getting the state government-linked companies to give loans to Kuin.
He said the state allocated RM15mil to Kuin yearly but the university college needed about RM50mil to cover its expenses.
“I have asked several government-linked companies to help Kuin and I believe that the matter would be solved soon, he said.
It was reported that five of Kuin staff had on June 27 lodged police reports concerning financial irregularities.
The staff claimed Dr Jamil failed to ensure that the money deducted from staff's salaries for their respective housing and car loans were deposited into the banks which had issued the loans.
This was despite their pay slips showing that their salaries had been deducted.