As many as 6,000 lecturers in public universities, including professors, were either terminated from their jobs or had their contracts not renewed last year due to budget cuts.
It is estimated that the total number of public lecturers has dropped to 29,000, compared with 35,000 previously.
Malaysian Academic Association Congress (MAAC) president Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Idrus Mohd Masirin said public universities had been adversely affected by the budget cuts in 2016, by at least 30% to 40%.
He said the Education Ministry's move had forced universities to cut academic staff.
Dr Mohd Idrus said some public universities had even resorted to not hiring administration staff to keep costs low.
> Bus drivers want jail penalty abolished
The Peninsula Malaysia Bus Drivers Association has urged for the jail penalty against bus drivers or captains involved in road accidents to be abolished because accidents are considered as civil offences, and not criminal.
Its president Sa'adan Man said a jail penalty for such offences would discourage youth from taking up the job. He said the association's suggestion would also prevent against existing bus captains leaving their jobs.
He claimed that the number of bus captains has decreased because many were not comfortable with the strict laws imposed against them, which causes emotional stress, work pressure and an inability to focus.
Sa'adan also suggested for the Government to increase the speed limit for buses from 90 km/h to 100km/h, and to reduce the burden of drivers by giving a 10% discount for unpaid traffic summonses.
> Man allegedly sets himself on fire
A man died after he allegedly poured petrol over his body and set himself on fire at a field in a residential area in Gelang Patah, Johor.
His body was found by residents at about 6pm Sunday.
It is learnt that two bottles of empty containers were found near the body.
When contacted, police said they have yet to determine the man's identity.
> Ritual to get rid of 'wicked' people held at temples
A ritual called da xiao ren (beat petty, wicked people) was carried out at several temples, including the Sin Zhe Si Ya Temple in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
The Chinese believe that a mythical white tiger will open its mouth on that day, which is the day of the "awakening of insects" in the Chinese lunar calendar.
In general, believers write down the name, date of birth and address of “offensive” people in their lives on a piece of paper and pass it to a temple caretaker, who then carry out the ritual by beating it repeatedly using a worn shoe or wooden clog.
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