AUCMS students badly hit by school’s financial woes


PETALING JAYA: Hundreds of Penang-based private medical school Allianze University Medical Sciences (AUCMS) students have suffered from the school's financial crisis, which has allegedly dragged on for a year.

An employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Star Online that the students were no longer allowed to serve their practical years in some government hospitals due to the college’s poor track record.

“There are many occasions where the students are not allowed to enter the wards as the hospital’s departments refused to accept students from AUCMS.

“They complained that the quality of teaching in AUCMS has been below the standard of medical school,” he claimed.

The plight of AUCMS employees was highlighted in The Star Online on Apr 22, with some turning to loan sharks in desperation as their salaries have allegedly not been paid in four months.

Despite repeated reminders to the college’s management including a signed petition, the employee said their concerns have been ignored.

“Our patience is running thin. It’s been five months now and we haven’t received a sen yet,” he said, adding that the employees are planning to take legal action against the college.

“More than 65 employees have signed a petition letter demanding their salaries, Employees Provident Funds contributions and scheduler tax reduction are paid according to their contracts.

“However, the management still has not responded to the petition,” he said.

He also said the employees are threatening to boycott the classes due to the ongoing problems.

“Our medical faculty is also badly hit as many high-ranked and clinical lecturers have left to other institutions,” he said.

He added that the employees have decided to take legal action against the college for the unpaid salaries.

AUCMS president Datuk Dr Zainuddin Md Wazir had previously said that they were going through some “financial hiccups” and vowed to make the outstanding payments as early as this month.

When reached for comments, Zainuddin said the management is "sorting it out the issue immediately.

"We acknowledge their problems and we are in the midst of settling it," he said, briefly.

AUCMS is a private learning institution located at Kepala Batas, Penang that runs specialised courses of study in medicine, hospitality, tourism, sports science and allied health sciences.

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