Investigations into alleged mismanagement at Usas completed

IPOH: Investigations into allegations of mismanagement at Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah (Usas) here have been completed.

In a statement Thursday (Feb 28), Usas said the Board Investigative Committee had completed its review of the allegations, originally made by members of the university’s union last June.

The statement said an independent audit firm was appointed by the committee to assist with the governance review.

The audit firm had presented its findings, which identified some gaps and shortcomings, to the board.

“The board has discussed plans for immediate improvement as well as to strengthen internal governance frameworks with the Usas senior management.

“We have obtained a strong commitment from the senior management to address the issues identified by the audit firm,” it said.

Recently, state executive councillor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari said the current state government has assured that Usas, which was riddled with various administrative and management inefficiency issues over the years, would be “cleaned up” and get a new board of directors.

Abdul Aziz also said that there is a possibility that more than 2,000ha of land allocated to the university by the previous state government had been mismanaged.

The statement added that from Feb 1, the vice-chancellor of the university has been asked to return from his voluntary leave since the onset of the audit firm’s investigation.

New board members have also been appointed.