Appointments seen as a boost for local varsities

  • Letters
  • Sunday, 18 Nov 2007

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting (pic) has hailed the appointments of the four new non-bumiputra deputy vice-chancellors as a positive development for local universities. 

He said the unprecedented decision by the government must be recognised.  

“The government is committed to excellence in our institutions of higher learning without looking at race.  

“Academics who have proven themselves should be promoted and given due recognition regardless of their race and religion,” he said.  

Ong commended Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed for his commitment to education excellence. He said Mustapha had worked hard to make these appointments possible as part of his work to reform the universities. 

Ong said it was important that the local universities work hard to improve their rankings in the world, adding that more effort must be put into research and development.  

He said efforts must also be made to reward and promote academics, regardless of their race, as heads of department.  

Ong said it was important to note that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had pledged that every Malaysian had a place and future in this country. 

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