ALLOW me to give some personal comments and observations on the recent report about the potential crisis which our 111-year-old Universiti Malaya is facing, “UM feeling the crunch” (Sunday Star, Jan 8). I am among the professorial staff who have taught for three decades in UM’s Faculty of Medicine and who are preparing to exit in less than two years.
It is indeed a case of “no money, no show”. The budget cuts will certainly affect the research performance and key performance index (KPI) of university lecturers. The collective KPI will then contribute to the status achieved in the ranking or yanking exercise of the annual “academia beauty” competition!