Universities, Na

Universities, Na

What does the Malay Dignity Congress tell us about our universities and academia?

'What of our public #universities now? So what if some have improved in the rankings? Who cares?' - Prof Dr Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi

9.10.2019

'What of our public universities now? So what if some have improved in the rankings? Who cares?' - Prof Dr Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi

THE aftermath of the Malay Dignity Congress organised by four public universities – Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) – has left Malaysians pondering a simple question:

“It’s your own fault, dear Malays, ” was what Dr Mahathir basically said.

Three years ago, I remember calling a reporter for an interview on the fate of Malaysia in the near future, with the 14th General Election (GE14) looming ahead.

What was my response? I remember saying that it does not matter which party wins because the fate of the country lies with what happens to three players: universities, and the academics and students of these universities.

We deal with the foundation of issues, and answer problems with a structured response that sees the problem decades ahead.

Secondly, I told the journalist, the academic must have the sense of being an agent for change in society and the nation.

I have rejected many applications for a professorship in architecture because I saw no contribution to society and no legacy framework to project the discipline into changing society and the environment.

Thus, with these three important players, a nation can be rebuilt to have sustained real and genuine prosperity.

When another public university organised a Christian-bashing conference, its academics were the same as those at the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) university conference.

Firstly, he questioned the vision of public universities and noted that none was seriously interested in social change but only the production of workers.

I have only written about Murray’s first criticism but not the other two. Now, after the Malay Dignity Congress, what he has alleged has become undeniable fact.

A call for the resignation of the university leadership was made by a student body at UM. I have never supported such calls or actions before, but Malaysians must take this call under serious consideration.

Secondly, I would like to call on the Education Ministry to appoint three civil society members to the board of directors of each of these four universities, and later on, to the boards of all the other 16 public universities.

We can no longer trust academics and industrialists to fill the boards of universities; we need “people-conscious” Malaysians.

The writer is Professor of Architecture at UCSI University, and has been an academic at both public and private universities over the past 32 years. The writer’s views are his own.

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Front page report in the S'pore Straits Times - 'Jokowi's son graduates from SUSS (S'pore University of Social Sciences)'. Note that the Indonesian President's son, who could have studied in most any university, chose to study in S'pore..unimalaya maszlee mahadir tu kuat putar alam,jaga2. ku li boleh urus.

Separate church and state. When politicians fail to address the problems in the society, the academia plays its role. They are backwards people. Wonderful letter written by Prof Dr Tajuddin, I'm most appreciative of his razor sharp insights. We need more ppl like him to step up n lead the way with intellect, compassion n common sense.

Finally an intellectual who can see the folly of our academia! (Sigh of relief...) But still many government universities students fail to be on priority for government jobs. What’s the point they struggle so hard to enter public universities.. Unsurprising, they r still mired wt d 'bodek' game in so-called New Malaysia, particularly wt whoever d politician that holds d Minister's position.

make these vice-chancellors answer The future of the country looks so bright, doesn’t it?

Hishammuddin: Malay Dignity Congress an effort to unite community | Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 — Malay Dignity Congress is an effort to unite Malays and stop politicking, said Umno’s Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. He said all Malay politicians regardless of affiliation should support the effort as it was for the good of the community. “I think we have to move... Isn't that the work of the sultans and agongs? I thought that was the reason for retaining our royalty after Merdeka. Gee! Then why not call it the 'Malay Unity Congress'? By calling a Dignity Congress, it might be misconstrued as a apathied, Nazi , white supremacists movement Why have one royal when you can have at least 9 to do the vital religious duties.

Brainwashed factories? 🕯️education universities “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” ― Walter Cronkite it's plain to see who are the racists and bigots. That's the good thing that came out of this,

21 still warded after food poisoning at Malay Dignity Congress | Malay MailSHAH ALAM, Oct 7 — Twenty One of the 197 university students who suffered food poisoning at the Malay Dignity Congress here yesterday are still being treated at hospitals. Selangor Health director Datuk Dr. Khalid Ibrahim said 20 students were treated at Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital, Klang... Not much dignity ! too much enjoying free meal

CenBet wants govt to make stand on issues raised at Malay Dignity CongressPETALING JAYA: The government needs to set the record straight on its stance over the resolutions raised during Sunday's Malay Dignity Congress.

Malay Dignity Congress exposes Mahathir's hypocrisy: Gerakan VPMahathir's insincerity in solving problems of all Malaysians surfaced when he showed up at the congress. Another wise words from irrelevant political party. Apa ni gerakan? Gerak ke mana? Mahathir unite all party. No bias. Get along all party.

Anwar's speech slur on Malay Dignity Congress draws comments from PM's aideZahid Md Arip says mispronouncing one letter could lead to problems, after Anwar Ibrahim is heard saying 'barua' instead of 'maruah'. FMTNews Alahhhhhh ini pun nak jadikan issue, pi kerja la

Police to investigate Malay Dignity Congress organiser Zainal Kling | The Malaysian InsightBukit Aman confirms investigation for causing public mischief underway.

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