Thursday, June 14, 2007

We Are Not Moving
Stresses UM Don

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) has no plan to relocate to its campus, describing the present location as one of its strengths.

“UM would like to state categorically that it is not relocating from its current location nor is it in any negotiations with any parties to that effect,” said the university's International and Corporate Relations Office director Associate Prof Dr Khoo Boo Teong in a statement yesterday.

According to a news report on Tuesday, property developer GuocoLand (Malaysia) Bhd, controlled by Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan, had made a bid for the UM grounds.

The report said that if the bid was approved, the development would complement GuocoLand's planned RM1.2bil Damansara City development project and the university would be relocated to Sepang, where the company has a landbank of 4,860ha.

A company source was quoted as saying that such a development was estimated to have a gross development value of RM10bil.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed also said it was “absolutely not true” that the university was relocating.

“UM's location is very historic. It is staying put,” he said after chairing the ministry's post-Cabinet meeting yesterday.

UM vice-chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim expressed shock.

“The university is a heritage. You can't just pluck it out and put it somewhere else. The university management will not allow it,” she said from London yesterday.

Nota: Kadang-kadang resistance tidak berupaya membendung barbarian yang sudah kecor air liur melihat piece de resistance.

The Star Thursday June 14, 2007


Now, who should we believe? Higher Education Minister, Datuk Mustapa Mohamed? UM’s vice-chancellor, Datuk Rafiah Salim? UM’s International and Corporate Relations Office director, Associate Prof Dr Khoo Boo Teong? Or the recent report by which said “GUOCOLAND (Malaysia) Bhd, a property developer controlled by Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan, has made a bid to relocate University Malaya from Petaling Jaya to Sepang.”? – Ruhanie Ahmad

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