Not so easy to restore freedom for public varsities — ex-VC

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily on June 6, 2018

While the new government has promised to restore public universities and institutes of higher learning’s authority and independence, it will pose a challenge for their managements, said former Universiti Malaya vice chancellor (VC) Tan Sri Professor Ghauth Jasmon. He was referring to Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto citing universities’ board of directors (BoD) will be given autonomy and authority to appoint VCs and deputy VCs based on merit and in a transparent and competitive manner.

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‘Malaysia must recognise there will always be major states controlled by opposition’

This article first appeared in The Borneo Post on May 16, 2018

Malaysia must recognise that from now on there will always be several major states that will be controlled by political parties in the opposition to the party controlling the federal government, said Jeffrey Cheah Institute on South East Asia president Prof Woo Wing Thye.

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Malaysia’s Umno forms taskforce to revive party after shock election defeat

This article first appeared in The Straits Times on May 14, 2018

Malaysia’s largest party Umno has begun efforts to reform itself after suffering a shock election defeat last Wednesday (May 9) that saw its coalition Barisan Nasional whittled down to 78 MPs from a majority of 133 in 2013.

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