USAS administration told to stop terminating staff

IPOH: Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah (USAS) which is being audited following claims of misconduct and abuse of power was today directed by the state government not to terminate its staff.

“I have received complaints that the administration was terminating contracts of employees. They should maintain the status quo and not resort to drastic actions,” State Education, Technology, Science and Environment committee chairman Dr Abdul Aziz Bari told reporters on the sidelines of the state assembly sitting here.

“The vice-chancellor (Tan Sri Prof Dr Nordin Kardi) has gone on extended leave … however, the current administration's decisions are making the staff uncomfortable.

“They have to stop terminating contracts while the auditors are completing their task,” he added.

The auditors conducted a forensic audit three weeks ago.

According to Abdul Aziz, some parties in USAS had been passing remarks against the state government after he made an announcement of the audit.

PricewaterhouseCoopers had been appointed to carry out an independent probe into the alleged mismanagement of the university in Kuala Kangsar after the university's board received a memorandum from administrators, academic staff and students.

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