The Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) Former Deputy Vice Chancellor is strongly against the proposed merger with Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA).
In a written statement by the Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, HEPA KUSTEM (June, 2003 – June, 2009), Prof Dr Abdul Majid Mohd Isa described his involvement in the year 2004 tasked with preparing a proposal to upgrade KUSZA and now under the name UNISZA.
He said, tall order was KUSTEM now UMT and new university have very minimal overlapping and should focus on different area of study and research.
“When former Higher Education DG made a working visit to KUSZA, he asked me to brief him on the proposal as soon as he landed at the airport before seeing Menteri Besar and staff of KUSZA.
We agreed UMT should focus on exploring oceanography and the new university focussed on the mainland”, he said.
He said as time goes, people seemed to forget their territory and begin to encroach other people property.
“Thus overlapping begun.The unneccessory cost is of course high and escalating. The merge is mainly due to government financial constraint. I think UMT should use the rationale how he can sustain by remained focussed.
Remember good things will last. Now UMT has to explore what is last, and now UMT has to explore what is there to keep on surviving. I am the saddest person if UMT is no longer exist” he said.