UTM lecturer behind disparaging lecture slides sacked

Idris (centre) at the launching of the three books under the University Transformation Programme-UniTP.  Also seen are Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching (third left) and Higher Education secretary-general  Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang (second left). — Bernama photo

PUTRAJAYA: The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) lecturer behind the controversial lecture slides for the Islamic and Asian Civilisation Studies (TITAS) module, which hurt the sensitivities of Hindus and Sikhs, was sacked on Wednesday.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said UTM decided to sack the lecturer, who was on contract, as he did not follow the module set by the university.

“The module issued was to serve as a guideline for all lecturers but the controversy occurred because this lecturer did not follow it,” he said at a press conference, here, yesterday.

“UTM had set up a committee comprising a number of professors from various cultural and religious backgrounds, and they admitted that what the lecturer taught was not in line with what it should be,” he added.

In light of this, Idris urged the administration of all universities in this country to always monitor to avoid a recurrence of such a controversy in future.

Idris also touched on visa requirement for visitors from Middle Eastern countries, which was proposed by the National Security Council to curb the

Daesh militant threat in Malaysia.

“We have met with the Royal Malaysia Police, Home Ministry and Immigration Department to outline the actions that need to be taken,” he said.

Idris said he would also meet up with all the vice-chancellors of the public and private universities this July 20 so that they would really understand the Daesh threat and not regard it as a mere creation.

“After that, we will hold explanation sessions for the students and lecturers on the true meaning of jihad (holy war) and bai’ah (pledge of allegiance) and on real Islam so that they would not fall prey to the Daesh ideology,” he added.

Earlier, Idris launched three books under the University Transformation Programme-UniTP.

The books are titled ‘Enhancing Academic Productivity and Cost Efficiency’ (UniTP Silver Book), ‘Strengthening Academic Career Pathway and Leadership Development’ (UniTP Orange Book) and ‘Enhancing University Income Generation, Endownment and Waqf’ (UniTP Purple Book).

The first book, ‘Enhancing University Board Governance and Effectiveness’ (Green Book), under the programme, was launched in September last year


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