Jun 14, 2007

So is Universiti Malaya moving?

As reported earlier by Business Times, RockyBru, Ruhanie Ahmad, and MalaysiaKini, about the news that Universiti Malaya (UM) will relocate its campus from Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, to a large swath of undeveloped land in Sepang Selangor. Almost everyone was shocked by this news. So now that UM has voiced its opinion, I wonder whether there will be a move after all.

(The Star) 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.

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Azmi Shahrin said...

According to Pak Lah, UM will stay in its present location. Thank God for some sensibility in this issue.

Anonymous said...

The private company made a bid for MU land? But UM sits on govt land. Was the bid uninvited or someone in government sends out feeler for bidding? if so, who? identify him/her.