Over the years, I had many queries about a “generous” medical college up north which has been giving multiple scholarships etc to budding medical students. Many at times, I was very sceptical about this university which has backing of many top political masters. It boast itself as the only university in the world which was offering 5 medical programs, 2 of their own and 3 twinning program. Even in developed countries with 500 years of medical education, no university can run more than 2 medical programs. With the typical Malaysia Boleh attitude, we can do it ! Of course, by becoming the laughing-stock of the world.
When this college announced that it will build its own teaching hospital, not one but 2, I wrote that it is economically not viable. In 2012, I wrote THIS. From what I gather, Perdana University might abandon their plan to build their own hospital. IMU is planning to build a hospital of their own in Klang (abandon their plan to buy over Pantai Ampang) and Melaka Manipal has bought over a small hospital in Klang. I am not sure what is happening to UCSI which suppose to build a hospital in Port Dickson. Whatever said, my comment on these issues will remain the same as what I wrote in 2012.
Some interesting development has appeared from this infamous college. Few weeks ago, I heard that 3 of their twinning program has been scrapped and many students were left in the limbo. These twinning program does not appear on their website anymore. Two of the twinning program was with Ireland universities which were withdrawn. Another was from Indonesia. They are officially only running 2 programs now , one of their own and another using UKM degree. Please be informed that both these degrees are yet to be accredited by MMC. Furthermore, please also be informed that the MD(UKM) degree offered by this university is NOT recognised by Singapore.
Today, I saw another interesting development. It was in the Star (see below). In July 2013 this college bought a building in UK to start a “so-called” twinning program with Malaysia!! The unused Middlesex University Trent Park Campus was bought over by this university at an exotic price and was targeted to take its first batch of 300 medical students in October 2013. I am not sure whether it really happened but it says that the students will be on credit transfer ?? Is this where all those students who are supposed to be on their twinning program were dumped? Is this why they are in financial crisis? I can assure you that GMC will never accredit this program if it is going to be a twinning program where the clinical years are going to be done in Malaysia. So, what’s the purpose of this campus? What’s the point of doing pre-clinical years in UK? There were also reports that this campus in UK will be used for research purpose, making reusable gloves!
UK laws are not like Malaysian Bolehland laws. I have my reservation on this venture and I can foresee that the university will end up with problems. What is reported in The Star is probably the tip of the iceberg. When even both of their local programs have not been accredited by MMC, why venture into overseas campus? I leave it to the readers to ponder upon……………………
College staff turn to loan sharks after salaries unpaid for four months
BY RAHMAH GHAZALI
PETALING JAYA: Employees of medical school Allianze University College Medical Sciences (AUCMS) are in dire financial straits as their salaries have allegedly not been paid in four months, with some turning to loan sharks in desperation.
An employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Star Online that most of the college’s staff, both academic and administrative, had not been paid due to the college’s alleged financial woes.
He claimed that the situation escalated since Tabung Haji withdrew as its strategic partner on July 3, 2012.
“Some were forced to borrow from loan sharks as their applications for personal loans were rejected by the banks because of the employer’s reputation as a bad paymaster.
“Some employees, who are married to each other, have it worst. They cannot depend on each other financially,” he said.
“Some have had to use their savings to survive, with some even selling their belongings,” he added.
He also said the employer had failed to contribute to their Employees Provident Fund (EPF), income tax and Social Security Organisation (Socso) since Nov 2012.
He added reminders to the college administration had been given repeatedly, with “temporary” solutions such as allowances given.
“Many people, including myself, have stopped coming to work because of this. The Education Ministry and Human Resources Ministry should come forward and help us,” he said.
He said the college now is now on the brink of ceasing operations if the lecturers decided to stop teaching altogether.
In an immediate reaction, AUCMS president Datuk Dr Zainuddin Md Wazir told The Star Online said that the situation was under control and the academic programmes are working as usual.
However, he admitted that they were going through some “financial hiccups” and would only reveal the college’s financial situation to the press once outstanding payments are made.
“We have found a solution and would make the payments, together with compensation, as early as next month.
“We truly understand the staff’s anxiety but I can assure you that business is running as usual over here,” he said when contacted.
AUCMS is a private learning institution located at Kepala Batas, Penang that runs specialised courses of study in medicine, hospitality, tourism, sports science and allied health sciences.