HULU Langat MP Dr Che Rosli Che Mat's degree is far more sought after than that of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries minister Datuk Serf Noh Omar. This was the reply given by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim when asked to comment on Noh Omar's questioning of the appointment of three opposition politicians - the MB's political secretary Faekah Husin, Merbok MP Datuk Rashid Din and Che Rosli, as members of Universiti Selangor (Unisel) board of directors. Speaking to reporters after launching a dialogue on the state budget yesterday, Abdul Khalid said the state government appointed members of Unisel's board of directors based on their academic qualifications. In comparing the two, Abdul Khalid claimed Che Rosli's degree was more in demand than Noh's.
PAS' Che Rosli, obtained a PhD from the United Kingdom and was a nuclear science lecturer in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) before entering politics. The Pas member also served as the head of UKM's Nuclear Science Department. Meanwhile, Noh Omar holds a law degree from Thames Valley University, now known as University of West London, also in the United Kingdom, and served as a legal officer in Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) before establishing his law firm Ahmad Famy & Noh. Not stopping there, the mentri besar proceeded to take another dig at Noh's qualifications, claiming, "Faekah is a lawyer, a better lawyer than Noh Omar by qualification." As for the recent resignations of former Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia lecturer Datuk Adnan Alias and former Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (Sirim) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohammad Ariffin Aton from the university board, Abdul Khalid said both individuals had requested to resign. As for Noh's call for the state government to disclose Unisel's finances, he said Unisel's financial records had not been audited for the past five years. However, he said efforts to do so are in the final stages and the audit exercise would be completed next month. It was reported that Noh had on Sunday alleged problems had arisen after Pakatan Rakyat took over the state, including the change in the university's vice-chancellor and the resignation of several individuals from the board of directors, whose places were filled by Pas and PKR leaders. The Selangor Barisan Nasional deputy chairman also challenged Abdul Khalid to reveal the financial position of Unisel within a week, alleging the university was debt-ridden and close to insolvency. Noh yesterday said if the Opposition-held state government respected Che Rosli's qualifications, they would have endorsed the latter's statement that the Lynas Advance Material Plant (LAMP) plant was safe for residents. Che Rosli has reportedly stated in February that the controversial rare-earth plant in Gebeng, Kuantan would be safe as long as safety regulations and standards were adhered to and constant monitoring of its operations were carried out by the company.
Resource: Malay Mail, Page: 6
Date: Tuesday, 3 July 2012