New Unimas chief keen to do his job despite Kuching’s gripe

Kamal Mat Salih says he is looking forward to serving Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and the state.

PETALING JAYA: The new chairman of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Kamal Mat Salih, has shrugged off a complaint against his appointment, saying he is looking forward to serving the university and the state.

“I’m ready and more than happy to share my vision for the university with all stakeholders, including the state government,” he told FMT when asked to comment on a statement from the chief minister’s office that Putrajaya should have consulted the state government on the appointment as it had always done before.

Kamal, the chairman of the Malaysian lnstitute of Economic Research, replaces Sulong Matjeraie as Unimas board chairman.

He was the MP for Wangsa Maju from 1996 to 1999 and has held various positions in government agencies. He was once a deputy vice-chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia.

He is the first non-Sarawakian to be appointed Unimas chairman and will serve in the position for three years from Jan 1.

In its statement yesterday, the Sarawak chief minister’s office said it was “regrettable” the appointment had not been referred to the Kuching administration.

Kamal said he did not see any issue arising from his appointment.

“I received the offer and I took it,” he said. “I’m just looking to contribute.

“What is important is how I can use my experience and knowledge to contribute to the university and to Sarawak.”