ALOR SETAR – The Kedah state government feels that building Kolej Universiti Insaniah’s (Kuin) permanent campus in Kuala Ketil was a miscalculated investment by the previous Pakatan Rakyat government.
State Education, Transportation and Works Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain said their plan for the overly big campus has left a serious impact on the Barisan Nasional led state government’s coffers.
He said the state government was forced to pay RM44,508,000 a year for a 15-year bank loan period until 2024 to settle the RM327,665,000 spent on the construction and interest of RM206,428,950, bringing the total to RM534,093,950.
“Although the Kuala Ketil campus was completed at a cost of RM327,665,000, it did not include hostel facilities. The current state government had to build hostels in campus which the Pakatan Rakyat government started without following procedure, at a cost of RM12,876,072. This cost is only for eight hostel blocks without a surau, cafeteria and administration office.
“We also have to bear the high cost of emolument, which is 85 per cent of Kuin’s revenue, because uncontrolled staff intake did not match financial capability. Kuin currently has 539 employees,” he said when winding up the Budget 2015 Bill and the Kedah Budget 2015 Speech at the state assembly here Thursday.
He added that the state government had under the BN led state government agreed that expenditure on education was undeniably a form of investment for the future which was proven by the establishment of Kuin in 1995 and later upgrading it to university college in 2006. – Bernama