ALOR SETAR: Eight Kolej Universiti Insaniah (Kuin) staff here lodged a police report alleging breach of trust by the Kedah government-owned college.
The group made the report at the Kota Setar police headquarters at 9am following their dissatisfaction with Kuin's financial management and handling of staff matters.
They claimed that Kuin had not paid their contributions to third party agencies such as banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions but the deductions were made from their salary and shown on the pay slips.
In a statement handed out to the media outside the police headquarters, they claimed that Kuin's failure to make the payments led to arrears of three to six months, causing many of the college staff to incur late charges from banks, receive legal and car repossession notices, and insurance policies to lapse.
The group also claimed that some affected staff had been blacklisted under the Central Credit Reference Information System.
"The staff did make a previous police report, on July 27, 2012, regarding the same problem. After that, through the Treasury Department, the Kuin management promised to settle all the arrears but it was just talk," they added.
"They have yet to settle these payments to the third party agencies, but our salaries are still being deducted," said the statement, urging the resignation of Kuin Rector Prof Datuk Dr Jamil Osman if he was unable to manage the college and the welfare of its staff.
Meanwhile, State Assembly opposition leader and Pedu assemblyman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid described the Kuin crisis as serious and proposed a special committee to investigate the problems faced by the college.
"This situation cannot be ignored until it becomes too critical, leading to assistance from the federal government," he said.
On a separate development, Mahdzir said he was puzzled as to why the Kedah government had not tabled an allocation for the Kubang Pasu District Council at its 2013 budget, whilst all the other districts had theirs. Querying how the council would handle its expenses without an allocation, he said it was also strange that the state government had appointed state executive councillor Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi as the council's president.
"In the history of Kedah, a politician has never been appointed as the president of any local authority," he