Explain Unisel debt, Khalid told


(The Star) – Selangor Umno is calling on Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to explain a RM54.8mil debt incurred by state-owned Universiti Selangor.

Its deputy chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the loss was sustained after Pakatan Rakyat took over the state in 2008.

Showing a copy of the university’s 2010 audit report to the members of the media, Noh questioned why the information was not made public.

“He (Khalid) and the state financial officer signed the report on Aug 27.

“So, what is he waiting for? The people of Selangor need to know the truth,” he told reporters after the opening of the Tanjung Karang Umno division’ meeting yesterday.

Noh said the report showed Unisel had sustained losses in the past three years with a deficit of RM1.63mil in 2008, RM13.55mil in 2009 and RM39.68mil in 2010.

“The losses are after taxes were paid. Khalid should stop blaming the former state government and explain this,” he said, adding that the university was running well when Selangor was under Barisan Nasional’s administration.

He also believed that the losses had been a contributing factor to the university’s inability to settle its debts with its hostel management Syarikat Jana Niaga Sdn Bhd (JNSB).

Khalid had previously announced that the audit report on Unisel would be made public by the end of last month.

Unisel had recently made headlines for the wrong reasons and fingers were pointed at the Selangor Government for not managing the university properly.