Red September 16 was clearly an UMNO rally.
For Taylor’s University to cancel its contract with Wawasan Sutera because the latter used a bus bearing the university’s logo to ferry participants to the red shirt rally, is to thumb its nose at UMNO, a dangerous act.
What will happen to Taylor’s University?
Will there be red shirts at the university gates? Will there be problems with its licence?
Let’s wait and see…
20 October 2015
Malay Mail Online
Ismail Sabri dodges question on end to MARA scholarships for Taylor’s
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 ― Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri sidestepped a parliamentary question on his termination of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) sponsorships for students to Taylor’s University.
DAP’s Taiping MP, Nga Kor Ming, had asked Ismail to explain the move that was perceived as retaliation against the university for cancelling a contract with a bus operator whose buses were used in the pro-Malay #Merah169 rally in September.
“Until September 2015, around 521 students under the MARA scholarship have studied under various courses at Taylor’s University in many fields including foundation programmes, bachelor degrees, masters and other programmes.
“The sum total is a big amount of scholarship for any institution of higher learning. The sponsorship of students by MARA in institutions of higher learning including Taylor’s is done according to current needs,” Ismail stated in his written reply to Nga.
The minister previously said there were “many reasons” for such a decision, but did not elaborate on what these included.
23 September 2015
Mara chairman says no instructions to terminate sponsorship for Taylor’s students
IT IS NOT SURPRISING THAT NO INSTRUCTIONS HAVE COME YET.
It was Rural and Regional Development Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who announced on Monday that Mara would stop sponsoring Taylor’s students. He can’t instruct Mara directly. Expect him to see the PM, who can be expected to say YES, JUST DO IT.
Wednesday September 23, 2015 MYT 8:28:01 PM
Mara chairman says no instructions to terminate sponsorship for Taylor’s students
KUALA LUMPUR: Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa says he has not been informed of any decision to discontinue Mara sponsorship for Taylor’s University students.
He said Mara loan and scholarship recipients from the university would continue to be sponsored as per the current agreement pending further instructions.
“I have not spoken to the Minister about this. Based on the newspaper report, I was made to understand that it could be for future enrolments.
“I am not sure of the reason, but reports are saying it is because the Minister was unhappy over the university’s decision to cancel a bus operator’s contract,” Annuar said.
TIT FOR TAT, BUTTER FOR FAT
21 September 2015
First consequence: UMNO institution, MARA, boycotts Taylor’s University.
After red shirts bus boo-boo, now Mara snubs Taylor’s Uni
Mara will stop sponsoring students to Taylor’s University for a host of reasons, Bernama reported Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announcing today.
It is unclear what the “host of reasons” are, but Taylor’s terminated its contract with bus operator Wawasan Sutera last Friday for using buses that carried the varsity’s logo to ferry participants to the red shirt rally last Wednesday.
Photographs of red shirt protestors getting off a bus with the university’s logo had put them in a spot.
Meanwhile Ismail Sabri was among the Umno ministers who had voiced support for the rally variously called ‘Himpunan Bangkit Maruah Melayu’ and ‘Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu’.
Monday September 21, 2015 MYT 4:08:54 PM
Ismail Sabri: Mara to terminate sponsorship for Taylor’s University students
KUALA LUMPUR: Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) will terminate the sponsorship for the next intake of students to Taylor’s University, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
However, the Minister for Rural and Regional Development did not name the reasons behind the revocation.
“There are many reasons,” he said, when asked whether this was following the private college terminating the services of its operator used to ferry passengers to the red shirt rally in Kuala Lumpur last week.
Social media was abuzz when a screenshot of a statement allegedly made by him went viral, ordering the Mara director-general to terminate the sponsorship of its students with immediate effect.
However, Ismail clarified that it was not him who made such a statement.
“I did not make such statement, it was discussed in the Telegram messaging group with Umno division chiefs,” he said.
Ismail said he would inform Mara director-general to review its sponsorship to Taylor’s University.
“But I would like to clarify that we will not terminate the sponsorship for existing students, as they could carry on with their studies.
“Only the next intake will be affected,” said Ismail.
Taylor’s University terminates contract with Wawasan Sutera http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/taylors-university-terminates-contract-wawasan-sutera?d=1 …
Taylor’s nixes contract with bus operator over red rally
Taylor’s University terminated its contract with bus operator Wawasan Sutera, for using bus bearing the varsity’s logo to ferry participants of the red shirt rally on Wednesday.
The private varsity was forced to explain that it did not authorise the use of the bus service for this purpose, and it was not used to ferry their students to the rally, after a picture of protesters alighting from a bus bearing the logo was circulated online.
“We would like to reiterate that we did not authorise the service of the bus bearing our logo belonging to third party, Wawasan Sutera, to ferry rally-goers and the bus was not used to ferry our students ot the rally,” it said in a statement.
Wawasan Sutera will continue running the shuttle bus service for Taylor’s University until Nov 16, 2015 in compliance with the contract, it added.
Updated 17th September 2015: Taylor’s University would like to expand on the statement that we issued yesterday on the image of red shirt rally participants getting off the bus bearing Taylor’s University logo. We would like to reiterate that we did not authorize the service of the bus bearing our logo belonging to third party, Wawasan Sutera, to ferry rally-goers and the bus was not used to ferry our students to the rally.
In view of this situation, the Management has reviewed the contract with the bus operator and has decided to terminate it, in accordance to the terms and conditions of the contract, effective today.
In compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract that require 2-month notice, Wawasan Sutera bus services will continue to run according to the agreed schedule without disruption of services until 16 November 2015. This is to ensure that the decision to terminate the contract will not inconvenience the needs of our students and staff who are reliant on this shuttle service. A new bus operator will commence its services on 17 November 2015.
Again, we wish to express our regret on the unintentional association of Taylor’s University with this event.
Taylor’s University has noted that our bus contracted to third party, Wawasan Sutera, was used by the operator to ferry passengers to the red rally today without our knowledge.
We would like to reiterate that the management of the university did not authorize the service of the bus for this purpose and the bus was not used to ferry our students to the rally.
Immediate action has been made to withdraw the use of the bus with our logo.
We regret the unintentional association of Taylor’s University with this event.
Taylor’s University terminates contract with bus operator
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18, 2015:
Taylor’s University has terminated its contract with the bus operator who ferried red shirt rally participants to Kuala Lumpur using the bus bearing the logo of the education institution.
This, it assured, was in accordance with the terms and conditions of its contract with Wawasan Sutera, to whom the bus belonged.
“In compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract that requires a two-month notice, Wawasan Sutera bus services will continue to run according to the agreed schedule without disruption of services until Nov 16 2015.
“This is to ensure that the decision to terminate the contract will not inconvenient the needs of our students and staff who are reliant on this shuttle service.
“A new bus operator will commence its services on Nov 17, 2015,” the university management said in a statement posted on their Facebook page, last night.
Here’s Why Taylor’s University Bus Was Used To Ferry Passenger To Red Rally – http://goo.gl/QtwGMu