Higher education in crisis: Bidding farewell to Dr Terence Gomez

Media Statement
Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew

(Kuala Lumpur, Thuraday): Apart from those who know how to get alternative news from,,, and other alternative sources, most Malaysians were still in the dark about the predicament of UM Associate Professor Dr Terence Gomez.

The BN-controlled mainstream media has not reported a single word about the ill-treatment and discrimination subjected to Dr Terence Gomez and his wife (who’s also lecturing in UM).

Dr Terence Gomez has finally thrown in his towel and decided to get on with his life with the new job offered by the United Nations in Geneva.

Higher education is indeed in great crisis in this country. The man who used to say “work with me” and “tell me the truth” has chosen to keep mum over such a glaring mistake committed by his men. He is, after all being said and done, a leader for no more than a single race.

He has also chosen not to say a word over the denial of government scholarship for a score of 13A’s achievers. Has he forgotten that these fine kids have lunched with him in one of the PR exercises organized by his think thank not long ago?

May be he’s too engrossed with a conspiracy theory- that syndicates and banks are working together to mess up the KLSE to embarrass his administration.

Malaysians are urged to express their solidarity with Dr Terence Gomez by attending a dinner hosted by Lim Kit Siang, the Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader. They can reserve their tickets with the DAP headquarter (Ms Yong Tel: 79578022/ 012 201 3656).

Several prominent professors from various local universities will join other right-minded Malaysians to bid farewell to Terence on Monday night at the Kelana Seafood Centre, SS7, Petaling Jaya.

We hope Dr Terence Gomez will return to serve Malaysia after a two-year stint in Geneva. We want him to know that he has done well as a social scientist, and that his service is still very much needed by Malaysians.  



* Liu Tian Khiew, DAP International Secretary and NGO bureau chief