Wednesday, 3 May 2017

新纪元大学学院私营化 是我国华教运动的最大丑闻(5月4日更新:补上英文原稿及有关说明)/PRIVATISATION OF NEC IS THE BIGGEST SCANDAL OF CHINESE EDUCATION MOVEMENT

新纪元大学学院私营化
是我国华教运动的最大丑闻
新纪元学院前院长柯嘉逊博士于2017年5月1日文告
(5月4日更新:补上英文原稿及有关说明)



[《人民之友》编者按语]《星洲日报》4月30日头版头条刊出“新纪元大学学院恐私营化,董教总无权过问”的新闻报道,引起了我国华人社会尤其是关心、支持民族母语教育和民办高等院校人士的关注和议论。本文是曾为新纪元学院的发展作出了不少的努力和贡献的前院长柯嘉逊,在第一时间(5月1日劳动节)发表的文告,毫不含糊地表达了他对有关事件的立场和态度。

我们认为:(1)新纪元学院(现在称之为新纪元大学学院,下称“新纪元”)原是马来西亚华裔族群共同奋斗而获得的文化教育资产;(2)“新纪元”原是马来西亚民办的华文教育高等院校的一个重要组成部分;(3)“新纪元”原是马来西亚华人社会委托董总、教总和独大有限公司共同组成“董教总高等教育中心”来创办和经营的。

如今却出现了令人匪夷所思的“新纪元大学学院恐私营化,董教总无权过问”的荒唐状况,难道董总、教总和独大有限公司领导层衮衮诸公不应勇敢地站出来向华社做出两点交代:(一)民办的新纪元怎么私营化了呢?(二)作为马来西亚华社的委托人,对新纪元出现的状况,采取什么对策?相信广大华社尤其是关心、支持民族母语教育和民办高等院校人士,都在殷切期待。

以下是柯嘉逊的文告全文——

叶新田、邹寿汉及其同伙想串谋把新纪元学院私营化是当前发生在华社的最大醜闻。新纪元学院之所以能够从我国500间左右的私立学院中脱颖而出,就在于它是华社出资与支持的非盈利教育机构。

华社委托三大华文教育机构,即董总、教总及独大公司组成董教总高等教育中心负起建立和管理新纪元学院的重任。从一开始,董教总教育中心的章程就明确规定,董总、教总和独大公司在董教总教育中心各有5名代表董事,而董总主席为教育中心的当然主席,以确保华教运动中的三大机构在教育中心具有充分的代表性。

自从上世纪70年代创办独大运动以来,华社对民间大专学院的创办都给予大力的支持。新纪元的创办也不例外。每次筹款活动, 华教工作者,包括董教总秘書处和来自各方面与阶层的志願工作者,都作出重大的奉献。他们为籌款活动出谋献策,亲力亲为,组織各种义卖义演活动。依靠群策群力,我们在上世纪90年代首先建成董教总行政大楼。到2000年之后,我们又筹建了学术大楼和宿舍大楼。

就像50年代南洋大学筹款运动的盛况一样,各阶層人民也给新纪元学院热烈的支持。其中最令人感动的包括在2001年,槟城三轮车工友集体义踏,筹得4万元的可观成绩。华社各阶层人士为上述三座大楼一共捐献了3,500万元,这可是一笔不小的巨款呀!

新纪元学院目前的财务状况令人躭忧。当我在2000年接任院长时,我们只有280位学生,那年我们亏损了100万。当时我们的累积亏损已达350万。在采取了一些节约和"社会主义"措施之后,学院的财务才勉强得以支撐下去。 我们采取的其中一项措施,是卖掉院长的用车作为节约的榜样,及在财务困难的情况下,实施只有"学院用车″,不提供职员專用车的新决定。为了提高工作热忱,决定优先提高書记及执行员的待遇,而高薪者则暂时冻结加薪以缩小高薪及低薪职员间的待遇差距。院长在任内,亦捐出部分月薪以补贴低薪者。 

我们从2001年开始盈利,到2003年,就解决了全部累积亏损。当我们在2008年底离开学院时,该年的盈利为100万,而学生已达1,700人。

我们离开学院后,从2009年开始,由于学生人数不断下降,学院又开始亏损。据悉,至今学院的累积亏损已超出700万。

叶邹及其同伙必须由于挑起新纪元学院災难性的纠纷,造成学生人数锐减及财务亏损,而负起全部的责任。他们不但摧毁了我们所取得的学院可持续经营的财务状况,同时也完全破坏了我们经过10年努力,而建立起来的民主制度。由于主要的决策是来自高层的少数朋党,因此不应把失败的责任推给学院各部门的主管和教职员。其实,他们在一年内就摧毁了我们在新纪元长期经营所建立的包容与民主的校园文化。

新纪元私营化的影响,可以说比JJPTR的醜闻更为严重!因为在投资醜闻中,损失的只是金钱; 而新纪元学院私营化的结果,就意味着林连玉、林晃昇和沈慕羽等华教先驱的梦想的破灭,因为华社所委托创办与管理新纪元学院的华教三大机构一一董总、教总与独大公司对"独大之子"一一新纪元学院,已经无权过问!

叶邹及其同伙已经修改董教总教育中心的章程,将三大机构在教育中心的代表人数,由每一机构5人减至2人。章程被不民主的修改后,新纪元学院创校三大机构已经无法履行华社的委托,通过在董教总教育中心佔多数董事的代表性管理新纪元学院,因此决定不出席教育中心的会议,并诉诸法律途径,维护华社的委托与董教总教育中心原章程所赋予的权利。



[《人民之友》编者补充说明]

根据社交媒体传送的讯息,柯嘉逊是在5月1日(劳动节公共假期)发表上述文告的。柯嘉逊于5月2日中午时分将他的这篇文告(即以上的华文版文告)张贴在其个人的脸书上,标题是《华教的伪善者》。在约4小时后即5月2日下午4时许,柯嘉逊在其脸书上留言:“Sorry about FB`s naif translation.This is the original”(我为脸书上的天真幼稚的华文翻译致歉。这是我的文告的英文原稿)——



PRIVATISATION OF NEC IS THE BIGGEST SCANDAL
OF CHINESE EDUCATION MOVEMENT
Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, Former Principal of
New Era College, 1 May 2017

The privatisation of New Era College by Yap Zhou & Co is the biggest scandal played on the Chinese community. New Era College stands out from among the five hundred or so private colleges in the country in that it is non-profit-making, being funded and supported by the Malaysian Chinese community.

Three main organisations in Malaysian Chinese education were entrusted to build NEC, namely Dong Zong, Jiao Zong and Merdeka University Bhd. Together they formed DJZ Higher Learning Centre for the specific purpose of setting up New Era College. From the outset, the Constitution of DJZHLC was designed so as to ensure that these three important organisations in the Chinese education movement were amply represented with five members each in the DJZHLC board and that the Chair of Dong Zong was made the natural Chair of DJZHLC.

A People’s College of the Malaysian Chinese community

Since the early days of Merdeka University in the seventies, the Malaysian Chinese community has contributed generously to fund this tertiary level institution. The same was true for the NEP project right from its inception. Every fund raising event is a tale of profound sacrifice by Chinese educationists in the DJZ secretariat as well as volunteers in the community who contributed not just money but their talents in fund raising and performances. Through their efforts we built first the DJZ Building in the Nineties and then during 2000, work started on our new Academic Block and the Hostel Block.

Reminiscent of the fundraising for Nanyang University during the Fifties, people from all walks of life contributed to our building fund. Some of the most memorable events included the Trishawmen’s Association of Penang who contributed RM40,000 of their day’s takings to the college in 2001. In all, the three blocks in the Kajang campus cost around RM35 million.

The present finances of NEC give cause for concern

When I took over as principal in 2000, our total enrolment was only at 280; we had made a loss of RM1 million for that year, and our accumulated loss stood at RM3.5 million. Sustainability was only achieved through drastic expenditure cuts and the introduction of “socialist” measures. One of the first cuts we undertook was to sell the principal’s car as an example for all the staff to follow in this austerity drive. It matched our commitment to sustainable transport. There would only be “college vehicles” and no vehicles for privileged personal use while we were in financial straits. Upgrading the salaries of the clerks and executives was our priority in raising staff morale while top salaries were capped throughout my term as principal in order to narrow income polarity. In the first few years, the top management also contributed a portion of our salaries every month toward the salaries of the clerks and executives.

From 2001 onwards, we began to make profits every year. By 2003, the accumulated losses had been wiped clean and by the time we left at the end of 2008, we had made a profit of RM1 million that year. The total enrolment for that year was already 1700 students.

Since we have left, NEC began to make losses again from 2009 onwards as enrolment dropped. I understand that the accumulated losses made by NEC up until today now amount to more than RM7 million!

Yap Zhou & Co. must bear full responsibility for this fiasco and the drastic fall in enrolment following the disastrous NEC controversy. They have not only destroyed the sustainability of the NEC finances we created but they have also totally destroyed the democratic system that we built in the 10 years up to 31.12.2008. Decisions are now made by a few cronies at the top so they should not try to blame the heads of department and staff for this fiasco. They have destroyed in one year the inclusive and democratic culture of the New Era Education that we created in the campus.

The privatisation of NEC is more serious than the JJPTR scandal!

In the JJPTR scandal, it is only the few investors who have lost their money. In the privatisation of NEC, the dreams of our Chinese education visionaries Lim Lian Geok, Lim Fong Seng and Sim Mow Yu have been smashed since DZ, JZ and Merdeka University Bhd, the trustees of NEC no longer have a say in NEC – the “Son of Duda”.

Yap Zhou & Co. have changed the constitution of DJZHLC to reduce the number of representatives of DZ, JZ and MUB from 5 to 2 members. Ever since that undemocratic move, these three founding organisations of the Chinese Education Movement have boycotted the DJZHLC and rightly so.

The Chinese community must not allow these characters to get away with this privatisation of NEC. NEC belongs to the whole community which entrusted DZ, JZ and MUB to look after this ‘Son of Duda’. It is shocking that since 2009, they have accumulated a loss of more than RM7 million for the college. It is clear that the community must not fall for their undemocratic scheme and demand that NEC be once again put under the care of DZ, JZ and MUB.

在脸书上,柯嘉逊没有说明其文告的华文翻译失误之处。但是,读者可以轻易发现,华文译文和英文原稿除了标题不同之外,文告最后一段文字内容和含义有着显著的差异。

《人民之友》编辑部谨此将柯的英文原稿的最后一段,翻译如下——

“华社不应轻易让叶邹及其团伙在新纪元私营化的事件上开脱罪责。新纪元属于全体华社,华社委托董总、教总与独大公司管理此"独大之子"。叶邹及其团伙掌控下的新纪元学院,自2009年的累积亏损高达700万令吉,这是令人震惊的。华社不应上当受骗而让叶邹及其团伙所策划的阴谋得逞,必须要求:新纪元重新由董总、教总和独大有限公司掌管。

华文译稿的最后部分的内容和含义,让广大读者觉得译者把柯嘉逊文告的着重点转移了。

谢谢广大读者的关注!

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