UNISEL student facing accommodation problems

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KUALA SELANGOR – About 1,000 students of Universiti Selangor (Unisel) who registered today are facing accommodation problems since the management of the residential college refused them accommodation at its hostel.

Unisel Student Representative Council (MPP) president Mohd Jeffri Abu Hassan said the council was not informed of the matter officially and were only informed verbally.

“The matter was not announced, what we know is that the hostels were not opened because the workers did not come to work as they have not been paid salary. Their head was also on leave since Friday without leaving any notice on the matter,” he told reporters, here, today.

He said students who could not enter the residential college comprised semester two to final year students.

“First year and new students had received their keys and can stay at their respective hostel because they had registered early, namely, a week ago when the office for hostel operations was still open,” he said.

He said, to tackle the problem, MPP with the cooperation of the Student Affairs Welfare Body, had provided temporary hostels to help affected students.

In a newspaper report, Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar claimed Unisel owed Syarikat Jana Niaga Sdn Bhd (JNSB) RM15 million.

JNSB was responsible for developing and managing student accommodation on the university’s main campus in Bestari Jaya, Kuala Selangor.

The debt included arrears in payments involving maintenance cost at the main campus and the operations of the hostels in the university which belonged to the Selangor state government.

Accommodation problems aside, the students also had to shoulder financial burden when Unisel had allegedly made excess deductions from their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans. -UMNO