KUCHING: The new intake of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) students took a swipe at the university over the meals they were provided during the recent orientation week, which was not up to their expectations.
Special assistant to Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Sim Kiat Leng, said DAP Sarawak had received complaints that the food served during the orientation week ‘Minggu Aluan Pelajar’ was below standard and did not match the amount paid to Unimas.
Sim said the information he got was that the breakfast was fried rice and a drink costing RM4, while lunch and dinner comprising rice and fried chicken were priced at RM8 each per person.
“This is really ridiculous. With the same price, I believe students can get a bigger portion like two types of vegetable and a portion of meat for one meal.
“We are very concerned with this issue because we feel that the students’ welfare is not well taken care of,” Sim told a press conference at the DAP headquarters here yesterday.
He added that there should no longer be any over-pricing on government procurement contracts under the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government,.
“This is a hallmark of the previous government which jeopardises the students’ welfare, and we do not allow this to happen. Hence, we hope that Unimas will carry out study on this matter and provide explanation to the public,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bandar Kuching member of Parliament Dr Kelvin Yii said they had contacted Unimas on the matter.
“Unimas has confirmed that they will investigate the matter fairly and as such, it should not happen again,” he said.