Pahang state government stands against closure of Uniten KSHAS campus

KUANTAN: The Pahang State Government has publicly declared its opposition to the proposed closure of the Universiti Tenaga Nasional's (Uniten) Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus (KSHAS) in Muadzam Shah, Rompin.

This stance was confirmed by Pahang Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail in a recent statement on his Facebook page following the latest state government meeting.

Wan Rosdy underscored the state government's commitment to ensuring the university's continued operation in Muadzam Shah. Established in 2001, the campus has been integral to the local community and the state's educational landscape.

"The closure of Uniten's operations in Muadzam Shah would have adverse effects on the community, particularly impacting young people's education, local business opportunities, and the economic development of the area," he said.

He urged a reconsideration of the closure, emphasising its importance for the wellbeing of all stakeholders involved.

In 2019, the state government had already opposed a decision by Uniten's board of directors to shut down the campus as part of the 'Reimagining Uniten' initiative. This initiative aimed to consolidate Uniten's operations at its Putrajaya campuses.

Since welcoming its first intake of 200 students in 2001, Uniten KSHAS has educated thousands, playing a crucial role in the socio-economic development of Muadzam Shah. The university's presence has been more than just educational; it has been a source of economic activity and opportunity for the town and its residents.

The state government has requested Uniten management and the senior management of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to reevaluate the closure plan. This request takes into account the objections from the state government and various other parties, highlighting the university's significance beyond academia.

Adding to the university's importance, Wan Rosdy noted its sentimental value to the people of Pahang. The campus is named in honour of the late Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah, reflecting its deep cultural and historical significance to the state.

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