Just came across in Malaysiakini blog corner today of a posting by ”Electrical Engineering Univeristy of Malaya” of an article written by RPK in which it was mentioned that
“the university would sell off 27.5 acres of its under-utilised land for a price of RM312 million or for a value of RM200 million plus a share of the developer’s profit, whichever is higher”
In June last year, after Malaysiakini reported that “a prominent developer has made a bid for the University of Malaya campus ground”, there was a hue and cry among the public. I myself have wirtten a post and a letter which was publiched in Malaysiakini then. Following all the objections, the government issued a denial that there was such a deal and the whole thing has quiet down.
Now that this thing has been raised again, I would like to put forward the same points of argument against such acquisition.
The piece of campus land situated in Lembah Pantai is indeed very valuable, and I tend to believe that there may have been a proposal to shift the university and develop the land, bearing in mind that there is no smoke without fire.
I am not a University of Malaya graduate but that is not important because I believe that it is the duty of every single Malaysian to defend the heritage of the country, and one such legacy is the University of Malaya campus.
Businessmen, politicians, civil servants and indeed everyone of us must understand that there is something more valuable than just money. A Heritage ground is one of these priceless inheritance.
No amount of money can be equited with a heritage ground. Money earned can easily be spent, but a heritage will remain forever a symbol of a nation; it is what nationhood is about.
Imagine a proposal to shift Buckingham Palace in London. Even though it is situated within the one-square-mile golden city centre, the British will defend this building till the end of their nationhood.
Imagine a proposal to shift Harvard University from its present campus in Cambridge,USA. I think the whole America will be in an uproar, because the American heritage and the whole pride of the nation will be challenged.
There is a Chinese saying ” 君子爱财, 取之有道”, meaning “ a gentleman loves money but you must earn it in the proper way”.
Developers and businessmen, let me appeal to you:
There is something more important in life than just making profit.
Leave University of Malaya Alone!!