• Five reasons why public transportation in Malaysia is more expensive compared to Singapore

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 9th of August, 2016

    Five reasons why public transportation in Malaysia is more expensive compared to Singapore[1]

    An MRT ride from the Pasir Ris MRT station in the east to the Pioneer MRT station in the west costs approximately SGD2. An LRT ride from the Gombak station (KJ1) to Putra Heights (KJ37) costs RM6.10.[2] Why does the LRT ride cost three times more in Malaysia compared to Singapore on a dollar for dollar basis?[3] The answer to this question is complex but let me propose a few possible reasons to explain this phenomenon.

    1) Prasarana is unprofitable and has accumulated massive losses over time

    Prasarana Malaysia Berhad is the 100% Ministry of Finance owned company which owns and operates the LRT and bus assets in the Klang Valley (as well as Penang, Kuantan and Kamunting) i.e. MyRAPID. In Singapore, the rail services are mostly operated by SMRT while the bus services are mostly operated by SBS Transit (although there is a limited amount of competition between the two companies).

    Since Prasarana was established in 1998 to take over the assets of the STAR and PUTRA LRT lines, the company has only managed to be profitable in 2 years, way back in 1999 and 2000. It has been making losses in 15 out of the last 17 years. The annual losses reached a record high of RM885.6m in 2014. In contrast, SMRT has recorded a profit in each of the past 16 years while SBST has recorded a profit in each of the past 6 years[4]. (See Chart 1 below)

    Chart 1: Comparing the Profit / Losses of Prasarana in Malaysia and SMRT & SBST in Singapore

    Given this, it is not surprising that Prasarana has accumulated losses of RM5.182billion as of FY 2014 compared to SGD741m and SGD261m in accumulated profits for SMRT and SBST respectively as of FY 2015. (See Chart 2 below)

    Chart 2: Comparing the Accumulated Profits / Losses of Prasarana, SMRT and SBST

    Why are the profits / losses of these public transportation companies important in determining public transportation prices? Because a public transportation company which continues to stack massive losses over time will either have to be bailed out by the shareholders i.e. the government of Malaysia in the case of Prasarana or it will have to reduce its losses by increasing public transportation fares. This is exactly what happened in December 2015 last year when SPAD finally approved the LRT and Bus price hike which Prasarana had been requesting for many years.

    It remains to be seen if the recent fare hike will help Prasarana get into the black but if it doesn’t, it would not be surprising if Prasarana asks SPAD for another price hike in the near future.

    One of the reasons why both public transportation companies in Singapore are profitable is that a far larger number of people take public transportation in Singapore compared to the Klang Valley. The MRT daily ridership in Singapore was almost 3 million in 2015 compared to slightly less than 500,000 for the LRT in the Klang Valley. But there is a far more important reason why Prasarana has been stacking up significant losses over the years and this has nothing to do with ridership numbers and all to do with the high financing costs to service its debt.

    2) Prasarana has very high financing costs because of its high debts

    At the end of Financial Year 2014, Prasarana was carrying a total debt of RM13.6 billion. As a result of this high debt burden, it was paying out finance costs totalling RM399 million in 2014. Its financing costs was 81% of its total revenue of RM490 million. In other words, 8 out of every 10 dollars which Prasarana was taking in was being used to service its debt. And this is not even taking into account operational costs such as paying salaries and electricity bills!

    In comparison, SMRT, which had revenues of SGD1.3b in 2015, was carrying debts totalling SGD821m in 2015. SBST, which had slightly lower revenues of SGD1.0b in 2015 was carrying debts totalling SGD338m. No wonder that their finance costs was 1% and 0.6% of revenue respectively! (See Chart 3 below)

    Chart 3: Revenue, Finance Costs, Borrowings and Finance Costs as % of Revenue (Prasarana, SMRT and SBST)

    Prasarana should not be directly blamed for its high debt levels. Some of it was accumulated as a result of having to ‘bail out’ the companies which built and operated the STAR and PUTRA LRT lines as well as the KL Monorail and also to buy buses from certain bus operators namely Intrakota, Cityliner and Putraline.

    But at the same time, Prasarana needs to take responsibility for taking on excess debt as a result of expensive public infrastructure projects. For example, 70% of the cost of the RM634m elevated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in Sunway, Subang Jaya, had to be borne by Prasarana. At RM117m per km, the 5.4km BRT must count as one of the more expensive BRT projects in the world on a km basis (approximately US$30m per km).[5]

    Moving ahead, it is hard to imagine the fare rise at the end of 2015 helping to increase Prasarana’s profitability because of the continued increase in its debt. As of April 2016, Prasarana’s debt has ballooned to more than RM20 billion which will definitely increase its finance costs.[7] So for those of you who are thinking that LRT or Rapid fares will remain where they are, you may want to think again!

    3) Prasarana has a relatively low non-fare revenue

    Operators of public transportation often have to depend on other sources of income in addition to the revenue collected from ticket sales. These income sources are known as non-fare revenue which would include revenue from advertising, rental of space at LRT stations and even property development at LRT stations. Currently, Prasarana’s non-fare revenue is less than 15% compared to 28% for SMRT in Singapore.[8]

    Prasarana faces certain challenges when it comes to increasing its non-fare revenue. Advertising at bus stops, on buses and at train stations are regular income earners for public transport operators around the world. In Malaysia, many advertisers are reluctant to advertise via these channels because of the perception that the middle class drive cars rather than take public transport. For example, most of the bus stops in the Klang Valley do not feature any advertisements, even in places where there is a high number of passengers. From my conversation with some industry sources, it seems that advertisers would rather spend their money on big billboards along major highways to capture the ‘eyeballs’ in cars rather than to advertise on buses or at bus stops. To overcome this challenge, Prasarana has to make it much more convenient for people to switch from their cars to public transportation which includes expanding its network of feeder buses, shortening waiting times for buses and making sure that taking the LRT during peak periods is not an unpleasant experience, to put it mildly.

    Prasarana, also has ambitious plans to increase property related income through its property development arm, Prasarana Integrated Development Sdn Bhd or PRIDE.[9] The target is to achieve as much as 50% of revenue via non fare sources by 2020.[10] The model of public transport operators going into property development to cover its operating and even some of its capital expenditure is Hong Kong’s MTR. Given Prasarana’s financial position, this is not necessarily a bad move but property development ventures should not distract Prasarana from its main goal as a public transport operator.

    4) SPAD has done a very poor job of fare regulation in Malaysia

    One of Prasarana’s reasons for why it was always making losses is because the LRT fares had not been revised for 15 years. This is prior to the fare hike which took place in December 2015. One of the reasons why the quantum of the fare hike was so high (by more than 100% on some routes) is because Prasarana did not know when SPAD would allow it to increase its fare again. So they decided to strike while the iron is hot and to maximise the fare increase.

    SPAD has done a very poor job in terms of fare regulation in Malaysia. There is little to no justification or explanation on how fares for various forms of public transportation are adjusted, usually upwards. It almost seems as if SPAD bases its decision on how much of a rise in taxi or train fares the public can withstand or ‘tahan’. And then, it will wait for some time before fares are adjusted again. This creates a vicious cycle whereby public transport operators will try to get the highest possible fare raise when SPAD allows for a fare adjustment.

    Singapore established a statutory body called the Public Transport Council (PTC) which has the power to regulate train and bus fares.[11] It works close with but is separate from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) which is the equivalent of SPAD in Singapore. Since 2013, the PTC conducts an annual fare review exercise to adjust the bus and train fares based on a publicly announced formula which includes inflation, changes in wages and the cost of energy.[12] Not only is this a more transparent way to determining the fare structure, in some cases, it can also result in the reduction of fares because of a drop in energy prices as was the case in December 2015.[13] The fare adjustments are usually in small amounts so that public transportation users are not unfairly ‘hit’ by a sudden hike in prices.

    The PTC also introduced progressive pricing policies such as distance pricing meaning that the cost of a journey is calculated based on distance regardless of whether you take a bus or train or both. This means that you won’t be charged extra if you change from a bus to a train or vice versa since it is part of a single journey you are taking, to work or to school, for instance.

    5) The Malaysian government does not want to directly fund public transportation infrastructure

    It is not feasible or realistic to expect public transport operators to cover the high costs of constructing a rapid transit train line. What usually happens is that the government will pay for the costs of construction while expecting the operator to cover at least its operation costs and perhaps make a small operating profit.

    Singapore has been moving to a model where the government funds the construction of the public transportation assets e.g. train tracks, rolling stock while a separate operator e.g. SMRT will run the services related to these assets. In a recent development under the New Rail Financing Framework (NRFF), the government will buy over all the operating assets of SMRT and then sign a long term contract with SMRT to run and operate the MRT services.[14] This means that the operator can fully focus on the running of the trains without having to worry about paying for new rolling stock or funding future train lines. The government benefits too because it can impose more stringent standards of efficiency and quality on the operator and fine the operator if these standards are not met.

    In Malaysia, at least for the LRT, the funding of the previous and upcoming lines comes directly from Prasarana including the proposed LRT 3 line. This means that the debt of Prasarana will continue to grow as mentioned above.

    One of the main reasons why the Malaysian government does not want to directly fund the construction costs of these public transportation projects is because of its budget position. Malaysia has been registering budget deficits since the 1998 Asian financial crisis (See chart 4 below). To assure foreign investors that government debts are manageable, the government has made a commitment to reduce its budget deficit to zero by 2020 and not to exceed a 55% government debt to GDP ratio. What this means is that the costs of financing public infrastructure projects have been shifted to government owned companies such as Prasarana. Prasarana’s debt is not registered officially as Malaysian government debt which means the government can continue to pretend that it is reducing the budget deficit. The cost of this ‘pretence’ is that companies such as Prasarana will be forced to resort to increasing the amount of revenue it can extract from the ‘rakyat’ via measures such as fare increases.

    The Singapore government is able to absorb the costs of public infrastructure directly because it has a record of running healthy budget surpluses with the exception 2009 and 2015 (see Chart 5 below). This is why the Land Transport Authority (LTA) was able to announce recently that it was buying the operating assets of SMRT at a price tag of SGD1.06 billion.[15]

     Chart 4: The Malaysian Government Budget Surplus / Deficit as % of GDP (1988 to 2015)

    Chart 5: The Singapore Government Budget Surplus / Deficit as % of GDP (1988 to 2015)

    This does not mean that public transportation is all well and good in Singapore. The MRT system experienced serious breakdowns in 2011 and smaller breakdowns subsequently which ultimately costs two Ministers of Transportation their jobs. But in terms of affordability, Singapore is in a far better position compared to Malaysia.

    What are the implications for public transportation users in Malaysia moving forward? Firstly, if there are no improvements in the manner in which the LRT and Rapid buses are financed and regulated, we should expect more increases in fare charges in the near future.

    Secondly, we need to examine the business relationship between MRT Co, the owner of the new Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) MRT Line 1, and the operator of the line, which will be Prasarana, to see its impact on the profitability of Prasarana as well as of MRT Co. MRT is not directly bearing the costs of construction the SBK line. A separate special purpose vehicle (SPV) called Dana Infra has been issuing government backed bonds to pay for the construction costs. MRT recently signed a 10-year lease agreement with Rapid Rail, a Prasarana subsidiary, for it to run the operations of the first MRT line.[16] All the fares will go to Rapid Rail while MRT will receive revenue from advertising and rental. If Prasarana performs well, the MRT contract can help reduce its losses and perhaps reduce pressure to increase fares.

    We have a long way to go before we can achieve Singapore’s affordable public transport pricing. One the keys to getting there is knowing where we are at now.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] Data for Prasarana taken from its annual returns to the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM), data for SMRT and SBST taken from their annual reports which are available on their website.

    [2] RM6.10 is for a cash token. A cashless token costs RM5.30.

    [3] There is no point to convert from RM to SGD or vice versa because we want to know how much a Malaysian would pay to take public transportation in Malaysia versus how much a Singapore would pay to take public transportation in Singapore. Bear in mind also that Singapore’s GDP per capita is 5 times that of Malaysia’s.

    [4] Pre 2009 data was not available in the SBST website.

    [5] For a more thorough discussion of the Sunway BRT project, please refer to the following report by Penang Institute: http://penanginstitute.org/v3/research/penang-institute-in-kuala-lumpur/the-sunway-bus-rapid-transit-brt-line-lessons-for-the-future

    [7] http://www.ram.com.my/pressReleaseView.aspx?ID=347ff69a-f151-482d-b0a9-0ae287cf9f70

    [8] SMRT’s non fare revenue includes revenue from the rental of taxis.

    [9] http://www.myrapid.com.my/corporate/our-business/core-business/pride

    [10] http://themalaysianreserve.com/new/story/prasarana-move-boost-non-fare-revenue

    [11] http://www.ptc.gov.sg/about/overview.htm

    [12] https://www.ptc.gov.sg/regulation/annualFareReviewProcess.htm

    [13] http://www.ptc.gov.sg/FactsAndFigures/chronologyOfFareAdjustments.htm

    [14] http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/government-and-smrt-reach-agreement-on-new-rail-financing-framework

    [15] http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/government-and-smrt-reach-agreement-on-new-rail-financing-framework

    [16] http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2016/07/02/mrt-corp-rapid-rail-sign-mrt-handing-over-deal/

  • 推介国家医疗健保计划前务必要与利益相关者磋商,以避免重犯1Care的教训

    (2016年7月28日)沙登区国会议员王建民博士的媒体声明

    推介国家医疗健保计划前务必要与利益相关者磋商,以避免重犯1Care的教训

    在过去的几天,卫生部长拿督斯里苏巴马廉[1]和财政部秘书长依尔万[2]共同宣布政府正计划在不久的未来会推行全国医疗健保计划。依尔万更进一步地透露该计划将在2017年财政预算案被提呈,即意味这项计划的细节必须最迟在今年10月前敲定完成。

    我们应该不难忘记公众对在2011年推行的1Care医疗计划的强烈反弹,并最终导致政府撤回/延迟该计划的落实。基于医疗健保和融资是一项非常复杂的课题,加上目前市场上拥有许多可供选择的方案,因此我们不禁对政府在不进行任何公众咨询便采取由上而下的方式来落实这项计划而感到很震惊。

    来自哈佛大学的著名卫生经济学家-萧庆伦教授拥有与政府合作经验,共同设计他所建议的医疗保险计划。[3] 近期,来自马来西亚卫生部,世界银行和其他非政府组织的联合学习网络组织在布城举行了一场国际会议,主要探讨医疗健保的课题和分享其他国家的例子。[4] 我相信各位利益相关者,包括具有医药健康背景的国会议员会能向萧教授请教,并从出席布城的有关会议获益良多。然而,至少据我所知,他们并没有这样做。

    在推行医疗健保计划时,这种由上而下的决策过程,不免会出现很多错误的诠释和猜测。到时,我们很难在这个课题上根据事实来进行理性的分析和辩论。

    因此,我呼吁卫生部和财政部能与其他的利益相关者,包括国会议员进行磋商,以便进一步地讨论细节,然后在收集反馈后再向公众推介此医疗保险计划。我们要避免重犯1Care的教训,仍不算太迟。

    王建民博士
    沙登区国会议员

    [1] http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/07/23/govt-may-run-national-health-insurance-scheme/

    [2] http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/treasury-sec-gen-says-looking-to-improve-br1m-programme

    [3] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/william-hsiao/

    [4] http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/07/20/joint-learning-network-for-universal-health-coverage-jln-global-meeting-2016#1

  • Adakan rundingan dengan pihak berkepentingan sebelum memperkenalkan skim insurans kesihatan nasional bagi mengelakkan satu lagi kemelut 1Care

    Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang pada 28 Julai 2016

    Adakan rundingan dengan pihak berkepentingan sebelum memperkenalkan skim insurans kesihatan nasional bagi mengelakkan satu lagi kemelut 1Care

    Dalam beberapa hari yang lepas, Menteri Kesihatan Dr. S. Subramaniam[1] dan Ketua Setiausaha Perbendaharaan Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah[2] telah mengumumkan dan mengesahkan bahawa kerajaan bercadang untuk memperkenalkan skim insurans kesihatan nasional tidak lama lagi. Dr. Mohd Irwan lagi menyatakan bahawa rancangan ini akan dibentangkan dalam Bajet 2017, yang bermaksud butir-butiran rancangan ini akan dimuktamadkan selewat-lewatnya menjelang Oktober ini.

    Saya masih ingat tindak balas awam yang hebat terhadap cadangan insurans kesihatan nasional 1Care yang dikemukakan pada tahun 2011 dan akhirnya terpaksa dibatalkan / ditunda. Memandangkan isu penjagaan kesihatan dan pembiayaan penjagaan kesihatan merupakan perkara yang amat rumit malahan ada banyak pilihan yang boleh digunapakai oleh negara, agak sukar untuk mempercayai bahawa kerajaan masih mengambil pendekatan top down dalam menghasilkan rancangan ini dan mengumumkan keputusannya kepada rakyat Malaysia tanpa membuat sebarang rundingan awam.

    Seseorang pakar Ekonomi Kesihatan dari Harvard University, iaitu Profesor William Hsiao, telah pun bekerjasama dengan kerajaan bagi mereka bentuk skim insurans kesihatan.[3] Baru-baru ini, pertubuhan Joint Learning Network for University Healthcare Access dengan kerjasama Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, World Bank dan NGO lain telah mengadakan mesyuarat global di Putrajaya bagi membincangkan isu akses kesihatan dan berkongsi contoh dari pelbagai negara. [4] Saya pasti bahawa pihak berkepentingan yang berminat termasuk Ahli Parlimen Malaysia dengan latar belakang sektor kesihatan akan mendapat manfaat daripada perkongsian Profesor Hsiao dan mesyuarat JLN di Putrajaya. Namun, setahu saya, perkara ini tidak dijalankan.

    Kesan daripada keputusan top down ini adalah ia akan menimbulkan banyak penyampaian maklumat yang salah dan spekulasi mengenai motif pelaksanaan skim ini apabila ia diumumkan kelak. Dengan ini, adalah mustahil untuk mengadakan perbincangan yang rasional dan perdebatan serta perbincangan berasaskan fakta terhadap isu ini.

    Saya menggesa Kementerian Kesihatan dan Kementerian Kewangan untuk mengadakan rundingan dengan pelbagai pihak berkepentingan termasuklah Ahli Parlimen supaya butiran skim kesihatan ini dapat dibincangkan dan maklum balas dapat dikumpul sebelum ia diperkenalkan kepada rakyat. Kini masih belum terlewat untuk mengelakkan sebuah lagi kemelut 1Care.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Ahli Parlimen Serdang

    [1] http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/07/23/govt-may-run-national-health-insurance-scheme/

    [2] http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/treasury-sec-gen-says-looking-to-improve-br1m-programme

    [3] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/william-hsiao/

    [4] http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/07/20/joint-learning-network-for-universal-health-coverage-jln-global-meeting-2016#1

  • Consult with stakeholders before introducing a national healthcare insurance scheme to avoid another 1Care fiasco

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 28th of July, 2016

    Consult with stakeholders before introducing a national healthcare insurance scheme to avoid another 1Care fiasco

    Over the past few days, the Minister of Health, Dr. S. Subramaniam[1] and the Secretary General of the Treasury, Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah[2] both announced and confirmed that the government is planning to introduce a national healthcare insurance scheme in the very near future. Dr. Mohd Irwan went so far as to say that the plan will be presented as part of the 2017 Budget which means that the details of this plan will be finalized by October of this year, at the very latest.

    One still remembers the public backlash when the 1Care national healthcare insurance was proposed back in 2011 and the plan eventually had to be scrapped / postponed. Given that healthcare and healthcare financing is an incredibly complicated issue and there are many options available on the table for countries to adopt, it is astounding that the government is still taking the top down approach in coming up with a plan and then announcing its introduction to Malaysians without any public consultations.

    A well-known Health Economist from Harvard University, Professor William Hsiao, has been working with the government to design his proposed healthcare insurance scheme.[3] Recently, the Joint Learning Network for University Healthcare Access in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Malaysia, the World Bank and other NGOs, held its global meeting in Putrajaya where issues of healthcare access were discussed and examples across countries where shared.[4] I am sure that interested stakeholders including Malaysian Members of Parliament with backgrounds in the health sector would have benefitted from being briefed by Professor Hsiao and also attending the JLN meeting in Putrajaya. And yet, this has not been done, as far as I know.

    The consequence of this top-down decision making process is that there will be a lot of misinformation and speculation as to the underlying motivation for introducing this healthcare insurance scheme when it is announced. This will make it all but impossible to have a rational and fact-based discussion and debate on this issue.

    I call upon the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance to hold consultations with the various stakeholder groups including Members of Parliament so that the details of this healthcare insurance plan can be discussed and feedback can be collected before it can be introduced to the public. It is not too late to avoid another 1Care fiasco.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/07/23/govt-may-run-national-health-insurance-scheme/

    [2] http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/treasury-sec-gen-says-looking-to-improve-br1m-programme

    [3] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/william-hsiao/

    [4] http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/07/20/joint-learning-network-for-universal-health-coverage-jln-global-meeting-2016#1

  • 我国大学的学术造假现象到底有多严重?

    (2016年7月25日)沙登区国会议员王建民博士的媒体声明

    我国大学的学术造假现象到底有多严重

    约一个月前,马来亚大学的医学院于2016年6月11日被揭露了涉嫌学术研究造假的行为,包括许多成员以作者或联合撰写的身份参与多份的科学论文出版。令人值得称道的是,马大迅速对此展开调查,并进一步地发现“由一组研究员通过其他三分刊物所发表的科学论文的几乎所有数据(照片和图表)都出现重复和操纵的弊端。[1] 随后,这些论文也被相关的科学刊物撤回。[2]

    马大迅速和果断的行动向外界释放出了一个强烈信号,也就是我国研究型大学对学术研究造假的现象是绝不妥协和不欢迎。然而,针对学术诚信和造假所衍生出的更大的课题仍有待被解决。

    举个例子,这次的学术造假的个案是被来自国外的研究员和学者所揭弊,而非大学的内部审查。实际上,这次的揭弊首先是出现在推特(Twitter),随后便被来自Microbiome Digest, For Better ScienceScience的部落格注意和跟进。其中一名近期联合撰写题为“生物医药研究论文出现图片不当复制的盛行现象”的斯坦福大学研究员-Elisabeth Bik,便在 Microbiome Digest评论每篇论文不仅出现图片重复,而且彼此的数据看来都非常相似(尽管各论文探讨的癌细胞和化合物都不一样!)。若少了上述的监督,我们是否还能揭露类似的学术造假呢?

    此外,除了第一作者Nina Samie之外,这四篇署名的作者是否都知道,同样的研究被复制三次,并透过不同的标题在四份不同的刊物上发表呢?这样的学术造假是否不仅涉及发表的内容,而且还包括其他的署名作者全被欺骗?更糟糕的可能性是,难道他们全都是这起造假事件的同谋?

    令人感到不安的是,这起个案可能只是我国缺乏诚信和廉正的学术界之冰山一角。虽然我仍坚信绝大多数马大学生和研究人员在期刊上发表过高达3,823份论文都是具有学术诚信和廉正[3],但我们更不能不提防同一筐的少数坏苹果。

    同时,我也曾听说其他例子,包括初级教职员和研究员被迫在自己的论文中替他们的上司署名分享成果,哪怕他们过去对该论文没有作出任何明显的学术贡献。有些甚至要求第一作者的署名,以显示他或她在该论文是执笔者,扮演了主导和主要贡献的角色。在一些更糟糕的情况下,一些资深学者甚至拒绝让初级教职员或年轻研究员署名,仿佛将一切学术贡献和信用占为己有。

    马大对这起学术造假事件发表媒体声明是并不足够的。作为马来西亚最具有历史性和最负盛名的高等学府,马大在涉及到维护学术诚信和廉正标准的课题上应该进一步地发挥主导角色。因此,我呼吁马来亚大学公布其内部调查的完整报告和所提出的建议名单,以免未来同样的事件会重蹈覆辙。此外,马大也应公开对涉嫌造假的研究员所开出的处罚细节,以便向其他学院释放出一个有关学术造假的严重后果的强烈信号。

    此外,我呼吁高等教育部长伊德里斯全面检讨教育部和马来亚大学所推介的高成效研究(HIR)的合作计划。其中上述三篇论文的作者获得来自此计划的两笔巨额的研究经费,以出版Tier-1級科学期刊文献检索工具。[4] 根据马大2014年的年度报告,教育部已经在这项计划里注入了高达59亿令吉的资金,加上马大的额外拨款,持续地资助这个研究项目直到2016年。由于大量资金的投入加上其两个研究项目涉及学术造假,因此为了公共利益着想,我们有必要进一步地公布和审查此计划的进展。如果伊德里斯部长真心地想确保高教部[表现突飞猛进](Soaring Upwards)计划的成功,那他就应该认真对待这个课题,不要试图掩盖真相。

    王建民博士
    沙登区国会议员

    [1] http://www.um.edu.my/about-um/media-centre/news/2016/06/16/allegations-of-scientific-misconduct-at-university-of-malaya

    [2] Samie N., Haerian B.S., Muniandy S., Marlina A., Kanthimathi M.S., Abdullah N.B., Ahmadian G. and Aziddin R.E.R. (2016) Mechanism of Action of the Novel Nickel(II) Complex in Simultaneous Reactivation of the Apoptotic Signaling Networks Against Human Colon Cancer Cells. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 6:313. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2015.00313
    (Received: 19/11/15 | Accepted: 18/12/15 | Published: 28/1/16 | Retracted: 29/6/16 )

    Samie N., Muniandy S., Kanthimathi M., Haerian B.S. (2016) Mechanism of action of novel piperazine containing a toxicant against human liver cancer cells. PeerJ, 4:e1588. doi: 10.7717/peerj.1588
    (Received: 17/11/15 | Accepted: 21/12/15 | Published: 17/3/16 Retracted: 26/6/16)

    Samie N., Muniandy S., Kanthimathi M.S., Haerian, B.S., Azudin, R.E.R. (2016) Novel piperazine core compound induces death in human liver cancer cells: possible pharmacological properties. Scientific Reports, 6:24172. doi: 10.1038/srep24172
    (Received: 1/10/15 | Accepted 23/3/16 | Published: 13/4/16 | Retracted: 22/6/16)

    Samie N., Kanthimathi M.S., Muniandy S., Marlina, A., Mohamed Z., Abdullah, N. Revamp of the apoptotic signalling pathways and cell cycle arrest in colon cancer cells induced by novel copper based compound and its molecular mechanisms. Recent Patents on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery. (Withdrawn before publishing – can no longer be found online)

    [3] https://www.um.edu.my/docs/default-source/about-um_document/media-centre/annual-report/annual-report-2014.pdf,  p. 28

    [4] http://hir.um.edu.my

Page 10 of 156« First...89101112...203040...Last »