University told to probe claims of poor food quality at its orientation programme

Dr Kelvin Yii

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Sept 10: Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii wants Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) to investigate and explain the claims of poor food quality provided to new students attending its orientation programme recently.

Dr Yii alleged he had received multiple complaints from students about the inadequate quality of food provided, which were perceived as “not worth the money”.

“At the orientation programme, the new students were provided with three meals worth RM20 a day,” he told DayakDaily when contacted today.

The Bandar Kuching MP was made to understand that Unimas had appointed a caterer to provide the food for breakfast, lunch and dinner valued at RM4, RM8 and RM8 respectively.

“Students said for certain meal, they just get simple white rice and one piece of chicken for RM8,” he claimed.

He added that such kind of meal was not only inadequate for the price but more importantly, lacked the nutrition in a proper diet needed by students.

Yii informed that a complaint had been lodged with Unimas on the matter, requesting the university to investigate whether the caterer delivered the food based on the contract requirements.

“We understand that business needs to make a profit but the interest and welfare of students, especially in terms of nutrition of food, should not be jeopardised,” he reminded.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, he emphasised, stressed that contract given to any contractors must meet the adequate value.

“They cannot turn a profit at the expense of the people. We are asking for an explanation on the matter and the caterer should be held responsible or not given any future contracts if found to have failed to comply with requirements,” he said. — DayakDaily