1. I negotiated with Dr. Ewan Simpson (who was representing Dr. Rahman) for a wage of $40,000 per annum before I agreed to come to KIMEP. However, upon arriving at KIMEP, I was presented with a contract for $36,000. Dr. Jack Hinton (the Interim Dean of the School of Business) and Dr. Ewan Simpson (then Chair of the Management and Marketing Department) had to fight with Dr. Rahman to regain the loss of pay I was promised by KIMEP prior to my arrival. I did not sign any contractual agreement until more than two weeks after I was already teaching because of this breach.
2. Within one month of arriving at KIMEP, I was told I was to assume the Associate Chair position with the Department of Management and Marketing, but because classes were already in process, I did not get course load relief or reimbursement for assuming this responsibility. According to KIMEP policy, I should have received a teaching load relief to teach only three courses, not four, or monetary reimbursement. I asked Dr. Hinton and Dr. Simpson about compensation and was told KIMEP could not cancel a class but would compensate me later. I was told I would have to continue to teach a full course load with the promise of compensation at the end of term.
3. During May 2005, I asked for a holiday in July 2005 and was denied permission. I submitted my resignation in compliance with Kazakhstani law at the end of June; that is, I would leave one calendar month after submitting my resignation (leave the end of July 2005). Dr. Robert Robertson had to fight with Dr. Rahman regarding my pay because Dr. Rahman did not want to pay my July salary. Dr. Rahman also refused to pay the extra amount due under Kazakhstani law for the extra course load I carried, for the period I acted as the Associate Chair of the department, as well as holiday pay to which I was legally entitled.
4. At the time of negotiating my contract, Dr. Rahman and Dr. Bang knew that the government of Kazakhstan was preparing to implement a law wherein all salaries were to be paid in tenge. I was not told about this; I was told I would be paid in American Dollars. In fact, on the original contract that offered $36,000, the contract specified I would be paid in American Dollars. The subsequent contract with $40,000 did not make that provision and although I again complained this was against the original negotiations, Dr. Rahman came to my office and stated that KIMEP had no option as it was Kazakhstani law, which is reasonable but totally ignored the issue that I was lied to and would lose money as a direct result of this.
5. Dr. Bang insists that I signed another contract in June 2005, when in fact this is a blatant lie. Dr. Bang is quoted as saying that my salary was "increased by 10% in June 2005." I submitted my resignation the end of June 2005 with every intention of leaving and although I was offered another contract with an increase of 5 percent, I never signed it because I was leaving.
6. I NEVER said my son was ill. Dr. Rahman has quoted me as saying that my "son, who had serious health problem, was left alone in his home country." In fact, my son was not ill and has never experience serious health problems. He is, and was at that time, an adult who is gainfully employed in my home country. Dr. Rahman is perpetrating another fabrication. The reality is that I submitted my resignation because I was not prepared to deal with the lies and deceit perpetrated on staff, students, and students' parents any longer. I gave notice under Kazakhstani law as KIMEP had already abrogated my contract by not living up to the terms of the contract.It is time that Dr. Bang, Dr. Rahman, and Dr. Green, Dean of Student Affairs, start to speak the truth and not try to manipulate the Kazakhstani people to their advantage. It is time that Dr. Bang, Dr. Rahman, and Dr. Green start to address the issues and stop the personal attacks. The primary issue is the enormous turn-around of academic staff at KIMEP, both foreign and Kazakhstani professors. The fact is that the turn-over rate for the Dean of Bang College of Business is four deans in two years. The fact is that every year, the Bang College of Business must hire large numbers of new faculty because professors leave. This is the reality that KIMEP needs to address, not the personal attacks that take the focus away from the issue.