Y. Bhg. Professor Datuk Dr. Ghauth Jasmon
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Tel. No.: 03-7967 3213 / 3510 / 03-7956 8400
Fax No.: 03-7955 2975
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Withdraw Disciplinary Charge on UM Students Immediately
We/I, ______________________ from ______________________, oppose the action of UM authority for charging six students under Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) with the reason that inviting “outsiders” to judge a Chinese language debate competition.
2. We/I strongly feel that the disciplinary charge should be withdrawn because:
a) The six students have done nothing wrong. They were only organizing a debate competition that provides a platform for intellectual discussion on current national issues.
b) Student’s organizations should enjoy autonomy in the campus to organize activities. The university authority should respect the autonomy of students and stop intimidates the university students for any activities.
c) The charges are unreasonable and politically motivated. The university authority intends to suppress student activities and spreading white terror in the campus. This action is against student’s freedom of expression.
3. By inviting ‘outsiders’ to activities in UM does not poses any threat to the university. In the past, many ministers, politicians and well-known personalities are invited to attend various events organized by university students. What is the ground to charge the six UM students for organizing debate competition as compared to the events mention above.
4. Activities that allow students to participate in intellectual discussion on the country’s current development should be encouraged. Moreover, these types of activities provide a good platform to encourage students to think critically on the current national issues, especially after the 308 political tsunami. The university authority should not prevent students from organizing such activities. The charging of the six students is a retrogression of democracy in UM.
4. We/I urge that UM authority:
a) to withdraw disciplinary charge from the six students immediately and unconditionally.
b) to respect the student autonomy and stop the intimidates on university students.
c) to preserve the freedom of expression of the students as stated in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 10 of Federal Constitution in Malaysia, and uphold campus democracy.
Y.B. DATO’ SERI MOHAMED KHALED BIN NORDIN
Menteri Pengajian Tinggi,
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