It is Time for the UM’s Vice Chancellor to Break Silence 政府挑战学术自由 马大副校长受促尽速表态

We, the Malaysia Youth and Students’ Democratic Movement (DEMA), would like to express our disappointment with Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malaya’s failure to speak up against state interference with academic freedom.

It has been three days since Prof. Azmi Sharom was unwarrantedly charged under the Sedition Act. While students and the public are actively campaigning for academic freedom, there has been a deafening silence from the University of Malaya Vice Chancellor’s Office on this matter.

It must be reminded that, according to Section 9 of the Constitution of the University of Malaya (“the Constitution”), the Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for, among others, the academic functions of the University.

Being also the Chairman for the Senate, we would also like to remind Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin that he, together with other members of the Senate, is also responsible for the protection of academic freedom in the University, as per Section 17(2A)(h) of the Constitution.

The Vice-Chancellor’s inaction in this case has cast doubt on his ability to defend the principle of academic freedom as the ‘soul of a University’ and to secure the students’ right to unbiased education.

Therefore, we urge the Vice-Chancellor:-

  1.  to declare his position on this matter immediately and
  2.   to stand together with Prof. Azmi Sharom by officially demanding the Attorney General’s Office to drop all charges against the law professor.

 

政府援引《1948年煽动法令》调查马大法律教授阿兹米沙隆已经过了三天。然而,正当学运分子和民间团体如火如荼地为有关教授和其他受害者展开声援行动,马大副校长——拿督阿敏嘉拉鲁丁博士却对政府如此公然挑战学术自由,至今仍然保持沉默。对此,马来西亚青年与学生民主运动(学运)深表失望。

《马来亚大学宪章》(Constitution of University of Malaya)第九条文清楚说明,副校长一职将是一所大学的总执行长。副校长也是大学教务委员会(Senate)的当然主席。根据该宪章第17(2A)(h)条文,副校长作为大学教务委员会主席,有责任与其他委员共同确保在大学的学术自由受到保障。

学术自由是一所大学的灵魂。马大副校长至今对阿兹米沙隆教授的遭遇至今没有任何回应,不禁令人怀疑其捍卫“大学灵魂”和保障大专生受教权益的能力。

因此,我们呼吁马大副校长:

一、立即针对阿兹米沙隆教授的遭遇表达立场;

二、正式要求总检察署尊重学术自由,并立刻撤销所有相关的指控。

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