Appeals Court upholds decision to overturn UM’s disciplinary action against five former students

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 31 — The Court of Appeal today upheld a High Court decision which overturned the University of Malaya’s (UM) disciplinary action against five of its former students for their involvement in a talk featuring Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Oct 2014.

A three-man bench comprising Justices Datuk David Wong Dak Wah, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam and Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof unanimously dismissed the appeal brought by UM students’ disciplinary committee, its appeal committee, its board of directors, its treasurer and the university with cost which was set at RM2,000.

Justice Wong who chaired the panel held that there was no appealable error made by the High Court judge.

He made the decision after hearing the submission from Mubashir Mansor representing UM, adding the court need not necessarily hear the submission from New Sin Yew who represented the students. Read more

“Tangkap MO1” students take Universiti Malaya to court

Source: NST Online

Four UM students who were found guilty of participating in the "Tangkap MO1" rally held in Aug, initiated legal action to challenge the validity of university's disciplinary rules today, pic by Khairah N. Karim for NST.

Four UM students who were found guilty of participating in the “Tangkap MO1” rally held in Aug, initiated legal action to challenge the validity of university’s disciplinary rules today, pic by Khairah N. Karim for NST.

KUALA LUMPUR: Four Universiti Malaya (UM) students, who were found guilty of participating in the “Tangkap MO1” rally held in Aug, initiated legal action to challenge the validity of the university’s disciplinary rules today.

Students Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof, 24, Mohamad Luqman Nul Haqim Zul Razali, 23, Suhail Wan Azhar, 22, and Muhammad Luqman Hakim Mohd Fazli, 22, filed an originating summons seeking a declaration that UM’s (Discipline of Students) Rules 1999 is unconstitutional. In their action, they are requesting a proclamation that Section 15 (3)(b) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971; and Regulations 3 and 13 of the UM (Discipline of Students) Rules, which do not prohibit students from exercising their right to freedom of speech and expression and to participate in demonstrations, have contravened Article 10 (2) of the Federal Constitution. Read more

Punishing the wrong people — Mustafa K. Anuar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Dr Mustafa K. Anuar would still like to believe that the earth is flat so that all the elements of social injustice, bigotry and tyranny on this earth can be pushed off the edge. On this supposedly flat surface, he is a Fellow at the Penang Institute. Pic form the MMO.

Dr Mustafa K. Anuar is a Fellow at the Penang Institute. Pic from the MMO.

DECEMBER 21 — It is disturbing that authorities in Universiti Malaya (UM) handed down harsh sentences to its student activists who participated in the “Tangkap MO1” rally recently.

The Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) administration also did the same with a student who joined the same demonstration.

Furthermore, it is appalling that the university establishment has continuously and unabashedly aped the attitude and demeanour of the powers-that-be who are inclined to rule by fiat as opposed to having intellectual engagement in the form of, say, dialogue, debate or discussion as is expected in a functioning parliamentary democracy.

It is even more alarming for a university, supposedly an academic domain that encourages intellectual discourse and the pursuit of truth and knowledge, to have acted in a manner that is ironically anti-intellectual in nature and consequently provides bad example to its students, many of whom look up to the authorities for good leadership.

After all, didn’t the Minister of Higher Education Idris Jusoh declare — i.e. if we were to take his word at face value — that this is “a free country” when he countered the accusation of “external interference” in this issue?  Read more

STATEMENT: Student Activism Should Be Encouraged. Freedom of Expression.

STATEMENT DATED 17 Nov 2016

STUDENT ACTIVISM SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSIONdownload-1

1.     It has been reported that following a directive from the Ministry of Higher Education at least two private universities (Monash University Malaysia and Curtin University Sarawak) have issued warning notices to their students that disciplinary action will be taken for participation in any “illegal” assembly.  The notices were sent 4 days before the Bersih5 protest.

2.     These threats of disciplinary action put undue pressure on students who wish to participate at Bersih5. The issuance of the notices by the universities may be perceived an abuse of powers by the university authorities to stifle freedom of expression and to curtail student activism and participation in what is clearly a legitimate democratic process.  Read more

STATEMENT: Student Activism Should Be Encouraged. Freedom of Expression.

STATEMENT DATED 17 Nov 2016pdf

STUDENT ACTIVISM SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSIONdownload-1

1.     It has been reported that following a directive from the Ministry of Higher Education at least two private universities (Monash University Malaysia and Curtin University Sarawak) have issued warning notices to their students that disciplinary action will be taken for participation in any “illegal” assembly.  The notices were sent 4 days before the Bersih5 protest.

2.     These threats of disciplinary action put undue pressure on students who wish to participate at Bersih5. The issuance of the notices by the universities may be perceived an abuse of powers by the university authorities to stifle freedom of expression and to curtail student activism and participation in what is clearly a legitimate democratic process.  Read more

HAKAM Statement in Support of Students Participating in #TangkapMO1 Rally

STATEMENT DATED 27 OCTOBER 2016pdf

STUDENT ACTIVISM SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

Show Cause Letter issued to Anis Shafiqah Binti Mohd Yunos, one of the organizers of #TangkapMO1 rally.

Show Cause Letter issued to Anis Shafiqah Binti Mohd Yunos, one of the organizers of #TangkapMO1 rally.

HAKAM is dismayed that university authorities of University of Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia have taken action to issue show cause letters to the students namely, Anis Shafiqah binti Mohd Yunos and Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi for participating at the #TangkapMO1 rally held on 27thAugust 2017.  Even more surprising is that the show cause letters were issued only two months after the event.

The #TangkapMO1 rally was initiated and led by youth leaders and participated by mostly youths who have courageously taken the stand to protest against the largest financial scandal which has rocked our nation. The scandal has been touted as the “world’s biggest financial scandal” and involved 1MDB and the official known as MO1. This case had been highlighted by our own Members of Parliament and numerous civil society organisations for the past two years. Investigations by law enforcement agencies from no less than 9 foreign countries are in progress. Newspapers and the media worldwide has published extensively on this plunder of our nation’s resources. Read more

HAKAM Statement in Support of Students Participating in #TangkapMO1 Rally

STATEMENT DATED 27 OCTOBER 2016

STUDENT ACTIVISM SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

Show Cause Letter issued to Anis Shafiqah Binti Mohd Yunos, one of the organizers of #TangkapMO1 rally.

Show Cause Letter issued to Anis Shafiqah Binti Mohd Yunos, one of the organizers of #TangkapMO1 rally.

HAKAM is dismayed that university authorities of University of Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia have taken action to issue show cause letters to the students namely, Anis Shafiqah binti Mohd Yunos and Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi for participating at the #TangkapMO1 rally held on 27thAugust 2017.  Even more surprising is that the show cause letters were issued only two months after the event.

The #TangkapMO1 rally was initiated and led by youth leaders and participated by mostly youths who have courageously taken the stand to protest against the largest financial scandal which has rocked our nation. The scandal has been touted as the “world’s biggest financial scandal” and involved 1MDB and the official known as MO1. This case had been highlighted by our own Members of Parliament and numerous civil society organisations for the past two years. Investigations by law enforcement agencies from no less than 9 foreign countries are in progress. Newspapers and the media worldwide has published extensively on this plunder of our nation’s resources. Read more