UKM retracts Eric Paulsen’s speaking invite on IS, security laws

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lawyer Eric Paulsen features on the ALSA National Conference 2016. ― Picture courtesy of Eric Paulsen, taken from the Malay Mail Online

Lawyer Eric Paulsen features on the ALSA National Conference 2016. ― Picture courtesy of Eric Paulsen, taken from the Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 ― Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) abruptly cancelled lawyer Eric Paulsen’s speaking engagement about security laws and the Islamic State (IS), two days before the event tomorrow.

Paulsen said he had accepted the invitation by UKM’s Asian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) back in July to speak at a panel discussion about various controversial security legislations like the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016, the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA), the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (POTA), as well as the abolished Internal Security Act (ISA), and threats from the militant group.

He said, however, that ALSA representatives called him yesterday informing him about the cancellation as the public university’s administration found him too “controversial”.

“Public universities are accountable to the public, they must justify their actions,” Paulsen told Malay Mail Online. Read more