High court quashes UM’s conviction of 4 students

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Counsel Lim Wei Jiet (left) speaking to plaintiffs in the case against the Universiti Malaya disciplinary authority, at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Farhan Nazmi, February 27, 2018.

THE high court today quashed the Universiti Malaya disciplinary authority’s decision to convict four students who held placards during a 1Malaysia Development Bhd town hall meeting in 2016.

Judge Azizah Nawawi said the reason for the ruling was because the university did not comply with Rule 54 of the Universiti Malaya (Discipline of Students) Rules 1999.

“The disciplinary authority is required to find that there is a case to answer first, before it questions the students or the students are allowed to give evidence,”   counsel Lim Wei Jiet told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

“What has happened here is that the university, before finding a case to answer, had questioned, asked and cross-examined the students to clarify what this video is about, what these photographs are about, which the judge believes is a form of non-compliance with procedures.” Read more

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

UM to host tribunal on atrocities against Rohingya

Source: FMT News

Dr Chandra Muzaffar who is organising committee chairman for Tribunal on the Rohingyas says witnesses will be called to testify in court-like setting. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A tribunal that hopes to expose claims of crimes against the Rohingya and other ethnic groups by the Myanmar government, will hold a hearing at the Universiti Malaya in September.

Social activist Dr Chandra Muzaffar, who is the organising committee chairman for the Tribunal on the Rohingyas, Kachins and other ethnic minorities, said that the tribunal wants to expose the alleged inhuman treatment and push to stop the crimes.

“The process will be similar to a hearing, with the Myanmar ethnic groups testifying before a jury. Read more

ALSA UM Symposium 2017: “The People’s Advocate”

AUS 2017 is back and better than before! Themed “The People’s Advocate”, we’ve prepared a lineup of remarkable speakers and workshops about current public interest litigation issues.

Dates: 15th & 16th March 2017
Venue: Faculty of Law, University of Malaya
Fee: RM20 (Including lunch) for non-UM Law students & free for UM Law students!

Registration via Google forms

15th March 2017 (Wednesday)

10.00 am -12.00 pm- FORUM | Public Interest Litigation: Frontline of Justice

1.30 pm – 3.00 pm- FORUM | Institutionalised Religion: The Impact on Human Rights

3.30 pm – 5.00 pm- WORKSHOP |Clinical Legal Education: Street Law

 

16th March 2017 (Thursday)

10.30 am – 12.00 pm- FORUM | The Rights of Indigenous People & Customary Land Issues

 2.00 pm -3.30 pm- WORKSHOP | Basic Legal Aid Skills by Bar Council

3.30 pm – 5.00 pm- WORKSHOP & MOVIE SCREENING | Human Rights Activism Through Arts

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A chance for UM to prove its worth — Mariam Mokthar

Source: FMT News

BY MARIAM MOKHTAR

University Malaya - file pic

University Malaya – file pic

In deciding to investigate an allegation of racism against one of its associate professors, Universiti Malaya gives itself an opportunity to prove to the Malaysian public that it upholds a high standard of decency.

We await the findings of the five-member investigation panel and the university’s follow-up action.

However, one wonders whether Universiti Malaya would have bothered to look into the matter if it hadn’t received a directive from the Education Ministry. Indeed, it did not have to wait for the directive. It should have maintained an alertness to issues that might affect its reputation and it should act speedily.

The allegation came in a Facebook posting by a student. The article, titled “Voice of an Indian student”, has gone viral.

The student said the lecturer, in reprimanding her and another student, dispensed with the courtesy of calling them by their names and instead called them “India”. Read more

Council: More dons ‘disappearing’ and it’s not good for our varsities

Source: The Star Online

Budget cut: Reduced funding may even see UM losing its prestigious research university tag. Pic form the Star Online.

Budget cut: Reduced funding may even see UM losing its prestigious research university tag. Pic form the Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: The letting go of staff is not isolated to Universiti Malaya alone.

It was previously reported that 156 out of 506 professors, aged between 61 and 70, at public universities did not have their contracts renewed last year, presumably due to budget cuts.

National Council of Professors CEO Prof Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose expressed concerns that such a trend might affect Malaysian universities’ ability to compete internationally.

“A great majority of our Malaysian professors are 55 years old and above. About 250 will be retiring or retired since middle of last year. 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

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