Student group Kesatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia (Kesatuan) lamented the latest action being taken against a student from a public university for alleged involvement in last year’s “Tangkap MO1” rally.
“After 11 students faced disciplinary actions in 2016, this year saw the fight for human rights began in dour mood with one more student due to face proceedings for alleged involvement in the ‘Tangkap MO1’ and Bersih 5 rallies,” said Kesatuan chairperson Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof in a statement today.
Ahmad Ariffin Shakimin (photo) will be facing a disciplinary hearing on Jan 17 after he was accused by University Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Seri Iskandar authorities of participating in the rallies.
The group said by punishing students who were said to be involved in the rallies, UiTM Seri Iskandar has painted a picture that they are complicit in protecting Malaysian Official 1 (MO1), and against efforts to bring alleged 1MDB corruption to light.
Worse, the educational institution’s action made it seem like they are against the institutional reforms the Bersih 5 called for. The group also alleged that the accusations leveled against Ariffin does not even involve any infraction of laws.
Kesatuan expressed worry that the action against Ariffin may just be retaliation by UiTM Seri Iskandar authorities for the “Tangkap MO1” roadshow held in front of the institution last August, which they claimed Ariffin was not involved in.
The student group added that the “punishing” attitude of the public universities towards students will only kill off critical thinking in youths, something which is counter to what universities are for, that is to cultivate such attributes.
Kesatuan also urged university administrations to consider their actions rationally and do not let themselves be used by those with political interests.
Source : @ Malaysiakini