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Street protests centre of campus election debates

 | September 22, 2012

The two public universities factions are setting themselves up as the champions of student rights.

PETALING JAYA: The two opposing student factions in the public universities campus elections are arguing over street protests.

The pro-Aspirasi faction yesterday urged the student not to vote for the protest happy pro Mahasiswa candidates as they do reflect the intellectual level of students.

But, today Mahasiswa group said the pro-Aspirasi faction too were involved in various protests.

Universiti Malaya pro-Mahasiswa leader Safwan Anang, said, they had held a demonstration to demand the Deputy Higher Education Minister Saifuddin Abdullah to step down, and another to condemn the Bersih 2.0 rally.

“They raised this issue simply because they don’t have any other ideas to overturn the voting trend favouring the pro-Mahasiswa group ,” he told FMT.

A total of fifteen public universities will go to the polls on Tuesday day to elect new students’ council members in their campuses.

Safwan said their camp have won seven seats by default in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, while their candidates in Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) were much better than the opponents.

“As for Universiti Malaya, the pro-Aspirasi is currently the opposition. Although they have the deputy chancellor to back them, we think we will still retain power if nothing goes wrong,” he said.

Meanwhile, student activist from University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) Adam Adli said street protest is a showcase of a collective voice.

“No use for students to have good result but keep quiet on rampant corruptions among ministers,” said undergraduate who is suspended for lowering a flag bearing the face of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

He mocked the pro-Aspirasi as those who “will kiss minister’s hand” and bow down to the higher authorities .

“You don’t look on them to champion student’s welfares. They have bad reputation of backing the university administration,” he said.

The pro-Aspirasi have won in five universities earlier this week, namely Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and Universiti Teknologi Mara Malaysia (UiTM).


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