UM students upset placards torn down during 1MDB talk

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PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya students have criticised the action of several men who tore down placards displaying “Students want answers”, “1MDB don’t spin”, and “1MDB – We want answers” during a town hall session with 1MDB President and Group Executive Director Arul Kanda Kandasamy on Tuesday night.

University of Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) President Ho Chi Yang said the placards were confiscated by several men.

The students were merely stating their stand on the issue with the placards, he said.

“Every citizen, including the freshmen, are guaranteed under the Constitution the right to speak and express themselves freely,” he said in a statement.

The closed-door town hall meeting titled “1MDB and the Country’s Current Issue” was jointly organised by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s Special Affairs Department (Jasa) and Student Affairs and Alumni Division, UM, as part of Jasa’s series of roadshows.

Ho said the town hall session was a ploy to brainwash students over the 1MDB issue. If this were not so, he added, 1MDB’s fiercest critics, DAP’s Tony Pua and PKR’s Rafizi Ramli, would also have been invited, to give a balanced view.

“They have been following the development of the1MDB issue since the beginning, but were not invited.

“People were also prohibited from recording any video during the programme. It just proves the organisers were conspiring with Umno to brainwash the students.”

Umany has urged the organisers to hold another town hall event with the presence of Pua, Rafizi and Arul Kanda for students to hear views of both parties.

“There is no problem if the organiser wants to be Umno’s puppet, but the students will not allow the oldest varsity to be a campus of Umno.”