Withdraw show cause letters, Cenbet urges varsities

#TangkapMO1PETALING JAYA: Centre For A Better Tomorrow (Cenbet) has urged Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to withdraw disciplinary proceedings against an undergraduate for participating in the #TangkapMO1 rally in August.

It executive councillor, Woon King Chai, said taking disciplinary action against third-year law undergraduate Asheeq Ali Asheeq went against the spirit of the 2012 amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA), theSundaily reported.

He said the amendments were proposed by Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2011 as part of his initiatives to reinvigorate public universities.

“It includes doing away with decades-old restrictions against political expression and participation for university students.”

Woon said by referring Asheeq to the internal disciplinary board, UKM had gone against the spirit of openness.

Show cause letters were also issued to #TangkapMO1 rally organiser and Universiti Malaya student Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof and three of her university mates last week.

Woon said Universiti Malaya should also withdraw the show cause letters.

“The actions are inconsistent with the expectation that universities serve as training grounds to prepare our graduates to be future nation-builders.

“Such actions do not help our universities’ efforts to move up in world rankings.”