#TangkapMO1 rally: Varsity finds Anis guilty

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PETALING JAYA: Student activist Anis Syafiqah Mohd Yusof has been found guilty of three charges by the Universiti Malaya (UM) disciplinary panel following her participation in the #TangkapMO1 rally on Aug 27.

Anis was found guilty of acting in a manner detrimental and prejudicial to the interests and good reputation of the university; acting in a manner detrimental to public safety; and violating the university’s regulations for organising and participating in the Tangkap MO1 rally.

“At the end of the two-hour proceeding, the disciplinary panel decided that I was guilty of all charges.

“A written decision regarding the details of the disciplinary action will be given to me within 14 days from today,” Anis said in a statement posted on Facebook.

She faces any one of the following penalties — a warning; a fine of not more than RM200; a ban on entering certain parts of the university for a certain period of time; or suspension or expulsion from the university.

The #TangkapMO1 rally was organised by a coalition of students and youth groups calling for the arrest of the Malaysia Official No 1 named in the United States’ Department of Justice’s recent civil suit linked to state fund 1MDB.

Anis, together with Muhammad Luqman Nul Haqim Zul Razali, Muhammad Luqman Hakim Mohd Fazli and Suhail Wan Azahar, were earlier suspended by UM for participating in the Tangkap MO1 rally at Dataran Merdeka.

Subsequently, the four UM students were issued a show cause letter and summoned for a disciplinary hearing by the university on Oct 22.

Meanwhile, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) student Asheeq Ali, who was previously suspended for a semester and fined RM200 for his participation in the rally, said Anis’ fate was not surprising.

“I was expecting Anis to be charged and found guilty for her involvement in the rally because it was a trend started by UKM.

“I believe the panel was hesitant about sentencing her at that time because they were not fully independent. There was external pressure on the panel from the authorities controlling them,” he told FMT.

Asheeq was charged with tarnishing the university’s reputation and violating the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 by participating in the Aug 27 rally.