Student wants apex court to decide on UKM’s disciplinary action

Student activist Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi is appealing an Appeals Court’s decision to dismiss his challenge against UKM’s disciplinary action.

PUTRAJAYA: Student activist Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi is continuing his bid to halt the one-month suspension and fine imposed against him by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) for joining the Tangkap Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) rally in 2016.

He filed leave to appeal at the Federal Court against a Court of Appeal’s decision last month that dismissed his challenge on the disciplinary action as well as on the stay order to stop the university from enforcing the suspension and RM200 fine.

“I was suspended for one month during a tribunal appeal hearing on March 11 last year and fined RM200.

“The suspension and fine were not executed pending my court cases.

“However, after the Court of Appeal’s decision, I received a notice from UKM saying my suspension will be enforced from March 14,” he said at a press conference after filing his notice of appeal today.

He criticised UKM for bringing forward his suspension order, before the end of his deadline to appeal, calling it unfair.

For civil cases, the aggravated parties have a one-month period to file their appeal.

On Feb 22, the appeals court dismissed his appeal to challenge the disciplinary action imposed on him for taking part in the MO1 rally in 2016.

The court affirmed the High Court’s decision in August last year that ruled Section 15(3) of the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) and UKM’s regulations do not violate students’ constitutional rights.

Following UKM’s decision to reinstate the suspension and fine last week, a student group had threatened to hold a protest outside the university.

Asheeq, who is in his final semester as a law student, filed a lawsuit against UKM in 2017, seeking a declaration that Section 15 (3) of UUCA and Rules 3 and 13 of UKM Disciplinary Rules were unconstitutional for preventing students from expressing their thoughts freely.

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