GEORGE TOWN: Higher education minister Khaled Nordin has described the plan by a university students’ group to file a judicial review on purported guidelines for concerts at universities as a futile exercise and a waste of time.
Following the move by the Universiti Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) to file a judicial review, Khaled said the ministry has yet to approve the guidelines.
“The (guidelines) are not there because I have not approved them. What is the point of filing a judiciary (review) for something I have not approved?” he said at a press conference at Universiti Sains Malaysia today.
“I have left it to the students to come up with the (concert guidelines). So why do you want to politicise them? There are many other ways to popularise yourselves.”
On Saturday, Umany said it was raising funds to file a judicial review after it criticised the purported guidelines, which it said included segregating the sexes at such events, and the need to dress modestly.
It said a judicial review was needed to protect student autonomy, which was “slowly diminishing in light of purported guidelines by a department of the higher education ministry”.
China Press had earlier reported that the proposed guidelines would also prohibit performers from cross-dressing, and ban outfits featuring pro-Illuminati, LGBTQ or pornographic images, as well as “punk” hairstyles.