Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Three Universiti Tun Hussein Onn students in hot water
Three Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) students will face disciplinary action tomorrow for uploading a video attacking deputy minister’s political speech during the 'Unesco International Youth Day' programme last November.
The video was produced by the three students without the consent of vice-chancellor Prof Noh Dalimin.
The three - Muhammad Saiful Farhan Mohamad Razi, Mohd Hidayatullah Masjud and Ahmad Adam Samsudin - will be facing disciplinary proceeding subsequent to the video being uploaded on Nov 21.
The three have been told to attend the disciplinary proceeding and willl face a charge of producing a video representation titled 'UTHO students protest political campaign in a university programme'.
A Pro-Mahasiswa spokesperson, when contacted by Malaysiakini, said the video was made and uploaded to the Internet three days after the event because the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Ahmad Maslan had made an hour-long political speech from 9pm on Nov 18, last year at the Ibrahim Ismail hall at the UTHM campus.
The spokesperson, who did not wish to be named, claimed students from two residential halls were told to attend the talk and electrical supply to the two halls was cut in a bid to force their attendance.
"The three were allegedly not satisfied with the university’s unprofessional attitude for allowing the talk which had no connection with the programme and was forcing students to go there.
"They felt cheated as the programme is related to Youth Day but was used to raise racial sentiments," said the spokesperson.
If found guilty the three students could face a warning, a fine of RM100, not being allowed to be in the university premises for a stipulated period, suspension or expulsion.
The All-Malaysia Muslim Undergraduates Movement (Gamis) has also questioned the university's action.
Its president Muhammad Akmal Razali also questioned the university's action in cutting the power supply to the two residential colleges to ensure attendance.
"This violates the rights of the students," said Muhammad Akmal.