You deserve it, Higher Education Minister tells attacked students
(Harakah Daily) - Instead of condemning acts of violence by a mob early this morning, Higher Education minister Khaled Nordin struck an unsympathetic chord by chiding students who were attacked.
In comments on his Twitter account, Khaled (pic) said the students should not expect sympathy when such incidents take place.
"No one told them to camp out at Dataran. So when these things happen, don't cry for pity," he wrote.
Earlier this week, Khaled, instead of addressing the argument by students for the abolishment of study loans under the National Higher Education Fund Corporation which they said were opressive, told students not happy with the system to return their borrowings.
Khaled's latest comments were made in the wake of the attack today on the 'Occupy Dataran' site at Dataran Merdeka by a mob of some sixty thugs in the wee hours of the morning.
This morning, the camp out at the square which had been maintained by only a dozen of students, saw a hive of activity, with the number of protesters growing.
Dataran Merdeka, the venue for electoral reforms rally Bersih 3.0 on April 28, has seen a hive of activities since last weekend.
Calling the site 'Universiti Dataran Merdeka', several individuals were invited to give free lessons on various subjects, including a crash-course on Arabic, caricature-drawing and poetry. The lessons are seen as symbolic of their demand for free tertiary education.
The opposition to PTPTN gained momentum following Pakatan Rakyat's pledge to implement free tertiary education for Malaysian citizens, and became more vocal following the revelation of a series of financial scandals costing billions of ringgit of tax payers' money.