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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Anis suspended one semester, fined for 'Tangkap MO1' rally



Universiti Malaya student Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof and two other student activists have been suspended for a semester and fined RM400 for their involvement in the "Tangkap MO1" (MO1) rally.
The other two are Mohd Luqman Hakim Fazli and Mohamad Luqman Nul Haqim Zul Razali, while another student activist Suhail Wan Azhar was fined RM400.
All the students, who were found guilty by UM of disciplinary offences linked to the Aug 27 rally in Kuala Lumpur, were also issued warnings.
Speaking to reporters after collecting the written verdict on campus today, Anis Syafiqah blamed "outside influences" for the outcome of the hearing.
"The actions by the university have ruined their own reputation, not ours.
"This is intimidation by the university against its students," the final-year student said.
The undergraduate said the university was trying to pressure other students from similarly voicing out.
The students would be filing an appeal against the university's decision soon.

Asked on whether she would join rallies in the future, she said: "I'll continue".

Anis Syafiqah, a linguistics student and the three Islamic Studies students would sit their exams next week.
Anis would also have to defer her graduation, as the next semester was supposed to be her final semester.
Persatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia also submitted a memorandum demanding the university cancel the disciplinary action against the students.
The memorandum was accepted by UM corporate communications representative Evelyn Khor, on behalf of the vice-chancellor.
'Violation of fundamental rights'
In an immediate response, Pakatan Harapan Youth said the punishment was a violation of the students' fundamental rights.
"UM should be more matured and respect the rights of students to engage in activism.
"The four students were raising Malaysians' concerns about the alleged crimes of 'MO1' which had become international news.
"The punishment against the four students appear as if 'MO1' cannot be touched and that UM had become a tool to protect 'MO1'," it said in a joint statement.
The joint statement was released by PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, DAP Youth chief Wong Kah Woh and Parti Amanah Negara Mohd Sany Hamzan.
They urged for the punishments to be dropped and that disciplinary rules that contradicted fundamental rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution to be abolished.
They also called for the abolition of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, which they said curbed freedom of speech and activism, to be repealed.

The "TangkapMO1" rally took place in August after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said its investigation found US$3.5 billion from Malaysian state fund 1MDB was misappropriated.
The DOJ said US$731 million of that money went to a senior government official, which it did not name but described as "Malaysian Official 1" (MO1).
However, cabinet minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan said MO1 referred to Najib but he was not the subject of the lawsuit.
Najib had consistently denied wrongdoing.- Mkini

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