Student coalition Kesatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia chairperson Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof and three others have been found guilty on three disciplinary offences linked to the Aug 27 “Tangkap Malaysian Official 1” rally in Kuala Lumpur.
The final decision, on whether they would be fined, banned from certain parts of the university, suspended or expelled, would only be made known within the next two weeks, the Universiti Malaya activist said.
“At the end of the hearing, they decided that I am guilty of all three charges… and they will notify me of the punishment in written form within 14 days,” Anis Syafiqah told Malaysiakini when met on campus after the final proceedings before a three-member panel this morning.
“Actually our final exams are in three weeks.
“I am worried I would not be able to sit for it, because we do not know what punishments would be served by the university,” she said in questioning the timing of the decision.
However, the third-year Language and Linguistics student said she did not regret her actions.
'I will continue my studies'
"I will continue my studies and my struggle. Even my father told me, 'don't ever regret'," she said, adding that she would also file an appeal with the UM disciplinary board.
Anis Syafiqah and three others students were charged with acting in a manner detrimental and prejudicial to the interests and good reputation of the university; detrimental to public safety; and in violation of the university's regulations.
She was the first to be summoned by the panel today, followed by Suhail Wan Azahar, Luqman Nul Haqim Zul Razali and Muhammad Luqman Hakim Mohd Fazli.
Throughout the proceedings, she was accompanied by UM final year law student Marcus Lee (left in photo), who raised concerns over the hearing process.
“For example, last Wednesday, she was requested to attend the proceeding. After about 30 minutes, she was asked to leave and then called back.
“When she returned, they had amended the charge, printed it and demanded Anis to defend herself, without any preparations,” Lee said, adding that there were new details which Anis Syafiqah had presented to the panel, which then were used against her.
He also claimed that the panel had asked their witnesses questions that were irrelevant and provocative.
“One of the panel members asked one of our witnesses if he was pro-establishment or anti-establishment,” said Lee.
The final proceeding ended about 6pm, with the remaining three students also found guilty on all the charges.
The four of them are also known as 'Malaya4' and the actions to be taken against them would fall under the Universiti Malaya Methods (Student Behaviour) 1999.
The "Tangkap MO1" rally was organised to call for the arrest of the "Malaysian Official 1" named in the United States Department of Justice's civil suit linked to the troubled state investment fund 1MDB.- Mkini