Maszlee: UM student leader should meet with uni’s VC to air grievances

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KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya (UM) student union vice-president Yap Wen Qing should meet Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Hashim to share any dissatisfaction he has with him, says Dr Maszlee Malik.

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The Education Minister said that it would be better if Yap could meet the UM vice-chancellor instead of issuing a media statement.

“I believe the vice-chancellor is an open minded man and he can listen to his students,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday (Oct 8).

Asked if action would be taken against the student, Dr Maszlee said that “we are not in Barisan Nasional’s era”.

In his statement, Yap had called on Rahim to apologise to all Malaysians and resign because he had not solved problems at the UM campus.

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He had also claimed that every residential college was forced to send Malay students to attend the congress.

“This is an act that threatens the autonomy of a student because every student on campus has the right to explore a wide range of philosophies and ideas; they should not be dictated to follow specific narratives by the university.

“We are deeply saddened by the failure of Universiti Malaya to uphold the values of Malaysia,” said Yap.

The congress was attended by prominent leaders from both sides of the political divide, and saw some racially-charged demands mooted by its attendees across five general areas.

The five general areas were separated into religion, politics, economy, education, and culture. – The Star

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