Student groups should not demand political parties' intervention in their activism
KUALA LUMPUR: Student groups such as Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) and Gerakan Menuntut Kebebasan Akademik (Bebas) should not demand for political parties to champion their cause, says Pas MP for Baling Datuk Taib Azamudden Mohd Taib
“Students should not expect or demand political parties to champion their student activism. By demanding Pas to back them it just shows how politically motivated they are. Its partisan politics not merely student activism,” Taib said.
He also hit back at the groups which accused Pas for not doing anything about the suspension of five students from Kolej Universiti Insaniah (KUIN) on May last year.
“What does the party president got to do with student activism?’ Taib questioned, referring to SMM's demand for Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to intervene and advise Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak.
Azizan is Kedah Pas Commissioner and chairman of the college.
Taib explained that the five KUIN students were suspended due to the chaos they created during a protest against the varsity administration at the college’s Kuala Ketil campus.
The suspended students had instituted legal action against the college following the decision. The students' suit is expected to be heard at the Alor Star court next March.
On Jan 18, twenty students had gathered in front of the Pas headquarters to protest against Pas-led Kedah state government for endorsing the suspension of the students.
Meanwhile Pas Kedah secretary Muhamad Yusof Husin said the suspension of students had nothing to do with the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA).
"The students were suspended because they went against the rules and regulations of the college,’’ he said.
Pakatan Rakyat including Pas has been a huge advocate for students right and demanded the UUCA to be abolished. The abolishing of UUCA is also stated in PR's Buku Jingga or "Orange Book'.
Bebas leader Safwan Anang had allegedly claimed that Pas leaders had promised to help to lift the suspension of the five KUIN students.
A news report also quoted Safwan as saying: “What is the stand of Kedah Pas which is representing PR? All these while they have been talking about academic freedom and abolishing the UUCA.
"Yet what is happening is exactly the opposite," he said.