Nothing political in Adam Adli's suspension


Nothing political in Adam Adli's suspension

Nothing political in Adam Adli's suspension

Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • Nurul Izzah Junaidi Abu Bakar
UPSI says suspension Adam Adli's suspension was for breach of university regulations

KUALA LUMPUR: University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) deputy vice chancellor Datuk Dr Junaidi Abu Bakar has denied that the suspension student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim was politically motivated, as claimed by PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar.


Junaidi told The Mole: “She (Nurul) has every right to say whatever she wants, but the university adhered to its own regulations to take action against the student.


"Adam Adli has been found guilty of violating the university's moral code and regulation as well as disrupting public peace and safety."


Junaidi also refuted allegations that the suspension was due to political pressure.


“There had been no pressure be from anyone, particularly politicians or political parties. Adam was punished accordingly for his own actions,” he said, adding that Adam had also been previously warned for breaching the university’s regulations.


Junaidi said Adam could still appeal to UPSI’s Appeal Board within 30 days from the date of the suspension.


Junaidi who is in charge of students' affairs was commenting Nurul’s statement that the decision to suspend Adam was oppressive and prevented students from expressing their thoughts.


A blog posting at Cucu Tok Selampit however argued that the suspension was appropriate as Adam had not only gotten himself involved in street demonstration but also in vandalism during the rally at UPSI itself.


In his immediate reaction microblogging siteTwitter , Adam appeared unrepentant. He said it was far more honourable to be suspended for championing the abolishment of UUCA than being jailed for a year due to corruption.


Adam was suspended for allegedly causing disrepute to the university with his act of lowering the flag at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) during the demonstration to abolish the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) on Dec 17.