SMM will not campaign for Anwar. Instead, they will show their support to student activist Adam Adli.
KUALA LUMPUR: Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) insisted that they will not take part in the ‘Free Anwar Campaign’ purportedly being planned for Jan 9.
The reason given was that their members would be attending the disciplinary hearing of student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim whose case would be heard on the same day.
SMM president Ahmad Syukri Abdullah told The Mole: ‘’We do not have any intentions to be involved and we will not be anywhere near the demonstration.”
Instead Ahmad Syukri said the student group will be showing their support to Adam for his case hearing at the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
Adam has been hauled for disciplinary hearing for allegedly bringing disrepute to UPSI because of his involvement in an SMM-organised demonstration earlier this month.
During the demonstration at the Putra World Trade Centre, Adam had taken down a flag bearing the image of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The demonstrations was held to demand for the abolishment of the Universities and University College Act (UUCA).
A blog posting highlighted that the 901 (Jan 9 planned-demonstation) brochures had been widely distributed in a few local universities, calling on students to be part of the ‘Free Anwar’ demonstration at the Kuala Lumpur High Court complex in Jalan Duta.
The demonstration is perceived to be politically-motivated with the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) masterminding it and much effort is being put in to use the university students as the front liners.
The Free Anwar demonstration is planned for Jan 9 to coincide with the day the High Court is expected to deliver its judgement on opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case.
Judge Datuk Zainal Abidin Mohd Diah who presided over the Opposition leader’s sodomy case had set Jan 9 to deliver his judgement after the trial came to an end on Dec 15.
Asked whether SMM is aware about the distribution of the leaflets, Syukri said the group is aware of it but they decided not to get involved with the demonstration.
Syukri also denied the group has been funded by a political party.
“To date, no political party has approached us or influenced us to join them in any kind of politically related reforms be it from the ruling or opposition party,” he added.
Pemimpin Mahasiswa Aspirasi Malaysia (Aspirasi) president Mohd Shahar Abdullah however claimed he has proof of SMM’s plans to hold a demonstration at the UPSI on Saturday.
Mohd Shahar said the Saturday demonstration is part of the SMM initiative to rally university students to join and support the campaign for the planned Jan 9 demonstration.
“Information of the demo was given to us by reliable sources,’’ Mohd Shahar said.
Responding to Mohd Shahar's claim, SMM's Ahmad Syukri said the rally on Saturday at the UPSI was a show of support for Adam Adli and it had nothing to do with Free Anwar Campaign.
Before this SMM had said they would not be involved in the Jan 9 demonstration.
A blog posting in Cucu Tok Selampit claimed Anwar had held talks with student groups in his house at Segambut on October 17.
Several opposition leaders including PKR’s information chief Tian Chua was accused to be among the mastermind behind the anti-UUCA protest on Dec 17.
SMM had denied Tian Chua’s involvement and said he was there only to show his support.