UMS harus mengugurkan semua tindakan disiplin, penindasan terhadap mahasiswa

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The Bersih 5 crowd outside KLCC on 19 November 2016

Bersih 2.0 dimaklumkan bahawa Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) telah mengikut langkah Universiti Malaya (UM) dengan mengancam tindakan disiplin terhadap dua mahasiswanya, Mukmin Nantang dan Nurul Aqilah Muhammad Zainuzi, atas penyertaan mereka di perhimpunan Bersih 5 tahun lepas.

UMS jelas tidak menghormati kebebasan mahasiswa-mahasiswi dengan membatasi hak-hak perlembagaan yang menjamin kebebasan bersuara, berhimpun, dan berpesatuan. UMS sepatutnya mempertahan hak-hak Mukmin dan Nurul Aqilah yang berani dan matang mengambil bahagian dalam proses demokratik dan menyumbang membentuk tanah air yang lebij baik, dan bukannya diugut dengan tindakan.

Sebagai sebuah institusi pendidikan yang terkemuka, UMS wajib menggalakkan wacana yang bernas dan pemikiran kritikal, tanpa mengira kedudukan politik. Dengan mengenakan tindakan terhadap mahasiswa yang cuma menggunakan hak-hak mereka seperti yang termaktub dalam perlembagaan, jelas sekali UMS bukan sebuah institusi yang terbuka.

Bersih 2.0 menyeru UMS menghentikan semua prosiding disiplin yang dikenakan ke atas Mukmin dan Nurul Aqilah dan mengakui hak dan kebebasan yang dijamin oleh Artikel 10 Perlembagaan Persekutuan, atau sekurang-kurangnya memelihara reputasinya sebagai sebuah institusi pendidikan yang wajar.

Bersih 2.0 turut menyaran pihak-pihak berkuasa untuk meneliti kenyataan Suhakam yang mendesak pembaharuan mustahak dalam Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti 1971 yang cuma membuntukan pergerakan mahasiswa-mahasiswi kita sekarang.

Masa sudah tiba untuk menghentikan semua penindasan dan sekatan terhadap anak muda, dan sebaliknya bekerjasama membina sebuah Malaysia di mana anak muda dapat berkembang dengan maju.

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Ahli-ahli jawatankuasa pemandu Bersih 2.0


Universiti Malaysia Sabah must stop all disciplinary proceedings and harassment against its students

Bersih 2.0 is extremely disappointed to hear that Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is following in the footsteps of Universiti Malaya (UM) by threatening disciplinary action against two of its students, Mukmin Nantang and Nurul Aqilah Muhammad Zainuzi, for their participation in the Bersih 5 rally last year.

UMS obviously does not recognise its students’ agency by restricting their constitutional rights to freedom of expression and freedom to assemble and associate freely. Instead of threatening punishment, UMS should be defending Mukmin’s and Nurul Aqilah’s rights as brave, mature individuals who are actively participating in the democratic process and taking on the responsibility to shape a new, better Malaysia.

A respectable educational institution is supposed to encourage discourse and critical thinking, be it for or against the status quo. By initiating punishment on its students for exercising their rights as enshrined in the constitution, UMS is clearly not one such institution.

Bersih 2.0 strongly urges UMS to stop all disciplinary proceedings against Mukmin and Nurul Aqilah, if not to recognise their rights and freedoms guaranteed by article 10 of the Federal Constitution, then to preserve the university’s reputation as a proper educational institution.

Bersih 2.0 also urges the authorities to heed Suhakam’s statement urging much-needed reform of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, which in its current form, only serves to stunt the education of our students.

It’s time to stop punishing and restricting our youths and instead work towards creating a new Malaysia where they can flourish and thrive.

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Bersih 2.0 steering committee members
17 February 2017

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