Major campus political reforms in the pipeline

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In early October, Education Minister Maszlee Malik announced major reforms to overturn laws barring students from campus political activities, lifting restrictions that allow students to hold campus elections only with the permission and oversight of university administrations. Anil Netto looks at some of the proposed reforms.

The minister held discussions on 1 October with student activists on the repeal of the restrictive University and University Colleges Act (UUCA), also known by its Malaysian acronym AUKU, which bars students from political activities on campus, including the right of students to stand for election or hold posts in student societies or organisations.

Students said they came away pleased from the meeting. Maszlee was keen to remove political restrictions in universities, said Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi, a final-year law student who led the student group in discussions with the minister.

They understood from the minister that specific provisions of the act would be repealed at the next parliamentary sitting – pending the abolition of the act by next year, Asheeq said. Full article on University World News website

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