Aliran’s P Ramakrishnan has released a press statement on University of Malaya’s reaction to a talk by Anwar Ibrahim organised by UM’s Student Council.
Actually, the worst thing a government can do, from the BN’s perspective, is to rile up the academics and university students …
Epic (power) failure!
Excerpt from the statement:
Is UM wilfully denying a free discussion and debate and exchange of ideas in UM?
Any university must live up to its reputation as a seat of learning. It must live up to the peoples’ expectation that it is a powerhouse of knowledge where future leaders are groomed and exposed to various contending issues so that they will come out as thinking and reasoning individuals who can uphold justice and freedom of expression.
But UM is deliberately stifling the growth of mature students who can decide for themselves and organise activities that are deemed necessary and suitable. Can’t the students act as thinking adults who are capable of organising themselves without any interference from the authorities?