Some 1,000 students have protested at the persistent water shortages at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah campus in Labuan.
Photo: UMS Labuan website
It was the first picket in the history of Labuan, reports Bernama, which said the water problems were due to a “dry spell”.
Armed with placards and posters, they gathered at the university campus about 14km from Labuan town as early as 9am, and demanded water – as the police were on standby.
During the noisy picket, lectures were temporarily halted.
Speaking to Bernama, UMSKAL student representatives council vice-president Heryanto Hasanudin said they had submitted a memorandum to the university’s student affairs department before the picket.
According to the memorandum, the students want Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khalid Nordin to visit UMSKAL and check the situation first-hand; a consistent and clean water supply and temporary closure of the university until the water woes are solved.