What’s happening at University of Malaya?


A couple of academics have informed me that all classes have apparently been cancelled from 4.00pm as the university appears to have gone into shut-down mode for today.

Meanwhile, a circular purportedly from the campus authorities is making the rounds:

UM shutdown 27 Oct 2014

The word is that the campus electrical system (supposedly) may be undergoing repairs… staff have been advised to take the rest of the day off.

Said one academic in campus at 4.00pm: “Nobody here. Now I can goyang kaki in my office.”

This is how a ‘world-class’ university operates.

Despite warnings, the University of Malaya Student Council (PMUM) is pressing ahead with a talk “40 Years: From University of Malaya to Jail” with Anwar as the main speaker at 9.00pm today on campus – or maybe now outside the gates.

Lim Kit Siang tweeted: “Clampdown of UM n show-cause to student leader Fahmi 2prevent Anwar from returning to her alma mater to speak to students this evening.”

Anwar’s appeal in the Federal Court – after the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court decision to acquit him on a charge of sodomy – is scheduled for 28-29 October.

If you are in UM now, please tell us what is happening there.

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OM Saigal
29 Oct 2014 7.04am

Electrical repairs can be done on weekends!!

robert chuah
28 Oct 2014 6.08am

Top 400 u from the bottom

27 Oct 2014 7.48pm

According to a Malaysiakini report published this afternoon: A circular in the name of UM Registrar Yusoff Musa called on all staff and students to leave the campus at 4pm, citing power disruption due to the bad weather. “There are problems with the electric sub-station. The situation is dangerous and the university authorities are trying to conduct repair and maintenance works at a few main locations within the university. “All staff are allowed to leave by recording the said excuse in the e-attendance,” the e-circular says. Malaysiakini confirms the veracity of the circular and it is understood that a similar… Read more »

27 Oct 2014 6.40pm

what a fantastic excuse.
i almost fell off my chair.
now you know why universities in malaysia have one way to go-down the drain.
btw, cant they just let out the brutal truth and just be honest about it?

Seng Tak
Seng Tak
27 Oct 2014 6.33pm

Referring to tonight’s event where opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is scheduled to speak to students on “Pidato Anwar Ibrahim: 40 tahun dari UM ke penjara”, UM’s Academic Staff Association (PKAUM) president Dr Azmi Sharom said: “The UM administration’s antagonistic stance towards the gathering is inconsistent with aspirations to be an internationally recognised and top ranked institution.” “Let us stop pretending that we can be a top university without guaranteeing and protecting academic freedom and freedom of speech,” Azmi said in a statement, after the event had been declared illegal by UM vice-chancellor of student affairs Professor Datuk Dr… Read more »

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
27 Oct 2014 5.41pm

Such fear of one man. Only in 1Malaysia under the 1PM !

I have publicized this case of UM buffoonery to Human Rights scholars

27 Oct 2014 5.31pm

The beginning of Reformasi 2.0.

27 Oct 2014 5.07pm

Well, its another feather in Anwar’s cap – first politician to have created an electrical shutdown and shut down the top University a country..How many politician can claim that?

27 Oct 2014 5.02pm

Teach by example.What a university.What a Vice Chancellor.
What future intellectuals will it produce.

27 Oct 2014 4.57pm

Far from being “impromptu demonstrations,” the ongoing Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong was plotted nearly two years ago with the involvement of overseas forces, the BBC has reported in an article published on its website. It is an “open secret” at the Oslo Freedom Forum, which is referred to as “one of the biggest meetings of human rights activists in the world,” that plans were hatched for the demonstrations nearly two years ago, wrote Laura Kuenssberg, chief correspondent of BBC Newsnight, in the article. “Democracy activists” from around the world have helped “organize their struggle, gather together,” said the… Read more »

27 Oct 2014 4.33pm

What is happening is law breakers are coming in

27 Oct 2014 4.01pm

Time off to avoid DSAI?