College of Malaya (UM) has vowed to train better care in future programmes it’s concerned in following the brouhaha surrounding its organising of the Malay Dignity Congress earlier this month.
In an announcement, the college’s board of administrators chairperson Mohd Azman Shariffadeen Tengku Ibrahim maintained that the congress was an “tutorial discourse” on the challenges confronted by Malays within the nation, in step with the aims of UM’s Malay Excellence Research Centre (PKMM).
“Universiti Malaya additionally carries the unfold of data and mental discussions as its important agenda. On that precept, the Malay Dignity Congress on Oct 6 was a tutorial discourse to determine, talk about and suggest resolutions as to the various challenges confronted by the Malays at the moment from the political, financial, instructional, cultural and spiritual features.
“The trouble is in step with the target of the formation of PKMM.
“Even so, in step with the college’s mission and the rules it holds, the college administration will likely be extra cautious and train affordable, tighter and extra dynamic care in order that the programmes it’s related to will take into account all features of nationwide significance,” Azman mentioned in an announcement at the moment.
The Malay Dignity Congress (pictured, above) was organised by PKMM in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Sultan Idris Schooling College.
The congress passed off in Shah Alam on Oct 6 and was attended by greater than 5,000 individuals, together with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and a number of other Umno, PAS and Pakatan Harapan leaders, Perlis mufti Asri Zainul Abidin and singer Siti Nurhaliza.
UM vice-chancellor Abdul Rahim Hashim got here below fireplace from a number of quarters over the alleged racial undertones in his speech.
He had allegedly claimed that the change in authorities after GE14 had eradicated Malay political dominance and asserted that Malay privileges had been being questioned. Rahim can also be alleged to have warned others to not problem the social contract.
He obtained a number of requires his resignation, citing the purported racial components in his speech and his alleged failure to take care of the college’s monetary and scholar welfare.
The critics included UM scholar activist Wong Yan Ke, who, after receiving his commencement scroll on Monday, unfurled a placard accusing the VC of racism, amongst others, and referred to as for his resignation.
The college has since lodged a police report in opposition to Wong, who’s at present being probed below Part 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to impress a breach of the peace.
Wong, an engineering graduate, additionally claimed UM was withholding his tutorial transcript. This was denied by Azman at the moment.
“In reference to the scroll and tutorial transcript, I want to stress that the college shouldn’t be withholding it or has cancelled the graduate’s (Wong’s) diploma.
“Central distribution of the scrolls and transcripts is carried out from Oct 12 to 20. The graduate has been knowledgeable that his tutorial transcript could be collected anytime from Oct 18.
“The graduate can entry and print his scroll on-line by graduand.um.edu.my from Oct 21,” Azman’s assertion learn.
The latter, whereas deeming UM to be some of the liberal establishments of upper studying within the nation which valued freedom of speech, nonetheless, maintained Wong’s on-stage protest disrespected the continued convocation ceremony.
Wong had on Wednesday claimed his transcript was being withheld on flimsy grounds as varsity employees allegedly claimed there was a printing downside and as such, his transcript was “kotor” (tainted).
Wong went to UM at the moment to gather his transcript.