Aziz Occupies With a Stand

(May 1, Kuala Lumpur) Secretary of Solidarity of Malaysian Students (SMM) who is reading law at University Malaya, Haziq Abdul Aziz was accused by the university along with 3 others for participating in the Occupy Dataran movement.

SMM is a student NGO set up on 2001. It demands the government to provide free education and abolish students loan. A SMM member has already been sentenced to a three-semester suspension. Aziz thought he maybe expecting  an expulsion from the school however he persisted in occupying Dataran Merdeka.

According to the Universities and University College Act, Students political activities are prohibited by express provision of the Article 15 of this law. College students are not allowed to join or have association with illegal parties or organizations, or express political opinions freely. Otherwise, students will be liable to a fine not exceeding 1000 ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both. SMM seeks to challenge this law.

“One way to challenge the law is to break the law. We challenge the government to abolish the law”, said Aziz.

The student activist, Zheng Chuanyi, who organized students to participate in Bersih 3.0 on April 28 said, compared with previous years, university students were more enthusiastic about politic now. But influenced by the Act, most of them prefer to express their thoughts on social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter instead of joining th crowd on the street.

Students gain support from their professors and the public, thought the law and university court are against them.

During the 15-day occupation, the public offered food, tents and even money for them. On the evening of April 27, the police barricaded entries to the square, ending the occupation. Even so, Chen, a citizen of Kuala Lumpur, went to the barricaded area to support the students.

“The students have their dreams and they are realizing their dreams in a proper way. They are mature enough to express their needs and ask or reform. It should be encouraged”, said Chen.

For Aziz, his professors provided legal consultation as he goes on trial on this Thursday. He said he will discuss with the professorsp to form a strategy and prepare for the proceeding.

 

Reporter: 姚昱旨 王丽贤
Editor: 胡禄丰

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