Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Student Movement to Abolish UUCA

Public university students want two Acts – the University and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA) and the Educational Institutions (Discipline) Act 1976 – to be abolished. These antiquated laws repress students rights and because of them, 25 students from three local universities have been suspended on frivolous charges. 

Among the charges were participating in a supposedly “illegal” demonstration and tarnishing the universities' names in Facebook. This included protesting the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) during the townhall meeting with US president Barack Obama at UM on April 27, 2014. 

The Student Movement To Abolish UUCA handed over a memorandum to the BN and Pakatan Rayat MPs on the matter in Parliament on June 10. Group chairperson Khairol Najib Hashim said that the charges were carried out under both the said Acts at Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). 

According to Khairul, although there were amendments made to the UUCA in 2012 but it is still not enough to release the students from the university's iron grip. Thank goodness, private university students don't have to experience this! 

On Monday, I was at Cititel MidValley in KL for the MidValley Toastmasters meeting. I was an evaluator for a member who was completing her CC speech #10. Good time management and it was great to see this discipline being enforced. Good job, MidValley Toastmasters!

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