Star: Stop meddling in campus politics, Umno Youth told
By The Star
31/1/2002 2:04 pm Thu
[Pembangkang seharusnya sedar BN kini sedang berusaha untuk menguasai
kampus. Banyak aktiviti pelik telah berlaku sejak pilihanraya lepas - seperti
Dewan terbakar, kunjungan Mahathir dan Puteri Umno ke UM/UPM, penahanan pelajar
dan kini tangkapan pensyarah (dengan alasan KMM) pula.
Stop meddling in campus politics, Umno Youth told
KUALA LUMPUR: The DAP has objected to Umno Youth submit-
ting the names of students and lecturers allegedly involved in
campus politics to the Education Ministry as it claimed it is
tantamount to interference.
DAP national publicity bureau secretary Gobind Singh Deo said its
regular allegation of lists and threats to expose both lecturers and
students for their involvement in political activities at the campuses
were an infringement of their fundamental rights.
"Umno Youth has no business making people feel that they are not
worthy if they support the opposition,'' he said in a statement.
Gobind Singh was commenting on a move by Umno Youth to submit
lists of such lecturers and students.
Education bureau chairman Dr Adham Baba said the list of lecturers
had been submitted to the Education Ministry together with a
memorandum while the student list would be next following the
discovery of eight university students for "spying'' at a Barisan
operations centre during the Indera Kayangan by-election.
Gobind Singh said Umno Youth had no right to assume the role of
caretakers of the Government at university -level politics.
"There are lawful organisations in this country empowered by law to
investigate the matter,'' he said.
He also said that the Constitution provided additional safeguards to
persons who were being investigated and these were rights, which
should be respected.
"If it has evidence, make it public and give those accused a
chance to defend themselves,'' he added.