February 12, 2018
Federal Court declines UM leave to appeal against 5 students
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court today dismissed the Universiti Malaya (UM) disciplinary board’s application for leave to appeal against five of its students for their involvement in a talk featuring Anwar Ibrahim in October, 2014.
A three-man bench, led by Chief Justice Raus Sharif, said UM failed to cross the threshold under Section 96 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 to get leave on the five legal questions it posed.
“There was also non-compliance with UM disciplinary rules (Kaedah-Kaedah Universiti Malaya Tatatertib Pelajar-Pelajar 1997),” he said.
An applicant must convince the court that the questions framed were raised for the first time and was of public importance.
Also on the bench was Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum and Justice Jeffrey Tan Kok Hwa.
Tan, during the proceeding, also remarked that there was no iota of evidence that the rules were complied with.
“So it does not matter whether the charge must be proved beyond reasonable doubt or on the balance of probabiity,” he said in reference to one of the questions framed by UM.
On Oct 31, the Court of Appeal upheld a High Court decision which had overturned the board’s action against former Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya (PMUM) president Fahmi Zainol and his then committee members, Safwan Shamsuddin, Adam Fistival Wilfrid, Haw Yu Hong and Khairol Najib Hashim.
All had graduated last year and in 2016.
A three-man Court of Appeal bench, comprising Justices David Wong Dak Wah, Yaacob Md Sam and Zabariah Mohd Yusof, had unanimously dismissed the appeal.
Wong, who chaired the panel, held that there was no appealable error made by the High Court judge.
On July 29, 2016, the Shah Alam High Court had allowed a judicial review filed by the students against the board that found them guilty on disciplinary charges and had imposed either a suspension, a fine or a stern warning.
Lawyer Edmund Bon and New Sin Yew represented the students while Kadar Abdullah appeared for the board.
The five are former Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya (PMUM) president Fahmi Zainol and his then-committee members Safwan Shamsuddin, Adam Fistivil Wilfrid, Haw Yu Hong and Khairol Najib Hashim.
29 July 2016
High Court quashes UM’s action on five students
The High Court in Shah Alam today quashed the Universiti Malaya disciplinary board’s decision to fine or suspend five of its students for organising and participating in a rally featuring former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, two years ago.
Justice Mohd Yazid Mustafa, in allowing their judicial review application to quash the board’s decision, ruled that the disciplinary proceedings were not conducted in accordance with the UM disciplinary rules (Kaedah-Kaedah Universiti Malaya Tatatertib Pelajar-Pelajar 1997).
It further ruled that when the UM disciplinary board met with the appeals board on the students’ appeal, it was done without the students’ presence.
The five were represented by counsel New Sin Yew.
The university had suspended Fahmi for two semesters and fined him RM600, while Safwan was suspended for one semester and fined. The others were fined.
Oct 30, 2014
Quit witch hunt over rally, UM told
Umno and DAP are again at loggerheads, this time over the rally involving 2,000 students and supporters at Universiti Malaya on Monday night.
While DAP urges UM to drop its police report on the matter and concentrate on improving its ailing rankings, Puteri Umno urges action on those who broke the lock at UM’s gate to enter the campus for the talk by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
“UM’s administration should take an enlightened attitude to what happened on Monday, admit it had made a colossal blunder in the lockdown and power black-out of University of Malaya.
“(It should) enlist the support of university students, alumni, academicians and the Malaysian public to restore academic freedom to regain the university’s international repute for academic excellence in its early decades,” DAP’s parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang (left) said.
He said that going on a “vengeful” campaign to penalize students and academics who attended the rally will actually hurt their reputation further.
27 Oct 2014
Students storm locked UM gates for Anwar talk
About 2,000 students and activists stormed Universiti Malaya’s Kuala Lumpur gate tonight to attend a talk by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim there.
Crowd pushes through security to enter UM for Anwar‘s talk – The Rakyat Post http://fb.me/3oaMJVBrs
Crowd pushes through security to enter UM for Anwar’s talk
Lebih 2,000 pelajar UM masuk melepasi pagar menuju Dewan Tunku Canselor untuk mendengar pidato DS Anwar Ibrahim.
(Harap maklum, pagar UM tidak roboh.)
27 October 2014
Anwar enters alma mater, delivers last speech in darkness: KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Opposition Leader Datuk Seri… http://bit.ly/1wCkMb3
Anwar enters alma mater, delivers last speech in darkness
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim finally makes it to his alma mater, Universiti Malaya (UM), which had tried earlier to keep him from delivering his address to the student population by closing all the gates into the campus here.
The Dewan Tunku Canselor, the venue for the talk titled “Anwar Ibrahim: 40 Years from UM to Jail” and organised by the university’s student council, is closed and blanketed in darkness.
But the 67-year-old UM alumnus is undaunted. He climbs onto a truck that had been brought out as a backup for just such a situation, and speaks to the hundreds of students who braved the evening downpour and helped open UM’s gates for him.