warns ISA can be used against UTM arsonists
VC's claims of saboteurs cannot be dismissed
by Hamidah Atan, NST 10 Mac 2002
The Internal Security Act can be used against arsonists whose
actions are found to be detrimental to national security,
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr
Rais Yatim said today.
on last Friday's fire at Universiti Teknologi Malaysias Dewan
Sultan Iskandar, he said the statement by University vice-chancellor
Prof Datuk Mohd Zulkifli Mohd Ghazali that the fire could
be an act of sabotage should not be dismissed.
is the best person to gauge the reaction of several quarters,
including those of his students. He should pursue that clues
and if he feels strongly about it, he should be assisting
the enforcement authorities in garnering support in term of
after giving away Bakti scholarships to 25 excellent primary
and secondary schools here, he said the act could also be
used against those found to be responsible for creating chaos
or causing economic instability.
said those found to have committed arson involving public
or government property could also be placed under the ISA.
people (arsonists) can be arrested (under the ISA) because
their aim is to create problems for the people and hamper
Zulkifli had said the university's investigations revealed
that the fire was believed to be an act of sabotage.
police investigations pointed to a short-circuit, Mohd Zulkifli
had said that this was unlikely as the fire started between
11pm on Thursday and 2am on Friday when electricity consumption
in the building was low.
Zulkifli had added that if arson was confirmed, it was most
likely prompted by UTM's tough stand against lecturers, staff
and students involved in militant activities and anti-government
said the fire should not discourage Mohd Zulkifli from continuing
with his vigilance and action against the university's lecturers
and students involved in militant activities.
against these people must be continued under the rules. Otherwise,
our institutions and universities will be seen as lame ducks."
added the university must beef up its security to prevent
lecturers Roshelmy Md Sharif, Idris Salim and Dr Abdullah
Daud were among 23 who have been detained for alleged involvement
with Kumpulan Militant Malaysia.
second-year Management and Human Resources student was also
arrested by police in January for allegedly trying to sabotage
the Barisan Nasional's Indera Kayangan by-election campaign.
university had suspended the three lecturers but had not decided
on action to be taken against the student.