MP raps UiTM's rejection of cultural expo, labels it 'undemocratic'
12:00am Tue Mar 19th, 2002
BN member of Parliament today slammed Universiti Teknologi
Malaysia for its 'undemocratic' rejection of
a cultural expo organised by students in conjunction with
last year's Chinese New Year celebration.
See Ten (BN-Gelang Patah) told he Dewan Rakyat that the move
was similar to an "abuse of power".
added such expos should be encouraged as they were meant to
foster unity among the various races on campus.
was disappointed to hear that UiTM's administration cancelled
the event at the eleventh hour. The excuse given was that
the Dewan Sultan Iskandar, where the event was to be held,
was reserved for academic activities only," he said.
said public money was used to enhance facilities at universities
and the allocation should be used to optimise the benefits
and prevent wastage of resources.
am not questioning the university's decision to give priority
to academic activities but I do not see
any reason for the hall not to be used for other events that
can benefit the campus community," he
also said the university has yet to explain why the hall should
be used for academic purposes alone.
is proof that after the expo was cancelled the hall was used
for a dinner party," Chang said when debating the Yang
di-Pertuan Agong's March 11 royal address at the opening of
this year's parliament session.
to the MP, UiTM had issued several letters with conflicting
content to the event's organisers.
the expo was approved by the university. However, a day before
the event was to take place, a letter was issued to the organiser,
saying the event must be cancelled as the hall was limited
to academic activities only.
said the university's manner in handling the matter revealed
that it did not respect the rule of
was) as if the university's decision was final and cannot
be questioned," he said.
queried why the university permitted the hall to be used for
a dinner party after it decided to cancel the cultural event.
gives people the impression that the university was practising
double standards. The students' efforts to promote racial
unity is not appreciated or respected.
decision to cancel the event is not democratic or transparent.
The reasons given are irrational and inappropriate,"
MP also expressed concerned that the university's decision
would have a negative effect on the students' relationship
with the campus administration.
may lead to anti-government sentiments among the students,"
called for urgent attention to the matter in order to prevent
a similar incident from recurring.