rejects appeal of three suspended USM students
7:54pm Wed Mar 20th, 2002
hangs over the fate of three Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
undergraduates who face a one-semester suspension for their
alleged involvement in ‘anti-establishment’ activities.
trio who recently finished their final-year examinations received
a letter from the university authority today informing them
about the Education Ministry’s decision to reject their appeal
against the suspension.
letter dated March 9 said the suspension would take effect
next semester by which time the trio would have graduated,
a source told malaysiakini.
slapped the suspension penalty on Lee Yen Ting, Choo Chon
Kai and Loke Chee Hoe in January.
who is USM’s Chinese Language Society (CLS) president, and
Loke were found to have violated university regulations when
they participated in an ‘illegal’ gathering to protest against
the Vision School concept in November 2000.
who is the society’s secretary, was caught by the campus security
in the act of selling anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) badges
trio subsequently appealed to the ministry against the suspension.
fourth student, Fatin Nor Suhana Abdul Khalid, is also facing
one-semester suspension for participating in the ‘illegal’
gathering. She has yet to graduate and would likely be the
only one left to face the punishment. She did not make any
appeal to the ministry.
initially barred the four students from sitting for their
examinations but later relented on ‘humanitarian grounds’.
for Fatin who has yet to complete her studies, the others
could graduate if they passed the final examinations.