Rule by law as explained
in the UTM model
Fri Feb 22nd, 2002
From: Jeffrey Toh
refer to the article, "Hall dispute-UTM's excuse 'lame':
DAP leader", (Jan 27), and would like to express my opinion
from the aspect of the rule of law.
UTM cultural exhibition and performance 2002 was once again
prohibited (since 1998) from being held in the campus.
order to achieve the purpose of management and the principle
of the rule of law, rules have to fulfill the following principles.
Rules must be made to enable us to make decisions as we cannot
decide according to our desires; rules have to open to public;
rules cannot be changed frequently; decisions must strictly
follow the rules that had been made earlier.
authorities committed all four mistakes stated above. Firstly,
the university authorities changed their decision three times
in the last four days leading to the exhibition.
the authorities did not reveal to all about the rule prohibiting
the use of the Dewan Sultan Iskandar for non-academic purposes.
the authority did not explain the reason for the sole usage
of the hall, i.e. for academic purposes. Besides, before and
after the denial of use for the cultural exhibition there
were events such as concerts and dinners, which are not academic,
held in the hall.
most important principle of the rule of law is, all power
is based on the law; no one is above the law including the
authorities. The actual situation in the university is such
that the rules only apply to students, lecturers and staffs
but not the authorities.
university authorities only make use of the law to control
students and to manage the university. In the other words,
the rules are only a tool to university authorities.
can conclude that the model of UTM authorities is the model
of the rule by law which has been used in the feudal age when
rulers had absolute powers.