Monash University Malaysia and Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia have warned their students that those participating in “illegal gatherings” could be subjected to disciplinary action.
Judging by how the warning was issued days before the Bersih 5.0 rally that falls on November 19th, it’s rather clear which “illegal gathering” they meant.
Students from both private tertiary institutions informed Malaysiakini that the notices were received via email over the past two days.
“You are advised not to participate in any illegal gathering/related activity which contravenes Malaysian laws.
“Any student found to be participating in such gathering/activity or who is arrested by authorities for doing so may be subjected to disciplinary proceedings,” said the Monash University registrar Susheela Nair in the email.
Though the ‘warning’ may seem ‘unpatriotic’ of the universities’ management, we like to believe that the management only meant goodwill and wanted to keep students safe from possible threats at the Bersih 5.0 rally. Judging by how the media is filled with stories of violence committed by the Red Shirts, the ‘warning’ issued may not be as baseless as most would think.
That being said however, it is to our belief that despite the ‘warning’, the students of the aforementioned universities will most likely embrace their common trait that is chiselled in stone- rebellion, and gather at the Bersih 5.0 rally this Saturday in the spirit of One Malaysia. – The Inscriber