Winds of change at UM

  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Sep 2004

PRO-GOVERNMENT students from Universiti Malaya (UM) won the students’ union election for the first time in eight years after nominations ended on Saturday, Mingguan Malaysia reported. 

The students from Gabungan Mahasiswa Universiti (GMU), won 22 out of 39 seats uncontested.  

GMU members won after a group of students, who call themselves the Gagasan group, reportedly boycotted the campus elections over alleged unhappiness in the way the Campus Election Commission were handling the election process. 

University vice chancellor (Students’ Affairs) Prof Datuk Dr Razali Agus confirmed the results. 

At Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the pro-government students are facing their opposition-aligned mates in 31 seats. 

The elections for the 2004/2005 Students Representative Council in all public universities will be held simultaneously this Wednesday. 

Nominations were held yesterday, while Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Kolej Universiti Islam Malaysia, Kolej Kejuruteraan dan Teknologi Malaysia and Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn will hold their nominations today. 

At Universiti Utara Malaysia, pro-government students won all 39 seats uncontested.  

Mingguan Malaysia said pro-government candidates could form the “government” in Universiti Teknologi Mara, University Malaysia Sabah and Kolej Kejureteraan Utara Malaysia. 

At Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, pro-government students won seven out of 45 seats uncontested, while in Universiti Sains Malaysia, government supporters, who are considered moderate in their approach, won 10 out of 37 seats.  

At Universiti Putra Malaysia, they won 12 out of 49 seats while in Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia, pro-government students won nine out of 22 seats uncontested.  

Government supporters did well at Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia after winning 14 out of 18 seats.  

Last year, pro-government students won in 15 of the 17 public institutions of higher learning.  

Berita Minggu reported that a fight nearly broke out at UM’s Kolej 12 (hostel) when a group of about 50 students marched and tried to enter the hostel area to campaign for the election. 

The students believed to be supporting one of the groups contesting in the election were, however, stopped from entering the area. 

The newspaper said a commotion broke out when occupants of the hostel told the group to leave.  

Quoting sources, Berita Minggu said members of the two groups started pushing and hurling harsh words at each other. 

It also said shoes and other objects were thrown at the group while they marched towards the hostel.  

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