Two student protesters at Education Ministry released

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  • Saturday, 08 Sep 2018

Dr Maszlee Malik. -The Star filepic

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Two university students who were detained following a protest at the Ministry of Education over their dissatisfaction on the appointment of Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik as Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) president, have been freed on police bail on Saturday (Sept 8).

Putrajaya police chief ACP Rosly Hassan said police had taken statements from both students before releasing them on police bail at 6.30am this morning.

"The investigation papers will be completed soon and will be referred to the deputy public prosecutor for a decision," he said in a statement.

According to him, at 9.10am on Friday, a group of university students, comprising four men and three women were present at the Ministry of Education to demand Maszlee's resignation as Education Minister or as UIAM president.

The students felt the minister's UIAM appointment was against Pakatan Harapan's manifesto, which promised autonomy and free universities from political interference, he said.

Rosly said the assembly was peaceful, and it received the permission of the Education Minister's representative and it went on for more than 15 hours with several discussions conducted.

However, the group of students refused to disperse from the area. According to him, at about 12.20am, police representatives met the student group and persuaded them to disperse.

All of the students moved out from the area, except a male and female student who refused to budge and wanted to sit in a tent set up within the ministry's compound.

Therefore, he said the two students were held and their placards, mats and tent were also confiscated.

"They were brought to Putrajaya police headquarters for trespassing under Section 447 of the Penal Code. The action had to be taken after taking into consideration the gathering had gone on for too long, as well as their intention to continue camping there," he said. - Bernama

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