PUTRAJAYA: The four lecturers need to take responsibility and be ready to be held accountable for their views on the Rome Statute, says Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic).
He was referring to the case of the four lecturers who received backlash for their role in purportedly advising the Rulers to reject the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The four academics are Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) law professor Datuk Dr Rahmat Mohamad, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Dr Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia law lecturers Dr Fareed Mohd Hassan, and Hisham Hanapi.
Dr Maszlee said: “The Cabinet has decided that the lecturers are allowed to have academic freedom, which is in line with the government’s promise.
“At the same time, we hope that this issue should be debated with wisdom and in a factual manner, without any hidden agenda and politics,” he told The Star on Thursday (May 2).
Dr Maszlee’s comments were in response to G25’s Tan Sri Alwi Jantan who wrote an open letter calling for the removal of the four academicians from their positions in their respective institutions.