Student activist says will be charged over UM convocation protest

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  • Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020

PETALING JAYA: Student activist Wong Yan Ke says he will be charged in court on Wednesday (Feb 26) for his protest against Universiti Malaya Vice-Chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim during a convocation ceremony last year.

Wong, 24, said the police contacted him and asked him to be present at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in the morning.

He said that he would be facing a charge under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.

"I’ll fight till the end. I’ve contacted a human rights lawyer, and he will represent me in court tomorrow on a pro bono basis.

"I have no regrets as I was just exercising my constitutional rights," he told The Star Online.

Wong had allegedly shouted “Ini Tanah Malaysia” while carrying a placard with the words “Tolak Rasis” (reject racism) and “Undur VC” (step down VC) on stage during his graduation after he received his degree scroll.

He said it was done to protest the vice-chancellor's speech at the Malay Dignity Congress in Shah Alam.

He claimed that Abdul Rahim's speech was racially charged and said that he had a right as a graduate to criticise and call for the individual to be courteous.

The Malay Dignity Congress was organised by four public universities – Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) – to discuss and find solutions to problems faced by the Malays.

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