UMS students determined to deliver memorandum to Hajiji

UMS students hold up placards and banners as they marched towards Menara Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) students are set to spend the night outside Menara Kinabalu as they remain adamant about handing over a six-point memorandum to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

The group of about 40 to 50 students, who marched from the UMS campus to Menara Kinabalu at about 2.30pm, said that they were planning an overnight stay outside the Menara Kinabalu in the hope of meeting up with Hajiji.

"We will wait. At the moment, we have decided to stay," said the group’s coordinator, Mohammad Norhamdin Nordin, who was with about eight remaining students sitting on the lawn just outside Menara Kinabalu at about 8pm Friday (June 14).

As government offices only open on Tuesday (June 18), it is not clear if the students would camp at the location over the long weekend.

The police have been stationed around the students.

Earlier, the students refused to pass their six-point memorandum to Deputy Chief Minister III Datuk Shahelmey Yahya.

Kota Kinabalu City police chief Asst Comm Kasim Muda then told the students that the Chief Minister would meet them next week.

"We don't want to meet Shahelmey as we have met him before. There have been many promises that the problem will be resolved over the years," Norhamdin said.

ACP Kasim told reporters that they had no immediate plans to evict the protestors but said that they did not have a peaceful gathering permit from the police.

"For now, they just sit here, and we will let them voice out (their feelings). Of course, they do not have permission, but we are handling them," he said, adding that the police have opened an investigation paper.

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