Wanita MCA notes the latest news report that Universiti Malaya (UM) says it is not withholding the academic transcript and graduation scroll of convocation protestor graduand Wong Yan Ke.
Noting the university's explanation, we hope that it was never the intention of the UM authorities to withhold these documents, only to release after former UM professor ie Dato' Dr Gurdial Singh pointed out that revocation of his degree is inconsistent with Section 8 of the Universities and University Colleges Act (AUKU).
Although Wanita MCA does not agree with the student's previous actions – including supporting the demonstrations in Hong Kong – Yan Ke should not be denied his rights under AUKU and the Federal Constitution.
He has been appraised by his lecturers, passed his exams and earned his academic degree.
His protest is now being investigated by the police and he has given his statement to the police.
Let the law take its course and UM must show that it is a centre for the pursuit of all-round knowledge, social welfare activities and wisdom.
UM must never be turned into grounds to propagate racism especially by its vice-chancellor.
Datuk Heng Seai Kie
Wanita MCA National Chairperson