Woon King Chai, one of the UKM 4 who filed a claim that the Section 15(5)(a) of the UUCA/AUKU is unconstitutional writes an open as the UKM 4 are mere hours away from their matter’s decision by the Kuala Lumpur High Court. These four political science students who were arrested at Hulu Selangor during the by-election while on a field trip for their Election Analysis subject, have gone on to fight for not just theirs but all Malaysian students’ freedom. LoyarBurok would like to extend their best wishes and support as the UKM 4’s good fight culminates in a court decision at 2.00p.m today.
I am writing this open letter with respect to the announcement of the KL High Court’s decision on the constitutionality of Section 15(5)(a) UUCA 1971, today, 28 September 2010 at 2:00p.m.
There is no doubt that the decision will carry much implications and impact upon our personal lives and future. Whether the 4 of us will have the opportunity to continue our undergraduate studies or be forced to end it pre-maturely will also be determined by the outcome of tomorrow’s court decision.
Since the filing of our claim on 1 June 2010 at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, that Section 15(5)(a) of the University & University Colleges Act 1971 is unconstitutional and in contradiction of our personal liberties and freedom as citizens of Malaysia, all 4 of us (the so-called “UKM 4”) have placed our complete confidence in the legal and judicial system of Malaysia.
However, I personally think that tomorrow’s decision is more than just about the UKM 4, but rather it is also a decision that will affect future of all undergraduate students and youths in Malaysia.
It is important to note that tomorrow’s decision is not just about reclaiming the right for students to participate in politics but it is also about reclaiming our freedom of pursuing our academic interests, speech, association, assembly and movement as guaranteed by the Federal Constitution.
Even as political science students ourselves, we have our rights as Malaysian citizens stifled, what more students and youths that are outside this field of studies and yet are concern with the social developments and issues concerning the society?
The UUCA/AUKU is more than just an act that stifles student autonomy and freedom but it is also an act that is creating various implications towards the development of our Malaysian society. When our own youths and students are not given the opportunity and freedom to choose and learn to make decisions themselves, how can we trust that they will make good decisions in the future when they themselves are leaders and stewards of this country?
Many NGOs, academicians, community leaders, and concerned members of the Malaysian society have voiced out their support in this struggle to reclaim student autonomy. Therefore, it is with great humility that we would like to invite all concerned members of the society to join us, together with students and youth of this country to stand together in solidarity and hope for the future of this country.
Thank you very much.
Woon King Chai
Political Science student
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia