Abim wel­comes move to re­view pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties’ elec­tions

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KUALA LUMPUR: Angkatan Belia Is­lam Malaysia (Abim) has wel­comed the move by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry to re­view guide­lines on Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil elec­tions at pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties.

Abim vice-pres­i­dent Radin Imadud­din Radin Ab­dul Halim said stu­dent em­pow­er­ment in uni­ver­si­ties must be strength­ened to im­prove their rights and wel­fare, as well as to pro­vide a plat­form for stu­dents to dis­cuss civil so­ci­ety is­sues.

“The pro­posal will give them a sense of au­ton­omy to de­ter­mine the lead­er­ship of pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties’ stu­dent bod­ies.

“Stu­dents need to be pre­pared to be lead­ers.”

On Satur­day, the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry said Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cils of pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties would be given full free­dom to de­ter­mine their lead­er­ship without the in­volve­ment of the univer­sity’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, be­gin­ning this year.

It said the process of cam­pus elec­tions would also be re­viewed.

“The Cam­pus Elec­tion Co­or­di­na­tion Meet­ing be­tween the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment, Stu­dent Af­fairs Of­fice and the Le­gal Of­fi­cers of Pub­lic Uni­ver­si­ties to­day (Satur­day) de­cided that cam­pus elec­tion meth­ods will be re­viewed to al­low stu­dents to han­dle the process in a trans­par­ent and in­de­pen­dent man­ner.

“Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cils will have au­ton­omy, with full free­dom of ex­pres­sion, to in­dulge in politics or ac­tiv­i­ties without the in­volve­ment of the univer­sity’s man­age­ment,” the min­istry said.

Radin Imadud­din said cam­pus elec­tions should be or­gan­ised in a re­al­is­tic way, in­stead of it be­ing ex­ploited, as was done pre­vi­ously, which re­sulted in a weak Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil.

“We are con­fi­dent with stu­dents’ abil­ity to mange their af­fairs by re­defin­ing the func­tions of the Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil to be stu­dent-cen­tric.”

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