Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The AUKU is unconstitutional - who would have thought of that?

On 31 October 2011 the Court of Appeal has set aside the earlier decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court on 28 September 2010 which ruled Section 15 (5)(a) of the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) as not violating the Constitution after deducting their originating summons.

Section 15 (5)(a) is a provision in the UUCA or AUKU (1971) which restricts students from expressing in support of, or opposing, any political party. In the landmark 2-1 majority decision, the three-man panel held that the Section was unreasonable and violated freedom of speech.

Who would have thought of that?

Four student leader of the new generation.

Watch out for the rising political stars of four ex-UKM Political Science Club Supreme Council leaders who have made headlines by winning a historic legal battle against the government of Malaysia vis-a-vis challenged the political status-quo of the present powers-that-be.

They are Muhammad Hilman Idham (President), Ismail Aminuddhin (Vice President), Azlin Shafina Adzha (Secretary General) and Wong King ChaƬ (Exco). The four was slapped with disciplinary action for being present during the campaign for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election on April 24 last year.

The 'students' have since graduated and moved on with their lives.

See the excitement after the court ruling:

The Bernama news report: Appellate Court Declares UUCA Provision Unconstitutional

The Sun Daily: UUCA Unconstitutional