C - Political Reform C00. POLITICAL REFORM

C18. Support a creative young generation that are free from oppression

May 10, 2018
In progress
Jun 2018

Public varsities free to organise debates, says Maszlee

The Malaysian Insight June 07, 2018

PUBLIC universities nationwide are now free to organise debates and forums as practised by leading global varsities, said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. He said all administrators of institutions of higher learning are required to heed the directive, which is effective immediately. “I urge vice-chancellors and deputy vice-chancellors of student affairs to comply with this directive, and ensure that there are no restrictions on such programmes. The ministry will monitor universities' compliance,” he said at a ministry breaking-of-fast event at SMK Presint 11 (1) in Putrajaya yesterday.

Maszlee said as someone who had been barred from participating in such programmes, he does not want students to view universities as restrictive institutions. He said in order to create a “knowledge-friendly” environment, the ministry will also instruct universities not to have barrier gates at their main entrance, which is currently standard practice. He added that the ministry will authorise principals and teachers to resolve the issue of heavy schoolbags. Maszlee also said tahfiz students who have completed their studies will be taught entrepreneurial skills. “We cannot deny that most tahfiz students will become imams and the like, but they should be given this 'added value' so that they can contribute to society and the nation.” – Bernama, June 7, 2018.