University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) said the Ministry of Education did not interfere its decision to postpone former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s meet-and-greet event.
UKM deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Assoc Prof Dr Roslee Rajikan cited that the decision was made for security reasons.
“When the students informed us of the event, we told them that in terms of safety, we do not have enough manpower.
“As a university, we have a responsibility to students and our role is to guide them to ensure any programme they organise runs smoothly.
“So, we advised them to postpone the event,” he said when contacted by The Star.
The Star also reported Roslee saying that UKM still remians open to all politicians regardless of whether they are part of the ruling coalition or the opposition.
“We do not have any restriction on student activities, even if it includes inviting politicians from both divide to campus.
“In fact, we just held a forum yesterday where Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob, PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad and Bersatu supreme council member Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen were invited to discuss changes in the Malaysian political landscape,” he added.
The event named “Sembang Santai Bossku” which was organised by the institution’s Student Representative Council (PMUKM) was supposed to be held at 3.30pm today (22nd February 2019), but since its postponement, Najib was reported to have spoken to students outside the UKM mosque in Bangi.
He was reported to have criticized the Pakatan Harapan leaders, accusing them of hypocrisy and oppression for stifling students.
“The new education minister said this is a new era, there will be more democracy, more freedom, more openness, and that opposition leaders are welcomed into universities,” Najib said to the crowd while smiling.
“What is happening now?”
Earlier today, before UKM deputy vice-chancellor had cleared the air on the postponement, Najib had joked that he was barred from having the dialogue session with UKM students because he had been “troling” Education minister Maszlee Malik too much.
“Maybe Maszlee is hurt from me trolling him too many times, till he started backtracking on his words.
“Actually, I am wearing black shoes to the forum to show my support to him,” referring to the issue of Maszlee wanting to change school shoes from white to black which earned the Education Ministry some ire from the public.
“But it’s fine. I am okay. I understand,” Najib ended the post with.