Monday, September 17, 2007

B. A. (Hons) Thuggery (II)

Well, remember about a year back when I wrote on degree and masters programmes offered by some of our local universities on Thuggery? Well, it appears that the course is being taught seriously, at least at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

As reported in Malaysiakini and widely circulated via emails, first-year UPM student Yee Yang Yang has to consider legal action to get back his laptop which was seized by the campus security on Friday night. In addition to his laptop, the security officers also carted away Yee’s mobile phone, MP3 player and 10 other items valued at RM6,000 during a spot check of his hostel room. Documents were also confiscated.
"They (security officials) wanted me to give them the password for my phone and laptop so that they could check the contents," he told reporters outside the campus security's office this afternoon.

"I refused. I want them to return my things and to apologise to me publicly because they did not follow proper procedures when they took away my belongings.
Can you believe that this university has a "special task unit" under the almighty Student Affairs Unit, which is a "big-brother-like" student-monitoring outfit, forming part of the campus security? See the video on his attempts to retrieve his belongings from the "security officers" here.

Even his attempts to lodge a police report over the matter has been refused, clearly demonstrating the bias of the police force over the matter - especially when successive Inspector General of Police have promised that all reports will be duly received and acknowledged.

And it is most unfortunate that UPM has been designated as one of Malaysia's four premier universities, a "Research University" by the Minister of Higher Education. To use the description of the Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Sdr Lim Kit Siang, UPM will probably be more aptly termed as a "Mat Rempit University".

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can only hope that the young man will hang in there and not give an inch away to barbaric, underhanded, coercive tactics employed by UPM.

Anonymous said...

If the news is true I think DAP should help and take legal action against UPM. This is getting too much!

Anonymous said...

Malaysia boleh..Hooray!!

Anonymous said...

now where is the MCA when you need them?

Anonymous said...

Police refused to accept a report made by a member of the public? That fellow must be disciplined.

This latest incident merely displays how low our universities have sunk to. And the U says it is the second oldest in the country, 75 years old. Obviously, it has not learnt anything during this time. Well, nothing to shout about. Nothing really.

Anonymous said...

why in the first place he's taking the guy laptop?

i still haven't quite figure that out yet.

I hate how the local authorities treating student like crap like they think of us some kind of imbecile people that wouldn't know any better.

James Lim said...

This is an ACT OF STEALING. An act similar to what was done by their "taiko", reported by the Auditor-General Report 2006.

Anonymous said...

MCA is Malaysian Canine Association

Anonymous said...

i didnt know malaysia had universities.

anyway, the students of that instituition should unite behind the student who had his things stolen. and they call this UPM a university. What a load of crap.

by the way, a university that cant even crack a computer code or bypass the windows startup password/procedure??? hahahahaha. What a joke calling it a university.

unless this guy seriously 128bit security locked his info then maybe.