One of SUARAM's current campaigns is to "Restore Campus Democracy & Student Rights" in Malaysia. They have set up an online petition to request the Ministry of Higher Education to review the deplorable state of campus democracy and student rights at our local varsities.
You may add you name to the peititioners online here.
For those unfamiliar with SUARAM, it's a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a vision to "work for a society that is peaceful, free, equal, just and sustainable by a process of empowering people and building a mass movement to uphold human rights."
The petition, addressed to the Minister of Higher Education states that the petitioners are:
...deeply concerned of numerous reports of misconducts by the authorities of the 17 local public universities in the recently-concluded campus election. We are also disappointed with the subsequent persecution against students who have been struggling for campus democracy and calling for free and fair campus elections.And it calls upon the Malaysian education authorities to:
- To investigate allegations on the flawed campus elections and malpractices by the university authorities
- To immediately withdraw charges/disciplinary actions against pro-democracy students
Thanks to reader Chew for the heads up. I'll have more comments on this issue later.