Nov 23, 2006

Students Abroad Reminded Not To Participate In Demonstration

PEKAN BARU, Indonesia, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam Thursday reminded Malaysian students abroad not to participate in demonstrations as it would tarnish the country's image and jeopardise their chances to pursue their studies.

"They, as mini ambassadors for Malaysia, must display excellent image with noble values," he told Bernama and Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) after meeting 40 Malaysian students studying here, last Tuesday.

Most of them are studying theology, and Islamic guidance and counselling at Universiti Islam Negeri Sultan Sharif Kasim, here.

Mohd Ali, who is also the president of Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam Secretariat, said the presence of the Malaysian students there helped the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia to foster a closer relationship.

On the student visa issue, Mohd Ali said he would raise it through the proper channel in Indonesia.

He said the current practice of students having to renew their visas annually was troublesome to them, and they wanted it to be abolished.

Meanwhile, the president of the Malaysian Students' Association for the university's Pekan Baru branch, Mohd Farhan Wijaya, said the students were aware of their responsibility and the need to protect the country's image.

He also said that the association hoped the financial problems faced by the students would be looked into by the relevant authorities in Malaysia.

Mohd Farhan said the student visa issue had worsened their financial problems, and he hoped the government could address the matter.

Also present at the gathering was Overseas Umno Club president for Pekan Baru branch, Mohd Zamri Jalalludin.

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