May 21, 2007

Undergrads Who Campaigned For Opposition To Face The Music

The post-effect of Machap and Ijok.

JELI, May 21 (Bernama) -- The Higher Education Ministry has identified 38 students from various public institutions of higher learning who actively campaigned for the opposition in the Machap and Ijok by-elections last month.

Its minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said the list of the names had been submitted to the ministry's monitoring committee on the matter for action.

"We have information of their involvement and I have instructed the committee to take action against them as provided for under existing regulations," he told reporters after opening Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Jering's Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) meeting here yesterday.

The Barisan Nasional's candidates, Lai Meng Chong and K. Parthiban won the Machap and Ijok seats respectively in both the by-elections.

Mustapa, who is also Jeli Member of Parliament, said the Universities and University Colleges Act prohibited undergraduates from participating in political activities.

Meanwhile, at the PTA meeting of Sekolah Kebangsaan Jeli 1, Mustapa said students who obtained good results in the last Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) but failed to get places at higher learning institutions, could appeal to be reconsidered for admission to the 20 universities and more than 35 colleges under the ministry.

He said the appeal should be submitted before end of the month.

He also said that the ministry was only sending 40 students to pursue studies abroad this year.

From this year, the ministry would no longer encourage bright students to study overseas, he added.

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