Friday, February 25, 2011

Five involved in campus fracas identified

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have identified five students involved in Wednesday’s fracas at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) campus in Serdang, which resulted in fist fights and a shattered glass door.
The five, who included students from other universities, were identified from CCTV footage and photographs captured at the scene.
Serdang OCPD Supt Abdul Razak Elias said police had received two reports on the incident.
“We have contacted them to have their statements recorded.
“Whether the university decides to take action against the students is another matter.
“We will continue our investigations as we have received two police reports on the incident,” he told a press conference at the Serdang district police headquarters in Seri Kembangan yesterday.
The fracas was sparked by the results of the UPM campus elections.
The university’s management will meet the polls winners today and police warned of stern action against any troublemakers at the meeting.
“I also warn students from other universities not to attend the meeting and stoke sentiments among the students,” said Supt Abdul Razak.
Meanwhile, UPM deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Prof Dr Fauzi Ramlan said he would meet and brief the winning candidates on their responsibilities in the new students’ representative council which is due to be formed next week.
In another development, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said he had two separate meetings with student bodies – the Pro-Aspirasi group and the UPM Muslim Students Asso­ciation yesterday.
“In both meetings, I stressed that campus elections are the best method for our students to experience a political education and democracy,” he said in a statement.
Saifuddin added that the ministry was neutral and did not support any individual or group contesting in the campus elections. - theStar

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