UM student protester will receive degree after all

The chairman of UM’s board of directors Tengku Datuk Dr Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen Tengku Ibrahim said centralised disbursement of scrolls and academic transcripts have been taking place since Oct 12 and will continue until Sunday. Source (pic): FMT

Universiti Malaya (UM) affirmed that it is not withholding the scroll and academic transcripts of a graduate who protested at its 59th convocation ceremony on Monday.

The announcement follows the presentation of a petition by several non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including Penggerak Mahasiswa UM (PMUM), that UM revokes the civil engineering graduate’s degree due to his “rude” act at the university’s convocation ceremony.

Although Wong’s degree will not be revoked, Tengku Mohd Azzman said the graduate had disrespected the convocation and tarnished the ceremony, as well dishonoured other graduates, parents and guests at the function.


KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya (UM) affirmed that it is not withholding the scroll and academic transcripts of a graduate who protested at its 59th convocation ceremony on Monday.

The chairman of UM’s board of directors Tengku Datuk Dr Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen Tengku Ibrahim said centralised disbursement of scrolls and academic transcripts have been taking place since Oct 12 and will continue until Sunday.




He said student activist Wong Yan Ke was informed that he could collect his academic transcripts at any time from Friday onwards.

“All graduates can also access and print their scrolls online, via graduand.um.edu.my from Monday onwards,” he said in a statement, today.

The announcement follows the presentation of a petition by several non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including Penggerak Mahasiswa UM (PMUM), that UM revokes the civil engineering graduate’s degree due to his “rude” act at the university’s convocation ceremony.

Up to 90,000 individuals had signed the petition.

Wong, 23, courted anger when he held up a banner while receiving his scroll on stage, accusing the university’s vice-chancellor, Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Rashid, of racism and called for his resignation.

This led to the barring of another graduate, Edan Kon Hua En, from participating in his convocation the next day, after auxiliary police found a folded placard in his possession.

Both Wong and Kon allege that there were racist elements in Rahim’s speech during the Malay Dignity Congress earlier this month.

Although Wong’s degree will not be revoked, Tengku Mohd Azzman said the graduate had disrespected the convocation and tarnished the ceremony, as well dishonoured other graduates, parents and guests at the function.

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