KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — One student from the Malaysian Islamic Student Coalition (Gamis) was arrested when the police stopped its demonstration to show solidarity with Universiti Malaya (UM) vice-chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim.
Chairman of Gamis’ women wing, Maizatul Afirah Ayub, was seen being taken into a police car in front of UM’s main gates after the police asked for her MyKad at around 2.45pm.
She was the third speaker at the demonstration when a policeman confiscated the microphone and PA system, before telling those gathered since 2.10pm to disperse.
Gamis president Ikhwan Nasyriq Salihin said the police also asked him and another student, Saifullah Baiduri, to give their statements at Pantai police station.
He said they had planned to march peacefully from the main gates to the Chancellery Hall about 800m away and gather at the varsity’s famed Speaker’s Corner.
“We did not engage in any violence or provocation but dispersed to ensure the safety of the Gamis students here.
“If UM had given us the space to enter, I think what the police had an issue with would not have been a problem,” he told reporters afterwards.
Ikhwan also said that they had invited PAS’ Pasir Mas MP Ahmad Fadhi Shaari and former UM student activist and PAS central committee member Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki as guest speakers.
However, they were informed by UM security that the gates would be closed between 2pm to 2.30pm due to the demonstration.
About 30 Gamis students attended carrying banners saying, “We stand with VCUM”, as well as placards and signs condemning Universiti Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) and DAP.
The gates’ closure caused traffic to back up for over a kilometre from the Kerinchi flyover to the KL entrance of the university.
The police deputy superintendent who confiscated the microphone declined to speak to the press.
The students also condemned the action of Wong Yan Ke who held up a banner while receiving his scroll on stage during his convocation ceremony earlier this month, accusing Rahim of racism and calling for his resignation for attending the Malay Dignity Congress.
The students also demanded that the university ban University Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) of which Wong had been president.
Some speakers also condemned DAP.
“We saw how Wong Yan Ke is very active and close to DAP, so we feel that his actions have ties with DAP,” Ikhwan alleged.