Aah, the Cabinet did discuss undergrads' involvement in politics yesterday, and it was very clear that while undergrads may take active part in politics (which is already provided for under the Act), they should not hold any position in a political party.
NOTE TO EDITORS: AUGUST 11, 2010 [received 6:54:20pm yesterday]
The Office of the Higher Education Minister has requested the media not to publish the news about Cabinet prohibiting undergraduates from involvement in politics.The news that Bernama sent out earlier yesterday:-
CABINET PROHIBITS UNDERGRADUATES FROM INVOLVEMENT IN POLITICS
Putrajaya, Aug 11 (Bernama) - The Cabinet today decided not to allow undergraduates to be involved in political parties, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
However, he said the decision did not prevent the undergraduates from keeping abreast with political developments in the country.
"This is because Section 15 of the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) 1971 is sufficient where an undergraduate can be involved in political activities after obtaining permission from the Vice-Chancellor," he said in a statement to Bernama, here today.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government would uphold the restriction on students of public institutions of higher learning to be involved in politics despite the call to allow university students to be involved actively in political parties.
Muhyiddin said the amendments to the UUCA earlier were sufficient as it gave more freedom to undergraduates to voice their opinions in campus.
So what's the story, Khalid? Did the Cabinet make that decision, or not? If it did, why was the media not allowed to carry the news? And did you know that Khairy Jamaluddin, the Umno Youth chief, had already shot his response to the Cabinet decision to Malaysiakini, which reads like this:
11/8: Khairy Jamaludddin describes the cabinet decision not to allow student involvement in party politics as 'gutless' and 'outdated'./MKINI