UM not revoking protest graduate’s degree

KUALA LUMPUR: Engineering graduate Wong Yan Ke, who brought a protest placard into University Malay (UM)’s Dewan Tunku Canselor (during the UM convocation ceremony on Oct 14) calling for the university head to resign and chanted slogans, can still collect his scroll and academic transcript at any time he likes

In a statement issued today, UM board chairman Tengku Datuk Dr Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen Tengku Ibrahim says that the university is not withholding his scroll and academic transcript or revoking his degree.

Tengku Azzman stresses that the university respects the right of every individual to exercise his/her freedom of speech.

However,  the statement said that the UM reiterated that the graduate did not respect the convocation ceremony, other graduates, parents and other guests who were present.

Tengku Azzman also said that he and the university board apologised to the graduates, parents and guests for the disruption.

Though not revoking his degree, UM lodged a police report against Wong for alleged disruption and disrespect of the convocation ceremony. 

Graduate with a Master of Mass Communication. 10 years working experience in the media and broadcasting.

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