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01-02-2010 05:06

Don't expel students demonstrating against campus election, universities told

SHAH ALAM: University authorities were asked to be fair and not expel the nine varsity students who were detained by police on Jan 23 in Kuala Lumpur for demonstrating against the campus election process.

Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, said the matter should be left to the police for further action.

He hoped the university authorities would not charge them twice for the same offence.

"Every university had disciplinary actions where expulsion was the last resort. I hope it would not come to that," he told reporters after officiating a Karangkaraf Carnival here on Saturday.

In the incident, police detained the nine from about 200 students from various varsities who participated in a gathering to protest against the campus polls process at Menara Tun Razak, Jalan Raja, before marching to the Sogo shopping complex about 500m away. - BERNAMA

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