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Mara to act against sponsored scholars involved in underground movement

10 September 2001

MELAKA Sept 9 - Mara will not hesitate to take firm action against its scholars involved in the unregistered underground movment, Himpunan Mahasiswa Islam Selangor (Hamas), operating at the Universiti Teknologi Mara.

Mara Chairman Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said Mara viewed seriously the underground movement at the Mara university as this could endanger the nation.

"Mara will not compromise with any of its scholars proved to be involved in any underground movement," he told reporters after attending the inaugural convention of the Mara Professional College (KPM) at Dewan Seri Negeri here. Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Wira Mohd Ali Rustam officiated at the function.

"Mara has so far not been informed of the involvement of its scholars in the underground movement at the Mara unversity," he said.

Abu Seman said he would request a full report of the involvement of its scholars in Hamas from the university before taking further action.

The Mara Chairman said this when asked for his comments on today's report in Utusan Malaysia that Mara university officials had found secret documents implicating certain students in the underground Hamas movement said to be sponsored by an opposition party.

The university's Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ibrahim Abu Shah had said the documents revealed that the Hamas' objective was to incite the students to go against the Federal Government in the run up to the 2004 General Election.

Dr Ibrahim had said the documents were seized from the university's main campus in Shah Alam and that disciplinary action had been taken against the head of the Hamas movement.

"The Mara university is under the management of the Education Ministry and we can only take action against students sponsored by Mara," the Mara Chairman said.

Meanwhile Chief Minister Mohd Ali advised university students not to get involved in any group that breached the country's laws.

"The students should focus their attention on their studies and not get involved in unbeneficial activities that will prove to be a loss to them," he said.

Mohd Ali also said the Melaka Government had earmarked an 18.4 hectare site in Tiang Dua in Jasin for the permanent campus of the KPM.

The Chief Minister handed over certificates and diplomas to 163 graduands of the KPM.

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