to deploy ‘campus spies’
7:10pm Tue Jan 29th, 2002
Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) will establish an Intelligence Unit
to monitor the activities of its lecturers, said its vice-chancellor.
Prof Dr Mohd Zulkifli Mohd Ghazali said in an interview published
in Utusan Malaysia today that the unit will cooperate with
other parties to overcome negative activities that could tarnish
year, former UTM student Wan Noor Hayati Wan Alias revealed
the existence of an anti-government underground student movement
in the university and last Friday, three UTM lecturers, believed
to be members of Kumpulan Militan Malaysia, were detained
under the Internal Security Act.
disclosure has changed public perception of the university.
UTM is now perceived as the breeding ground of militant activists
to topple the government.
its formation 30 years ago, about 50,000 students, mostly
Malays, majoring in science and technology, have graduated
from UTM. Many of them have received international recognition
for their excellent achievements. The university now has about
1,600 academic staff and 29,000 students.
Dr Zulkifli, who was appointed UTM's vice-chancellor on Jan
5, said the university has taken various precautionary measures
to overcome “negative activities”.
I would like to stress is that UTM is the pride of the nation,
and it has played a role under the government’s New Economic
Policy to produce a large number of professionals in the field
of engineering," he said in the published interview.
such, it is my responsibility to restore and sustain that
good image of UTM. I never think of my own interest alone
but the interest of thousands of people who are counting on
the good image of UTM. This includes its lecturers, undergraduates
and graduates," he said.
Dr Zulkifli called on the public to view the ISA arrests of
its academics in an objective way "because the involvement
of those three lecturers were conducted outside office hours
and on their personal capacity".
said that the public should not dismiss "our good deeds
and contribution simply because of the doing of these two
or three people".
there is allegation, we conduct a thorough investigation.
If there is evident to support it, appropriate actions will
be taken. Even if there is no evident, we still monitor and
take precautionary measures.
have issued show-cause letters and even press charges against
them. We have suspended and even sacked lecturers who do not
do their work," he said.
university, he said, has also temporarily dissolved Persatuan
Mahasiswa Islam (The Islamic Students Association) as a preventive
measures after receiving several allegations against its activities.
there is no evident to prove them guilty, we think it is appropriate
to temporarily dissolve the association in order to sustain
a conducive environment and also not to allow unnecessary
polemics on matters not related to the academic performance,"