Kuala Lumpur (The Star/ANN) - Students from various public universities in Malaysia gathered in Kuala Lumpur yesterday to demand for reforms in campus polls.
Watched by policemen, the 350-odd students who gathered at Dataran Merdeka here made six demands, including asking for a fixed date for campus elections on the academic calendar.
They also called for student involvement in the campus elections committees, an independent body to monitor polls, a more transparent voting system, freedom to campaign and equal distribution of funds for candidates.
Pro-Mahasiswa Nasional chairman Edikoup Lakip Sediyanto, speaking on behalf of the students, claimed campus polls were "tainted by manipulation from outside political elements".
"We have taken our demands to several university administrations but they have not given us concrete answers," he said yesterday.
Edikoup said they will forward their demands to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) next week.
"Hopefully Suhakam will agree to act as an independent body to monitor campus elections," added the Universiti Malaya student.