Go ahead and vote, UMT tells students


KUALA NERUS: Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) today said it will not prevent students who are eligible to vote from casting their ballots during the 14th General Election.

Its vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Nor Aieni Mokhtar said allowing students to exercise their rights as voters was in line with the Higher Education Ministry’s objective of wanting them to become responsible citizens.

“We want our students, who are registered voters, to exercise their rights to vote.

"For those who are eligible but have yet to register as voters, they should do so soon.” she said in her New Year message to students here today.

As for those involved in political campaigns, Nor Aieni said, they were welcome to do so but must be conducted within the rules and regulations as stipulated in the University and Colleges Act 1971 (AUKU 1971).

“Students must not be directly involved in politics and since we are all under the care of the university, we must respect the rules. We have the AUKU 1971 and all activities have been spelt out cleary in the Act.

“We will encourage students to register as voters. As for campaigning, we will observe them and if they cause trouble in the campus, then we will have to take the necessary action.” she added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd