Charging Professor Azmi Sharom under the Sedition Act is a cowardly attack on academic freedom and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 3rd of September 2014

Yesterday, Professor Azmi Sharom, law professor at the University of Malaya was formally charged under Section 4(1)(b) and (c) of the Sedition Act 1948 for his comments in a Malay Mail online news article on the 14th of August, 2014. This is the section of the article in which he was quoted:[1]

Citing the Perak case, law lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Sharom cautioned against such action outside the state assembly, and insisted the lawmakers wait until next sitting to indicate their lack of confidence.

“You don’t want a repeat of that, where a secret meeting took place,” the University of Malaya lecturer said, referring to the Perak crisis.

“I think what happened in Perak was legally wrong. The best thing to do is do it as legally and transparently as possible.”

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Government’s decision to silently withdraw the overseas JPA scholarship applications for non-bursary students who managed to get into a top 50 ranked university is a betrayal of trust

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 26th of August, 2014

On the 16th of April 2012, the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin issued a press statement stating the type of scholarships available to students whose SPM results had just been released.[1] In this press statement, the DPM announced that the overseas JPA scholarship – Program Ijazah Luar Negara (PILN) – would be open for students who did not manage to score 9A+ in their SPM results (otherwise known as non-bursary students). Bursary students were those students who had managed to obtained 9A+ or more for their SPM results.

The only conditions these non-bursary students had to fulfil is to score a CGPA of at least 3.5 or its equivalent, and obtain an unconditional offer from a 10 top world ranked university for medical, dentistry and pharmacy degrees – or for other courses, an unconditional offer from a top 50 world ranked university for other degrees.

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The interest of students at the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine (PUGSOM) should be safeguarded, the RM2.3 billion Perdana University campus project should be put on hold

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 18th of August 2014

It was reported today that as of the 31st of July, 2014, “Johns Hopkins, its faculty and its curriculum are no longer associated with PUGSOM”[1] due to late payments to the Johns Hopkins faculty who were based in the Perdana University campus in Serdang and also non-payment to Johns Hopkins for 12 months under the service agreement with PUGSOM.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak launched the Perdana University with great fanfare on the 12th of September 2011.[2] During this speech, the Prime Minister announced the first intake of 30 students for the PUGSOM program. It was also announced later that up to 50 students per year were to be funded by JPA scholarships.[3] This program is estimated to cost up to RM1 million per student.[4]

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