Education Ministry stepping in to resolve Wong-UM conflict

Education Ministry stepping in to resolve Wong-UM conflict

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is trying defuse tensions between Universiti Malaya (UM) management and graduate Wong Yan Ke by engaging both sides.

Speaking to reporters today, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said the government wants both parties to resolve their grievances amicably.

“We are engaging both parties to resolve the matter. We need both sides to engage, not be enraged with one another.

“Please wait for further announcement from the ministry,” she said.

On Mon, Wong displayed a placard during UM’s convocation ceremony calling for the university vice chancellor, Abdul Rahim Hashim to quit his post for the latter’s incendiary remarks against the non-Malays at the Malay Dignity Congress held early this month.

Subsequently, the university and several others lodged police reports against Wong and the latter is currently being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code for insulting in order to break peace.

Wong had claimed that UM is withholding his degree certificate on flimsy grounds.

On UM’s decision to withhold Wong’s scroll, Teo said she did not agree with the move.

Asked to comment on the hacking of UM’s payment website, Teo said she has yet to receive any details on the matter.

“We haven’t received a report from UM. I will wait for the report before commenting. I only read about it this morning,” she said.

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