THE Higher Education Ministry is encouraging students who have registered as voters to go back home and vote in the 13th general election.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said he was confident that higher education institutions have ways to facilitate this.
“We advise each public and private higher education institution in Malaysia to use their discretion the same way they do for festivities.
“I am sure that higher education institutions have made the necessary adjustments when the Election Commission announced the polling day,” he told reporters after a recent awards ceremony at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang.
He said the ministry did not need to issue a notice directing each institution to allow its students to return home to vote as it was nothing new.
Saifuddin said the government also did not restrict students from campaigning so long as they managed their time and studies well.
“To me, they are like any other individual who wants to be involved in an election campaign.
“If they want to campaign, they need to make sure it doesn’t conflict with their classes.
“If they need to apply for leave, they should do so.
Stating that there were no special privileges, he said “Since they are students, they cannot miss classes but they can ask for leave if possible. Follow procedures.”
Student involvement in politics is now allowed with the amendment made to Section 15 of the Universities and University Colleges (UUCA) Act 1971. — Bernama
The Star Online Education Sunday Apr 21. 2013