Is criticising Putrajaya more serious crime than kiddie porn, ask student activists


by Diyana Ibrahim
The Malaysian Insider
6 May 2015

Majlis Amanah Rakyat’s (Mara) decision to give a “second chance” to child porn convict Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin gives the impression that sexual crimes are less serious than criticising Putrajaya, said two student activists.

The duo, who had disciplinary action taken against them by their respective universities, said students who disagreed with the government faced suspension or expulsion from their institutions of higher learning.

Adam Adli Abdul Halim said Mara’s proposal was unfair because the same opportunity was not given to undergraduates fighting for their rights and vocal in defending democracy.

“Why the double standard? It is kind of weird when in this case, Mara can give a second chance, but not to those whose wrongdoings do not even constitute a crime.
“It is as though they are sending the message, never mind if you commit any crime, including sexual crimes of being in possession of kiddie porn, as long as you are not criticising the government,” the former student of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) told The Malaysian Insider.

Adam Adli, who was expelled from his university for removing an Umno flag in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in 2011, said if Mara could have such a liberal attitude towards Nur Fitri’s conduct, then the same treatment should be extended to government critics.

Mara’s stand showed that it wanted to be seen as progressive institution, he said.

“This issue made international news and now Mara wants to be seen as a progressive entity.”

Universiti Malaya Islamic Students Association (PMIUM) president Khairol Najib Hashim said the government should be consistent and treat all students equally, including those who criticised Putrajaya.

“Those who commit offences should be given the opportunity for self-defence, regardless of race and religion,” said Khairol who was one of the eight UM students slapped with disciplinary action for organising a function with opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim last October.

“By right, the UM8 should be given the right of self-defence before the sentence was meted out, but instead, the sentence was given immediately while our appeals have yet to take place,” he added.

Imperial College student Nur Fitri is currently serving his jail term in London after being caught in possession of more than 30,000 videos and images, including abuse involving penetrative sexual activity with children, as well as a life-sized mannequin of a boy.

Although the Mara scholar had his study loan terminated upon his conviction on April 30, the institution’s council member, Nazir Hussin Akhtar Hussin, told the Bahasa Malaysia news portal mStar that Nur Fitri should be given a “second chance” as he was a “smart student” and could be an asset to the country.

This comes a day after the Rural and Regional Development Ministry said it would consider
filing an appeal to the Southwark Crown court to reduce Nur Fitri’s sentence.

Mara’s suggestion had been met with criticism from Malaysians on social media. – May 6, 2015.

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  1. #1 by Justice Ipsofacto on Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 4:56 pm

    We all know that a peadophile is a low life form.

    But there is another life form which is lower than that.

    Its umno – the bunch of people who seeks to gain political mileage from a peadophile.

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 4:58 pm

    UmnoB/BN kaki n agencies LOVE things linked 2 seks

    Our CHILD PORN convict – polis should cek his background
    Did he grow up in residential schools in M’sia?
    Was he seksually abused as a child while schooling in residential schools in M’sia?
    What is his psychological profile?
    Was he already a child porn enthusiast B4 going 2 London 2 further his studies last year?
    Is he a practising pedophile?
    Was he stimulated seksually while reading all d regular detailed n graphic news on sodomee I & II?

    Mesej fr our UmnoB minister n agency: It’s OK 2 b a CHILD PORN pervert; WELcome home, hug hug, ki55, ki55

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Thursday, 7 May 2015 - 2:46 pm

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/297511?hootPostID=1ab2777dbd577d9f06fa8fa78e5b98ce
    Johor Sultan made a wise statement
    Does it mean he is criticising Putrajaya n d useless, ineffective education policy of UmnoB/BN?
    Serious aarh?
    Will chief of mata2 invite him 2 balai polis 4 a chit chat?

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Thursday, 7 May 2015 - 4:01 pm

    An interesting thought some rakyat considered
    Wouldn’t it b wonderful if Johor decides 2 go with Sg?
    After all, lots of Johor residents work in Sg, study in Sg, n enjoy FREE TV/Radio stations fr Sg

  5. #5 by pulau_sibu on Saturday, 9 May 2015 - 5:56 am

    many old people have been marrying underaged girls. so what is the problem with the porn? hu dud will suggest to potong their pisang goreng

  6. #6 by pulau_sibu on Saturday, 9 May 2015 - 6:04 am

    Johore people should decide, under the instructions of the Sultan!

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