Pilihan raya: Mahasiswa diberi amaran

Pilihan raya: Mahasiswa diberi amaran

BANGI 12 Dis. – Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi memberi amaran kepada semua mahasiswa institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) supaya tidak terlibat dalam kempen pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Kuala Terengganu bulan depan.

Timbalan Menterinya, Datuk Idris Haron berkata, beliau sendiri akan memantau perkara itu bagi memastikan tidak ada mahasiswa melibatkan diri dalam kegiatan itu yang merupakan kesalahan mengikut Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti 1971 (AUKU).

Beliau berkata, golongan mahasiswa sepatutnya memberi tumpuan kepada tugas utama mereka iaitu untuk mencari ilmu.

“Saya merayu supaya pelajar tidak melibatkan diri dengan kempen politik kerana parti yang bertanding telah mempunyai jentera yang lengkap.

“Kami semua adalah pekerja parti, pelajar berilah tumpuan kepada pelajaran mereka,” katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas merasmikan Majlis Penutupan Seminar Sukan Universiti ASEAN di sini hari ini.

Seminar anjuran Akademi Sukan Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) itu disertai 110 peserta tempatan dan 40 peserta dari negara-negara ASEAN.

Tarikh penamaan calon bagi pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Kuala Terengganu yang diadakan berikutan kematian penyandangnya, Datuk Razali Ismail ditetapkan pada 6 Januari depan manakala hari pengundian pula pada 17 Januari.

Mengenai seminar sukan itu, Idris berkata, pihaknya mahu melihat universiti dijadikan medan untuk mengasah bakat sukan di kalangan mahasiswa bukan menjadi tempat menguburkannya.

Beliau berkata, para pentadbir universiti dan pensyarah tidak wajar beranggapan penumpuan terhadap bidang sukan akan menyebabkan penarafan universiti mereka merudum.

Beliau berkata, perkara itu telah dibuktikan oleh universiti-universiti ternama dunia yang turut cemerlang dalam bidang sukan.

“Kalau maju sukan, penarafan universiti akan naik. Universiti Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard dan Yale umpamanya mempunyai pasukan pendayung terhebat dunia.

“Kalau masyarakat kita kata sukan akan menyebabkan kemerosotan prestasi akademik di universiti, itu saya bantah,” katanya.

Botswana will still send students to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Botswana will continue to send its students to Malaysia for higher education despite having two of its students allegedly committing suicide several months after settling down here.

Botswana’s Education Minister Jacob Nkate said the two specific cases could not be the reason for the country to stop sending government-sponsored students here.

“We send the students here because the medium of instruction is English, and Malaysia is a free, liberal country,” Nkate said, adding that the country sends about 7,000 students overseas each year.

Courtesy call: Nkate (left) visiting Idris at Parliament Thursday.

Up till June 30, there were 1,635 Botswana students in institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.

Nkate is in town to meet with Botswana students here to find out more about the students who died.

His delegation also met Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Idris Haron yesterday to discuss the issue.

Idris suggested that Botswana set up an office here to look into the welfare of its students.

According to a report in an African news portal, four Botswana students died in Malaysia this year in car accidents and two fell from the balconies of their apartment after drinking alcohol.

Yesterday, The Star reported that some Botswana students felt they were being unfairly treated in Malaysia, and some of them had claimed they had to put up with insults daily.

Meanwhile, heads of higher education institutions gave an assurance that the safety and well-being of African students in Malaysia were a priority.

“Personnel from the counselling unit and the student affairs department are always available to students from Botswana and other African countries,” said UCSI University president Peter Ng.

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing said there were around 700 Botswana students in the institution, and given the chance, many would like to return here as they enjoyed Malaysian food and customs.

“I assure you that for every student with trouble adapting, 10 will tell you they enjoy themselves,” he said.

In a related development, a Botswana student said suicide was not prevalent among them.

“We cannot generalise just because a few people took their lives,” said the engineering student who declined to be named.

Another student said she did not find Malaysians hostile and had no problems adapting to the local culture.

DO NOT TURN UNIVERSITIES INTO GRAVEYARD OF SPORTS – IDRIS

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) — Students have been urged not to turn the institutions of higher learning into a graveyard of sports.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Idris Haron said participation in sports would not impede academic achievements of the students and universities.

He said public and private institutions of higher learning were equipped with sport facilities to encourage students to take up sports.

“The universities can produce national athletes who could bring glory to the country.

“Do not turn public and private universities into a graveyard of sports as academic studies and sports excellence can go hand-in-hand,” he said after opening a sports seminar in conjunction with the Asean University Games in Bangi near here today.

He said 150 participants attended the seminar which was aimed at enhancing students and universities’ involvement in sports.

–BERNAMA