Beef up security, campuses told

Our report  on the assault on New Era College chairman Dr Yap Sin Tian yesterday.

PUTRAJAYA: All private and public universities have been directed to beef up security at their premises following the attack on New Era College chairman Dr Yap Sin Tian.

Higher Education deputy ministers Dr Hou Kok Chung and Datuk Dr Idris Haron believed that the lack of security led to the assault.

Dr Yap, who is also Dong Jiao Zong president, suffered a bloody nose after a former student punched him during the college’s convocation ceremony in Kajang on Sunday.

Hou said the incident had marred the college’s image, adding that it was “unacceptable and an embarrassment to all academicians.”

Expressing shock and sadness over the incident, Hou said the attack should not have taken place during such an important event.
“I hope the college management will co-operate with the police. It is inappropriate for personal grudges to be expressed openly during such an important occasion.”

Despite the incident, Hou said the ministry would continue to facilitate the upgrading of the college into a university college.

“I have no intention to interfere in this matter but I hope the college, as an independent institution, will solve its internal matters.”

Idris said this was the first time such an incident had happened in the country.

“We have over 500 private higher learning institutions and the ministry has outlined the guidelines required to tackle risks and negative behavioural syndromes shown by students or staff. We hope the police can complete their investigations soon.”

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