Choo Kok Wei is a UUM student that has been charget recently by UUCA. University and universities college act.
Background InformationA bus company in Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) named Unic Symbol Business Sdn. Bhd. had released a notice about the upgrading of E-bus System and increment in bus fare starting on 17/01/09. Under the new system, two plans will be introduced:1. RM90 plan: Unlimited times of bus riding for the whole semester. But matric card can only be used once in 15 minutes to avoid students from sharing a matric card.2. RM22 plan: Contains 40 points, which means 40 bus rides. This is equal to RM0.55 per ride (one way). In this way, the bus fare has increased 37.5%, from RM0.40 to RM0.55 per ride (one way).Remaining credits for both plans cannot be transferred to the next semester.The news spread fast and students were unhappy with the changes made.
Choo Kok Wei and friends later launched an online petition for UUM students to gather support towards the bus issue.www.petitiononline.com/20090112/petition.html hours later the online petition was blocked by UUM after the petition received massive response from students.But it didn't end straight away, Kok Wei and friends manage to find a way to bypass the block and the petition spread wider by the minute.
Kok Wei then recieved call from the security department(UK) asking Kok Wei to go to UK's office for discussion.
UK demands Kok Wei to meet in a short notice, and when Kok Wei appeals for posponing of the meeting, but was rejected and threaten. Kok Wei at last attended the "discussion", which is an interrogation. During the interrogation irrelevant questions were asked.
when the petition reached 500 students on 19/01/09.
Kok Wei and friends met with Deputy Vice Chancellor and handed in a memorandum. Four demands have been raised:-
1. Maintain the bus fare at RM0.40 per point or reduce it to a rate lower than RM0.55 per point. 2. The remaining credit can be brought forward to the next semester. 3. University has to be transparency in the contract with UNIC and also other contracts in the future, so that students are able to supervise it. 4. Students are involved in any decision making that are concerning the benefits of the students.Deputy Vice Chancellor has agreed to reduce the bus fare to RM0.40 but university will review the rate from time to time. Remaining of the credits can be brought forward to the next semester. Deputy Vice Chancellor also ensured that voices of students will be taken into consideration in the future. But he refused to open the contract with UNIC to the public because it is confidential.
on 19/02/09, Kok Wei received a letter from the Disciplinary Board of UUM, charging him for “planning a protest in online media and released press statement regarding bus fare issue in UUM”. He was asked to attend disciplinary proceeding on 25/2 (Wednesday), 9.25am at Bilik Mesyuarat Sri Delima, Tingkat 5, Bangunan Canselori.
on 22/02/09 Kok Wei sent a letter asking for postpone, but has been rejected by the secretary of UUM Disciplinary Board without reading at the letter. Kok Wei wasn’t able to meet the Deputy Vice Chancellor because he is not in the office