University suspends Aziz Bari

By K Pragalath, FMT

PETALING JAYA: Constitutional law professor Aziz Bari has been suspended until further notice by International Islamic University (IIUM).

The suspension comes in the wake of his comments in an Oct 12 Malaysiakini article entitled “Aziz Bari: Tidak salah kritik Raja-raja’ (Aziz Bari: Not wrong to criticise the Rulers).”

Among others, Aziz offered the view that the Sedition Act 1948 doesn’t criminalise an individual for comments made against a sultan.

The law professor gave his views in relation to the Selangor Sultan’s decree on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church’s (DUMC) row with the Islamic Affairs Department (JAIS).

Aside from suspension by the university, Aziz has also been issued a show-cause letter.

“I have been given until next Tuesday to respond to the show-cause letter,” said Aziz, who has been lecturing on law for the past 22 years.

Aziz is represented by two lawyers in this case – Hanipa Maidin and Zulqarnain Luqman.

According to Zulqarnain, the action against Aziz was taken in accordance with Rule 15(1) of the Staff Disciplinary Rules 2005 in IIUM.