DAP protestor regards it as a battle with Universiti Malaya

(FMT) – Universiti Malaya graduate Wong Yan Ke says that his battle with the university authorities has not ended although he managed to collect his bachelor’s degree scroll five days after carrying out a protest against the vice-chancellor during the convocation ceremony.

Wong told FMT that UM has not retracted a police report lodged against him, and the vice-chancellor, Abdul Rahim Hashim, has not responded to demands that Wong made.

“Not even a meetup has been scheduled,” he said in a text message. “I don’t think the battle has ended.”

Wong graduated with a degree in civil engineering. But the demonstration he staged at the convocation ceremony on Monday caused the university to hold back his scroll and lodge a police report against him.

He had demanded the resignation of the vice-chancellor over a speech that Rahim delivered at the Malay Dignity Congress in Shah Alam earlier this month. Rahim was alleged to have made racially-charged remarks.

Wong said the university’s name had been used for racial and political reasons as it was one of four universities that organised the congress.

Asked if his parents were worried about him, he said: “My parents were more worried about my safety than whether I would receive my scroll. I tried to convince them with facts and rationale. They understand and respect my decision.”

He collected his certificate and transcript today and has already been hired by an engineering company for three months. “After this, I plan to apply for a job at a think tank, focusing on public policy research.”

Wong said he is also considering taking up a master’s degree in the UK, either in public policy, international politics or political philosophy.