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MOVE chairman Prof Dr Wan Manan Wan Muda (left) with other academicians and supporters showing their solidarity for law professor Dr Azmi Sharom outside the courtroom today. — TRP pic by Han Kar Kay
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15, 2015:
The time has come for academicians to overcome the “obnoxious” rules and stand up against the oppression in the country, said the Malaysian Academic Movement (MOVE).
Its chairperson, Prof Dr Wan Manan Wan Muda, said the sedition charge against Universiti Malaya law professor Dr Azmi Sharom had activated the conscience among academicians.
“We considered it a violation of academic freedom and academic rights to comment within his ambit of research and specialty,” he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.
Dressed in academics’ robe, Wan Manan was present with 30 academicians and supporters to show their solidarity with Azmi this morning.
“If a scholar cannot voice out (comments and opinions), where else should we do it?
“Now, they (government) have to be worried about us reacting to this suppression and oppression. They have to worry that the students and academics are coming together,” he added.
He later recited a poem penned by Prof Emeritus Muhammad Salleh titled Sarjana dan Kesarjanaan.
The press conference was held after the Sessions Court judge Amernudin Ahmad set tomorrow to decide on Azmi’s application to transfer his case to the High Court.
The pony-tailed law lecturer was charged in September last year under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Sedition Act 1948 for allegedly making seditious comments about the Perak Constitution crisis in an online article titled “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told”.