The suspension of Universiti Institut Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Lendu student Muhammad Hasrul Haris Mohd Radzi, for taking a selfie during a convocation ceremony recently was wrongly reported by the media, according to the university’s student board.
In a statement on its Facebook page, UiTM’s head of Alor Gajah campus Student’s Representative Council (SRC) Mohamad Qusyairie Mokhtar clarified that the suspension did not occur because the student involved had already graduated his course.
“It is my responsibility to clarify the actual situation which has been misleading and made viral by certain individuals and irresponsible groups in this incident.
“What was published by the local media was untrue. Instead he was only asked to apologise for disrupting the graduation ceremony and set protocols during the convocation,” he said.
Mohamad Qusyarie said the SRC also took the initiative of arranging a meeting between Muhammad Hasrul and UiTM vice-chancellor Tan Sri Prof Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar in order to clear the air over the issue.
“I would like to advise the media to be more careful in reporting to ensure the issue will not be made viral by irresponsible parties,” he added.
Today’s response came after the photography graduate was reported by a Malay-language daily to have been suspended for two years for “embarrassing” the university following a selfie he took on stage during convocation.
Harian Metroyesterday quoted the vice-chancellor as saying that all students had been briefed on the dos and don’ts of the convocation, which included a no-selfie rule.
The issue also caused outrage among netizens who responded via tweets by comparing and relating the issue with the Malaysian student in London who was convicted of possessing extreme child pornographic materials.