Investigations also revealed that the B40 student has his own personal laptop too.
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Recently, a viral video showed a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) demeaning and berating a B40 student for not owning a laptop.
In the video, the student explained that his father was jobless and his mother has passed away. However, he still has siblings to look after.
The lecturer went on and told the student to sell her sister’s gold jewellery so he could buy a cheap laptop for himself.
The rude remarks by the lecturer ignited a firestorm online from netizens and politicians in Malaysia.
UiTM Student Representative Council president Rasydan Mohd Hassan urged the university to investigate and take action against the lecturer for her remarks.
UiTM’s investigation cracks open the truth
UiTM ordered its Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs to the university’s Sri Iskandar campus in Perak on 30 March to carry out the investigation.
Some of the students clarified that the incident took place during the online lecture of Week 8 in the October 2021- Februari 2022 semester for the subject BCT633 (Construction Economic and Islamic Finance) that’s taught by Professor Dr Ts. Roshana Takim.
mStar reported that the student from Seremban, Negeri Sembilan is studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Technology.
The university records showed that the student did not apply for financial aid (zakat) but he did have a PTPTN loan.
Investigations also revealed that the student’s mother is still alive and works as a factory operator.
In addition, the student has his own personal laptop but did not bring it to campus.
The viral video that kickstarted the whole investigation was also shared online without prior agreement from the student involved.
What’s UiTM’s decision?
After deliberations, UiTM has decided that:
- No action will be taken against the lecturer and student to maintain peace and harmony.
- The lecturer’s contract, which was just renewed on 15 March 2022, will not be renewed.
However, UiTM’s decision still depends on advice from the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT).