KUALA LUMPUR – Approximately 300 youths, including university students pushed through the main gate of Universiti Malaya (UM) on Monday night in a bid to attend the opposition leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s oratory programme.
Bernama check found that a commotion began when the youth, who had waited in front of the gate since 8 pm, started to chant “open! open!” when they found that the main gate was padlocked.
Their calls for the gate to be opened were ignored by the security guards on duty, prompting them to push through the gate.
The security control at the main gate of the university was tightened after the clock struck six and the gate was closed to all traffic from 7.30 pm.
Anwar, who arrived at the UM at 9.40 pm for the oratory programme organised by the UM Students Association, rapped the UM management for not allowing him to deliver his speech, titled ’40 Tahun Dari UM Ke Penjara’ (40 Years from UM to Prison), during the programme, which was supposed to be held at Dewan Tunku Canselor.
Accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also PKR president, Anwar went on to deliver his 20-minute speech from a pickup truck parked in front of the hall.
Meanwhile, opposition leaders, including Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also PKR deputy president, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also DAP secretary-general, together with his father, Lim Kit Siang, who is also DAP advisor, patron of Negara-ku Datuk S. Ambiga, and PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu attended the dinner to demonstrate protest against the Sedition Act organised by a non-government organisation at the Dewan Sivik of the Petaling Jaya City Council, near here last night. – Bernama