A Chinese language and culture society in UPM has been refused registration and barred from organising activities for its members on campus.
According to the society's president, the purpose of establishing a Chinese-language society was to promote the language and Chinese culture to students and the community. There is no restriction of membership to Chinese and its activities are open to all students.
UPM's student affairs deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Azali Mohd was quoted in the society's bulletin as saying registration was dis-allowed because the society was only for one race and language.
"Malaysia is a multiracial country. A race-based society would disunite the people," he was quoted as saying.
Let's see what other clubs and societies that UPM has sanctioned. Let's see if these clubs and societies cater for ALL races and ALL languages.
Go here to see the list of clubs and societies on UPM's website:
Here are some that I've picked out:
Clubs and societies in which only one race will ever be interested:
o Kelab Bahasa Arab
o Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia
o Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Hanafi UPM
o Persatuan Seni Silat Lincah UPM
o Persatuan Seni Silat Gayung
o Persatuan Seni Silat Sendeng
o Kelab Caklempong
o Kelab Kompang Seni Warisan
o Kelab Kijang Emas (Dikir Barat)
o Kelab Nasyid Nahwan Nur
o Kelab Rebana Ubi
Clubs and societies that are race or religion specific :
o Kelab Tarian Klasik India (Putra Kalashektra)
o Kelab Nahwar Nur
o Persatuan Hindu
o Persatuan Buddhist
o Ikatan Kristian
o Persatuan Katholik
Clubs that only one race will ever be qualified to join:
o Kelab Alumni Matrikulasi UPM
Therefore, with so many sanctioned organisations for specific racial groups... how can the vice-chancellor justify saying that UPM only allows clubs and societies that cater to ALL races and languages? If a Chinese language and culture society is banned on this basis, shouldn't the ones above (which are equally as guilty of being racially exclusive) be banned as well?
In addition, UPM is not exactly a showpiece of racial integration, is it now? How can we forget the UPM canteen racial harassment incident back in July 2006?