Hope #29: Open and Intellectual discussions at universities

The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) today abruptly cancelled a debate on moderation that was scheduled for tonight on its campus, and was to feature PKR Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and Minister Datuk Paul Low among its panellists.

The 11th hour cancellation has raised the question as to whether the public university acted in such a manner because a politician from a federal opposition party was involved….

…Low said that he was upset and appalled that the debate was called off.

“A university should be a place for open, intellectual discussion. I don’t understand the decision to cancel the event at the last minute.

“What message are we sending when one stifles intellectual discourse at of all places, institutes of higher learning?” Low told The Malaysian Insider.

“What kind of message is the university sending by cancelling this event which was organised by the British High Commission?”

He said such arbitrary and myopic decisions by the university only added credence to criticisms that the standards of the Malaysian education system was on the decline.

“I would like to hear IIUM’s explanation,” he said.

The debate, titled “Everything in Moderation” was also to feature law professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi; writer, lecturer and social activist Niki Cheong; and Professor Dr Ahmad F. Yousif, the director of the International Institute of Wasatiyyah, IIUM.

source: Malaysian Insider

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