…OASIS OF LEARNING SET TO BECOME
. CENTER OF CONFUSION
By Mansor Puteh
The university as an oasis of learning will become a center of confusion with the decision made by the court to allow the suit filed by the students, which the courts found to be unconstitutional.
There are many other things which can be found by the courts to also be unconstitutional as well.
The term or expression 'unconstitutional' is vague. It can and must be further defined and it must not be looked at in total isolation.
One dreads what will happen to clubs and organizations which have specific expectations for their members, especially the armed forces whose members can now file suits in the courts to allow them wear what they like.
And school students too can do the same and get the courts to allow them to wear what they like as what their counterparts in the countries in the west now do.
Therefore, the courts’ decision allowing for the reversal on AUKU must be taken seriously lest it could snowball to become something very disturbing, so much so that even traffic laws and regulations can be challenged.
And for that matter even houses of worship too can be disturbed if the special regulations that they impose on the visitors and adherents are trampled upon.
I am sure the great majority of Malaysians do not feel easy with the decision of the courts on this matter and they hope sanity would prevail so that the university campuses can still function properly to benefit the students and faculty, as there is going to be no limit to what some of the students can do, if they want to be mischief, as they are now allowed to do so.
Even if the students are allowed to be involved politically, then surely, there is a limit to what they can do like what the members of the public can do when they are at certain places.
Will not allowing anyone to smoke anywhere also be deemed by the courts to be unconstitutional, including in hospitals and other such places as well as in the courts?
And who will stop anyone from challenging the court for not allowing them to take photos during a hearing in court?
Where will it all end?