Is there a puppet master behind the demo?
KUALA LUMPUR: Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) denied the involvement of Parti Keadilan Rakyat information chief Tian Chua during their rally at the Putra World Trade Centre last week.
Its president Ahmad Syukri Abdul Razak told The Mole: “Tian Chua is not the mastermind behind the rally. He was there to show us his support.”
Ahmad Syukri said they were shocked when they saw him at the rally as it was unexpected.
The SMM leader added the rally was organised by them on their own and it was held to demand for the abolishment of the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA).
“The demonstrations had nothing to do with politics. It is a fight for academic freedom.”
Asked to comment about the incident of lowering a flag bearing the picture of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Ahmad Syukri said: “It was unexpected. The incident was not planned."
Several blogs had been posting write-ups carrying the pictures of Tian Chua at the student rally and quite a number of the postings had accused the PKR MP as masterminding the protest.
While SMM denied Tian Chua's involvement and that the demonstration was apolitical, another student organisation, the Pemimpin Mahasiswa Aspirasi Malaysia (Aspirasi) said they believed the rally was politically motivated and were convinced that Tian Chua was behind it.
Aspirasi president Mohd Shahar Abdullah asked: “Why was he there if he had nothing to do with it?’’
Prior to this, Tian Chua when contacted refused to comment on the blog postings that had accused him of being involved in the demonstration and was responsible for the flag lowering incident.
He had then said: “Bloggers have the freedom to say whatever they want, and they have to be responsible for whatever they say.’’