Minister clarifies why bully case students allowed to resume studies

PUTRAJAYA, 18 June 2017:

The 13 Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) students – who were investigated in connection with a bullying case – were allowed to resume their studies as they were released on court bond and not subjected to any charge by the authorities.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said there was some confusion among the public regarding the matter because there were two groups of students involved in the bullying case.

“They are the students I mentioned before who were allowed to resume their studies as decided by UPNM. These students will be given counselling and psychosocial support by UPNM,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, another group of 13 UPNM students have been charged under the Penal Code and they have been allowed bail by the court while awaiting trial.

“These students have been suspended from their studies and UPNM is the processing of undertaking the suspension procedures.”

He said the ministry viewed the issue seriously and would always cooperate with the authorities.

The case involves UPNM student navy cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain who died after being tortured by some colleagues over alleged theft of a laptop.

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