A student from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) has apologised after he was suspended for taking a selfie on stage during his graduation ceremony.
Muhammad Hasrul Haris Mohd Radzi faces suspension of between one and two years. It is unclear what the suspension may entail as he has graduated.
The 21-year-old whipped out his mobile phone and snapped a selfie after receiving his diploma from UiTM pro-chancellor Arshad Ayub during the varsity's 82nd convocation.
The picture went viral on social media and received widespread criticism, with many saying the act was disrespectful.
However, Mr Muhammad Hasrul claimed that he did not know that taking a selfie was not allowed.
The photography student from UiTM Lendu, Malacca, told a local Malay daily on Saturday that he was sorry for taking the picture, but could not contain his excitement after receiving his diploma.
"I thought: What was the harm in recording this moment after working hard for two years in getting my diploma?" he said.
Mr Muhammad Hasrul said he was inspired to take a selfie after seeing a student dance on stage during a convocation at another university.
"I thought it would be appropriate for a photography student like me to make a symbolic gesture in taking a selfie.
"I really did not know that it was not allowed, and no one told me," he added.
According to the daily, UiTM vice-chancellor Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar confirmed that Mr Muhammad Hasrul had been suspended.
"His action is disrespectful to UiTM. Students are briefed and given guidelines before entering the hall which includes not taking a selfie on stage," he said.
He added that this was the second time such an incident had occurred and that the previous student was also punished.
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