MH17: Varsities to tone down celebrations

MH17: Varsities to tone down celebrations

PETALING JAYA - Like schools, universities are also holding Merdeka celebrations on a moderate scale.

Universiti Sains Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Omar Osman said the university would only hold Merdeka celebrations when the students are back from their holidays.

"Our celebration has always been moderate and involves recitals of poems and songs. We will observe the guidelines for the national day of mourning and will hold prayers," he said.

A Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) official said the university would observe the National Day of Mourning according to the guidelines provided by the Prime Minister's Department.

A UMS lecturer Ng Shi Ing was one of the victims on MH17.

Apart from attending a conference on language learning, Ng who specialised in teaching English as a second language, was also looking at the possibility of pursuing a doctorate at the University of Antwerp.

"Both MH17 and MH370 tragedies were very much felt on campus, which has huge boards set up for signatures expressing condolence," said Limkokwing University of Creative Technology founder and president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing.

Lim said a sense of loss and togetherness is prevalent among the very diverse nationalities found on his campus, and added that many would turn up in black.

Sunway Education Group senior executive director Elizabeth Lee said there would be no Merdeka celebrations at Sunway University and Sunway College this year.

"Instead, a minute of silence will be observed during all events on the day.

"Acknowledgements in honour of the victims of MH17 will be in all speeches as well," she said.


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