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NILAI, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- Stern action under the University and University Colleges Act 1971, including expulsion, will be taken against Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) students involved in political and election campaigns, including in the Permatang Pauh by-election.

USIM Vice Chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, said if the students are eligible to vote, the university would not deter them from doing so, but they should not in any way indulge in the campaign as they must adhere to the regulation provided for under the Act.
"We want them to focus their attention on their studies for their own good," he told reporters at the USIM Excellent Service Award 2007 officiated by USIM Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Yusof Noor here today.
Hence, Abdul Shukor said the university will set up a monitoring committee to ensure none of its students nor staff will be campaigning for the candidates in the by-election once the campai
gning period begins this Saturday.

He said a restriction order on the matter had also been issued for the staff and students.

"We never have a record of staff's or student's involvement in political party election campaign, but to ensure that the record remains clean, we shall monitor their movement," he said.

The Election Commission has fixed this Saturday (Aug 16) as the nomination day for the Permatang Pauh by-election, while Aug 26 will be polling day.

The seat fell vacant following the resignation of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the constituency's Member of Parliament on July 31, to make way for her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, to contest the seat.

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