Kuala Lumpur, April 14th:
Rally for Free Education
– public Square occupied –
Not only in Taipei (check: ism-global.net) have students and teachers in Asia been resisting the increasing commercialisation of education, but also in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) things are heating up. More than 500 people protested against the education loan scheme PTPTN as well as for free education in the streets of the capital yesterday (April 14th). PTPTN stands for the National Higher Education Fund Corporation.
The students first gathered in front of Masjid Jamek LRT station at 2pm. They then marched towards the Sogo shopping centre along Jalan Raja Laut. At 3pm, the crowd stopped in front of the Sogo shopping centre to hear speeches from student leaders.
Mandeep Singh, a former student (he did not disclose his university): “The PTPTN only drives the youth into debt. And not just the youth, but also their families!” he shouted.
The students then left Sogo at around 3:35pm, and marched down Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman towards Dataran Merdeka.
Following the rally more than 300 activists began to set up tents on the Merdeka Square and occupied it. Assemblies were and are still being held. At this hour (April 15th – 5.30pm local time) the square is still being occupied.
By the way, how about uniting worldwide for a Global Education Strike on November 19th 2012?
Currently activists are also considering to set up an International Student Movement – Chinese