The Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) has lifted its suspension order with immediate effect against law lecturer Abdul Aziz Bari today.
According to his lawyer Zulqarnain Lukman, he received a letter from the university informing him that his client must report to the dean of the law faculty tomorrow.
Abdul Aziz's reply was submitted at 2.30pm today, ahead of the deadline tomorrow, while the letter which stated the lifting of the suspension was received by fax four hours later.
He was informed of his suspension in a show cause letter issued last Wednesday for allegedly “making statements that run contrary to the interest of the university”.
Zulqarnain believes that the lifting of the suspension was a result of pressure from the university staff, students, academics, Deputy Higher Education Minister Saifuddin Abdullah and the public.
“I was at the professor’s office today and I saw posters (above) in support of my client all over the faculty,” he told Malaysiakini.
The police had brought Abdul Aziz to his office this afternoon to take pictures of the room and seize his laptop computer.
“All this was done for the police to complete investigations and resubmit the investigations papers to the Selangor deputy public prosecutor,” said Zulkarnain.
He explained that the computer was UIA property.
This was in reference to Abdul Aziz's comment on Malaysiakini where he said the monarch's decree on the results of the Selangor religious authorities raid on a church in early Aug
ust were unconventional and inconsistent.
This has been heavily condemned by academics and students who claim that this was a move to stifle academic freedom.
The incident had also prompted students to plan a demonstration against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak tomorrow to call for a review of rules controlling the universities.
Penggantungan Aziz ditarik balik
UIA tarik balik arahan gantung tugas Aziz Bari, diarah lapor diri esok