USM Prof: Academics Need Not Fear to Speak Out

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USM Prof: Academics Need Not Fear to Speak Out

Academics fear unnecessarily - first, their deans, then their vice-chancellors and third, the minister, says Universiti Sains Malaysia's (USM) Professor Datuk Dr Ahmad Murad Merican.

Academics have long second-guessed the authorities and this has only led to the decline on intellectualism in the country, especially in the sphere of discussion on issues which are deemed sensitive. Professor Datuk Dr Ahmad Murad Merican of the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (Cenpris), USM laments that such a situation is not healthy for it puts a lid on discussions which if allowed, will enrich the society. Murad, who is an expert on social theories of community...

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