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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 37, Number 25. 25th September 1974

Solidarity at Vic forum

Solidarity at Vic forum

At a forum on Monday September 23, in the Union Hall, Alick Shaw, Peter Franks, and Robert Pui outlined the facts about Hisham's arrest and called for the strengthening of the campaign for democratic rights in Malaysia. John Chin, on behalf of the MSA executive said that they would make a statement in Salient regretting Hisham's detention. However before they took further action MSA would write to both the Malaysian Governemnt and UMSU to satisfy themselves of the facts surrounding the case. Alick Shaw pointed out that the attitudes of the progressive UMSU executive had already been obtained as they were contained in the telegram sent to NZUSA.

The meeting concluded with the text of a telegram to be sent to UMSU, receiving overwhelming support from the audience.

The text reads — "Strongly support your struggle against arrest of friend and patriot Hishammuddin Rais. 200 students attended meeting at Victoria University. VUWSA is opposed to any attempt to silence student movement for democracy and justice. Solidarity. VUWSA."