Recently, a medical student from a local university said that she was barred from sitting for her examination as she was not vaccinated for Covid-19. She then lodge a police report after facing this injustice.
According to a press release from Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM), the 22 year-old student, Nik Farah Ellisha Mohd Razif said that she had informed the university beforehand that she did not wish to take the vaccine.
However, according to Nik Farah, the university insisted that she take the vaccine and told her that she would be given a vaccine appointment.
“After being forced by the university, I finally agree to get the vaccine of my choice and I informed the university about my decision in April,” she said.
Nevertheless, Nik Farah said that she was unable to book an appointment date for the vaccine as of the examination date on 8 June, and when she arrive at the examination hall, the university did not allowed her to sit for the examination and requested her to leave.
Although she appealed to sit for the examination separately, the request was rejected by the university.
Therefore, she then lodged a police report about the incident at the Brickfields police headquarters (IPD) on Monday (14 June), accompaied by the PPIM’s lead activist, Datuk Nadzim Johan.
Responding to the matter, Nadzim urged the police to conduct a thorough investigation as it was clearly unfair to the student.
“This is a medical student and she understands the pros and cons of the vaccine. Thus, when she rejected the vaccine, she understood her risks,” he said.
He added that the university should not force its students to go for the vaccination, but instead should educate and explain to them the importance of vaccine.
“Why are they making it difficult for the student? She is the future of the country, she can contribute to the country in the time to come,” he said.
During an interview in front of the Brickfields IPD, she told the reporters that she was heartbroken that she was barred for the examination.
“It’s really heartbreaking because my friends and I have studied so hard. I really just wanted to answer the exam. But I wasn’t allowed because I wasn’t vaccinated. And it is my right to say no to the vaccine,”
“The university prevented me from taking that I was supposed to be taking. It’s my right to take the exam.” she said.
She added that she hopes the government will look into this matter after hearing her plea.
“I just want to continue my studies. I just want to be at the hospital with my friends. I want to become a good doctor one day. That’s my dream.” she said.
Meanwhile, as reported by Harian Metro, Brickfields district police chief, ACP Annuar Omar confirmed that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) had received a report of the incident and mentioned that the case will be investigated as a civil case.
Watch the interview here: