Someone Hacked UM’s Portal With a Protest Message Guy-Fawkes Style

Visuals that appeared on UM’s portal before it went offline (source: Twitter)

According to Astro Awani, Universiti Malaya (UM) E-Pay Cashless Payment and Records portal is currently taken offline after it was hacked with what appears to be a protest message, last night.

The hacked portal carried a protest message with an image of Guy Fawkes. The message “I would rather die standing than live kneeling” (a quote made famous by Che Guevara) also included hashtags #NoRasis and #UndurVC, to highlight the recent student protest at the university’s convocation ceremony.

In case you missed it, Wong Yan Ke – a civil engineering student of UM stirred controversy when we held a lone-protest during his convocation ceremony on 7 October. He carried a placard on stage demanding the resignation of UM vice-chancellor – Abdul Rahim Hashim and yelled, “Tolak rasis. Undur VC. Ini Tanah Malaysia (Reject racism. VC resign. This is Tanah Malaysia)”.

Although Wong carried out the lone-protest, he came out with a statement today that said he had nothing to do with the website being hacked nor did he order anyone to do it on his behalf.

In a report by NST, Wong stated that the protest was to call out Rahim’s speech at the Malay Dignity Congress that allegedly had racist elements and used the university’s name for racial and political reasons. He had tried many times to request for an appointment to discuss the issues he had with the university’s vice-chancellor but did not hear back.

Hence, Wong felt that the protest was necessary.

UM’s Vice-chancellor – Abdul Rashid Hashim (source: UM)

On the other hand, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said the ministry has yet to receive a report on the hacking incident.

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