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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]

Suppression of Student Movement

Suppression of Student Movement

A close scrutiny is kept on all educational institutions Students cannot enter institutions of higher learning without a Suitability Certificate (a provision of the Internal Security Act). A certificate is issued only after clearance with the Special Branch that the applicant is politically acceptable.

In December 1974, attempts by students to focus attention on social issues were faced with hasty suppression in the form of conviction on fabricated charges of Tan Wah Piow, President of University of Singapore Students Union (USSU), and the deportation of five Malaysian students on the USSU executive.

The latest move to suppress the student movement is the enactment in November 1975 of the University of Singapore (Amendment) Act 1975 to dissolve USSU and reconstitute a new 'Union' whose constitution, membership, functions and other matters will be under the control of the government.