College's decision to ban external guests and recording devices from Friday's event with the former Prime Minister of Malaysia saw blatant censorship by the College Secretary and Pro-Rector (Education).
Security, and these senior College officials, were both checking for College ID and confiscating recording devices, storing them in the projector room in SAF where they supervised proceedings. Felix had its camera confiscated, with a College official apparently claiming that Felix had to be "censored". Felix later reclaimed their camera after aides to the former Prime Minister started talking their own photographs.
The talk certainly turned out to be controversial, with the speaker describing the September 11th 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York as an "act of self defence", a comment later repeated. In less controverisal parts of the talk he also highlighted how impersonal war and become, with the "rich countries" able to attack indiscriminately from a distance, whereas previously standing armies would have faced each other, similarly armed, across a battlefield.
In a topical issue, the talk also criticised the "glorification" of military personnel, attacking that what he described as "murderers" were made into heroes.
Those of you not too buried in revision can find a full account in Felix on Friday, or you can listen to a recording below, sent to Live! by an anonymous source who evidently slipped a recording device through. The event was part of a series of talks PPS have organised this year, which cover a variety of political topics.
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