UM’s convocation attracted higher traction compared to UiTM and UTHM, but for the wrong reason


The dependency graph showcases the Facebook posting trend of several popular public universities in Malaysia – University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).


According to data collected, UiTM is the most active university to update its Facebook page in October. Additionally, the number of posting made by UiTM was higher in early October as that was when the university held its 91st convocation ceremony.


On the other hand, UTM also had a consistent posting trend, but lesser than UiTM. Whereas, UTHM generally had a low number of postings. The university had a higher number of postings in the middle of October, also because of their convocation ceremony.


UM had its convocation between the second and third week of October, hence a higher number of postings can be seen during that period. But for the rest of the month, UM was the least active varsity to upload contents on Facebook.



However, for the number of comments received by the universities’ Facebook pages, UiTM received a high number of comments during its convocation season, but not UTHM.


In addition, the number of comments received by UiTM was generally low despite being consistent in posting updates on its Facebook page.


In terms of comments, UiTM did not generate as much traction as expected in this month. Surprisingly, UM — who is placed among the least active universities amongst the five to provide update on its FB page – shows a dramatic increase in traction in October after what seems like a ‘calming’ year for the university.


Interestingly, UM received tremendous number of comments in October, despite being the least active university on Facebook.



UM gained public attention when one of its graduates carried a placard on stage while receiving his degree during the convocation ceremony.


The graduate was identified as Wong Kan Ye and he urged the university’s vice chancellor Abdul Rahim Hashim to step down through his placard. Wong claimed that Abdul Rahim promotes racism for co-organizing the Malay Dignity Congress (Kongres Maruah Melayu), which was held about a week earlier on October 6.


As a result, several non-governmental organisations started an online petition calling UM to revoke the civil engineering graduate’s degree due to his “rude” act.


However, about a week later on October 19, Universiti Malaya came out with an official press release stating that they would not revoke Wong’s degree.