The People Have Spoken. There Should Be #NoSecondChance For Paedophile Nur Fitri

After MARA suggested letting child porn offender resume his studies in Malaysia after his release, the public has taken to social media to voice their outrage with the #NoSecondChance hashtag and online petitions to the local authorities.

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Majlis Amanah Rakyat's (MARA) intention to offer child porn convict Nur Fitri Azmeen Nordin another chance to complete his studies in any MARA institution of his choosing upon his release is not sitting well with the public, if the trending hashtag #NoSecondChance on Twitter is any indication

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A brief recap: Nur Fitri was sentenced to five years of jail in the UK last week after he pleaded guilty to 13 offences including the possession and production of child pornography with the intent to distribute the images and videos

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Nur Fitri, who was studying at the prestigious Imperial College in London under a study loan by MARA, has since had his loan terminated.

However, MARA council member Nazir Hussin Akhtar Hussin said yesterday that the government agency has agreed to extend their support to Nur Fitri upon his release by allowing him to continue his studies in any MARA institution as "he is a smart student and it is a pity to waste someone who can be an asset to the country".

At the helm of #NoSecondChance is klubbkid, a blogger and former journalist, who used the hashtag to rally Twitter users in protest of MARA's "second chance" offer yesterday

The hashtag quickly became a hot topic on Twitter and soon climbed its way to the top of Malaysia's trending topics with many sharing their outrage over the leniency shown towards a known sex offender as well as concerns over the potential risk Nur Fitri's return may pose to our children

Khairy Jamaluddin also joined in the fray of comments, saying that Nur Fitri does not need any kind of sponsorship from MARA in terms of getting a "second chance" after completing his prison term and a long bout of rehabilitation

While it is widely agreed that everyone deserves another chance, the general perception is that Nur Fitri has not earned nor does he deserve it due to the severity of his crimes

Moreover, MARA justifying their decision based on their claims that Nur Fitri is a "smart student" who can be an asset to the country is certainly NOT an excuse nor a factor in forgiving vile, criminal behaviour

In fact, many Twitter users pointed out that there are loads of brilliant students who are much more worthy of scholarships and study loans in this country

Rather than granting Nur Fitri another loan or scholarship upon his release, he should be sent for psychiatric evaluation and treatment as well as extensive rehabilitation to curb his depravity

The #NoSecondChance tag also served as a platform for some to strike back at Nur Fitri apologists, especially those who defended his actions by equating child porn with regular porn and homosexuality

Two online petitions have also been created to urge local authorities to disallow Nur Fitri from resuming his education in Malaysia after he completes his jail term

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A petition posted on by Sabrina M., which is addressed to PM Najib Razak, has already surpassed its goal of 1,000 signatures. According to Sabrina, Nur Fitri should be paying to resume his studies by himself and his location should also be disclosed so that people are aware of his whereabouts.

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Another petition on Care2Petition addressed to MARA is close to reaching its goal of 3,000 signatures.

If you're still wondering why Nur Fitri is at the receiving end of so much anger from the public, well, let's just say there are many reasons why UK police called this one of the most extreme cases they have ever seen: