AUKU? or blame ourselves, student leaders?
Suntzi Jr (email@example.com)
read Zali Arifin's writing with great interest. Indeed, in
my point of view, Zali was right to question why student movements,
particularly the famous few formed by Muslim students, are
allowing non-student middle-agers to lead the organization
and granting them the power the dictate the direction of students'
do some simple calculations: In Malaysia, more than 70% of
the population is under 40 years old, and currently there
are more than 4,000 youth organizations in the country, with
more than 2,000 of them are being classified as 'inactive'
another perspective, the number tells us that, in Malaysia,
there are still a great amount of youth organizations being
left to dry up without relevant youth leadership. Ironically,
however, instead of venturing into this sector, these middle-aged
people prefer to stamp their leadership on the students' foreheads,
and shamelessly claim themselves as 'a youth leader' by riding
on a student movement.
do these so-called 'youth leaders' are abandoning the label
of 'student leader' when they know (and we all know) that
he/she is the chief of a movement formed by university students?
truth is (listen up, you middle-aged 'student leaders'!) YOU
ARE ALL COWARDS because you don't have the guts to fight the
right battles in youth organizations. Lets not forget that
leadership in student movements requires an aspiration that
is close to their emotional appeal for better welfare, improvement
in education standards, betterment of logistic and infrastructure
in the campus and sheer focus in working towards academic
the truth is, many of those so called 'student leaders' are
more eager to send innocent students for illegal demonstrations,
election campaigns and listen to ceramahs staged by Pas or
Keadilan leaders. I urge you, student leaders, tepuk dada
tanya selera, is this what the students want? Are listening
to ceramahs and helping in election campaigns improving the
welfare and the academic performance of the students? How
does that make a student the top student in his or her class?
How does that make the student's parents proud as their child
is only good in off-campus politics but will have to graduate
with poor results?
was never a Malay or a Muslim, therefore I am going to skip
the discussion of the influence of Islam that, in my point
of view, is being used and manipulated at the expense of the
students' future merely for the sake of political interest
outside the campus. But to my Muslim brothers and sisters
out there, I wish to reveal a cruel truth - while you lead
your boys for some stupid illegal demonstrations on the road,
non-Muslim students are giving their best in their academics
and are sweating blood for good examination results.
the end of the day, as statistics already tell us, there are
less than 1%, in average, of Bumiputera students in Malaysia
graduating with a first-class degree in all IPTAs, while most
non-Bumi students just smile and leave the campus with at
least a second-upper and a clean disciplinary record.
Bumiputera students genetically stupid? Of course NOT!! Why?
Because human beings are born equal, one brain each, no more
no less. If Bumiputera are stupid, Malaysia won't have Datuk
Seri Dr Mahathir, Royal Prof Ungku Aziz, the late Aminuddin
Baki, Tan Sri Awang Had Salleh, Tan Sri Dr Noordin Sopiee,
Datuk Dr Zeti Aziz, Datuk Seri Hj Hadi Awang, the late Tan
Sri P Ramlee, the late Sudirman Hj Arshad and many other distinguished
you might argue that those non-Bumiputra students are ulat
buku, mandom, tak guna, lembab and whatever label you want
to throw at them. But I urge you to take a look at the other
side of the coin - they will get a better job and with the
job security, they can help to support their family and their
parents. So how does that compare to being held and detained
by the police; dragged into a disciplinary hearing; the risk
of being suspended (which will definitely delay your graduation);
criminal records; a bad reputation and ending up being the
water boy of certain politicians?
beings are born selfish, and irresponsible student leaders
will make them more selfish because these student leaders
believe that 'kita mesti menentang kezaliman', 'kita mesti
menentang korupsi dan nepotisma', 'kita mahu kebebasan dan
hak bersuara' and other beautiful philosophies.
those who have aggressively preached the values mentioned,
I respect your energy and enthusiasm, but please leave the
students alone as they can also learn to appreciate those
values without the risk of being detained by the police or
being suspended by the varsity. They have the right to determine
their own future, and I am certain that the spirit of 'perjuangan
mahasiswa' must not be driven by some non-student middle-agers
or those who set up some illegal varsities with a fantasy
that one day Education Ministry will grant them a piece of
land to build its own campus.
the halal-haram aspect of the student movements, I guess Zali
can articulate the chapter better than I can. My intention
here is just to express my frustration after witnessing personally
how my Muslim brothers and sisters being fooled by sub-standard
politikus into a trap and when they are accused and incarcerated,
no one is there to help them.
many of us believe that sending memorandums to Ministers and
bringing the matter to the press will extend the lifeline
of those sent to AUKU's chopping board?
many of us believe that praying alone will provide the solution
to all our problems? How many of us believe that by staging
illegal assemblies and confronting the government will eventually
force the authority to amend or abolish the controversial
AUKU? How many innocent souls do those irresponsible 'student
leaders' want to sacrifice just to satisfy their personal
tepuk dada tanya selera