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PROLOGUE:

(OUR BIG FAMILY)

A controversial post eh? If u are from political groups, you would actually start to label me as pro-pembangkang, pro-kerajaan, pro-mahasiswa, pro-thisandthat and pro-blahblahblah. Like the title of my blog, read before you assume. I am what I am, I was elected by the students and the Excos as their leader and my responsibility will and always be for ALL the students.

Mind you, THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG ARTICLE.

I am writing this down as I have just recently noticed “2 of my Excos” forming Barisan Pro Mahasiswa UPM when we have actually emphasized in our meeting to create a “family like” atmosphere. Although our motto is “Kecemerlangan Pelajar Aspirasi MPP” it was seldomly used during speeches or what not since our administration have always seek to concentrate on student issues rather than student politics. Meetings have been held monthly and everyone had their share of voicing out their concerns during portfolio and kebajikan meetings. But other than that, it depends whether anyone actually cherishes to bela kebajikan pelajar, to sit quietly without giving any opinion in meetings or to bring in the political agenda. In the end, it all depends on the Excos which have been elected xkira dari kumpulan mane2 they claim they were from. Don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming anyone be it Pro-Aspirasi nor Pro-Mahasiswa.

What counts to the students is whether the Excos get their job done or not.

This article serves only to increase your awareness as I believe we need to chart a new course on perjuangan mahasiswa to gain respect back from the society and to be the main catalyst in influencing future politics, not us “students” getting influenced by political powers.

And why do I say that? Read on and understand the meaning behind these parables.

FACTS

1. Accept and face it! We live in Malaysia! Malaysia is a democratic country with electoral system although we do possess a constitutional monarchy but we are definitely NOT a communist nor a fascist country. The definition of democracy is : “Democracy is a system of government by which political sovereignty is retained by the people and either exercised directly by citizens or through their elected representatives”

2. When citizens , are allowed to vote for those which would regulate laws for them, democracy is apparent. It can be seen from the Malaysian Constitution:

Part VIII – Elections, 119

(1) Every citizen who-

(a) has attained the age of twenty- one years on the qualifying date; and

(b) is resident in a constituency on such qualifying date or, if not so resident, is an absent voter,

is entitled to vote in that constituency in any election to the House of Representatives or the Legislative Assembly unless he is disqualified under Clause (3) or under any law relating to offences committed in connection with elections; but no person shall in the same election vote in more than one constituency.”

2. Since freedom of speech is a-given in a democratic system, everyone has the right to speak. When everyone has the right to speak, they form those who have the same ideologies as they do. And when they have formed a group, they would cherish and uphold their values and fight for their issues. Nonetheless, the question here comes around civic responsibility and freedom of speech.

3. I may be judgemental with no academic perspective this time around but I would like to remind something realistic here that there is no way that we could shut out groups completely except that we reform the country into a dictatorship country. I definitely wouldn’t want that.

PRESENT & PAST INHERITANCE LAW OF MALAYSIA

4. Challenges are apparent in Malaysia which is a result of inheritance law from the previous British government. Do not try to accuse me of being anti or pro government as I am throwing down the facts to you. It’s similar during the forum between MPP UPM and MPP UMS where a UMS delegate agreed that don’t try to even talk about unity when you haven’t even read and understood books pertaining to unity such as Malay Dilemma, etc.

5. These inheritance law for example, The Internal Security Act was enacted before the formation of the Reid Commission for the Malaya Constitution when it was made legal in 1948 aimed at preventing the movements of the Communist insurgency in Malaya.

6. Nations of the world which champions freedom of speech do have their ISA for example the United States McCarran Internal Security Act & Singaporean Internal Security Act (take note that Singapore is widely a secular country).

7. It can be seen that these acts are present in many countries except that it is modified according to the situation they are facing.

8. The question here comes when, the act is to prevent mischief but would it be free from political and external influence usage?

9. AUKU was formed in 1971 and strictly prohibited the participation of students in politics enshrined in section 15.

POLITICAL CLUBS IN UNIVERSITIES

10. Various universities around the world possess political clubs based from the parties in the country itself. For example, we have the Oxford University Labour Club which is directly affiliated from the ruling Labour Party.

11. I believe from my previous observation overseas that universities are incubators which would reflect the future of a country’s democracy. Students should be independent in creating new ideas and forming new parties (it could be environmental based, gender based) and should they win the elections, it shows which issues would be relevant in the future. It also gives extra information to the political parties on the younger generation which would be allowed to vote once they are 21.

12. Could the same situation apply to Malaysian Universities? My answer would be a definite YES, but not at the present moment.

WHY NOT NOW?

13. We are not taught DIRECTLY about democracy even in school. For us to actually understand and not misuse the term of democracy, free speech and not harm others we have to be educated neutrally from any political party’s point of view on the technique democracy works. Above all, I believe civic responsibility and unity must be emphasized as in Malaysia we have lots of sensitive issues from race to religion.

14. While we were taught on Malaysian Constitution and elections in universities through the Kenegaraan subject, we need to be educated on the fine line between dirty politics and what politics should be from democracy idealism.

15. Students need to chart the course on student politics which are based more on knowledge and all the research that has been undertaken in their debates and speeches. In this way, it shows that students are analyzing and putting their ideas for the nation, not solely follow any political parties principles.

CHALLENGES

16. Direct influence of political parties would mean that students would believe the underlying principles of the invinsible-political-party as the truest form. Improvise and new ideas are needed which are relevant to the society. Democracy is about votes by the masses. A group winning is directly correlated with “how many person believes the group is of their preference”.

17. Subjective views of a sole country in the students movement. Our students need not to only examine the students movement in Indonesia but also in other countries to give them an insight of the best technique which can be applied to Malaysia’s multi racial country and at the same time ensure sustainable economic growth.

18. Would we be ethical and accountable students which defend the truth and nothing but the truth through academia manner rather than emotions?

CONCLUSION

18. It may take some time for students to actually gradually accept this concept but from what I could sum it up is that for students movement to be what it should be: “that is providing new ideas from the new generation for the benefit of the society at mass” has do be done from their root causes which are from the education system directly to the laws on students.

19. However, should you have a response, my question here comes, should all these be given to us, would we be socially responsible and act like scholars or would we be hooligans instead? Are we ready?

It is time for students to act as scholars if we want greater liberalization on students movement.
Again, I would like to hear some views from those that has interest in students politics movement. In the end, our views are what forms the society of Malaysia in the future.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any misconduct or terms which may or not be misunderstood by any party. All views are of my own and do not reflect on my position held in any organization.

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The MPPK needs your ideas on the discount card especially from students. As you have known, the paper was presented to Dato’ Seri Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak during the meeting and it seems that all the ministers and deputy ministers are giving it a green light. Nonetheless, I received a call from the special affairs officer from the Minister of Higher Education to send the proposal to the government to be tabled during the jemaah menteri weekly meeting. You can get the proposal presentation during the MPPK here.

Background on the National Students Discount Card:

1. The Discount Card is aimed at both students from IPTA & IPTS in Malaysia. The discounts provided are targeted on provision needs (makanan, barang runcit, buku teks, yang berkaitan dengan keperluan pelajar) as the primary discount and secondary discounts on things regarding entertainment such as cinema, travel and whatsoever.

2. However the idea is to create a “radius of merchants” around the university which MUST or ENCOURAGED to give special discounts on purchases made by students. This would include mamak stalls, restaurants, stationery shops, fotostat and whatsoever around the university. This would actually be the source of “sales promotion” for students to increase sales volume and also to be more socially responsible. Students in return, would provide economic benefits to the “radius around the university” by purchasing items from the participating merchants. This would enhance the students welfare directly by getting cheap discounts.

Discount Card Models:

3. There are numerous cards around the market but it is geared more towards shopping purposes. For example, we have the MBF Card which feature lots of merchants.

4. Not to forget we could also flash our “Students ID” card to get discounts for movies.

5. There is a card targeted for students which is the ISIC card which gives discounts to Malaysian students on various merchant outlets and for trips in Malaysia and overseas.

6. If we examine overseas, the National Union Students of UK has their own discount cards which feature lots of outlets which targets students welfare. Please check the NUS Extra card too.

Discount Card Objective:

6. To provide discounts on two sources; i) primary needs (educational tools, food and beverage, energy needs) and ii) secondary needs (entertainment, shopping, etc.)

7. To create merchants which are socially responsible and share a direct relationship with students from the economic benefits provided by the university.

8. To merge various economic sectors to provide discounts to students to decrease the cost of living expenses directly.

9. To provide economic benefits to participating merchants from students in Malaysia as a whole. (students from KL can also receive discounts at merchants in Kucing for example)

Challenges:

10. Merchants which are based on secondary needs are more than the primary needs merchants. We need to get kedai runcit and fotostat shops to participate for this idea to work. If not it will merely be another shopping card.

11. Who owns and manage the card? Should it be a government owned company or should it be managed by a private company? Conflicts could arise from both sides as if it is formed and managed by the government, (the card could be influenced by politics which effects certain universities in certain areas) and if it is managed by private sector, it could be pressing the merchants with expensive fees to participate and hence less discounts offered to students (sorry for stereotyping again: business are driven by profits).

Your Ideas:

We would love to hear from you! Apa yang kita mahu daripada discount card ini?

Petrol Discounts?

Supermarket discounts?

Travel lodging discounts?

Anything, please be free to comment but do give your justification as a proposal would have to be written soon and hopefully we can make this a reality:)

Saya mengalu-alukan komen penambahbaikan dan kritikan konstruktif daripada pelajar IPTA dan IPTS agar kad diskaun pelajar ini dapat dilaksanakan dengan jayanya tanpa “conflict of interest” daripada mana-mana pihak untuk mengaut keuntungan daripada tawaran yang telah dipersetujui oleh kerajaan.

Terima kasih semua:)

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Artikel ini telah ditulis oleh Ketua Setiausaha Eksekutif Jabatan saya dan mengandungi beberapa pendapat yang agak konstruktif. Saya baru sahaja tamat Program Berilmu Berbakti di UPM dengan tido 2,3 jam je satu hari termasuk semua AJK untuk rumah kebajikan dari Lembah Klang dan Selangor di UPM. Dah jatuh demam pulak hehe. Saya sedang merangka artikel tentang kesan global economics pada harga minyak dan bagaimana kita dapat mengatasinya. Harap2 mahasiswa dapat mengeluarkan idea yang konstruktif dan dapat menilai kesan daripada aspek mikro dan makro.

Below is the article:

Krisis Kewangan Asia pada tahun 1997 telah membuka ata seluruh dunia apabile George Soros spekulator kewangan yang terkenal telah memanipulasikan nilai Pound Sterling sehingga menyebabkan kejatuhan Bank of England dan sejarah hitam yang sukar dilupakan oleh pelabur saham iaitu trade Black Wednessday pada tahun 1992. Malaysia juga tidaqk terkecuali terperangkap dalam permainan Soros di bawah pimpinan, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, mantan Perdama Menteri Malaysia Ke 4. Sejarah hitam kejatuhan ekonomi negara telah banyak mengajar kita erti inflasi yang sedang disalahtafsir oleh masyarakat.

Inflasi secara umumnya bermaksud kenaikan paras harga umum iaitu harga keseluruhan barangan dan perkhidmatan yang ada dalam sesuatu ekonomi negara pada masa tertentu. Kadar inflasi pula, merupakan peratus perubahan harga paras Indeks Harga Pengguna (IHP) barangan dan perkhidmatan tahun semasa berbanding dengan tahun asas. Biasanya peningkatan inflasi akan berlaku apabila paras harga umum terus meningkat secara berterusan dalam jangka masa tertentu. Perkembangan ekonomi sesebuah negara sebenarnya bergantung kepada inflasi.

INflasi juga merupakan rawatan untuk peningkatan kepada ekonomi sesebuah negara. Tahap inflasi untuk pertumbuhan ekonomi yang baik sekitar 3.0% ke 4.0%. Kenaikan harga barang pada tahun asas memang diperlukan dengan syarat dikawal oleh kerajaan dan berada pada tahap kemampuan masyarakat. Tanpa kenaikan harga ini, maka tidak akan wujudnya keuntungan peniaga serta eknomi juga tidak akan berkembang. Jika tidak berlaku inflasi, atau inflasi berlaku pada tahap sifar dan negatif, bermakna tidak berlaku pengembangan ekonomi.

Cabaran yang berlaku di seluruh dunia hari ini dikatakan berpunca daripada kenaikan harga minyak sejak tahun 2003 lagi. Permintaan minyak yang melebihi penawaran menyebabkan harga minyak melambung tinggi. Harga minyak AS$25 setong pada tahun 2003 telah meningkat sehingga AS$109 setong pada tahun ini yang dianggap sebagai durian runtuh kepada negara pengeluar minyak. Peningkatan harga minyak ini juga berpunca daripada krisis politik akibat pencerobohan Amerika Syarikat di negara pengeluar minyak utama dunia seperti Iraq dan negara TImur Tengah yang lain. Kenaikan harga minyak yang melonjak secara mendadak telah mendatangkan kesan kepada harga barangan dan perkhidmatan kerana kenaikan kos bahan api tersebut. Bertambah malang, kenaikan harga barang dan perkhidmatan telah menimbulkan krisis makanan yang meruncing hingga menyebabkan berlaku rusuhan di Mesir dan Haiti baru baru ini.

Ironinya, kebanyakan negara bimbang berlaku kemelesetan ekonomi akibat kenaikan harga minyak kerana jika perkara ini berlanjutan, inflasi juga akan meningkat berganda dalam sekelip mata. Bertambah buruk apabila pengaplikasian dasar yang tidak bersesuaian daripada kerajaan mungkin menyebabkan berlakunya hipertensi.

Kadar faedah yang tinggi juga menyumbang kepada peningkatan kadar inflasi misalnya negara yang terpaksa membayar kadar yang tinggi bagi pertukaran wang asing terutama import barangan luar negara yang jauh lebih mahal daripada harga barangan tempatan. Kadar faedah yang tinggi menymbangkan kesan yang buruk kepada perkembangan sosial. Tindakan ini menyebabkan pertumbuhan ekonomi negara terbantutu dan berlakunya inflasi.

Selain itu, kadar faedah yang tinggi juga memberi impak kepada harga barangan dan perkhidmatan. Kuasa beli pnegguna akan berkurangan dan hal ini, sekaligus menyumbang kepada peningkatan kadar kemiskinan. Golongan yang memerlukan pinjaman ringan juga terjejas disebabkan oleh kadar faedah terlalu tinggi dikenakan.

Beban pinjaman juga menjadi penyumbang kepada kenaikan inflasi apabila kadar faedah meinigkat. Pinjaman merupakan pengerak kepada perkembangan ekonomi melalui aktiviti ekonomi kecilan sehingga besar-besaran dapat dibangunkan dengan lebih produktif dan cergas. Disebabkan itulah, pengekalan kadar faedah yang rindah amat penting supaya tidak membebankan rakyat dan mengelak berlakunya penularan inflasi.

Oleh yang demikian, peranan pendidikan kepenggunaan perlu dipertingkatkan dalam kalangan masyarakat supaya masayarakat dapat menangani masalah dan berhadapan dengan masalah inflasi ini. Pengguna juga hendaklah serius dalam membasmi peniaga yang tamak dan mementingkan keuntungan yang berganda bagi mengelakkan rakyat yang kurang berkemampuan sering ditindas.

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AUKU & Student Politics

Firstly, let me say that while those of you who were reading this would say there will be various group with different intentions reading this; one would be those that is curious and wanna know what AUKU is about, another would be those that champions the abolishment of AUKU, another would be those that agree AUKU should be as it is, another would be those that hate the AUKU term as it is deemed political, another would be those that just don’t care what AUKU is and the list goes on.

I would fall under the category of protecting my students from being influenced by “political groups” when I was the College President at UPM. Our team’s policy has always been, “no politics activity within the college compound” although discussion is allowed but all these poster haram and whatsoever was firmly disallowed. Truthfully for student leaders whom are not activists nor involve directly with national politics, it would be hard to actually encounter AUKU that would really effect one self. I myself was troubled with the bureaucracies of the university and have never encountered the effects of AUKU directly upon me while I was the college president.

Nonetheless it may be said that the student leaders are lifeless and ‘lesu’ as a result. I would say ‘nay’ as during my tenure, the jemaah presiden was extremely close and 17 of us actively voiced out our concern which effects the students directly. Nonetheless there were students which are prosecuted by the Kaedah Tatatertib. Dont blame me for writing this I am just putting the facts right, but instead of students being outraged by another peer getting prosecuted, they turned away and go on with life.

Why?

Are the students being lesu? Not being judgemental, but students are actively involved in various societies and we have many students which actually possess excellent oratary and soft skills. Well it’s just that students are not interested in such issue when they knew that it was ‘politically’ orientated. Why ‘politically’? The issue was more or less involved involvement of outside parties to stage an act of racism. I was shocked when we had a research and 60% of my college mates do not have an idea what has happened of the Kolej 14 incident. Disheartening. Are they being lesu or just not well informed or wouldn’t care less bout anyone but themselves?

While distributing ‘risalah xbercop’ is deemed being politically motivated, certain groups believe it is student activism. It is a path of championing the issues of the students to bring forth a better future for the younger generation. Nonetheless they wouldn’t be able to do so. Is AUKU in effect here? Well, read up on distribution of leaflets with the permission of Vice Chancellor.

While these groups are having problems distributing their brochures, why are students from various clubs and societies do not have a problem? Now comes a question where these events are politcally-led or law-led?

Should students be interested in joining outside organizations, they would be as such a part of an NGO movement. Clearly the section of the law which is in effect here is section 15(1). Then why are there so many students which are part of NGO but have never been prosecuted as no permission was given by VC? Probably we should just call up the police and I am sure all of the students would be deemed against the law. The question is then made: are such provisions relevant?

I myself find it difficult to answer these questions on provisions but my stand will always be clear: students need to be actively aware of the national and international politics. We need to be able to interpret and learn all the strategies adopted by various political leaders from how Mahathir led UMNO from the newly founded UMNO ‘baru’, the political will of Tony Blair in changing the Labour Party into one of the most relevant party in Britain today, the Judaism Movement which has led to the advancement of world political and economic power and let’s not forget political history of how the Caliphate was succeeded to the Turkey lineage after the Abbasid era. We need to know all of it. We need to equip ourselves of all our knowledge as our enemy is not within us, but outside of our country. We are the child of these lands and we should be the defenders. Political debates and idea exchanges are a must, but then…

What happens when students move beyond “enlightening their knowledge” to political based? Getting directly involved with a political group would constrict one into their ‘fahaman’ and would only believe their movement would be the truest of their form. How about ‘mahasiswa’ as those that are enlightened and produce judgement based on truth on knowledge rather than on political wills?

Students need to chart their course on their ‘enlightment’ and thinking rather than be influenced by any political party to be recognized as an asset to the country. The only way students could get rid of provisions or laws or any single thing which limits their expansion of knowledge could only be dealt with by the respect gained from one who has knowledge above others.

As long as we do not start to improvise, changes would be made but only at a marginal level. As for students union, I have always believed we are elected by students and our main and sole priority would be the growth and future of the students. I know it may sound harsh, but students should be those that make their ‘movement’, not political parties which make the student move their ‘movement’.

For thoughts are those that do think, and for debates for those that disagree.

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