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All these are based on my personal experience and I write it down so that others won’t make the same mistakes I’ve made or mistakes I’ve observed others did. I think these mistakes would be most relevant to student leaders especially Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar.

1. Don’t demand respect from your peers, it will never come. Respect is a given, it comes from the heart. It comes naturally for those unique qualities you possess and utilize (skills, etc)

2. Don’t encourage nor be in love with your organization members. It will lead to your downfall through bad mouths spoken by your members. Professional conduct is a must.

3. A leader without a vision is similar to a newborn baby appointed as the President of a Nation / Country. Without any vision you can’t achieve anything significant.

4. For long term results and praises, go for intangible results. For short term results and praises, go for tangible results.

5. An organization that does not create tangible results would lead to further demotivation with a ‘given time’.

6. Allowing a member in the organization to slack off (lazy, ponteng) is the start of the organization’s downfall. This particular member must be dealt with. If slacking off is still apparent, forced resignation is applicable.

7. It’s better to safeguard the interests of the people who contribute to the organization and are loyal to the organization than protecting those people sucking-up to you in its entirety.

8. Trust, dedication and loyalty between “leaders-members” is the foundation of growth.

9. Recruit the cream of the crop (trustworthy, willingness, IQ & EQ intelligence) as your team members and not who talk-a-lot but does nothing.

10. First impression is a false assumption, constant impression is a near-accurate assumption.

11. Do not reveal secrets to those who are not trustworthy.

12. Do not take subordinates of your superiors as your protectors and listener unless they have proved their trustworthiness as those who are close to you could be your next betrayers and slanderers.

13. Never trade your religion / faith / principle with unlawful acts (example: accepting bribes, prosecuting when you know it is wrong)

14. Always assess and evaluate potential threats and opportunities on your environment to increase your “grip” with your current strength and cover your weaknesses.

15. Never trust fully the person with the running mouth (gossip, create stories, sucking-up to you, bodek), they may be entertaining but they will be the first to betray you in any case.

16. Keep and gather allies, be it friend, enemy or rivals for he who commands the battlefield wins half the fight.

17. Never let the ball off your feet and slack off for one second.

18. Always be truthful in your cause and not deviate. Anger is the cause of destruction to self and organization. Being proud is the source of failing to keep rule #14 in check.

19. An act of kindness and responsibility for governance and leadership is solely for Allah s.w.t., unjust doing leads to self-corruption.

20. Titles and decorations are purely responsibility given by Allah, as leaders we are stewards and shall discharge our duties for the benefit of all, not betray the oath we have promised.

21.Always  be humble, everyone including you do not favour those who are proud of themselves. Humbleness + intelligence is the essence of loyalty and respect.

22. A leader who slack-off will destroy his / her organization in a “time” period.

23. A person who becomes a leader solely to pursue his personal intentions will be stewards who those not understand his people and subordinates.

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checkmateCan I just say that certain people are just too nostalgic?

Wars in the year of 1189 and 2008 are a totally different game.

Politics in 1971 are different from 2009.

When we agree that humans advance themselves technologically every second, transforms into a different society and political mindset evolves from monarchy to democracy, we have to agree that every situation is a different ball game.

It’s a matter of long term or short term planning.

Do not expect to build a skyscraper the way you build a Palace of Versailles in the past. Live now, shape the future.

Get your concepts right. Checkmate.

When will all of us understand?

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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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