Thursday, August 12, 2010

AUKU stays, students neutered?

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, there were rumblings from University students. A cross between flower power and hippies, these students dare to rise against the Establishment, fighting for freedom, equality and accountability.

That was the late 60's and early 70's when the sufferings of Baling is close at heart. Those were the times when Malaysia's own tertiary students from MU, UKM, ITM, ITK, USM, MPSI and the rest joined hands and forces to march through the streets of Kuala Lumpur leading to the Establishment muting students voices under AUKU.

40 years on, the current Establishment is still at it. Students banned from party politics. What are they afraid of? Their own shadows? Is Malaysia going robotic? Is the Establishment getting all its pleasure to see the students neutered and is the Establishment's KP is to produce zombies students who will carry out it's biddings?

Amongst others :

The cabinet has decided against allowing university students to participate in party politics. - Khaled Nordin (Higher Education Minister)

"(The) cabinet decision not allowing university students to be involved in political parties is gutless and indicates outdated thinking. Here's a hint for the cabinet: You want the youth vote, start by trusting them." - Khairy Jamaluddin (UMNO youth leader)

In the latest development, federal government owned Bernama issued a note to editors stating that Higher Education Ministry has requested the press not to publish any news on this.

One person dare to disagree, like a dog barking the mountains. It is lonely at the top and it is much lonelier when your pack deserts you...Interestingly enough, KJ so far twits his disagreement but did not register his disagreement in his Rembau net. Why?

In the end, will our tertiary students, our future leaders be like what this writer used to say a long, long time ago - pelajar-pelajar Sekolah Menengah Tinggi Malaysia?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...

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