Be part of history. Be part of change. If you are a student, from any university or college, register now for Perhimpunan Mahasiswa Negara and to join Malaysia’s first mega-scaled Students Parliament on 11.1.11.
This nation has a rich and colourful history of student activism. Such activism has brought about change to marginalised communities in the past but it has since been wiped out from our history books by belligerent academics and university administrators. Recent events have again put Malaysian students in the limelight. Students who have voiced out, who have questioned the status quo, who have taken part in the democratic process of this nation have been victimised and persecuted for putting into practice their fundamental rights.
The Universities and University Colleges Act 1974, the Educational Institutions Act 1976 and other laws have been used as tools by the Establishment (the Haves) to silence students (the Have-Nots) for they fear the students, they know that students have the inherent power to change things they don’t like. And so, university autonomy is dead. Academic freedom is dead. Ask Azmi Sharom. Students of this great nation have been robbed of their idealism. However, the greatest crime of it all is that apathy has been allowed to reign.
Apathy amongst students is a result of ignorance and an effective system that seeks to popularise apathy. As a result, we have become victims of our own doing. This reign of apathy must end. We must remind ourselves that we are a part of a larger community, one that we owe a responsibility to.
The struggle for our rights and liberties to enable us to uphold our responsibilities is paramount. But so far, it has been done disparately and ineffectively.
It is now time to ORGANISE.
On the 11th of January 2011, students from every private and public university/college all across the country, shall come together as one to demand that they be recognised as equals in society, to demand the abolishment of unjust laws, to demand that their rights be respected and as a show of solidarity to students everywhere, to make it known that in your fight for truth, freedom, equality and justice, you are not alone.
If you have ever felt as if you were another pawn in the system, if you have ever felt like you needed to do something for the marginalised, if you believe that something is simply wrong with the way things are, if you wish to put forth your issues and causes, or if you just believe in something – come and join us on 11.1.11. At this point in time all across the globe, students everywhere from South America to Europe are reclaiming the streets and finding their voice again, to speak up against injustice and oppression. We must join hands in this noble struggle and be one with all the students of the world.
Let us show those in the corridors of power that we are a force to be reckoned with. Student unity is the first step towards achieving the impossible. It is high time we realised that we are all in this together. We shall be victims no more. Fellow students, the time has come.
Let us take charge, again.
The Worried Student a.k.a. Haji Lou Reed is a student from a local university that is exclusive to non-citizens and bumiputeras, ignoring about half of the nation’s very own people. He wishes to write more for this awesome blawg but is worried that by being an active LoyarBurokker he will be a target for academic assassination and will never graduate.