Have the students been liberated?

Bernama reported that about 5,000 UiTM students from the Permatang Pauh branch campus staged a peaceful demonstration against the proposal made by Selangor Menteri Besar recently that the university be opened to non-bumiputera students. (Also see here and here.)

By the way, the protest here may just be concidental given that the nomination day for the Permatang Pauh by-election will be tomorrow.

This demonstration is a part of similar street protests staged by the university students from the various UiTM branch campuses all over the country.

One of the questions that desperately begs asking: Is this the dawn of university liberalisation and student activism in the wake of the government’s plan to amend the University and University Colleges Act (UUCA)? That is, does the amendment go beyond the freedom of students to meet political leaders?

Does this mean that university students nationwide can stage peaceful demonstrations that revolve around larger issues, such as protests against corruption, petrol price hike, curbs on press freedom, racism, inter- and intra-ethnic income gap, social injustice, etc?

Can the students also voice their views and criticisms off the streets, namely through the media and Speaker’s Corners of their respective university campuses?

Or are we on a different page here?



5 Responses to “Have the students been liberated?”

  1. 1 chong 15 August 2008 at 10:18 pm

    huh, an ‘innovative’ thinking.

    UiTM student boleh!!!!

    btw, how many type of quota system we have for our public universities?

  2. 2 yong 15 August 2008 at 10:23 pm

    As a Chinese I also do not agree to have too many colleges and universities for Chinese because when this happens, quality drops.

    Do u realize our education is dropping? Do u know why private sector has so many Chinese employees? Take a look at engineering department, financial and every private sector, of course, except proton and perodua.

    I think our Malay buddies still don’t understand. Chinese are so popular in the private sector because everyone knows we are the best of the best. Only elites will have their degree scrolls. I do not say Malays don’t have the talents but gauge is too loose, make ppl too relax, no pain no gain, got to face challenges. In Malaysia, Chinese learn to pay for achievement, we are selected by country to be the best.

    So, i support govt to keep the quota we want the best of the best, no rubbish! Chinese aren’t greedy to get more quota, it will kill us!

  3. 3 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 15 August 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Beware the real scientific dangers of inbreeding
    Where there’s no enlargement of the genetic pool
    You’ll never get the benefits of hybrid vigour cool
    With rejection of cross fertilization by blind choosing

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 150808
    Fri. 15th Aug. 2008.

  4. 4 MelaysiaScrewedUp 16 August 2008 at 1:45 am

    no need to protest 🙂 thank you very much. we non malays do not want it. Pls don’t make an issue here.

    The party time, we non-malay votes is beyond moster of Umno, MCA and MIC reach. 🙂 The joke of the day “I am half chinese” !! you sound like chinese, write like chinese, talk like chinese but you ain’t chinese. Hahahahahah

    BTW, pls give your DNA to prove you are half chinese … hahahahaha

    MCA puppy no need to give 1 mil for chinese schools, and its for 5 schools to share 🙂 hey …. after fuel price gone up …. a lot of things also gone up lah. 1 mil is nothing compared to the monies that chinese paid to govman.

  5. 5 BlindingLight 16 August 2008 at 10:17 am

    Dear All,

    In terms of political expression, at least the UiTM students get to feel how was it like in the days of Anwar Ibrahim demonstrating in Baling in 1974.

    Actually I was hoping the FRU would spray the UiTM students with some water to make their experience something to cherish.

    By the way, I am one of the father of the UiTM students, who spend my money paying for the bus fare to SUK Selangor, and the black T-shirt. And I pay tax. So why not get FRU to spray some water. Water is harmless, right ?

    Have a nice weekend everyone.

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