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Vote, but Don’t Support April 27, 2007

Posted by Tim in Malaysia, Thoughts.
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[Update]
You can read theCICAK’s “Ijok Exclusive” for a hands-on take on the issue.

Recently, the media carried articles on the lack of registered voters. You may remember my post on registering to vote. There are 5 million (actually 4,999,999 million since I registered) voters who are eligible but haven’t registered.

DPM Najib said that unregistered voters were “depriving themselves of the right to determine who is worthy to govern our country… We must fight this public apathy.”

The Electoral commission was considering implementing SMS registration for voters. Said the Sun: “Hopefully when this is allowed, young Malaysians, wherever they are, will register the day they celebrate their 21st birthday ­making it their first act on becoming adults.”

Today’s Sun has an article titled Politics in campus under watch. Local universities are setting up committees to monitor students who are getting involved in politics. I quote (emphasis added):

Secretariat chairman Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Wahid Samsudin, who is also the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia deputy VC for student affairs and alumni, said students are prohibited from associating themselves with any political party, regardless of whether it was from the opposition or the Barisan Nasional.

“The Higher Education Ministry has instructed us to look at student activities to ensure they are not actively involved in political parties or activities,” he told theSun.

“It is an offence as stated clearly under Section 15 of the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) 1971.”

The section states that “no university student shall express support or do anything which may be construed as expressing support, sympathy or opposition to any political party“.

Whoa… hold on. Many university students are over the voting age and we are being blasted because many young people don’t vote or are apathetic about it. But apparently, when we do register we must also vote without supporting any political party? Sure or not? If this is another “students must study and do nothing else” thing then hey, don’t blame us if we graduate as people who are politically ignorant, or migrate wherever the grass is greener. Because when we become wage-earners we need to earn money and nothing else. You teach, we learn, we apply.

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1. husz - April 27, 2007

interesting point of view

2. Wilz - April 28, 2007

Lol. The ruling coalition is simply afraid of politics in universities, because all around the world, and in our own country’s history, university students have almost always typically been opposition supporters. The youth usually wants change, while the old people usually prefer things to stay the same. Not surprisingly really.

3. husz - May 25, 2007

But what is it costing us? Most of us young people are absorbed in ourselves. Its bad enough this whole generation is the ME ME ME generation, with political activism not an option what do we have to be passionate about?

We young people NEED to be passionate. its the best thing about youth. Darah panas.

4. Students: Don't be Passive, Don't be Active « think it out* - June 2, 2007

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