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Students: Don’t be Passive, Don’t be Active May 22, 2007

Posted by Tim in Malaysia, News, Thoughts.
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Today’s StarAction against 38 undergrad campaigners:

JELI: The Higher Education Ministry has identified 38 students from various public institutions of higher learning who actively campaigned for the opposition in the Machap and Ijok by-elections.

Their names have been submitted to the ministry for action, said minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed after opening Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Jering’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting here on Sunday.

He said the Universities and University Colleges Act prohibits undergraduates from participating in political activities.

Are they being threatened because they campaigned, or because they campaigned for the Opposition?

Ironically, a few pages away there’s a story headlined Expert panel: Our students not curious, too passive:

“Many of the IAP members found that our students lack a ‘questioning culture’ and that they are too passive. They also lack questioning skills, are not too curious and too readily accept facts told to them,” he said, adding that this was despite Malaysian students being praised often for being top performers in school.

Gee, I wonder how this came about…

For some context, read theCICAK’s Ijok exclusive, or a previous post of mine on this issue.

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