Friday, May 22, 2009

Alfatihah...

Disedekahkan kepada Allahyarham Pak Su Weil yang telah meninggal dunia pada kira-kira 5.50 pagi tadi. Satu kehilangan yang amat besar buat kerajaan Negeri Kelantan dan juga seluruh rakyat Negeri Kelantan.

Pak Su Weil merupakan ADUN Manek Urai dan merupakan antara pemimpin yang amat disegani oleh rakyat Negeri Kelantan terutama mereka di Manek Urai. Sifatnya yang tegas, mesra, pandai menggambil hati dan berjiwa rakyat dibuktikan apabila allahyarham berjaya mengekalkan kerusi Manek Urai selama 5 kali berturut-turut semenjak pilihanraya 1986 iaitu tahun sewaktu saya menjenguk dunia ini. Jika ingin mengisahkan tentang rona hidup perjuangan Pak Su Weil terlalu banyak dan jasa yang telah ditinggalkan cukup besar jika dikenang.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Belajar dari Slumdog Millionaire





Keinginan yang membuak-buak untuk melihat sendiri aksi dua budak lelaki ‘cute’ dan seorang budak perempuan dalam filem ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ akhirnya berkesampaian apabila saya mendapatkan sendiri CD filem ini di pasaran. Pelakon kanak-kanak perempuan ini cukup kontroversi apabila ada khabar angin yang mengatakan bahawa ayah kandungnya ingin menjual anak perempuannya ini kepada seorang jutawan disebabkan marah kepada pengarah filem, Danny Boyle kerana bayaran upah lakonan tidak seperti yang dijanjikan. Tambahan pula, dengan kesempitan hidup keluarga ini sehingga memaksa ayahnya menjual anak sendiri. Sejauh mana kebenaran cerita ini, wallahua’lam.. Duit yang saya laburkan untuk mendapatkan sekeping CD filem ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ bagi saya tidak membazir kerana banyak plot keemasan yang dapat ditimba daripada filem yang mendapat 8 Oscar Awards ini. Jalan ceritanya bersahaja tanpa mengenakan kesan-kesan khas yang extreme bagi saya cukup menusuk kalbu. Walaupun watak perwatakan dan juga latar masa dan tempat telah ditentukan untuk menjadi jalan cerita, tetapi banyak pengajaran yang kita boleh geledah daripada fiksyen ini.

Antaranya, pengalaman masa lampau mampu menjadikan kita seorang jutawan. Istilah slumdog telah menggambarkan suasana kehidupan setinggan. Ditambah dengan berada dalam golongan minoriti penganut agama Islam di salah sebuah penempatan India yang selalu ditindas oleh golongan sang penguasa, boleh menyedarkan banyak mata-mata yang masih celik akalnya. Watak Jamal dan Malik, dua orang adik beradik yatim piatu yang kematian ibu setelah di bunuh oleh tentera penguasa, yang ingin menghapuskan minoriti Muslim India, telah membuka mata para penonton betapa kesempitan hidup masih bersarang di beberapa ceruk dunia.

Dua saudara ini hidup dalam keadaan yang serba kekurangan, terpaksa meredah longgokan sampah untuk mencari sesuap rezeki, dan pada satu tahap cuba diculik dan ingin dijadikan pengemis jalanan. Jamal, seorang budak yang cukup meminati lakonan Amitabh Bachan telah berpeluang untuk memasuki sebuah program reality ‘Who Wants to be A Millionaire’ yang pada niat asalnya ingin berjumpa dengan teman perempuan sepermainannya ketika kecil dahulu akhirnya berjaya menjadi seorang jutawan. Segala soalan yang dilontarkan kepadanya adalah berkisar kepada pengalaman pahit jerih sepanjang hidupnya. Jamal tidak pernah bersekolah tinggi dan tidak pula pegang sarjana. Tetapi pengalaman hidupnya telah memberikannya kejayaan yang tidak pernah terlintas di fikiran.

“The best way to predict the future is to invest into it!”

Inilah antara pepatah Inggeris yang bersesuaian untuk jalan cerita dalam filem ini. Filem ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ ini cukup bermakna kepada para mahasiswa untuk menimba sebanyak mungkin pengalaman sepanjang berada di alam kampus. Semasa berada di universiti, mahasiswa harus memanfaatkan peluang untuk menimba sebanyak mungkin pengalaman dan mencabar kemampuan diri untuk kepentingan hari ini dan masa depan.

Waktu di universiti merupakan periodisasi emas untuk memperkayakan diri dengan pelbagai jenis pengalaman sedalam yang mungkin. Universiti adalah gelanggang untuk mahasiswa berpentas. Jatuh bangun kita ber’pencak silat’ di sini memberikan imunisasi yang berguna untuk masa depan. Waktu di universiti inilah saat untuk mahasiswa di ‘grooming’, di dandan, di bentuk, di latih dan di canai untuk memperkukuhkan idealisme dan aktivisme kemahasiswaan, ke arah melahirkan warganegara yang mampu menyumbang ke arah pembinaan negara yang lebih baik pada masa hadapan.

Bukankah mahasiswa itu pewaris teraju kepimpinan negara dan dunia? Slumdog Millionaire telah berjaya mengukir sejarah tersendiri di dunia. Ayuh kita buka lembaran baru sejarah mahasiswa pula!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Welcome to New Intake Students


I would like express welcome to all new students that will register in this campus coming July. Please prepare yourself here and try to be open minded for whateva shortcomings as well as obstacles hit upon all of you. In SRC part, we'll try to treat and accomodate to the best.

Konvensyen Kebangsaan MPP



Senyap tak bererti hilang, diam tak bererti lupa..

Saya baru sahaja pulang dari Konvensyen Kebangsaan Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar IPTA yang menghimpunkan semua perwakilan pelajar dari setiap IPTA seluruh Malaysia, yang diadakan di Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia selama 5 hari (15 – 20 Mei).

http://mahasiswakini.com/archives/3457

Dalam Konvensyen ini pelbagai mutiara idea dan percambahan ilmu dilontarkan oleh para perwakilan mahasiswa. Apa yang menarik, Timb. Menteri Pengajian Tinggi Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, sanggup berdiri selama 3 jam di atas pentas untuk mendengar keluhan daripada para mahasiswa membawa agenda kampus masing-masing. Tidak kurang 29 isu yang sempat saya diolah dan disuarakan oleh para perwakilan untuk dibawa ke peringkat tertinggi iaitu KPT bagi kepentingan produk mahasiswa yang bakal terhasil 5 tahun akan datang. Antara isu yang sempat saya catat ialah gejala sosial yang kian meningkat di dunia kampus, masalah hedonisme yang melanda warga kampus, pemansuhan AUKU, PTPTN, pentadbiran universiti yang berat sebelah dan macam-macam lagi. Saya kira segala bentuk permintaan yang terbuku di hati setiap mahasiswa telah diperdengarkan kepada YB Timb. Menteri.

Konvensyen kali ke-3 ini memperkenalkan metod baru dalam pembentangan kertas kerja kerana ianya telah dikaji dan dibentangkan sendiri oleh mahasiswa. Antara kertas kerja yang menjadi topik hangat seperti masalah sosial, kemahiran pengucapan awam di kalangan pelajar universiti, dan revolusi mahasiswa dan politik baru Malaysia. Saya kira topik-topik ini mendapat perhatian semua perwakilan.

Tidak kurang juga beberapa resolusi yang telah dibuat oleh setiap perwakilan menjadi perbincangan hangat. Resolusi ini merupakan item yang dibincangkan bersama dan akan dibawa ke KPT untuk dilakasanakan diperingkat KPT demi pembangunan mahasiswa. Antara resolusi yang dipersetujui bersama ialah mendesak KPT memperkenalkan modul pendidikan agama dan moral di universiti tanpa berorientasikan peperikasaan. Bagi pelajar UIAM dan USIM, mereka tiada masalah dengan sistem ini kerana ianya telah tersedia diamal gunakan diperingkat universiti. Selain itu, ada juga resolusi untuk membentuk Majlis Pembangunan Sahsiah Kebangsaan untuk mengumpulkan exco-exco pembangunan pelajar dan sahsiah di dalam 1 badan. Ini penting memandangkan berdasarkan pembentangan kertas kerja, semua universiti mengalami masalah kebejatan sosial di kalangan mahasiswa. Selain itu, ada juga usul resolusi kepada KPT supaya menyediakan guideline program hiburan termasuk konsert untuk setiap universiti supaya MPP ada rujukan untuk di buat apabila sesuatu aktiviti hiburan melampau diadakan sewenang-wenangnya oleh universiti tanpa pengetahuan KPT. Terdapat banyak lagi resolusi yang telah di buat unruk kepentingan para mahasiswa keseluruhan.

Banyak pengalaman baru yang dapat saya perolehi sepanjang konvensyen 5 hari ini. Selain dapat berjumpa dan bertukar idea dengan MPP universiti lain, dengan aktiviti khidmat masyarakat, sempat juga saya menziarahi kilang kerepek dan dodol yang menjadi suntikan baru untuk membangunkan masyarakat di kampung saya. Selain itu, ada juga aktiviti mengunjungi rumah yang penghuninya mengalami sakit kronik seperti kunjangan saya ke rumah seorang pesakit misteri yang tidak keluar rumah hampir 30 tahun yang lalu. Sebabnya, tidak tahu kenapa..pelik kan?

Namun matlamat saya untuk menghadiri program ini hanyalah satu. Apa mutiara yang boleh di ambil sepanjang 5 hari ini dan saya telah dapat mutiara itu. insyaAllah saya akan genggam mutiara tersebut dan memecahkannya di bumi kuantan ini untuk kemaslahatan semua warga UIAM Kuantan.

Syabas KPT! Anda berjaya.

CrossTalk: Student activism, then and now




Mohd Ridzuan Mohammad (left) and Hishamuddin Rais prior to sharing their views on student activism of the past and present.

Mohd Ridzuan Mohammad (left) and Hishamuddin Rais prior to sharing their views on student activism of the past and present.

Some 35 years separate them. Hishamuddin Rais was president of the Universiti of Malaya in 1974 and Mohd Ridzuan Mohammad is the present president. With ARMAN AHMAD sitting in, the ex-president, often portrayed as a rabble-rouser, and the current president, a young man with ‘progressive ideas’, talk about the of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 and student activism in the country


Hishamuddin Rais, 58, the president of the Universiti Malaya student union in 1974, was arrested for leading a number of student demonstrations. He went into self-exile for 20 years, journeying through 30 countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Australia and Pakistan. He now contributes to a newspaper column and writes film scripts.
Hishamuddin Rais, 58, the president of the Universiti Malaya student union in 1974, was arrested for leading a number of student demonstrations. He went into self-exile for 20 years, journeying through 30 countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Australia and Pakistan. He now contributes to a newspaper column and writes film scripts.
Islamic studies scholar Mohd Ridzuan Mohammad, 23, is currently head of the Universiti Malaya student representative council and chairman of the national student representative council. He is also the former chairman of the University Students’ Movement to Abolish the Universities and University Colleges Act.
Islamic studies scholar Mohd Ridzuan Mohammad, 23, is currently head of the Universiti Malaya student representative council and chairman of the national student representative council. He is also the former chairman of the University Students’ Movement to Abolish the Universities and University Colleges Act.
THE 'FREE' DAYS

Hishamuddin:
There is a misconception that student activism began in Universiti Malaya in the 1970s. Student activism can be traced to the 1950s.

During that time, at the University of Malaya in Singapore, student activism had already taken root. Students there were criticising the British occupation of Malaya.

In the 1960s, student activism was intense in Universiti Malaya (as the university in Malaya was known when the University of Malaya was split into two divisions) in Kuala Lumpur.

I became the 17th president of Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya (UM student union) in 1974. When I became the president, UM was still an autonomous body.

It wasn't just the academic institutions that were free at the time. Many other institutions in the country were free and autonomous, including the newspapers.

At the time, comments made by student leaders were reported in the newspapers. Student leaders had the courage to speak up.

Ridzuan: Since the introduction of the Universities and University Colleges Act almost 40 years ago, we have seen a gradual decline in student activism because many of the student leaders are afraid. Students have also been arrested under the Internal Security Act.

Last August, we organised a peaceful protest at the entrance of the Parliament building, calling for the abolition of the act.

We lay on the road in front of Parliament to protest against the proposed amendments. There have been a number of amendments to this act over the years but we believe all of them, including the latest amendments, were to appease certain groups and would not benefit students.

They are cosmetic in nature and do not affect the act which restricts student activism. The act does not benefit students in any way.

Hishamuddin: Although the act already existed when I became the student union president, we just ignored it.

Those days, we had our own funds to operate. There were 10,000 students and each student paid an annual fee of RM24, which meant each year, the student union would have RM240,000 in its coffers.

Our student union was the richest in Southeast Asia at that time. We had three buses to provide free transportation to students, a van, a motorcycle and a newspaper. I had 17 staff, including a driver, several clerks, a tukang sapu (sweeper) and other workers.

Because we had our own finances, we were an autonomous body in our own right. We organised our own events and programmes.

Ridzuan: Our accounts today are held by the Student Affairs Department of the university.

Students are not allowed to collect funds. We have difficulty in organising certain events because of this. There are many obstacles to overcome. When we contested, we had pledged the RM600 that is paid as my allowance as well as the allowances of the supreme council members would be contributed towards the students' needs. But these allowances have now been blocked.

HAMID TUAH

Hishamuddin: It is sad to see that after more than 30 years of the existence of the act, the student movement has suffered such a decline. In those days, the student movement spoke up on issues involving the rights of the people.

I remember in August 1967 when a landless farmer, Hamid Tuah, and his followers opened up land for agriculture and settlement in Teluk Gong.

(About 530 farmers had planted vegetables and built settlements on a 1,000-acre plot. In September, the government gave them a week's notice to vacate the land.)

Hamid was detained under the ISA. The student union spoke out against the detention.

There were numerous other incidents where the student unions were very vocal on issues involving the society at large, the most well-known being the Baling incident.

(The price of rubber fell drastically in 1974 and the situation, made worse by creeping inflation, saw farmers and rubber smallholders struggling. More than 20,000 peasant farmers demonstrated in Baling, Kedah, on Dec 1. Two days later, students joined in to support them with a big rally at the Selangor Club padang -- Dataran Merdeka -- in Kuala Lumpur. There was a crackdown on student leaders and Hishamuddin fled the country.)

The student movement reached its pinnacle in 1969. In that year, the students started getting involved in the election. They campaigned around the country and created manifestos.

(A total of 13 gatherings were held, attended by about 100,000 people.)

But it wasn't aligned to the coalition or opposition group. They wanted to educate the people through forums and talks.

Their efforts were perhaps part of the reason for the surprising outcome of the 1969 election that eventually led to the passing of the university act.

OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE

Ridzuan:We are working towards the abolition of the act. We have to admit that this seems a remote possibility at this time.

It is unfortunate that the government should think that the student bodies will be on the offensive the moment the act is repealed.

There are also other issues that need to be put right. Over the years, there has been a history of interference by political parties in Universiti Malaya's student politics.

Some political parties have exerted their influence on the student bodies. However, the situation is changing for the better and we have a vice-chancellor who is not politically affiliated or motivated.

Hishamuddin: Yes, in the past few years, some undergraduates have become a "part" of political parties .

If they are "stooges" of Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional and just spout the views of these parties, they are not held in any regard by the students. It sure is good when there are students who are non-partisan and dare to speak the truth.

Ridzuan: We do not have political ties with any political parties outside the campus although some people have claimed that because most of our manifestos seem similar to the opposition, we must be linked to the opposition. But the truth is, we are truly non-partisan.

However, this has not always been the case at Universiti Malaya. For the past few years, groups who have clear links with mainstream political parties have held the student union leadership.

After boycotting the 2003 election, the "progressive-thinking" seniors contested again and lost between 2004 and 2007.

We attribute our win this year to the changing political climate in the March 2008 election. The changing political climate seemed to have affected the students as well those who wanted change. We hope to see more positive changes in the future.

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