On December 3, 1974, Anwar Ibrahim led student protests against what he claimed as 'rural poverty and hunger'. His ticket for such massive demonstrations was a fabricated news that a family in Baling, Kedah died of hunger.
He was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and sent to Kamunting for 20 months. After joining Umno in 1982, he became the only politician who braced no real test to his elevation - from Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth to becoming the second man to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1993.
But he never parted with students' movement. His aura in student politics remains strong, to the present time as undergraduates still see him as a stately leader, amid his lies for organising the demonstrations in 1974.
Our students nowadays are easily led. They are most gullible. As student movements worldwide have only proven to be disastrous and against many laws, they still chose to jump into the bandwagon, with no solid reason or any tangible motive.
They are happy to join any demonstration and create their own. To them, this is a hallmark to their era as undergraduates - to gain the role as a protagonist in students' movement, or students' liberty.
And to strengthen their cause, they created bonds with similar movements abroad. The Indonesian student movement, known as among the most notorious in the region, is already making its impact on our students. There are already news portals, websites and blogs being co-organised by Malaysian and Indonesian student leaders. The Higher Education Ministry, Home Ministry and Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture must check this out.
Anwar continues to become the mentor of undergraduates. Education and scroll aside, they got so tempted with aggressive politics. While their demonstration is an incommode to public order, they use their position in campus to audaciously attack the government. Taking to the streets is becoming a common norm of democracy, as being shown by the Opposition.
And so, they became the Trojan horse of the Opposition.
During the Bersih 2.0 street demos, about 2,000 undergraduates took part, according to official records. They were paid between RM50 and RM100 by the organiser or those who supported the organiser. In some cases, students from as far as Kelantan, Sabah, Sarawak, Penang and Johore were provided with accommodation about one week before the rally.
So cheap is their dignity to be bought by the Opposition. But their leaders are the proud ones, having managed to pool suport - not for the demonstration - but for them.
So, who got the credit when about 70 students launched a rampage at UPSI last week? Of course, their leaders. Although the turnout was small, they were proud enough to have caused alarm to the police, the other students and in getting headlines in the newspapers and television.
And they lied too, just like Anwar Ibrahim. They accused the police of bashing them up, as Anwar did when he tripped at KL Sentral during Bersih 2.0. Anwar, on the other hand, is a smart politician. He is very tactical. However, the students are just a bunch of copycats. When people took to the street, they just joined in. When the Opposition antagonised the government, they quickly turned into a group of meek.
But we cannot undermine them from now on. Student movements in Malaysia are getting more support from the Opposition and from foreign organisations. If we fail to curtail them, their street demos would turn into an 'uprising' and a 'revolt'.
This is the 'renaissance' Anwar once propagated, and the upsurge of student movements is part of it. Student leaders are labelled as rogues in many countries, including Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and Europe. In the United States, students uprising usually met with stiff counter mechanism of the authority.
And come January 9 - the day when Kuala Lumpur High Court decides on Anwar's fate - we can expect more undergraduates to storm the Court and join the Oppposition for 901 rally to 'free Anwar'.
So, how are we going to deal with the students? Catch them and call up their parents?