Thursday, January 5, 2012

Student revolt: Taking cue from Anwar 1974

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?

19 comments:

pelajar tua said...

jai,

masa tunjuk perasaan 1974, mereka menuntut keadilan bagi golongan miskin dan tidak berpendapatan.

itu memang niat yang baik.

tetapi pembohongan mengenai kematian satu keluarga di baling kerana kebuluran, membusuk dan merosakkan maksud sebenar demonstrasi pelajar itu.

puppy lover said...

had he lied all the way, why did dr mahathir picked him up and gave him all the trust?

maybe it was a mistake by mahathir but i personally believe anwar is a smart ass!

tauke lim said...

do like what the korean police did.

whack and sock them. dont give chance. if we are to soft, they will turn on us.

then sack them from campus!

that also u dont know aaar!!!

east life said...

i still dont understand how our students can be easily-led by the opposition. i am worried for jan 9. if the court finds anwar guilty, i think they will burn down the court! mark my words for it!

penangan said...

salam tn,

haluan siswa-siswi kita perlu diberi perhatian dan kawalan lebih ketat. sebarang unsur pemberontakan perlu diatasi segera dan jangan biarkan ia terus berleluasa.

pergerakan pelajar yang berasaskan perjuangan pembangkang tidak akan memberi sebarang makna, kecuali pelbagai masalah dan ancaman kepada negara dan rakyat.

oleh itu, kementerian berkenaan perlu memikirkan strategi yang sesuai untuk menangani gejala ini

man bonet said...

jai,

kita ajak semua ahli pekida agar jadi pengawal kepada tunjuk perasaan 901 minggu depan, terutama pelajar.

kalau ada pelajar jadi liar, cepuk je!

Anonymous said...

ketegasan kerajaan perlu ada.

kalau ada pelajar terbabit, pecat dari universiti.

buat apa simpan mereka yang menggigit tangan yang memberi mereka makan?

Anonymous said...

inilah kerja melayu. merosakkan masa depan pelajar melayu, menjadikan mereka penderhaka terhadap agama, bangsa dan negara serta menjadikan mereka tunggangan bangsa lain.

Anonymous said...

its a sad thing that our students now are easily conned by the opposition.

the opposition, on the other hand, only fights for one person!

oil and gas said...

kick their butts off the campuses!

is that so hard to do?

stupid minister!

Anonymous said...

lets see what hishammuddin will do on next monday if situation gets out of control.

the most he will do... warning!

si pitak said...

kesian mak bapak yang harapkan anak2 mereka belajar dengan tekun di pusat pengajian tinggi, dapat keputusan cemerlang, dapat ijazah dan diploma, dapat kerja yang baik, dapat bantu keluarga... akhirnya mimpi tinggal mimpi.

boleh menangis mak bapak dibuatnya!

aku dah cakap banyak kali said...

kalau inilah generasi pemimpin akan datang, elok disingkir je dari universiti.

kecik2 naknak mampus, dah besar menyusahkan orang!

Anonymous said...

so, what's wrong with student uprising? they deserve to be heard also what!

ex-girlfriend said...

jai,

not many students were involved in UPSI demo.

if the ministry expels them, at least we can provide room for others.

so UPSI, what wait?

Benci Anwar said...

Tepat sekali. Masa bapa saya tengok demo pelajar on TV3, dia kata macam Anwar masa muda dulu.
Same style. Of course Anwar is the teacher, he said.
Kalau pelajar itu anak kita, kita tampar sahaja kerana buat dajjal macam tu.
Dengarnya they failed at IPTA dan dimasukkan ke UPSI oleh Kerajaan Negeri Selangor.
So faham-faham ajelah untuk apa.
Ada mak yang buat statement bangga anak dan menantunya macam terrorist. Masya Allah, apa punya emak.

tak makan babi said...

kerajaan bagi tempat, bagi biasiswa, bagi pinjaman pendidikan dan macam2 lagi, tapi diorang memberontak.

apa punya pelajar macam ni? kebanyakannya melayu pulak tu! memalukan kaum je!

elok dipanah petir je diorang ni!

ex-PKR said...

bro,

what has anwar contributed to the party and nation all this while?

almost nothing!

Anonymous said...

'KUALA LUMPUR: The student movement Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) admits that some of its members have performed badly academically.
 
Due to that they will put their studies on hold first while they continue to fight for academic freedom, SMM president Ahmad Syukri Abdullah told The Mole'

This is a joke! I think they have mixed up their priorities and someone should correct them .