[The Malaysian Insider] Ban on student political activity upheld

12 12 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 —Parliament has amended a law to allow university students to join social groups but still bans them from political parties, a restriction slammed by critics today.

Lawmakers approved the amendments to the Universities and University College Act late yesterday to allow students to become members of social and other groups outside campus.

But they left untouched a clause that bans students from joining political parties, illegal groups or any other organisations that the government specifies. The law also states that students are not allowed to express support for any political party.

The amendments need to be approved by the Senate and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong before taking effect, but these steps are usually formalities.

“In many ways there is more freedom now, except that they cannot join political parties or express support for them. But they can express their views,” said Rozaid Abdul Rahman, an aide to Higher Education Minister Datuk Khaled Nordin.

Ridzuan Mohammad, coordinator of a coalition of eight student groups that campaigned for the act to be repealed, said the ban on political activities leaves students reluctant to speak up for fear of disciplinary action.

“Those changes are cosmetic,” said the 22-year-old Universiti Malaya education student. “We want the UUCA to be abolished.”
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沙登行动党42周年庆晚宴献辞

12 12 2008

回首这过去半年发生在我身上的事,有种恍如隔世的感觉。

半年前的我,过着规律的生活。法庭和办公室消磨了我大部分的时间。

现在的我,几乎每天都会认识新的朋友,永远都不知道下秒钟会发生什么事。有时还是前脚才踏进家门,鞋子都还没脱,就要转身出门了。皇冠城和912都是这样。

从去年年底我就开始思考自己人生的下一个进阶,308大选给我了最好的一个,最宽广的一个。很多人在其27岁的时候,可能连国会是做什么的都搞不清楚,而我,已经坐在里面议政。这是多大的福气!

回想起来有时也会觉得不可思议。我是这么的年轻这么的名不经传,可是大家却毫无保留的接受了我,愿意给我一个机会。我个人是绝对不敢居功的,只能说是过去行动党的品牌太成功,行动党的女性代表太出色,沙登的朋友们太热情。

308的成功绝对不是我个人的成就,而是整个团队努力的成果。从我第一天来到和平村支部,这里的党员就二话不说的接纳我,协助我。大家喜欢把我当成自己的妹妹/女儿呵护照顾,让身在异乡的我丝毫不感到孤独。我是何其幸运!

当选后爸爸就对我说,我已经不是他一个人的女儿,而是整个沙登的女儿。勇敢热情的沙登人既然敢叫沙登换新天,你们的新儿女也一定竭尽所能的为大家服务,为大家带来前所未有的新气象!

最后,还是要和大家说声谢谢!