In the wake of the brutal assault student leader of UKM, an alarming indicator has been reverberating throughout the nation on where the youth politics are leading nowadays. Just to keep you in the loop, local universities in Malaysia are entering election phase this month. With opposite factions of groups spearing contradicting ideologies, they determined to take their battle to bitter ends.
The million dollar question here is are we on the right path towards envisioning a healthy democracy? Apparently spearing malicious allegations manipulation, bigotry, foul plays, independence of election commission and rowdyism forms crux of the battleground in university student’s election. Looking at the dynamics of the university election conundrum right now, it’s a discernable mirroring effect of the political turmoil surrounding them.
If these issues were analyzed from a non-partisan horizon, what’s conclusive here is that university election is losing its sovereignty as a platform to highlight the plight of youths. It’s just a matter of time where this once highly regarded institution revamps itself into bloodshed gutter much to the dismay of elites. An undisputable fact about university election is that it has paved ways for countless underdogs to have their voice be heard and groomed to be future leaders of the nation.
Anwar Ibrahim of Universiti Malaya and Karpal Singh of National University of Singapore were the great epitomes of university leaders who have made to headlines. As an aspiring undergraduate, it’s very disheartening to encounter such ruckus in the name of university election. Now animosity and delusion has infiltrated the once amicable atmosphere. With future leaders fate is at stake, university election throughout the nation should move away from manipulation and servility whilst guarding the dignity and sovereignty. Let us not jeopardize the progress due to vicious and irresponsible act of a few.
An article by Dharishaan Vengadesan
Undergraduate of Universiti Sains Malaysia