Tuesday, February 2, 2010

社会的眼睛长了白内障?


我终于相信,马来西亚教育制度并不是我们印象中的差。

至少在栽培“政治正确”的模范大专生方面,高等教育部及另一个不是很高等的教育部,都可以取得很高的KPI分数。

最近引起社会关注的大学校园选举,让大众有机会验收教育部在制定及修改《大专法令》30余年后的骄人成果:

我们来读好书就够了,其他事情不用理那么多。”

选举有舞弊是很平常的事情,到处都会有,不需要特地去反对。”

以上这番熟口熟脸的言论,这次不再是由孜孜不倦的高官说出,而是在马大及国大连续发生大学生集会抗议校园选举舞弊之后,两位接受电视台华语新闻访问的大学生所发表的言论。

教育部衮衮诸公如果听得懂华语,应该感到非常安慰,多年来的心血毕竟没有白费。

在数十年校园白色恐怖的春风化雨,以及颠倒是非的循循善诱下,“不要闹事”早已成为部份大学生基因内不可分割的部份,成为面对是非黑白时的最高精神指引。

大专生是照亮社会的眼睛,可是有些眼睛显然长了白内障。靠这种眼睛指路,这个国家的未来会走去荷兰。

还好,这个国家还有一些不太听话的大学生。因为不听话,所以脑袋还有独立思考的功能,可以分辨出合理与荒谬。

今时今日的大学校园选举,所选出的学生代表,早已不具备参与校园管理及决策的实际功能。所谓选举,只不过是让学子们在笼子内体验一下民主投选的程序,顺便为“校园民主”的橱窗撑起一面聊胜于无的装饰。

如今,就连这仅剩的稀薄权利,也还要再被稀释一番。

竞选期被一减再减后,只剩下一到两天。学生们连候选人的脸孔都来不及一睹,就像被赶鸭子般匆匆投下一票。到底有几个学生清楚他们“神圣的一票”投了给谁?

快熟面式的投选方式,校方还嫌不够效率,干脆连选票也取消掉,实行电子投票。
传统投票方式尚且有舞弊造票的可能性,更何况是可以随意增删的电脑系统投票?

校方一方面坚持实行电子投票,另一方面又宣判电子拉票为违规行为,将博大7位中选的学阵代表取消资格。

不给时间见面拉票,同时又不准网上拉票,那还要校园选举来干舍?

有怎样的学生,就有怎样的校方;有怎样的人民,就有怎样的政府。今天可以“我们读好书就够了”来忍受校方的不公;难保将来不会以“我们有饭吃就够了”来纵容社会的不义。

是可忍,孰不可忍?大学生,擦亮你的眼睛,你可以选择不当伟人,但也请你别选择当共犯。


刊登于星洲日报六日谭《鹿马难辨》专栏。插图取自风云时报。

21 comments:

Caroll said...

大哥最近工作很忙?文章好像减产了。这个星期四晚去雪华堂捧你的场!

MCA said...

他们担心学生太出色,他们无法续约.....

Anonymous said...

能够上电视的言论应该是经过筛选的。可能他们访问了几十一百人,就只有区区那两个“中肯”的言论。千万不要相信他们的“民主”,不敢肯定几巴仙,但是有思想的大学生一定不在少数。不然大家都不会那么在乎年轻选民的选票。

现在的学生领袖都没有用处,不能替学生争取福利。理想中的学生领袖应该是可以和校方谈判、替学生争取福利。学生领袖也应该对社会课题发表看法。

当然,这些都只是理想。要实现的话,不知有多难。

吾说八道MyRAF said...

上电视说好话,有奖拿吧!!!

Anonymous said...

我听朋友说是电台找不到人采访,那时候已经很迟了。所以我的朋友的朋友就接受访问

lkf said...

社会有各种各样的人,因此有一些学生这样认为其实不奇怪。应该被评判的是媒体为什么选择性播放对当权者有利的新闻?

Anonymous said...

大胆刁民,竟然对我们伟大的高
~级教育部长冷嘲热讽?嘿嘿嘿

shinliang said...

"...你可以选择不当伟人,但也请你别选择当共犯"

well said

Boon Tik said...

我们读好书就够了?? 我们的大学生有读好书??有好书读??

earn said...

hi all

i am here to do some clarification.

actually i am one of the students got interviewed that day, the one you see on the tv.

after reading this post that someone forwarded to me, i think that there are some issues that i need to make clear here. mind you, im not trying just to defend myself or clear my name, but with the most earnest wish that you guys can "hear the real voice of the students".

but first i want to say i didnt get the chance to watch myself on tv :P as i wasnt in so i dont really know what was aired on the news that day, so if anyone of you have any questions after watching that i would be glad that you raise the issue up, just like what this post intended to do.

let me just start by commending on all of you who really cared of what's happening around you, and also the state of the education, and more importantly, the students.
indeed, i myself is concerned about that as well.

ok now to the point im trying say.

“选举有舞弊是很平常的事情,到处都会有,不需要特地去反对。”
this i guess is what was shown me saying on the tv. i dont know how can you got to this conclusion, but at least let me, the one involved, have a say.

what i was really saying (and i hope was shown on the news) is:
the primary responsibility of the students is "to vote", not questioning the system and straight away jump to a conclusion and start to go demonstrate, join rallies, pull banners or do whatever-thing-you-can-think-of.

just like any law abiding citizen, the responsibility is on us to choose our own leader in a democratic system, the same applies for the campus voting. our main responsibility is to choose our representatives to represent us in the school's administration process. that is the main purpose of having this whole election thing in the campus,and what is the role of us students in this whole campus election thing?
to really choose for our reps, or questioning validity of the system? see the priority?

of course im not trying to say that we need not care about the system, the school etc and let them do anything they like. i cared. without a good system there will not be good result, and there will not be good people inside. who wants someone who violates fair play, who is not integrity and not just to represent them? not i.

but before we can ask any question about the school, we have to fulfill our duty as a student first, yes? if you did not perform the most basic responsibility as a student, then how can you have any say in the school's system? you don't even care or value your role, your identity as a student, then why bother taking care about the way the school, the poll is run? in fact, even if you wanted to interfere, you can't, for you don't have the right to do so if you fail to just to do what you should (well, this might be a little blown up, overstated, but the logic is there, isn't it?)

ok, that is just what i wanted to say. i am not saying that we should vote first, ask question later, but the whole point is know your responsibility, know your right. just put your focus on the right thing.

maybe the future isn't as bleak as you first thought, yes? ;-)

earn said...

just some after thoughts......

actually i was hurt when i read this post, really. no offense but i really felt that at that time. sad, not mad, but sad. how unfair, i thought. and some of the comments are just making thing worse. well of course everyone can form his or her own hypotheses, but being the one directly involved, i can really feel the pain. macam dikutuk, you know. whoa is this how they see me? ><"

but i guess that those who wrote these are just expressing their concern about this issue, which i have said i myself care as much as you, and if this is the case, then they shouldnt be misled. i have to do something, clear my name, of course, but also stand for us students who love our campus, love our neighbours. there are a lot out there.

so i hope that you can understand why am i doing this. would be more than glad to get your feedback. i can be reached at "esheepee@gmail.com"

cheers :)

凌国文 said...

Hi Earn,

I am glad that you read this article. Thanks to your friend who forwarded this link to you. Without him / her, we won’t have the chance to “hear the real voice of the students” as you said.

In short, what you are trying to express is:

1) the primary responsibility of the students is "to vote", not questioning the system

2) The students who did not fulfill their primary responsibility have no right to question the Administration.

My reply / questions are:

1) How do you judge whether a student has fulfilled his/her “primary responsibility”?

2) How do you judge whether the students who protested against the voting system have fulfilled their “primary responsibility”?

3) According to your standard, is it only students with “First Class” result should be allowed to question the voting system, or express their view?

Don't get me wrong, i'm not trying to accuse/confront you for anything. These are just the questions that pop out in my mind after reading your comment.

lkf said...

not fair and free election, no real democracy. this is a simple rule. i'm sad you can't see this.

earn said...

hi

@国文

well i have to say that i am trying my best to get your point, so correct me if i got it wrong.

i guess #1 and 2 can be answered together.

the primary role for a student is to fulfill their duty, and in this case, we can say is to vote.

for #3, i take the "first class" as those who did well academically, but no, every students have their right and responsibility as a student, not just the first classes. and mind you, it has nothing to do with "my" standard, it is a fact.

hopefully i did meet your questions rightly.


@lkf

i appreciate your comment, but can i know how did you come to the conclusion?


have a great weekend :)

凌国文 said...

Hi Earn,

If i am a student, after i've fullfilled my "primary role" to vote (as you said), am i wrong to question the credibility and transparency of the voting system?

If i have the right to do so, then what's your point?

If you don't understand LKF's question to you, feel free to read my article (and articles by other authors in various media) who elaborated their views in questioning the credibility of the voting system and varsity democracy.

earn said...

hi

well i've never said that it is right or wrong to question, or even protest the system.

and i apologise for failing to make my point clearer to you. what i am trying to say is: know the priority, especially those as a student. that is what i have been saying since the beginning.

and as for lkf comments, thanks for the advice. i can assure you that i have been following this issue as keenly as all of you. but i would really like to hear from the one who made this comment himself, why did he think of me as such?

cheers :)

凌国文 said...

Hi Earn,

Haha, I am still not able to catch what you were trying to deliver...

Since you never said it is right or wrong to protest the system, then what clarification you were trying to make?

earn said...

hi...

haha i guess we don't see things from the same level so no matter how hard i try maybe i still can't get my point forward to you. but no problem with that.

well, since the first post what i've been saying is as a student, the most important thing is to know our priority.

and what i tried to clear up is, since you think that us students are like "no need to go protest against the system even if there IS unfairness in it, as such thing is already a common and no use even if we did protest", well, i just want to say is we are not like that. we know our responsibility and do care for our right.

guess i need to brush up my communication skills :(

cheers and have a happy blessed CNY :)

凌国文 said...

Earn,

Just do what u think is the right thing to do! Happy Chinese New Year to you!

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Anonymous said...

The person named Earn is really Guai Lan...
She didn't noe wat others talking about from the very beginning until the end...
I didn't think she was trying to clarify smth, I think she juz simply wanted to say smth nonsense...
Really brainless Uni student...