Monday, October 27, 2014
One of the less discussed points of Anwar phenomenon is how he has restored the credibility of the Malaysian political class. at the peak of the Reformasi movement, politicians were lampooned as an arrogant, corrupt elite Anwar changed all that. Anwar has set high standards for himself. The craze for entitlements finds no place in Anwar’s scheme.For him being in public life is amission. This has restored people’s faith in the political class. Anwar has followed up words with action. His innovative approach has forced conventional politics to stand on its head. By changing the idiom of political discourse, he has left traditional politicians looking out of sync with their hackneyed ideas of race, clan, language and chauvinism. That is why where Chinese politicians from vernacular school backgrounds were looked down as caricatures.An editor of Umno-owned Utusan has blamed vernacular schools for the inability of Chinese Malaysians to speak the national language, describing them as worse than Bangladeshis.For long ,Malaysia politics suffered from an absence of political gravitas. Politicians failed to command respect. As a result, they had to constantly harp on race the lowest common denominator. Anwari’s assertive dignity and powerful oratory and his mass appeal have infused a sense of pride in the political establishment to speak in one’s mother tongue — not a mall thing in this milieu of globalisation. And this complex transformation has been smooth and naturalAnwar has established a political stake for the common man and the youth active on social media by connecting to them directly. This has democratised our democracy like never before. Who are the most ardent supporters of Anwar other than hard-core party workers? It is fascinating that the common man and the youth has taken a great liking toward Anwars. Of late, in their circuit, Anwar is often the topic, he has come as an antidote to the middle-class refrain of “Nothing can change, nothing will move in Malaysia”. People have got interested in politics.
The good, the bad and the ugly. Highs and lows. Dignities and indignities. Success and failure. The loving and the hating. If the only certainty about life is that it ends, why should anything else be allowed a more permanent state?
UM deputy vice-chancellor for student affairs Prof Datuk Dr Rohana Yusof Your self-image and what you convey about yourself to rest of the world influences perceptions and the ultimate reality about you!
Prof Datuk Dr Rohana Yusof, who has ordered students to stop tomorrow's event "40 Years: From UM to Prison". Rohana has also said that the organiser, Universiti Malaya Undergraduates Association (PMUM) president Fahmi Zainol, would face suspension and a fine if he proceeded with the event.
-"Universiti Malaya must support academic freedom and the deputy VC must stop talking like an UMNO branch leader and start showing some intellectual back bone," Anwar said in a statement tonight.