I followed our country's political scenario with interest but only on desktop closely.
I am concerned with our politicians' comments and tweets regarding our
youths going to the street to protest the price hikes recently. However,
I was particularly taken aback and actually disappointed with one of
our youth leader's comment regarding students going to the street.
I categorically do not agree with the notion that youths, and specifically students should not involve with the politics.
had argued against that notion with reasons of human rights that
students too have their protected right to be involved in peaceful
Some even quoted examples of student's activism in the
West to push for reform and for the good of the nation. Others quoted
the early days of our leaders today were also student activists. The
likes of Dr Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim started to lead activism since
The counter argument and I cannot agree more that students should prioritize their
studies and not over zealously involved in politics.
However, to me personally, involvement in any
planned and organized street demonstration for a cause that they believe
in is perfectly fine.
Now my opinion stemmed from my own experience. I was a student then, and graduated 3 years ago and currently working.
humble opinion is that the short 5 years of tertiary student's life is
the only time that nothing is holding back the minds to pursue the
cause and principles that they believe in.
Students in general is
still less affected by the date of the next month's house mortgage
installment, or whether their preferred baby products that are on
special discounts in the supermarket. These are times that they are not
worried about their in-laws opinion on the motorcycle that he or she is
riding around or bothered by the cholesterol levels of their parents.
he or she is out of the universities or colleges and entering working
life, there is so much at stake and tendency to look after your own
business, rather than holding and acting on matters your believe will
contribute to the society, so to speak.
What I experience is
that once money comes into the picture, the once ambitious and thoughts
that I could try to correct the social inequality - sadly, relinquished.
so, politics became the activity exclusively to those who have large
disposable income, and less of a concern, to those whose income matches
expenditure, in perfect balance.