Kempen UBAH Minggu Haluan Siswa Universiti Malaya 2013

Vince Tan membentangkan kempen untuk memperbaiki minggu orientasi universiti tertua di Malaysia.

Kempen UBAH Minggu Haluan Siswa (MHS) 2013 telah dilancarkan oleh pelajar-pelajar Fakulti Undang-Undang Universiti Malaya sebagai projek kelas International Humanitarian Rights Law  (IHRL) yang diajar oleh Dr Azmi Sharom. Sebagai sebahagian daripada projek kelas ini, kami telah dipimpin oleh peguam hak asasi manusia, En Edmund Bon yang telah membimbing kami berdasarkan pengalamannya dalam NGO UndiMsia.

Kempen ini bertujuan untuk mengubah dan mereformasi MHS Universiti Malaya yang merupakan minggu orientasi untuk pelajar baru di institusi pengajian tersebut. Beberapa aktiviti telah dijalankan, seperti ucapan di Speakers Corner, pengumpulan petisyen, pengedaran risalah, forum dan juga rundingan dengan badan Hal Ehwal Pelajar (HEP) UM. Event yang utama merupakan penyerahan memorandum kepada badan HEP, dimana satu “solidarity gathering” telah dibuat dengan kerjasama dengan badan pelajar Pro-Mahasiswa. Antara tuntutan kempen ini adalah untuk menghapuskan indoktrinasi terhadap mahasiswa-mahasiswi semasa MHS.

Tahun-tahun sebelum ini telah menampilkan penceramah yang pro-kerajaan seperti Tun Dr Mahathir dan Raja Nong Chik untuk berucap di Dewan Tunku Canselor (DTC) di hadapan mahasiswa-mahasiswi yang baru. Peluang yang sama tidak diberikan langsung kepada ahli politik pembangkang, dan ini bertentangan dengan kebebasan akademik yang diperjuangkan oleh mahasiswa selepas pindaan Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti (AUKU), dimana mahasiswa bebas memilih pandangan politik yang dikira paling baik. Tindakan universiti ini bukan sahaja berat sebelah, tetapi seumpama memaksa pelajar menerima apa yang disampaikan oleh universiti dan penceramah jemputannya sebagai  “gospel truth” atau kebenaran sahih, dan ini menyekat keupayaan mahasiswa untuk berfikir dan membezakan antara betul dan salah. Kami meminta agar kampus ini sama ada bebas dari politik luar seperti yang diuar-uarkan oleh pihak universiti, ataupun membenarkan ahli-ahli politik pembangkang peluang yang sama untuk berucap di hadapan mahasiswa-mahasiswi, demi mewujudkan keseimbangan pendedahan politik para siswa-siswi.

Selain itu, kami juga menuntut budaya “cheers” dikurangkan dan digantikan dengan aktiviti yang lebih bermanfaat seperti “team building”. Mahasiswa dipaksa melatih cheers dengan masa yang lama serta tidak diberi masa tidur yang mencukupi. Setelah sepanjang hari melakukan aktiviti orientasi, mereka terpaksa melatih cheers lagi pada waktu malam, terutamanya selepas waktu tengah malam. Cheers ini bukan sahaja tidak membawa manfaat, malah ia juga dilihat sebagai membuang masa. Pihak kami memahami bahawa universiti ini ingin mengekalkan aktiviti cheers sebagai satu identiti universiti, maka kami menyarankan agar pihak universiti mengurangkan aktiviti cheers dan menggantikannya dengan aktiviti lain, ataupun meluangkan masa tidur yang lebih kepada mahasiswa yang letih setelah sepanjang hari menyertai aktiviti sukan dan program yang dianjurkan pihak universiti.

Kami juga meminta agar universiti mempertimbangkan cadangan untuk meletakkan slot bagi mempromosi kelab-kelab dalam universiti sepanjang MHS, serta memberi input kepada mereka dari segi tempat-tempat universiti yang penting yang  para siswa perlu kunjungi, seperti perpustakaan, klinik, Rimba Ilmu, tempat bersukan, gim, fakulti dan sebagainya. Ini kerana ramai di kalangan kami masih tidak tahu sepenuhnya lokasi semua tempat penting di universiti, dan ini secara tidak langsung menyebabkan pelajar tidak dapat menikmati sepenuhnya kemudahan universiti dan hanya kenal sesetengah tempat yang kerap di kunjungi mereka sahaja. Malahan ada pelajar yang tidak pernah mengunjungi kemudahan seperti klinik dan Rimba Ilmu.

Pihak universiti mengakui kelemahan sistem orientasi sendiri dan juga telah mengambil inisiatif untuk memperbaiki MHS. Kami berharap agar cadangan kami diterima baik oleh pihak universiti dan kami dapat melihat perubahan dari segi budaya MHS.

 

Vince Tan,

Pelajar Tahun 2

Fakulti Undang-Undang

Universiti Malaya.

 

 

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5 Responses to Kempen UBAH Minggu Haluan Siswa Universiti Malaya 2013

  1. Terry Lum

    [Cheers]
    I agree that being sleep deprived is no fun. However, with only 5 days to prep the new students into uni and hostel life, a lot of activities had to be squeezed into the orientation schedule. Look at it another way, instilling that bit of discipline and mental toughness would do them good if they can put into practice some of it in their daily lives later on.

    It is also true that "Cheers" is not for everyone, obviously. You may not like it because you feel awkward, shy, or embarrassed doing things that does not fit your "image" by shouting and performing "silly" moves at the same time. You may not like it because it doesn't make sense to you to spend so much time (that you'd rather do something else), to practice and perfect the moves and slogans involved. For which, I might add, can involve some pretty complicated fast-paced coordinated actions. Adding to that, being tired and sleep deprived, one can become pretty cranky about the whole thing, I know. But do know that the freshies are given the choice to opt out individually from ALL cheers related practices if they disliked it that much. At least that’s how we did it at my hostel.

    As you’ve mentioned in one of the comments, it serves to boost team morale and to jeer at other residential colleges (hostels). Yes, that is true function wise. But on the flip side of things, it is an effective way of breaking the ice & building camaraderie among the students early on in their hostel life. Moreover, it helps to instil a sense of belonging & pride towards their own hostels. These attributes are the underlying factors of the continued success of FESENI & SUKMUM (Annual Inter-hostel Music & Performance Arts / Sports & Games Competitions) year after year.

    You may or may not have noticed this, but many corporate team building activities these days introduce or require the participants to create a cheer of their own for similar purposes. The Orientation Facilitators (PMs) and hostel seniors knows all too well that not everyone buys into the idea. Which is why you don’t see the 1st year students having to practice cheers at any other time after the 5-day orientation.

    [Clubs]
    There’s the Clubs & Societies Promotion Week when the academic session begins, where freshies and seniors alike get to take their own sweet time to browse and decide on activities they’d like to participate in.

    [Guest Speakers]
    I think we can agree that there isn’t anything wrong with inviting our country’s leaders or past leaders to share their wisdom and inspire the freshies. Probably, the only “problem” is that the National Coalition (BN) has been consistently forming the Federal Government and filling up the roles of Ministers and Prime Ministers with their own people. Opposition leaders could be invited as speakers/guests for certain university special events (like a debate), but Orientation Week is probably not the right place for it.

    Any government of the day may try to sell their idea whenever they are invited as a guest speaker. They’re politicians, that’s what they will always do. The students these days are internet savvy and have access to free media at their fingertips, I believe we can have some faith that they are not easily coaxed into believing in “Gospel Truths”.

    [Ending notes]
    You are entitled to your opinion on this matter, and I’m not looking at changing your mind, but these are points that should be mentioned on the other side of the spectrum.

    From a former PM & JTK
    1st Residential College, UM

  2. Nathalie

    It would have helped a lot if you explained what 'cheers' was.

    • Vince Tan

      Cheers is a type of tagline or dance which the students as a form of entertainment. It can be used to boost a teams morale or even to jeer at the other college students. Students spend many hours just to perfect their cheers and this even amounts to deprivation of sleep when it comes to practising.

  3. Vince Tan

    thanks bro