Last night after dinner and right before heading off to watch a midnight film with my wife (David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” is pretty good!), I decided to drive over to Universiti Malaya.
As most would know, there is a group of students who have decided to “Occupy UM” by setting up tents in the small field by the front entrance in protest of the actions taken against the UM8.
The UM8 are student leaders who were recently fined and suspended by the university for trying to go ahead with a talk they had organised with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The talk was initially approved but the approval was withdrawn at the last minute. Anwar came anyway, and the students pushed their way into the university grounds.
I went for two reasons. The first: given the fact that I am a journalist, I wanted to go the ground and witness myself the happenings going on there.
The second reason is because I feel like I have a certain solidarity with students who are determined and confident enough to stand up for what they believe in.
It is not because I was a student activist back in university. Far from it. I was actually quite apathetic about politics, economy and social issues. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]