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Fund Raising to Support UMANY4’s Judicial Review for Challenging University’s Verdict!

Last October, the UM Students’ Representative Council (MPPUM), Student Affairs & Alumni Division (HEPA) and Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) organized a 1MDB town hall forum in Universiti Malaya. It started off by an arbitrary decision by the President of MPPUM, Hazwan Syafiq in collaboration with the Student Affairs Department to organize the 1MDB town hall event without any discussion or meeting with the members of MPPUM beforehand.
The speaker was Arul Kanda Kandasamy, the president and executive director of 1MDB, making the town hall event a brainwashing session.

UMANY were dissatisfied with how the university had been repeatedly used by the BN government to rationalize and legalize any wrongdoing of the infamous 1MDB scandal, the largest of all kind in our history.

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Malaysia’s education system not ‘fit’ for digital economy, says Munir Majid

SHAH ALAM (Sept 11): Malaysia’s education system is not preparing its people for the rise of the digital economy which could displace traditional jobs, said Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Munir Majid.

He said in a digital economy, robots or intelligent computer systems can replace not just unskilled, but also semi-skilled and skilled labour.

So while digital economy will increase production, the government must look at the “cost” it will incur.

“(The government must look) at the cost to employment that may come with digitisation and how it affects the economy and social economic system.

“If we do not do that, then (we are) sitting on social economic timebomb that can explode when people are out of work,” he said when asked about his Budget 2018 wishlist.

“I know Malaysia has plans to (embrace) digital technology. It is new technology that can do an old job. Will workers be upskilled? Do we have the means to train them to upskill and upscale them?

“I worry whether we are prepared for the digital economy. Our education system is not fit for purpose of a digital economy. We don’t educate the young and adults about the needs of this economy,” he said.

Munir, who is also Bank Muamalat Bhd chairman, was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Selangor-International Business Summit 2017 and the Selangor-Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Business Conference.

He said Malaysia should encourage cognitive learning, that is, learning that involves the acquisition of problem-solving abilities.

“The education system takes years to change. There should also be incentives to upscale workers, and for them learn to use new technology so that they do not become unemployed,” he said.

 

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Tangkap MO1 rally: Court says UM, UKM didn’t violate students’ rights

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here dismissed a bid by five student activists from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Malaya (UM) to seek a declaration that their universities’ regulations violated their rights to participate in a public rally.

Justice S Nantha Balan ruled that Section 15(3) of the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) and the universities’ own regulations do not violate the students’ constitutional rights.

Section 15(3) states university students are prohibited to show any sympathy or support to any group.

“The court is not convinced that the universities’ regulations can be construed as violating their rights,” he said, adding that Section 15(3) and the regulations can be read harmoniously with Article 10 of the Federal Constitution that touches on freedom of speech and assembly.

However, Justice Nantha also said that nothing under Section 15(3) barred students’ rights to assemble.

No order was made for cost.

UKM’s Asheeq Ali and UM students Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof, Muhammad Luqman Nul Haqim Zul Razali, Suhail Wan Azahar and Muhammad Luqman Hakim Mohd Fazli were found guilty of participating in the “#Tangkap MO1” rally, which took place in the city in August last year.

Asheeq had filed a suit against UKM, the higher education minister and the government over his constitutional rights on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

He was seeking for the court to declare that Section 15(3)(b) of the UUCA and Regulations 3 and 13 of the UKM (Discipline of Students) Rules 1999 prevents university students from exercising their right to freedom of speech and expression and to assemble peacefully without arms outside campus, under Article 10(1)(a) and (b) of the Federal Constitution.

He also wanted a declaration that these provisions contravene the Federal Constitution to the extent that they regulate the conduct of students outside of campus.

On November last year, Asheeq was suspended for one semester by UKM and fined RM200 for his involvement in the #TangkapMO1 rally.

The rally was organised by a coalition of students and youth groups calling for the arrest of the person named “MO1” in the United States’ Department of Justice’s civil suit linked to state fund 1MDB. “MO1” is the acronym used in the DoJ’s suit for Malaysian Official Number 1.

The four UM students also filed a suit last year to challenge the constitutionality of the university’s subsidiary legislation.

They sought a declaration that the UM’s (Discipline of Students) Rules 1999 was a breach of their freedom of speech and expression.

They further said a provision in UUCA and UM rules could not regulate their activities outside the university.

Speaking to reporters after the decision, Asheeq said all the students will be appealing against the decision.

“Although the decision ruled was against us, this does not mean we will give up,” he said.

Asheeq added that he will also fight for the abolishment of UUCA, in order to restore the free speech rights of university students here.

Meanwhile, the students’ lawyer Surendra Ananth said this decision meant students could be subjected to disciplinary actions for participating in rallies.

 

 

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Prospect of Economic Journalism in Malaysia

Nur Hasliza
Universiti Sains Malaysia

Upon completing my elective subject of Economic Journalism for this semester, the pressure of the final exam creeps in. However, the prospect of Economic Journalism in our country poses a certain worries within myself.

The knowledge received from the class have indeed widen up my horizon and believing that it is a hard task to become an economic journalist however it is crucial to have such journalist in order to serve the community.

Economy is usually tagged along with money and finance where the same mindset is inserted into the multiple layers of society. Its a fact! However,  the scholar like Chris Roush mentioned that economy is a beat within everybody where all could be traced back to a single denominator which is MONEY!

Money is important in every part of society. Throughout society, most of that money is generated from business and consumer spending. Governments receive tax money to operate. Where does the tax money come from? From consumers and and businesses in government’s jurisdiction. Sports team need money to pay athletes and build the arenas.

Where does that money come from? From the people and corporations who pay to watch the games.

Business and economy are related to everything. Thats why, economic news and reporting were developed. This reporting style responsible to tell you and other consumers about the decisions they make each day, and think how those decisions affect the local and national economies and the performances of the companies whose goods,products, and services that you are not or you are purchasing.

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These economic journalist are the group of social agent who are going to explain the effect of all of those decisions to the newspaper,viewers and even the listeners of the radio station. Plus, globally, publications have led the way of improving living conditions by educating consumers, thereby leading them in making decision to purchase the best and safer products.

For example, Reader’s Digest which was not widely known since its first publication. The magazine had expose the potential dangers of smoking and link it to cancer. The article published by Reader’s Digest had been forcing the cigarette to confront its products were fully harmful.

While again, another newspaper in New York, Frank Leslie’s Newspaper revealed hiw bad milk was killing children. The article succeed to forced regulators into passing the laws banning swill milk.

On the other end of the globe, Malaysia, the exposé of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) by a group of economic journalist have shook the world with one simple question – “ Where did you get the money?”. Such questions have invited speculation to call for an investigation on an international level. The United States Department of Justice had labeled Official Malaysia No 1 as the culprit of embezzlement and business corruption that involves 1MDB.

Thats is the standard that today’s business reporters need to fight for the people. Many reporters and editors in United States had changed economic journalism into hopes. And, its part of art. The art in building the country.

Meanwhile in Malaysia, criticism of business journalism increased in 2008 and 2009 as some blamed the field for failing to alert consumers to the economic crisis that occurred during those time.

In addition, many journalist simply follow what they have been heard, read and told regarding to a business topic without questioning the validity of the meaning or understand what the have write about. They don’t ask questions that probe below the surface and so their story or news ado not convey the detailed information and facts that readers need (Selzer,2000).  And that can lead to the bad effect for the readers, audiences and listeners because they will only accept the story which is not even understand by the journalist at the first place!

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This cant be happen. As a journalism student who responsible to record campus memories, the newsroom can be a place where deadlines pressure prohibit reporters from spending one or two days investigating the topic until they feel comfortable enough to write about it. Thus, a credible editor with the supporting knowledge should take time and guide the journalist along, within his or her wisdom.

Next is, perception. Economic reporting are considered by the public as numbers and complicated pages. But business and economic stories can be interesting as gossip pages too. Plus, it should be the best journalism today in newspaper, magazines and else.

Logically, it is a significant to focus on this journalism field because every person in this country think about how much the money they have, how much the money the make, whether their job is safe or not, whether they should looking for a new job and else. They all have something they want to know! And this is so important to have economic stories so that they know which bank and company are safe for their money and job.

Simply said, they want and desirably need better economic and business coverage.

** Special thank you to Prof.Madya Dr. Azman Azwan Azmawati for making this class a best class I ever had so far in university.

Nur Hasliza contributed to this article in his personal capacity. The views expressed are her own and do not necessarily represent the views of Portal Berita Mahasiswa Malaysia.