Opening the floor, the emcee Aridh Arimi called upon the general candidates to give out their manifesto. Sarmila Maran, believes students need to be wholesome, presses the point where students should be able to fully experience the basic necessities that the university should be providing. Fione gave the word unity in helping students which truly captures the essence of her manifesto. Third candidate, “Oppurtunities leads to exposure” grasping the audience’s attention, Oskar Tang started his speech. The quote was wisely chosen as it has mirrored his manifesto really well. Amuthen aka Mumu continues to tackle the floor by sharing his mission in promising a betterment before Lance Tok who has past experience with SRC took over and share a fresh manifesto of negotiating with the management to add up more parking space specially for students. Lastly, Sabrina Wei Ling closes the public speaking session for the general seat as Kah Hon was absent from the floor due to poor health.
The floor continues to heat up, crowds growing as the Presidential Candidate Debate was starting with Angel Goh as the moderator. The session was broken down into 3 sections which were public speaking, moderator getting close up and candid with the candidates before ending the event with a q&a session with the students. Pouria Zibaei was confident in serving the students as he was the only candidate that has experience as an SRC. But that did not affect Gajelan Rajakumar and Dhivashini's momentum to fire away their manifesto in trying to win the student’s vote. While Pouria highlights student’s welfare and corporate linkage, Gajelan promises transparency and accessibility which were some good wild card to be offered, no? Dhiva continues the session by offering a 50% class attendance, the crowd went wild in supporting this idea. Although all three candidates’ has managed to proposed their brilliant and spellbinding manifesto, the students fired up some questions that might have taken them off guard but the candidates remained calm, answering the questions impressively especially Pouria. A student came up to ask about the trend of SRC’s ex President to openly campaign for him, but he addressed the question with ease as he find its fine for the the ex president to cheer for him openly just like Jason openly supporting for Daniel Saw last term.
After attending MMU for three years, this was my first time sitting through the SRC Presidential debate. Admittedly, I was deeply fascinated by the drive these candidates have shown in proving their self worth while trying to win our votes. The energy radiated, the dynamic astonished me making it hard for me to decide and predict who will earn the seat. Lastly, as a fellow student, I hope the candidates will stay true to their manifesto and wishing those who earned the seats, best of luck in representing us students and serving the university.