Daniel Saw Yee Sern
D: My name is Daniel Saw Yee Sern. I’m from JB, Johor. Currently doing Knowledge Management in FOB.
A: Give us a sentence or two about yourself.
A: Alright. Since you won uncontested, do you think you deserve the post?
D: I think everyone who went for the election, no matter contested or uncontested, win or lose, deserves a position, and deserves a post. You see, the percentage of nominees in comparison to the total number of students who are active in campus, the percentage is very low. We have 18000 students in both Cyberjaya and Melaka campus, but in Cyberjaya, only 30 forms were sold, and in Melaka, only 20+ forms were sold. That means, in both councils, we sold only 50+ forms but only 40+ people submitted their forms, which means 10 people pulled out. We only have 40+ nominees. That means, compared to 18000 students, only 40 people are willing to stand for SRC. Yes, some people might have other plans, but it is still a very minimal number. Those willing to stand for SRC, I think, deserve the post.
A: Can you tell us a brief summary of your past achievements, preferably within MMU.
D: I spent my whole university life in SRC. I’ve never joined any clubs, any events before. I don’t see any achievements, but it’s hard work. It’s not easy to be SRC; I think you (the interviewer was a previous council member) also know, especially to be a committed one. Then, this is my third time. I also don’t know why I joined third time *laughs* but we haven’t yet reached the things that I hope the campus can change so I have to join again.
A: These questions, by the way, are similar for everyone. I think they are more suitable for the new members, but I have to ask you anyway. Do you have a manifesto, and how are you going to achieve it?
D: 2 years back when I went for election in the Diploma seat, yes, I had a manifesto but after that I didn’t set my manifesto for the following years. This is because a manifesto is a thing, a limit, just a few things that you promise to people. What I think is that I don’t need to give any promises now because I know I will do it. I’ve never set any manifesto for myself because I know that there are too many things to do. If I wanted to set a manifesto, I can set too many things.
A: Do you have any personal objectives, and if so, how are you going to achieve them?
D: In SRC it’s very hard to have your personal objectives because in our structure there will be a president and the president will decide all the posts for all the people. I don’t know yet what is my post, and I don’t know what the upcoming president’s objective is because you don’t know who will win the election. It’s very hard for us - yes I have my own objective - but it’s very hard for us to tell out because maybe this is not the coming president’s decision. As a whole SRC, we as a whole we have to voice out the same things, give out the same opinions. So we have to see the president, see what his or her objective is, whether or not he or she will discuss with us anything. Only then we can come out with a collective objective.
A: Do you have any plans for student engagement this time round?
D: I’ve been in student engagement division two years before, it’s a division in SRC to do student engagement but what I see student engagement - you don’t mean the division right? You mean the engagement right?
A: Yes, I meant student engagement.
D: From SRC to student, right?
A: Or among the students, it’s up to you.
D: Okay. If we are talking from the part of the SRC, from SRC to student engagement actually is like a Public Relations thing with students. And then student to student engagement, it’s not only SRC’s job but it is also under clubs and events, those people. But it’s also under SRC. Actually in this issue we can divide to a few parts; one is active students and non-active students and semi-active students and particular active students, that means that they’re only active in particular events or among particular races or in particular groups. In the first group, I mention these 4. Another is culture, races and also belief. Different cultures, different beliefs and different races. They just go only for the things that they like. Like if I’m Chinese I just go for CLS (Chinese Language Society) then Buddhist Society and Badminton, because Chinese likes to play badminton. If I’m Malay I just go for Soccer Club, Rugby Club, IU (Institusi Usrah), no more. Yes they engage together, right, but it is not a multiracial, multicultural, multi-geographical thing. I don’t know whether JB people mix with Penang people or what. So now for me, we have to think first how we’re going to bring those non-active students to be active. That is the first phase we have to do. And the second phase for us is we have to bring all cultures together, all people together to unite to engage together.
A: How do you plan to achieve that?
D: For number one, last year’s SRC - honestly speaking, last year we never reached our objective – unity. It is not the president’s fault, it is the whole council’s fault, I can say. So for me, I hope this year we can still work on this but this still depends on the president and what his or her objective is. So how we can do this? For them, first, make them feel like joining events is fun. Actually you can see, these 2 years, you can see your friends – I don’t know whether or not you saw see your friends or classmates or anyone - people who normally don’t join events, suddenly they join events. Some people who don’t join anything, suddenly they join events. This is because these few years have been quite fun. Everybody does fun events. GKS did Zombie Run – Golden Key Society was an education based society but they did Zombie Run. It has become more and more fun. Yes, maybe they’ve lost their own original objective, this one we don’t discuss, not our topic. But a lot of clubs are doing those interesting events like MILE has got a costume party, you see Catholic Society celebrate Halloween! So it’s interesting, it’s quite interesting. Because for me, I thought Catholic Society was like the “holy holy” club. Halloween they also can celebrate so it’s the whole environment changing now. It’s a good thing. Although the objective may be lost for some clubs and societies but at least you can see now a lot of people, especially the new people, taking charge in clubs and societies. A lot of new people. And those seniors already left so you can see that we encourage them (the new people) to do more of these kinds of events. So this year, if we have the chance, if the president is willing to listen to my opinion, we will encourage those clubs to do more interesting events.
Then for the other, the multicultural aspect, one thing we can do is collaborative events. Only this thing can do, but more multiracial. You can see actually the Malay community, Malay clubs and societies they always bind together. They’re very unique. So this time maybe a few other culture clubs can collaborate on these kinds of events.
A: Why did you run (for SRC) again?
D: I wasn’t planning to run this year, seriously, honestly. My plan is that i hope 2 teams can fight together, fight in election. But I don’t know why one team suddenly pulled out, then only left one team. If 2 teams fight in the elections, sure got win got lose, then within council got 2 voices. There will be democracy inside. Maybe this might not be so unique but at least there are different voices and there will not only be one voice. After that suddenly another team no more, then only left one team, only left one voice. I have to come up again. I cannot let them be a dictatorship. One voice and they need experienced people inside. For me these 2 teams they have experience but if they both go together although they will quarrel, it will be like a chemical reaction. This will come out with a good decision because like this thing, I think A but you think B, however you argue, also no use because you still have to solve this problem. Then maybe you come out with good thing, C. This is what I had hoped for, but now there’s only A so then they asked me to join again. I had to.
A: Who is “they”?
D: The people who stayed here still and those who won uncontested. So I have no choice. I tried talking to a few seniors, but none of them were interested, so I had to join again.
A: Last question. What is your opinion on the #TD?
D: At first, the #TD means Team Daniel. I’ll be very honest; I was going for the president seat at first by using the general seat. That means, I told you after they have no team, then they asked me to come in, and then lastly I came in. I cannot go for presidential seat because I’m in my first year. But in the constitution, if there are no presidential candidates then they will choose a president from the general seats. So I formed a team - THEY formed the team and I’ve been invited to join the team. Then they asked me to be president and I accepted it. Lastly, Saif sent in the form. Then we had also planned that if I really cannot go, then Elyn or Yuan Sheng will go. Then we decided that Elyn go, we discussed with the team, the team accepted this so then we did the division. So, there’s no more #TD now.
A: Anything else you’d want to say to the students of MMU?
D: Talk is cheap, let us show them. That’s all.
Mohd Yusoff Naim
Y: My name is Mohd Yusoff Naim. I’m from Alor Setar, Kedah. I’m currently doing my 3rd year, Bachelors of Law. I’m a very firm but fun guy.
A: Winning uncontested, do you think you deserve the post?
Y: Oh, about winning uncontested, I think I do deserve the post because it is my own motivation and my own inspiration to actually serve the students. So from the moment I bought the form, filled up the form and took all the steps to fulfill the conditions to be an SRC member, actually I already think that I deserve the uncontested post. I want to say here that I would take any steps and also any efforts to do (my best) if I had contested for the seat that I went for.
A: Tell us briefly about your past experiences, preferably within MMU.
Y: My past experience is quite good in MMU since in my foundation year, I’ve already become an SRC member. (Yusoff was a council member in Ti Lian Yew’s council. At the time, foundation students could run for the SRC. That has since been amended.)
A: Oh, you were an SRC member before?
Y: Yeah. I was in the SRC during Terry (Ti Lian Yew)’s council. So I went for the FOL seat for Foundation students and I represented them as my first career in MMU. Then after that I finished my term in SRC. During that time, I was the officer for the clubs and societies division, or CSMD. Then after I finish my term in SRC I became the president for Kelab Bahasa Melayu dan Kebudayaan Melayu because when I entered MMU I was also a debater from high school so during my SRC term, and also after that, I am still actively involved as a Malay debater for MMU. We always represent MMU in at least 10 competitions or tournaments a year. After that because of this initiative I took I really cannot do much during the first time I joined SRC. At that time I really did not yet understand the job scope and the work task of SRC so that’s why I came back this year to serve the students well and I hope I could do that for this term.
A: Can you tell us about your manifesto and personal objectives, if any.
Y: Firstly for this term I went for the residential seat because I’m staying in hostel. So probably my first priority would be the hostel residents and I would like to actually focus on the male residents. The male residents, we actually need a very good pathway during the rainy days. So I hope the management will consider - management and security - will consider my manifesto and my point of view in that we want to open the middle gate between the male and female hostels so that during the rainy days the male residents can just shortcut through, just cross the gate and go to the class easily, without getting wet. That is my first priority.
Secondly, it would be to generally serve the students. With all the experience and all the information that I have obtained during my foundation, first year and second year, I hope that I will be able to contribute to the new students and also to the other clubs on how they actually want to manage and how they want to organize an event.
Lastly, I hope that all the students would be focused and actually enrich their skills towards the few events that I’m going to propose for this term which we will focus on the academic part and the student development part. On the academic part, we will do the engagement with the faculty and make a very strong bond with the faculty. For student development, we will try to brainstorm and give an idea on how we can actually improve our students’ soft skills.
My personal objective is that I would like to change the perception of students who are not involved in any activities on campus, and that SRC plays an important role in student activities. Especially, we would like to change the perception from the clubs and societies first, then after that we’ll go to the other students. And I would like to make an impact that this term I want to make a huge difference from the previous council.
A: And that also encompasses your plans for students engagement, right?
Y: Yes, it does.
A: Who influenced you to join SRC, or rather, why did you choose to join SRC?
Y: Honestly I would like to thank few of my colleagues that are really active and involved in clubs. Because we see the importance of SRC and we see what the need to be in the SRC is. So when you are surrounded by people know very well our procedures, our student activities, they would actually encourage you to go for the next step. So for this term, the ones that really encouraged me are actually my friends that came to SRC with me like Adib, Aini and Zawiyah. They are actually my close friends because we used to hold an event together and we felt the bonding and we hope that we will make a difference when we are in the council. My own motivation is actually - it’s not that I want to make my CV look very nice - because I’m doing law so it really doesn’t make a difference. But my passion is that I want to show that even you’re involved in student activities and you’re involved in leadership it won’t affect your academics or your achievements in academics. So when I’m coming to this council I want to prove something that I would make.
A: Last question. What is your opinion on the #TD?
Y: I’ve got no problem with the hashtag. We are living in a free country and everyone is free to practice their opinion, their expression. So for me it’s okay. I got no problem. Everyone wants to show their support and their expression so I got nothing to say about that.
A: Do you have anything else to say to the students of MMU?
Y: I hope all the MMU students will give us the support and trust us because to build the trust among the students is very hard nowadays because of the perception that has been created so try to give a new hope for our council.
Chanel Goh Lee Yin
C: I’m Chanel. I’m from Melaka. I’m currently doing International Business, FOB, 1st year 3rd trimester. I’m friendly, approachable, and “what you see is what you get”.
A: Winning uncontested, do you think you deserved your post?
C: I think we can’t win uncontested if there are other competitors. So if there are other competitors I would be glad to participate in the election as well.
A: But do you think you deserved your post?
C: I will prove that I deserve my post.
A: Tell us about your past achievements, preferably within MMU.
C: Not much because I’m from October intake 2014. However, for an October intake freshie, I am considered quite fast in joining activities. I’ve joined the photography club’s trips, Gotong-royong events organized by SRC, and OC. The others I don’t think I’ve had much participation because it’s after June intake where all the clubs and societies are less active.
A: Can you tell us about your manifesto and how you plan to achieve it?
C: Basically, I think you’ve heard it before, there used to be a shuttle bus service from MMU to Melaka Sentral . I intend to provide the service because as you’ve seen around, there are not many people with cars and transportation, but they still need to travel to Melaka Sentral to take a bus back to their hometown. Maybe cooperation with some clubs – business club maybe - or Secretariat Rakan Muda, or maybe with SCC even, we could work towards this. We can work on services like maybe on weekends we can have morning shift, afternoon shift and evening shift so every student in MMU, no matter where they stay – EP, Ixora or hostel- they can have at least an option to travel from MMU to Melaka Sentral. That’s one of the manifestos.
Another would be improving the facilities on FOB. Some may be hard but we will try our best to achieve them. We will focus on what students would like to change. For example, making sure that all the chairs and tables can be used and not just left in the classroom unattended and spoiled. We will go through everything and make sure that FMD has a list and maybe improve the facilities in that way.
As a representative from FOB, I believe students will face difficulties like opening MMLS to check every week for the notes provided by their lecturers. Some will provide the full set of notes from the starting to the end of the semester but some may delay and post week by week each chapter. Even though this is a minor thing but I believe certain students would like their lecturers to post all in one set so that it is more convenient for them. I believe not many students will frequently check MMLS since they have their own assignments and maybe other clubs and societies things to attend to.
A: How do you plan to rectify that problem?
C: Maybe I would do a survey in each faculty because I am from FOB, I do not know whether other faculties have this problem or not. I’ll go to maybe have a survey among different courses first and have their brief opinions. Because as I have experienced myself, subjects regarding Mathematics and Statistics have full lecture notes or most of the lecture notes posted straight from the start of the semester. However, reading subjects only have notes posted weekly instead. So maybe I would go and approach a few lecturers to ask about their opinions from different subjects. Then I could bring up this subject to my council members and maybe talk to FOB first. I’m personally from FOB and have faced this problem myself.
I’ve divided my manifesto into 4 sections: academic-wise, management-wise, facilities-wise and from the student approach. Management-wise, I would like, have more interactions between clubs and societies. Maybe we could form a better, more improved and more convenient system for clubs and management as well and pose we the SRC as a smoother bridge between them. For example, the room booking of Sri Emas and Sri Zamrud, instead of applying to STAD which takes time to process and maybe the employees are busy with other things, maybe they could go through us as we are here from 9am-5pm. They could come and provide us the details that are needed and we could arrange based on their merit points or club points and in first come first served basis based on the completion of the plans and documents.
A: Do you have any personal objectives?
C: I want students to see SRC not as the “high and mighty” people above that they can’t approach. I want us to be approachable. Even though we go to classes as usual, but when people look at us, they dare not approach us because they think “Oh SRC, I need to come to the SRC room and approach them”. Some students have that mindset. I would prefer that even as we pass by CLC or something, when students have any doubts or any problems they could just come and approach us. I want to give them a new friendly and down-to-earth image of SRC.
A: So how do you plan to go about that?
C: I think last year the best event that I think that makes the SRC more approachable to the students is the gotong-royong event so maybe we could go through an event also, but I haven’t properly thought out what that event (could be).
A: Do have any plans for student engagement?
C: No. Because only after we are divided into our divisions, then we can focus on what we can do. So I haven’t been divided (into any division) yet, but even if I am divided (into a division), I will still help other divisions. I’m still new and still have a lot to learn so maybe after I have learn certain things then I will have more opinions and suggestions to improve student engagement.
A: Who influenced you to nominate yourself, and why did you nominate yourself?
C: I have to say it’s because I’m from October intake. Then I’ve heard from seniors that June intake has a different orientation schedule, different activities and all. I was curious about it. Basically it’s just my orientation life during that time showed me that (through) SRC and OC that I will get to know more things about the students and I like to know that information so when my friends ask me I would know and tell them the proper information, I would like to straight tell them the truth and the right information on a first hand basis.
Who influenced me? I have to say it’s my mobile OC, Sharmini. She was very kind because our group basically- I’m not trying to be racist- it’s more of a Chinese majority in the group and she was very kind and she treated everyone fairly even though some of them don’t really understand English. She really took her time to interact with them. Her being in SRC, she had information- not that other OCs don’t have- it’s just that she’s in a better position to tell us about it.
In my secondary school, I was quite active in co-curriculum. I wanted to experience the difference between school life and university life. It’s a new phase from school to university. It’s more professional with protocol, management-wise and teamwork-wise.
A: What do you think of the #TD?
C: Personally, I think, it could be a sign for a smiley face also. It depends on every student actually. #TD, everyone has their own interpretation, you cannot say if it’s right or wrong.
A: But everybody knows what it stands for. I’m just asking for your opinion.
C: I won’t say much. I will just say that the people who like to help the students will stand forward and help. That’s it.
A: What does that have to do with the hash tag?
C: It’s just my opinion.
A: Yes, but your opinion on the hash tag?
C: On the hash tag, I think – it’s just a hash tag! It doesn’t bring any –
A: But then, your council came up with the hash tag. That hash tag is unique to your council. It did not exist until your council.
C: I can’t really agree with that. You don’t see it around now, right?
A: And before this?
C: I have no comment about it.
A: Okay. Do you have anything else to say to the students of MMU?
C: Nothing much. I just hope that this council will bring a more student-and-SRC-closer image.
S: My name is Selvan Devaraj. I’m from Setiawan, Perak. Currently doing Banking and Finance FOB, in Beta year.
A: Give us a sentence or two about yourself.
S: I was a Science student before, I did STPM in Bio. Since it’s bio and my ambition was to be a doctor and it turned out to be, I couldn’t get any scholarship so I came here to MMU to study business. I did foundation in business because my first ambition was to become a doctor and my second ambition was to become a businessman. So since I couldn’t get a scholarship and my parents couldn’t afford it (a medical degree), I came for business. So that’s pretty much the history behind me. So I’m actually 21 and I’m doing first year Banking and Finance which would be kinda late I suppose. At my age, I should be finishing third year. I feel like I spent a lot of time doing STPM and everything so I got a different experience than the normal students who actually entered straight to foundation. And I got some working experiences also.
A: Winning uncontested, do you think you deserve the post?
S: I think I deserve the post because I really wanted to be someone in the Students’ Representative Council. When I came to MMU, that was my first ambition; to be someone in SRC. So winning uncontested, even if there was an opponent or competitor, I would have done my best to get it.
A: Can you give us a brief summary of your past achievements, preferably within MMU.
S: When I first came here, I joined MATA Club and I got to be a committee. But then after that I got to know that the SRC was actually recruiting REX (Rakan Exco SRC) so I joined Rakan Exco SRC. I went for the interview and after the interview they chose me under the student welfare division which was under Ian Hannibal. So since it’s under SRC it’s a plus point for me because I gained a lot of experience under that. That’s why I’m going for SRC right now. Also I’ve been a March OC before and June OC also. And I’ve done an event being a high comm for gotong- royong 2.0.
A: Tell us your manifesto, your personal objectives, and how you’re going to achieve them.
S: So the points for my manifesto are that the first one would be to upgrade and maintain the facilities, and the second one to improve the CamSys and MMLS. Third would be to provide more internship opportunities. Fourth would be scholarships and fifth, safety.
The first point is to upgrade and maintain the facilities. For the Faculty of Business, the management is upgrading the stuffs. For example, air conditioners and everything, they are upgrading it so what we can do is to maintain, to make sure that they’re maintaining it so we would have to do some frequent checkups in the Faculty of Business. Since I’ve been elected for Faculty of Business, this would be my first priority.
Other than that I will do my divisional work as well. The second one is to improve CamSys and MMLS. The main problem with FOB students is with subject registration and their examination stuffs. Because the number of students of FOB is a lot, so for that we plan to collaborate with the management as I am the representative for them so I can go and collaborate with them. I have discussed this thing with the previous council mates and also the current council mate which is Ng Yuan Sheng. He was the academic division executive officer last year, so he told me some stuffs so I hope I can collaborate with him and see what I can do regarding that.
The third one would be internship opportunity, same stuff we have discussed with the previous council mates. Hopefully the current council can help. The current president who will be elected can guide us on how to handle this and I’ll try to collaborate with my other FOB representative and find internship opportunities by talking to the management. Same applies to the scholarship, we have to go talk to the management and see how we can proceed because I’m still new in this so we have to go and talk first then only we’ll know what to do. For safety, collaboration with security and urge them to do some inspection. This one, after the council is formed, I will suggest this to the president, because I realize that previous term there was molest case and so on and safety in MMU is quite worrying. I will suggest this thing to my president and see how. I will try to talk to the security department and ask them to put more people, put in more securities for inspection and so on. This will be my manifesto.
A: Do you have any personal objectives? What do you hope to achieve during your term?
S: My objective for being the representative for FOB is to ensure that the problems that they are having can be solved by all means. Because I’ve been seeing this for a long time, the problems keep coming on and on so my objective is to make sure that we can solve them. Whenever we have a problem, we can try to solve it and make sure we can help the students. That’s my objective.
A: Do you have any plans on how you’re going to achieve your objective so far?
S: Because I’m still new, I am very new, so I will try to talk- the plan of mine is to talk with previous council mates find for the advice and how to do the stuffs. This is my first move and I will talk to my president also.
A: What are your plans for student engagement?
S: I cannot tell this yet because we discussed this as a whole to do engagement with ISS and so on but it’s not my own idea so I will say, personally, I don’t have any plans so far. What I think is I could collaborate with the ISS students to gain the linkage.
A: Why did you choose to join SRC?
S: As I said just now, it’s one of my goals in my life that I want to achieve – to be someone. When you join SRC you can go and talk to the management, you can learn something, that’s my main objective of this.
A: Would you say that you had any influences, or inspirations to join SRC?
S: Inspiration - when I was a freshie, when I saw the Students’ Representative Council go up there and talk, at first I thought they were the management so it was like… Then after that when I know that they are students also then I feel that I want to be one like them. So that’s the first thing that triggered me to become SRC. After that, it was my own research. After my research I get to know that SRC is a very important thing to represent students to become an intermediary between management and students. And what I feel is that to become SRC is a very big responsibility and at the same time you gain lots and lots of knowledge and experience. So that’s the thing that I want.
A: What is your opinion on #TD?
S: That’s a very good question. I’ve got nothing to say about it.
J: My name is Jegatheesvaran Easparan. My friends call me Jega. I’m from Sungai Petani, Kedah, and currently doing Diploma in Electronic Engineering, second year.
A: Give us a sentence or two about yourself.
J: Very simple. I’ve got a few experience in clubs and societies, I’ve been in Editorial Squad, in ICS and a member in MRC. That’s the kind of experience I got outside. I’m very simple, what I think I just do. Something like that.
A: Winning uncontested, do you think you deserve your post?
J: For me, I stand as a CDP candidate and I feel like this is my first time in SRC. I just start from where I’m from, CDP. I feel like I deserve it, because I feel like I’ve gained experience in many other fields, I feel like this uncontested seat is actually suited me even though election is good but when we come uncontested it’s something like you just go for it because no other people willing to come and stand because of the position.
A: Can you us a bit about your past achievements, preferably within MMU.
J: Last year, 2014/15, I was in MMU Editorial Squad as Head of Creative Multimedia. And I’ve done that. Before that I was the vice president of Indian Cultural Society and I’ve joined many other activities like Malaysian Debate Open, I’ve been there for 2 years I think. And as what I see, I joined many events. I organized like 4 events I think like ICS Awards, Freshies Week mostly within ICS. And I joined many events like MMU Awards. That’s my experience basically.
A: Tell us about your manifesto.
J: First I tell the problem what I see from outside of SRC when I was not in SRC and what I feel like, people say SRC do many things, but outside students don’t know what they do actually. What I feel whatever SRC did, student should know. Although it’s a small case like Lost and Found or a bigger case like resource fee or whatever like that, big things people should know. So what I feel like after I join SRC, I would create a medium or a platform so that students know what SRC did. So that’s my manifesto. And what I plan to do is I’m going to create – this is my idea actually but I don’t know is confirmed with the council later- a medium so that people, students know what SRC did. Simple as that. So what I’m going to do is create one app or website or both so that will keep on update anything. For example, let’s say MMU is going to come out with new policies, so we’ll put up that, and sometimes there will like be an objection they will post everything like today this is update, tomorrow, this is update. Something like this. So that people always can keep on looking what SRC did. You just go there, you can see everything. Something like that. That’s what I plan to do. This is my manifesto. I feel like because- that’s what all these people ask, students ask “What SRC did?” If we put something like that, the people will know. Yeah SRC did things, because SRC normally – last time also I help my friends to go help ask SRC then they will help you something like that, and then my friends got come SRC and then they got solve that problems. So something like that. People won’t know. So I’m going to break the barriers between students and SRC make them know each other.
A: Is that the only thing on your manifesto?
J: Yes, this is my only main thing. And other thing is like improve of facilities, other council members because they have the broader mind in that particular field, so we’ll do about that and I will follow them. My main manifesto is what I said just now.
A: Do you have any personal objectives?
J: I currently don’t have because I don’t know how SRC works, I cannot like suddenly – ok I want to give scholarships to all CDP students - I cannot just like tell something like that. But I’ll try my best to help my CDP students and all other students as well.
A: Do you have any plans for student engagement?
J: I actually have one idea. Its part of the plan, I told you before. SRC have their events like gotong-royong and others, and last time SRC have the MMU Olympics it’s kind of like engagement programs. But last year they don’t have. Maybe this year we come up with any different events that we engage to students like if you know MMU Awards it’s like SRC and the clubs and societies. Students who are not involved in clubs and societies they don’t know about SRC also. Because most of the friends of mine they ask like “Where is SRC room”. They don’t even know this block itself. Let’s say ask them to come SRC, “Oh where’s SRC”, I said “Above main hall”, “is there any place called SRC” something like that. So I want to like engage students with events something like that. MMU Olympics, something. So that they can engage with us.
A: Who influenced you to join SRC, or why did you join SRC?
J: Actually as I’ve told you before, past years I was in many clubs and all, right. Actually one of my friends said - what he said is “All you’ve done already, so this is your last year, just join SRC and get your resume superb enough” Something like that, he said. And other friend of mine said that you always see every club and society, you just go SRC, see other clubs and societies. If I’m in MMUES, ICS, MRC I know but I don’t know what’s CLS doing. If I come SRC, I can see what other clubs are doing, gain experience. All experience, leaderships, comes in here.
A: So do you want to give a shoutout to any of your friends?
J: I feel like that is a very big risk. Even my seniors, graduated friends. There is a lot. I just - short and sweet what I can say is just thanks to all my friends. That’s short enough because I don’t want to miss out on anything.
A: What is your opinion on #TD?
J: Actually that is a team, right? I’ll just be frank enough, it’s like a team. It’s a team. So we move like a team. Actually we move together, we plan everything together, we move together and we managed to succeed.
A: Why specifically #TD?
J: It’s something like, this is election, right? So people like a single person standing position, sometimes people will say he don’t have any support or what but we stand in a team making people know like they have a team, they are ready. Actually it’s a name. We don’t want to reveal and we want to like partially people know that. And actually what we plan was that we are like one team and this is the name for our team but that is no more already because we all like won the uncontested already. There are only – election candidates Elyn and another guy in Cyber so that’s all done already. We just finish already. But actually it’s like there is a rule that we cannot do something like a team in the election thing. Actually our team in like our council right now is only one person who stand alone who come here is our one more contestant for CDP. But he also looks like a very strong and powerful person. And that’s all I think.
A: Do you have anything else to say to the students of MMU?
J: Let’s see what I can do. I surely I can tell I have thoughts on my mind on what I can do to this MMU community this one year. I will do the procedures; I will go to do what I want to do. For example for a small matter I see I want to do like last week I think it’s Saturday night, something like that, when I went around back gate (Ixora) and when I went there I saw some Indian fellas about 4-5 people like drinking there and even I crossing and other boys crossing they like teasing them, it’s like very big issue actually for me because I’m a boy also I can’t take it, if you’re a girl cross there means there will be a big problem. I really want to clarify with the management and security and ask them to next time we create a hotline or something like that we report immediately and do something. It’s about safety. Let’s see what I can do because I really want to do something so that our future generations will benefit from that. I want to thank everyone because all the clubs presidents I’ve been before, Muvin, Booven, Kuhan, many persons and my friends who really support me and sometimes I’ll say like, ‘ah the procedures is for nomination is too much la’, I need to meet lecturers and all. I say I call and say Thilagan, I don’t want, I don’t want to join. He said go. Just go. Don’t see. This is all small stuff. Just go. Even, if you believe it or not, the nominations form I completed in one day. All the approvals and all the signatures in one day . 2 days before nomination. Just go, never mind. Elections also, just stand. Even if I lose, if there is an election, it’s just an experience for me. Nobody stands for election just like that. You cannot do an election for yourself just like that. It’s like experience so just go and get it. Thanks to everyone and thanks to Editorial Squad also.
A: You’re very welcome!