Ruban Raj Balakrishnan
R: My name is Ruban Raj Balakrishnan. I’m from Muar, Johor, and I’m currently doing my 2nd year, final trimester in Human Resource Management.
A: Could you give us a sentence or two about yourself?
R: Actually, when I first came into MMU, I was just like a happy-go-lucky and fun kind of guy, just minding my own business. But when I’m nearing my final year, and I’ve seen all last year’s issues like the resource fee, students can be seen to just be complaining, but they don’t know what is actually going on here. Because the last president was my friend, I knew roughly what has happening. Rather than being on that side and complaining, I decided to come to this side and do something, before I leave.
A: Winning uncontested, do you think that you deserve the post?
R: Actually, nobody can say whether they deserve any post, or what, because nobody will know until that person achieves something. I’m here to achieve something whether it’s uncontested or not, even if I have to go through election, win or lose, I’ll just take it.
A: Can you give us a brief summary of your past achievements, preferably within MMU.
R: As I said just now, there’s nothing for me to be proud of. To be honest with you, I used to be a screw-up, because when I entered foundation, I was young, 19 years old and all, I screwed up. I honestly tell you now that I was terminated. That’s when I realized that something was not right. Then I was downgraded to diploma. Since then, I took my stand. I finished all my papers without one supp, without extending, and then I entered my degree and so far, everything’s going smoothly. Basically, I’ve learned what my priorities are. I do have fun still but then my priorities come first. That’s who I was last time, and who I was then made me who I am now. So I have nothing to be ashamed of.
A: Tell us your manifesto.
R: First is transparency. Speaking from the point of view of a Business student, we are the customers for MMU, so we are paying money so we have the rights to know what’s going on and all. So for example, like, if they’re going to upgrade something or if they’re going to have any implementations, we should know what the problem and progress is. They need to tell us this is the problem, this is the progress, and how long it’s going to take to solve the problem.
Second, before they implement something. Instead of implementing something and THEN letting the students know, they should at least try to get the students’ opinion about how this makes students feel or how this is going to affect students. Because you see, for me personally, I think it’s a waste of time, for example, to take up again last year’s issue, the resource fee. Everyone knows what all the MMU students went through. Even I was a REX member, I knew what we had to go through, go take signatures for the petitions and all. It’s actually a waste of time and at the end of the day, they did reduce it for the existing students so why was it necessary to go through all this trouble, when it can be made simple by just discussing with the students first. I mean, at least with the SRC members.
A: How do you plan to achieve this?
R: That, we haven’t discussed, because currently we are still concentrating on the campaign. Next is Camsys. It’s not to say that it’s a big problem. It’s actually a very simple problem. This one I have a rough idea on how to solve the problem. For me, I don’t see any issues with Camsys except the password changing. Before this students had to change 3 months once, and they changed it to 6 months. Actually it’s not a bad idea, for security purpose and all. But, the period the passwords expire usually occur during trimester break. Students are not in campus, and they can only change the passwords in campus. Actually they can send a report to Students’ Service Desk, but how many will actually send? Only SRC and REX. I, myself, personally, last trimester had to change the password for 15 students. I had to come to campus to do it. Maybe they can do it before the trimester ends, or after the trimester begins. You see, if it expires during trimester break, and they’re back in their hometown, they can’t register their subjects, and it’s going to clash with their subject registration. That’s for Camsys.
For academic wise, this thing I’m not very sure because I’m going to be honest, I’m not going to say I’m going to do this, going to do that. This are my ideas. Past year papers. They upload, yes they do, we have access to past year papers, but then it would be better if the answers are posted together. Some students have their own style (of studying). They’ll be studying late at night and all, and they can’t be calling the lecturers in the middle of the night. I had a midterm today, I was studying last night and actually we don’t need the working and all. We just need the final answer so we can check whether our answers are correct or not. If something goes wrong, we can use the answers provided for reference. It’d be faster, we don’t need to send an email, set and appointment and all. Currently, that’s the three main things.
A: Do you have any personal objectives in joining SRC?
R: No. I just want to do something. Make some changes instead of just ….
A: What are your plans for student engagement?
R: After the nomination day, we attended the Usrah Institution AGM. They amended the rule stating that only Muslim students are allowed. It was changed so that anyone can join, because they want more races to learn about their religion and all. So it’d be better if we can manage different clubs and all, so like from ICS, CLS and before them, there are a lot of collaboration but maybe if they could collaborate more, it would be better. Especially with the International Students, because personally, I feel like they feel like they’ve been left out. Because they’ll be always with their group of friends and all.
A: Who influenced you or why did you join SRC?
R: Influence is a very strong word. It’s not influence. I was inspired by two very important people in my life. One is my god brother, an ex MMU student, Dinish Martin. Another is my good friend, also brother, Mishand Balu. Mishand is the type that, and I know how he was back then. He used to be very playful, something like how I was, playful, happy-go-lucky and all. But then he got the responsibility and he really took it to the next level. I was really inspired by that. That is why I joined SRC. That, and also to do something.
A: My last question. What is your opinion on the #TD?
R: Okay, apart from university, anywhere else at all, like any politic issue or whatever – I’m not touching any politic issue, just saying an example – an individual can never succeed alone. They also need a team to work together. So we thought our team would be a good one. That’s how we showed our support – TD.
A: But why TD?
R: Team Daniel.
A: I mean but why specifically Daniel.
R: Because compared to the rest, if I’m not mistaken, in the council currently, there’s only 3 most experienced people. Based on Daniel’s track record, he could’ve been a good leader for us. Because he went through, he has experienced. He went into the field and all. We thought he would be a good leader for us.
Chan Pei Ling
P: I’m Chan Pei Ling. I’m from Petaling Jaya, Selangor. I’m taking 1st year degree in Law. I’m currently in my 2nd year in MMU.
A: Give me a sentence or two about yourself.
A: Anything. Just about you.
P. I’m a girl. And pretty. And nice. *laughs* but seriously. I might be a girl, but I’m a very determined person. I wish that people can see how much effort I put into doing stuff. I hope they can see it and I like to help people. To help them in solving whatever problem that they’re facing. Basically I like helping people. That’s it.
A: Winning uncontested, do you think you deserve the post?
P: Honestly I wanted an election because having an election shows that we are being chosen by the students themselves but since I’ve already won uncontested, then I might as well accept it. I don’t think I deserve it, in that sense, but since I’ve already gotten it, I might as well do my best.
A: Why don’t you think that you deserve it?
P: Because it wasn’t from the students. I wasn’t chosen by the students themselves. I was only nominated by my friends.
A: Can you give us a brief summary of your past achievements, preferably within MMU.
P: When I first joined MMU, I joined REX. And REX (Rakan Exco SRC) was the only club I joined. In REX, I was in Clubs and Societies Management Division (CSMD), and I helped in the President Council Meetings (PCMs), and Daniel gave me a chance to organize an event, the Gotong-Royong event. Besides that I joined OC for 2 intakes, March and June.
A: Tell us about your manifesto.
P: I’ll start off with student welfare. First of all, I’d want to work with my current council mates to up the security in Melaka campus. Recently they’ve been a lot of cases of molesting, stolen laptops. Students are facing these sort of problems which cause them money and their honor. So we can negotiate with management, try to increase more security cameras, fix the broken cameras, get more guards to patrol, especially in exam venues. Near the gates is a good idea as well, where outsiders can enter when they wish to. Besides that, as a law student myself, I want to help the law students. Help them achieve what they want and help them reduce the things they do not like, like Saturday classes, and having more seats in the law library. We are law students and half the library is filled with non-law students. It’s not that they are not allowed to use the library, but maybe we should prioritize law students. For the Saturday classes, I know there’s a lack of lecturers in MMU right now so they’re using temporary lecturers. Maybe we’ll negotiate with management to get the temporary lecturers to come in on a more regular basis. This is so we can schedule classes within the week, from Monday to Friday, instead of having Saturday classes. For the library issue, the solution is still in discussion. There’s a system where if you report a student who is not a law student to the librarian then they’ll be fined RM50. But since that isn’t very effective, maybe we can implement the showing of the student ID or checking in through computer for law students. This is to make sure that only law students are allowed to enter. Should there be extra space, then only other students are allowed. And increase the number of books in the library of course. I know budget it tight for management, but we’ll try to push, as always.
Maybe I’ll also try to increase the Peer Tutoring. Right now it’s only active in FET. Maybe we can get it to be more effective in other faculties.
A: Any personal objectives?
P: I hope that I can achieve all my manifestos, obviously. I also want to be able to serve the students, as well as possible. Try to meet their needs, and try to improve, to be able to stand out in the council, and make this year a better year.
A: What are your plans for student engagement?
P: Students with students, I plan to have activities. There will be a big one, where we will have events organized by maybe SRC, or REX. We’ll open the booth in CLC, and get students to interact with each other. Something like Free Hugs. If free hugs are not allowed, then High Fives! And if high fives are not allowed, then smiles. Smile events. Maybe we can do with on Instagram.
Between students, I know that the International Students and local students are not very close. Maybe we can organize outings between them. Have a Buddy system. International and local students can pair up and can have all sort of activities like playing games or we can organize special activities, basically. This is not confirmed, as we are not sure if we have the budget. But if we do then I’ll try to organize it.
A: Isn’t that the job scope of ISS?
P: Yes, it is. There is an improvement between the relationship of local and international students, but since not many students participate in these kinds of events actually. Students here are more academic-based.
A: So what makes you think your event will make a difference with regard to student participation?
P: I do not think it will make a very big difference. But the name of SRC, honestly speaking, to me, it carries power. That means that people look highly upon the name. Should there be events that we organize, then people might have the thought of joining more strongly.
A: Who influenced you or why did you choose to nominate yourself as a first time SRC member?
P: I was a Rakan Exco, under SRC. Actually in high school, I was also in Leo club, I was the high committee. The objective of Leo club, if you do not know, is to organize charity events, to help the poor and needy, in the outside society. Since I’ve already done something like that, I now want to try to serve students this time round, instead of the outside community. Because, how about we start at home. That is why I join.
A: Do you have any influences on why you joined?
P: Honestly, Daniel was my biggest influence. I looked up to him, and I still do. He gave me the chance to organize an event under the name of Rakan Exco. After that, I began to lean towards SRC more. Towards joining SRC more, because I feel that I am able to do it.
A: Last question. What is your opinion on the #TD?
P: You know what TD stands for, right?
A: I do. What is your opinion on it?
P: I have no comments except some people might think it’s wrong but I have no comments on what I think about it, whether it’s right or wrong. But it was done by Daniel. He collected everyone together, those who were interested to join SRC itself, or had already bought the form, and to him, since we all have the same goals, same opinions, how about we all do this together. So I have no opinion except to say that yes, I’m a part of it.
A: Okay, but why TD.
P: Why Team Daniel?
A: I mean specifically.
P: Because Daniel was the one who went out one by one and approached us. He was the one who led us through everything. Until nominations and even until now, he’s still leading us, throughout Elyn’s campaign. Until Elyn is done, then everything will be passed on.
A: Anything else to say to the students?
P: I hope that we are able to work well, and that we are able to get your cooperation and we can do this together to make MMU a better place.
Mohammed Adib Afham bin Yaacob
M: My name is Mohammed Adib Afham bin Yaacob. I’m from Pasir Gudang, Johor. I’m doing Telecommunication Engineering, in my 3rd year. I’m a committed person. I like things like technical work, something that can contribute to students and I think I like to help the community programs so I like to volunteer for community work and I like to give something good for others.
A: Winning uncontested, do you think that you deserve the post?
M: For me, I think I am deserve for this post. First, actually before this, I join the Peer Tutor program in FET and most of the admins and some lecturer in admins know me. Secondly, I think most of my friends from Engineer course know me, and they hope me to be one of the SRC members. They hope for me to give something to my Engineering faculty.
A: Can you tell us about your past achievements, preferably in MMU.
M: Before this, I’m not in high comms in any club. I’m just the member. But I’m very active in most of the programs and I’m very active in Usrah Institution and University Peer Group. I always involved in the facilitator team. In my academics, I am one of the scholars for YTM, Telekom Malaysia. I am the best Peer Tutor for my faculty. Third, I had become director for 2 events. First is the community program organized by my scholarship TM, done in Mersing. Secondly I am director for Sports Carnival for hostel. So I am the members for the Hostel Committee.
A: Now for SRC, are you still a member there?
M: No. For SRC, I’ll just be SRC.
A: Tell me about your manifesto.
M: First point, I actually want to educate the students to be active in clubs. Because I saw, I observe from my friends, some of my friends are very active in clubs, some of my friends are very active in study, but they don’t want to join clubs. The ones that are active in clubs, they have problems with studies. So what I try to do is I want us to unite no matter what race we and I want them to know that we must be active in clubs and we must score in academics. I try to make the program Peer Tutor to all faculties. I involved in Peer Tutor program in FET for 3 times and I saw that our module is very good to students because students understand more when they study with their friends. So I hope for every faculty, especially, for Business, they have their own role model for each year so that their friends do not shy yo ask any question from their tutors.
Secondly, I try to give awareness to all students about the - I try to make talk, maybe with my team SRC, I try to make talk like to like in Malay we call it, nak sedarkan student tentang kepentingan hidup dekat university (make students realize the importance of university life). Because after they graduate, they go to work. In their work, they will be a leader. So for the academic students, they just know how to study, and they don’t know how to interact with people, how to involve with community. What I try to do is like a talk, or maybe we can make a program so that all students can join us. Thirdly, what I try to do is I want to make all the clubs, no matter Malay club, Indian club, Chinese club. I try to make one program, I just guide these two or three clubs, make program that can combine all the clubs. I mean we have Chinese club, we have Indian club, we have Malay club. Because when I was in UPG and IU, I see that we have a lot of something that we have to learn from Chinese club.
A: Such as?
M: Such as maybe about the budget, about the organization structure. If we collaborate these clubs, maybe we can share what is the special about our clubs.
A: Do you have any personal objectives in SRC?
M: First, I want to improve myself. Especially in English. I want to improve my English fluency. Secondly, I want to have many friends, because I see when I join SRC, I will have followers, when many people will have trust on me. Next, what I try to do is I try to make SRC good in impression to others. I ask my friends, what you know about SRC. Most of them say SRC not do works.
A: How do you plan to achieve that?
M: For me, SRC, we have PRD (Public Relations Division). PRD at least every day we have to update people on what we do. For example when I ask my friends from SRC, actually SRC got many works but students don’t know what the works SRC has done is. I try to talk with my next president. We try to always update what happen in our university and we can collaborate with MMU Editorial Squad so that students will know what problem, and what occurs in our university.
A: Do you have any plans for student engagement?
M: I think no. It’s okay.
A: Who influenced you, or why did you choose to join SRC?
M: I refer to my previous SRC. Actually one of the person that always talk to me is Farhan Nasri. And he always say to me last 2 years that I have to join SRC. But my first impression is that SRC not done the work, we don’t know about SRC. So when I ask my friends from SRC, and after I join OC, then I see that SRC is very important in MMU. SRC is a leader of all clubs. When people outside see MMU, first they will see our SRC. If our SRC good, the impression from outside will say that the students will be good.
A: Then why did you choose to nominate yourself for SRC?
M: Actually from my first year, I have target for first year I become member. Second year I become the active one. Third year actually I want to become the high comm for any club and then fourth year I want to become SRC. But actually I target for high comm for this term. When I meet my friends, maybe this is my final year, I mean because next year is my final year for engineering. For me, final year for engineering very busy. Have to do the Final Year Project. I think I am late. I just join the SRC this term. I try to make all my plans. All the things that students give trust to me.
A: Last question. What do you think about the #TD?
M: This one is secret.
A: Why secret?
M: TD is … you know TD is what?
A: Everyone knows TD. It’s no secret.
M: Before this, I try to make a team with my friends to become SRC. After I discuss with my friends, I see SRC, we must join a team that has a big influence in MMU. What I try to do is I try to join TD. And I try to become the, I represent my friends, I represent my faculty. If there are any problems, I will become their representative for this council. So for me TD, when I see my team, most of us is new member for SRC, and we have some seniors, so maybe we can learn more and we can do works together after this.
A: But why TD?
M: When actually, TD, the D cannot be the president so what I think myself, I think that I have to follow my leader, whether is D or not. I will follow. I know about the D. I ask my friends and all that. There are many bad impressions about this. But I ask my friend that I try, I try to change the D one become good impression to students and I hope for, after this we have interview, I will try to apply for high comm position. I try. If the D don’t want me, it’s okay. I just do my works. Because this is my responsibility. I’ve already started the first step, so now I have to finish this and my principle is when I have start anything, I have to done it with success.
A: Before we finish, is there anything you’d like to say to the students of MMU?
M: What I try to advice to all the students in MMU, try to be a good person. Not just good in academics, try to be a person that can contribute to others. Even though we good in academics, we become a CEO, we become a boss, we don’t know, we cannot predict if the boss is good or not. In my religion, we always tell all my friends that whatever we become for the next 5 years, or 10 years, we must know that we have to contribute to everyone in this world. We cannot selfish, and you see, even CEO, they always rasuah (bribe) to their workers. So I hope all MMU can know that this habit that what is most important in our university life is about our behavior after we graduate. However smart we are, however handsome we are, however active we are in clubs, however good we are in sports, what’s importance is our heart, and our intentions. If our heart is bad, even if we achieve a high position, we know that there are people of high positions who bribe and all that. Even if we are in a low position, as long as we have a good heart, we are going to wait until the time we get the reward.
Moustafa Gamal (Tifa)
M: My name is Moustafa Gamal (pronounced Jamal), but my friends call me Tifa. I’m from Egypt. I’m currently doing Telecommunication Engineering.
Friendly, Approachable and Ambitious, who would prefer his kind dealing and good reputation between the people is the thing that talks more about him.
A: Winning uncontested, do you think you deserve the post?
M: I had planned to join SRC. It wasn’t only starting from this year, I’d planned to join a year back, but due to some reason I didn’t. I postponed the idea of joining SRC to join another club. I needed to gain more experience, and more skills to be prepared for SRC. Then it came to this year, I took the decision, had the intention, and I got the form and applied for SRC. As I took the form, I told myself that I actually challenged myself, and thought about what I can give to my friends here in campus. I didn’t think that this year round, in MMU, if I got through the election, it’s not going to disappoint me. I’ve always felt the students around campus; they will support me and give me the more power and energy to give more than what I had planned for them through SRC. When it came to the nomination day, I was really prepared with it and I’m going through the whole thing, whether contested or not, whether there was an election or not. What happened during that day that, all of us except the presidential candidate didn’t go through election, we won it uncontested.
A: So do you think you deserve it?
M: Personally, yeah, I’m going to say I deserve it, but I hope I deserve it because that’s what the students hope to find in me, or in us. Those who went through uncontested. So whether uncontested or contested, I think that I deserve it, whether there was an election or not. Whether the students vote for me or not. But if the votes are a majority, then obviously it shows that I deserve it. If not, I always believe that no one is going to give me a vote if they don’t want me, or if they are convinced enough that I don’t deserve it.
A: Can you give us a brief summary of your past achievements, preferably within MMU.
M: Actually when I get this question, I always tell this joke between my friends. I always tell them at first when I came to MMU, I didn’t ask where is my classes, I asked where is the clubs and societies. Of course, as an international student, the first platform to approach was the International Students’ Society (ISS) and I was really lucky during that time because when I came, there were a few seniors who treat me like a younger brother. They saw that there’s a good potential in new students who are coming for achievements in this club. They gave me a lot of advice and they always had my back. They gave me the push and I learned from them a lot of things. During my first experience, I just did few events, I didn’t play a big part, just as a working committee. The second year, and the second time, I got the position that Head for Activities and Sports Division, and that for me was a really big trust because there were other people or seniors who were more experienced than I was in ISS. The high comm for that year, they gave me the trust for such a position. I didn’t disappoint them. I did my duty to the fullest. I even added more to the division. During the middle of the year, actually, there is some changes that happened. Due to these changes, I was upgraded to be Vice-President. During that year, there were 4 Vice-Presidents. I was one of them. This was also another push for me because to upgrade someone from a Head of Division to a Vice-President was a big thing. During that year, I also been through all these events. During these years, I just helped most of the events, whatever, sports, IT, cultural, educational. I didn’t take director or assistant but being a part of the team. This year we ended up with a really big achievement, which is that we won the Best Integration program award for ISS Night. For ISS Night that year I was the assistant Director. That was my biggest event for that year.
The next year, this was actually my best experience, and the one that gave me the push like yeah, I should take it to the next level. This was when I became the Vice President of ISS with a really good committee, a strong committee for that year. This year actually we did a lot of events and we focused on everything – educational, charity, and as I mentioned at first, I always have this method in my life – in some stuff, if people really see that you deserve to take it, like when it came to ISS Night for that year. ISS Night 2014. Deep inside me, I’ve always wanted to be director for ISS Night. That’s one of my achievements that I want to gain in MMU. Even before I want to ask, or I want to hint that I wanted to be director, everyone including the president for that year, they said that Mustafa is the person who deserves to be the director the most. That, for me, was very big because I got the trust from everyone and I wanted to make it bigger than ever before, and thanks to God because once we’ve done the event, the feedback I got was more than what I expect. What made me for happy was that, it’s not about awards or how many people came for the event, it’s about the people you see on campus who don’t even know you, but they saw you during the night and they just approach you and tell you that they had a great night. For me, since I give them something that made them happy, for me, that’s more than enough. For me, my achievements would be Director for ISS Night, Assistant Director one year for ISS Night, and for some other events, assistant director or advisor.
One more thing also last year, it was the first time for Accounting Club to do an Accounting Night and also the director for that time was a really close friend. One day she approached me and asked for help since she didn’t have any experience conducting events like these. I really welcomed the idea and I gave them support and I didn’t even ask for position until one day she just came and asked me to be the supervisor of the event. Then I think okay but I’m an Accounting student. Just give the chance to others, possibly those better or more deserving than me. She said no, and that everyone really wanted me to be the supervisor. Then, also I believe that it was a great night and the feedback from that night was really really good. The team also was really great.
A: I was there for both the events and thought both were really good.
M: Thanks. Through these years, I joined a lot of clubs for the experience. Clubs such as UPG, ICS, MRC, YDC, MMUSIC Society. My involvement wasn’t only ISS. I also involved myself in other clubs. Maybe ISS was my first platform but actually every year, whether I’m taking position or not, I always involve and give commitment to other clubs. One example would be during my first year. I was just going around campus when I heard that there was a program going around called Training of Facilitator, under UPG. I really liked the objective of the event and I decided to join. When I joined the program, there were only 3 or 4 international students participating, and the rest were local students. It was really for the committee for that club, they all thought that we were going to say that oh, since they were all local, we are not going to join but actually we did decide to join and we decided to learn and enjoy and gain the objective for the event. I decided to actually finish the 3 phases of the program. By the second phase, I was the only international student to join. That’s why I get more care from them because they were like wow, he just didn’t think or take it as if he’s going to get left out or something, he just insist to join us again, and achieve what he planned for. Until I was certified to be a trainer with them and also involved a few times with them as a trainer for the next year, for the same program I was once the participant.
A: Tell us about your manifesto.
M: Actually my manifesto when I decide to join SRC, is of course the main aim which is to build a strong platform to serve the students and be the base that raise up and deliver their voice, and no one other than the students. One of them it was always the first priority, the welfare. I always care about the welfare of the students, since I came from the students. I’m not just a person who’s acting like a worker. In the first place, I’m a student and I always see students around campus, they look like they need more things from SRC and I really really understand that the previous SRC, they did their best to achieve this and help and listen to the students. I want to give more and continue with the good work the previous council did towards the community inside MMU. Listening to the students is the first thing. You just walk around and see and you approach them. I’m not waiting for just someone to come to the room or waiting to know, no. I’ll take the first step. I want to find out like what is the issue, what kind of things do you need, what more improvement can SRC make, what else can we do to make your life in campus better. Since I’m considered one of the International SRC members, for the past two years, there were a few issues regarding the international students which affect them mentally and academic and everything. Regardless the issues, whether its academic, visa, or whatever, I want to work more on it, and find ways with the management, simultaneously to find the best solution and I know sometimes no one can solve something 100%, but if we reach a good point of the solution that makes everyone satisfied, I’ll just go for it.
Another thing, I want to make a stronger bonding between the students in campus. Both international and local. As I told you, my experience here with the community, especially the locals, is really good. I want to know, what they have learned, what they have experienced. In case they have the wrong perspective or image, I can give them a new one. In terms of clubs and societies, sometimes there are people who ask me, is it possible for me to join 1 or 2 or 3 of these clubs since the majority are locals? I always say yeah, it’s open for all. It’s the same during orientation or whatever other side programs or camps, people ask me, and for us can we join international student’s society. I say of course you can join because its one of the MMU clubs and societies and it’s open for all. We also have for both sides. I join a lot of local clubs and societies and my local friends take big parts in the international societies.
Third point is the leadership development. Me, personally, I’m with the new team, the new council, we would plan to come up with a few programs that can teach and tackle and add more leadership skills like public speaking, and soft skills development. We really need this in campus. It’s been a while even for the rest of the clubs, we’re trying to ask them to focus on these kinds of programs because I have tried something like this before and it really helped me. I want to give the same chance to the new students to join these kinds of events so they can gain what we also gained previously.
Another point, I really found health awareness around campus is just one or maximum two clubs are focusing on health awareness. For example, I really want to do a first aid program in MMU. There are students who do sports or are involved in sports activities, even they themselves sometimes get injured but they don’t know first aid, so through this program, if we approach a lot of students and apply these kind of programs here in MMU, I believe its really useful even later in their life. I actually got this idea during the haze case. Even me myself, I don’t know what to do. We need to do more health awareness – whatever, first aid, more blood donations, and awareness on diseases like dengue. I believe not everyone knows what to do, even me myself I don’t know what to do once I get infected or what.
There’s sports of course. Since we want to make a good health. A good health is achieved through good sports. We in the team, we have a few plans for the sports teams. Big sports teams and collaboration with other clubs so we’ll try to achieve it.
A: Do you have any personal objectives?
T: Of course there is a few things I want to achieve. I achieved my first one, which is actually joining SRC. I still have a lot of things. My achievements, I don’t normally scale it or count it based on how many programs I did. I just, how I contribute, to the place, or event. Also, achieve the biggest point as SRC is that we’re here to serve the students. So as long as I finish my term and I did my really really best. If someone approached me personally for help and I helped them out, because this is my duty, and I find them happy, that’s my biggest achievement, actually. I’m always thinking this way; next year if I’m not in SRC, or not in campus or whatever, not everyone is going to remember how many events I did, or how many hours I put in. They’re just going to remember how I helped them. That’s what I’d like to leave her with.
A: Why did you choose to nominate yourself?
M: First part, which is personal passion. As I’ve told you, I wanted to join SRC, and contribute with SRC. Since my intention was to join SRC, a lot of my friends say oh Mustafa didn’t join any clubs so they asked why I didn’t join any other clubs. Before I mentioned that I want to go for SRC, they were already suggesting for me to join SRC. They said I’ve already tried several things so now why don’t you go for SRC. That really gave me a confirmation for it. Personally I wanted my friends’ support and since they see that I should go for SRC, I didn’t think about it too much, I just made the decision and went for it. It’s actually a personal habit. Sometimes when you see that your friends they see you as a potential in one place, they give you the support to go for that place, so I will go not to disappoint their expectations and to help them when they need my help. Some of my friends don’t have the courage or capability to go for SRC so I’m here. Had to serve it up.
A: Last question, what do you think of the #TD?
M: The hash tag?
A: You don’t know what #TD is? Can I write it down?
*writes it down*
A: You have no idea what that means?
M: Honestly, no. I’m not really active in social media, that’s why.
A: Okay, fair enough. Do you have anything else to say?
M: If I’m just going to conclude this, I say at the end of this interview, actually, it’s not about personal stuff or personal. Of course, if one of us has a personal achievement, once I join SRC, I forget the word ‘I’. I always use the word ‘we’, and I believe this in every event I’m in, whether I’m director or not, I always tell the committee first when I meet them – the achievement any organisation or the event, is the combined effort of each individual. So if each one of us, we did our job properly, we did our best so at the end, the people will say good job and clap for you. Because if we’re not like a strong team, I cannot achieve my personal goal. So if anyone wants to achieve something, hopefully we achieve this through the team. For helping the students and make them trust and let them feel that they get something. All of the support from the students to the student council, which I think is a great thing for SRC. I wish everyone, SRC, not SRC, all the best for the new academic year and hopefully it’ll be a remarkable year.
Yu Peng Chiang
Y: My name is Yu Peng Chiang. I’m from Melaka, and currently doing FIST Security Tech, Beta Year.
A: Give us one or two sentences about yourself.
Y: I’m very hardworking, in the sense that I will do the job given. I’m not very good at speaking and convincing people. I’m more to doing jobs everything. I can’t really speak in front of a crowd.
A: On winning uncontested, do you think you deserved your post?
Y: Everyone has their own purpose joining this, I think (SRC), and there wasn’t anybody competing for the FIST seat, that’s why I’m here. I think I deserve it because first, I don’t think there was anybody else who wanted this post and I think I can do the things (job) very well! So I felt like joining again.
A: Can you tell us a bit on your past achievements, preferably within MMU.
Y: I’ve never joined any clubs and societies before I joined SRC, except for one performance-based club which is the Chinese Orchestra Society. The first achievement is the Chinese Orchestra Society’s concert, I was a part of the committee. Next, I was also a part of the Orientation Committee.
A: What instruments did you play?
Y: Percussion and drums.
A: Tell us about your manifesto & objectives/personal objectives
Y: I don’t have a manifesto. For objectives, it’s different from last year. It’s no longer about “fighting for students”, I just want to try to train the new council, try to see what I can do (to help). That is the main objective of why I’m here.
A: Plans for student engagement?
Y: We should organize more events that will involve students more this term. Plans that can be carried out weekly or monthly, not necessarily once a year, a weekly or monthly event that we can collaborate with them or talk to them or play (games) with them more.
A: Who influenced you to join again, or rather, why did you join again?
Y: It’s all me. I wasn’t persuaded by anyone. Like I said before in my objectives, I just feel like the council needs someone old (experienced) to carry the new members of the council. It’s senior there but they are still new to the council, management, staff and everything.
A: What do you think/ what is your personal opinion on #TD?
Y: To be very honest, I just followed whatever and I’ve never posted anything about #TD.
A: But what do you think about it?
Y: Before the team was formed, there must be a pillar there, the center point for everything and the thing is our pillar.
A: So #TD is the pillar of this?
Y: It’s like something that supports your mind. It doesn’t mean that #TD is very important, but #TD is what brings us together.
A: But why specifically #TD?
Y: It COULD BE #TE or anything-
A: Yeah but it started out as #TD so-
Y: Cause #TD is the one that started everything.
A: Anything else to say to the students of MMU?
YPC: I love you