As most of us would have known by now, we will witness not only the Presidential Election for Students’ Representative Council (SRC) for this term but also another election for the Faculty of Law Seat where after so many years, law students get to vote and choose their representatives in the upcoming elections. In conjunction with that, Editorial Squad has initiated a closed survey where we targeted a specific audience which are FOL Students.
The sole purpose of this survey is to provide a solid and reliable platform for all law students to express their views towards the candidates, communicate their concerns and suggestions on how the candidates can represent them better than previous councils. The survey begun in the evening of 4th August, Thursday and it was closed on 6th August, Saturday midnight.
These were the questions from the survey and the responses by percentage :
Majority views on the candidates are neutral. Despite those who answered ‘no’ are the least. There are few comments and reasons which we like to highlight. The reason why we show some of these comments are not to attack the candidates nor their manifesto but to show how these comments are constructive and have substance which the FOL representatives should take note. (And that MMUES is being transparent.)
- “None of the candidates seem convincing. They are all young and have no experience in activities and Law Society. I'm not bashing the age of these candidates, kudos to them for trying. But I don't see it in these candidates.”
- “Unpractical for most and those issues were raised before but due to faculty and legal limitations it cannot be achieved”
- “They are making a manifesto which is out of the MULS concern. All the candidates were not even a member or never represented MULS before so they don't even know what their manifesto can do. The worst part is none of these candidates have ever represented any clubs I'm not sure what they can do for the other students even when they don't have a basic foundation.”
- “Even if the manifestos are presented in writing and bunting banners, I didn't see any personal one to one communication of the candidates among the law students.
Q2 : The candidates are from either Beta or Gamma year, do you think that law students from Alpha, Delta and Epsilon can be represented as well as the other 2 batches considering there is no representatives from Foundation, 3rd and 4th year?
Half of the respondents believe that all law students from various batches will be represented equally.
- “Most likely a close relationship with MULS would help”
- “The interests of the unrepresented batches will be probably not voiced out”
- “Students who want to represent should have knowledge about the faculty and the campus administration. Alpha, beta and gamma is too young and these candidates are people whom people can't even identify.”
Some of the useful comments for those who answered ‘NO’ :
- “None of the candidates have actually personally approached the students. I only know of them through FB and that's it. In order for me to vote for them, I need to know what they can bring to the table.”
- “Like you said, no representative from each batch so maybe they won't be as sensitive to any problems faced by other batch. Hopefully MULS reps can mitigate this problem”
- “Firstly, they did not make any steps to approach the students. Secondly, we can only see them on posters. If someone is campaigning, they should reach out to people. Create a recognition. Till today I have never seen any one of them despite spending so much time in campus, especially in law library, lecture halls and FOL admin.”
Q6 : Do you have sufficient confidence (besides personal relationships) to vote for any 3 out of 4 of them?
Q7 : In your opinion, what are the categories of major issues that the current FOL Candidates should concentrate on? (Please choose 3 only)
- FOL Administration Matters
- Student Engagement and Development
- External Co-operations
- Academic Related Matters
- Availability of Representatives (SRC) themselves
- Financial Issues
Q8 : Do you think that voting during the SRC elections is vital?
Some comments from the 17% who opined that voting in the SRC Elections is not important :
- “I see SRC as a student body representative team who are built to break the barriers between the university and its students. In this case, the FOL representatives have not convinced me”
- “No improvement in FOL after election”
- “Because all these years, the faculty has taken care of its own. Law students move on our own basis and are directly connected to the lecturers and admin. Therefore, any dissatisfaction is directly addressed to them. In my experience, I've never seen or heard SRC FOL candidates reaching out to us nor did we even know who represented us.”
Q9 : What are your overall comments or suggestions to these FOL Candidates?
- “Approach the law students more. Be more interactive and outwards. Don't just stick to interviews and votes from friends. If you want to win, you need to be more outspoken.”
- “I suggest that they present their manifesto during the lecture hour (at the beginning) once for every year (ie, once for final year, third year etc)”
- “Do serve the students in FOL well and hopefully you guys can carry out the things that you guys have mentioned in your manifestos. All the best”
- “Practice what you preach & perform what you promised in your manifestos”
- “Put us above their self interest. Don't be Mia”
- “When you are as a representative for some society, you should bear the responsibility of being represented, mind the ways you speak to every single person you meet, the way you act towards emergency situation.”
- “Well first of all I don't know these people. I don't know their approach and future plans on assisting the law students in the faculty. I'm clear clueless on how are they capable on representing me. I was hoping for a presentation from each in order for me to decide, at least a small engagement. I'm in no idea of voting unfortunately. It could have been the other way if there was a communication in order to receive consideration.”
- “Should involved in MULS activities before represent FOL. Why represent us when they don't know the issues and problems that we are facing in MULS.”
- “If it is possible, please suggest to FOL to refrain from scheduling lectures or tutorials on Saturdays or late evenings (nighttime included). Also, do impress upon FOL the "alarming" need to exercise greater supervision over the teaching staff e.g. lecturers should not be allowed to test students on off-syllabus topics -- teaching plans or subject outlines ought to mean something i.e. to be followed as strictly as possible. In addition, lecturers must not be allowed to stage more than one class per week unless the additional class is to serve as a replacement for an inevitable earlier postponement. To allow certain lecturers to act out of bounds in respect of the foregoing is detrimental to the schedule of the students: We are not responsible for the incompetence of certain lecturers i.e. failure to keep track of the pace demanded by the syllabus.”
- “I'm not in support of any of them nor their manifestos. If they are representing FOL, they should first get to know the faculty and gain experiences from joining clubs and societies. SRC isn't a place to start learning. It's a place to put into practice what you've learned all these while. That's why it's the most important body in a institution.”