Sender : Aaron Lim, Ian Hannibal and Bhaeravii Pasupathy
Before we begin this article, the authors would like to clarify that there is absolutely NO ill intention in any of the words or phrases used in the making of this article. This article is not meant to incite, or to insult. This article is definitely not written with the intention of creating any form of tension or strife between the relevant clubs and/or societies. This is not an attack. We implore the readers to keep an open mind when reading. Understand what this article is trying to say. We have an opinion, and we would very much respect opinions contrary to ours. This article is, however, for the benefit of all parties involved. We aim to assist in any way we can. This is one way we feel we can. Forgive us for the lengthy introduction. In the modern day and age where phrases can be taken out of context and misconstrued so effortlessly, we strive to communicate our intentions as effectively as possible.
Let us first establish the case at hand. By the time this article goes up, there will be only mere hours before the MULS AGM.
This article is written by law students. This article is written by law students who care. MULS is an organization that every law student in MMU should concern themselves with, whether directly or indirectly. Under the guidance of our esteemed lecturers, the Multimedia University Law Society is core to the Law Programme in more ways than one. Each and every law student then becomes a stakeholder in the Law Society, simply by being students in the Faculty of Law.
Therefore, the individuals who nominate themselves to lead MULS are the very same people who will lead the most important student organization in the faculty.
The team responsible for this article is currently in Delta Year of the Law Programme. In the 3 years that we have been here, our learned lecturers have always taught us consistently to train ourselves to become prudent lawyers. We believe that that starts here, in campus.
It is with great personal conflict that we drafted this article but we felt it only right that the students involved should know and take an interest in matters that could potentially alter their experience as a university student. If we didn’t care about the betterment of MULS, this article would have been scrapped from the first sentence – it would have been deemed unnecessary.
The candidates who have nominated themselves have missed out one core factor during their campaign. That is, for lack of a better phrase, their manifesto. A manifesto is essential to let students know what the candidate intends once they have been voted into the positions that they’ve applied for. Let us pause here. Our intentions are, again, to benefit the parties involved, and in no way are we trying to politicize the matter. Let’s resume.
All candidates have put up posters, both physically in different places around campus, as well as online, primarily through Facebook. These posters have clarified two keys elements about each candidate. Their personal traits (as declared to the public by themselves), and their previous experiences on campus. Fair enough. This gives the average voter an incredibly vague idea on who they are voting for.
However, not a single thing has been mentioned about what direction in which they would like to lead MULS, nor exactly WHY you should vote for them. A lack of a manifesto does not, honestly, inspire confidence in the potential voters. Don’t take our word for it. We have gone around and spoken to our peers, juniors, and seniors (none of whom want to be named, sorry), and the general consensus is that a manifesto is essential to any form of an election campaign, which is currently ongoing for MULS. Yes, we have taken into account the actual presentations the candidates have made before lectures but let’s be honest. A 1 or 2 liner about how the candidate is going to “make MULS better” or any arrangement of words that mean essentially the same thing doesn’t give the voter much to go on with. The issue becomes more apparent as the hierarchy chain gets higher.
For an example, the Presidential candidates should be clearer on what direction they want to bring the club towards. A manifesto need not necessarily be empty promises of sweet nothings to the students. There HAS to be a reason the candidate voluntarily applied. There must have been thought put into what problems have had been faced before (since several candidates were previously members of MULS) and how they plan to resolve or minimize these issues. A simple problem-solution analysis would’ve been more than enough to inspire confidence in the voters.
By the time the article goes online, it may be a little late for the candidates to offer their voters with a detailed manifesto, but it shouldn’t discourage them from trying. Indeed, in the survey we have conducted amongst our peers, many would have liked the manifesto to come up during the campaign itself and not during the AGM. Few were of the opinion that if at all the manifesto comes up, during the AGM, it would amount to nothing more than a speech for each candidate, as there would not be enough time for the voters to properly contemplate which candidate best represents their interests.
In conjunction with the survey, our peers have also mentioned that it is more than likely the AGM become a popularity contest. Voters simply do not know WHAT they are voting for when they select a candidate, merely that they may personally know the said candidate. Unfortunately, this does not bode well for our new intake students, who have been in MMU for all of 3 weeks. They have as much a stake hold as the rest of us do, but few would know personally who they are actually voting for, or even why. We dare say that they have more of a stake hold considering the amount of time they have left to finish their Law Programme.
We believe Law Students in MMU are better than that. We believe that our peers know better than to fold to social convention and simply vote on a superficial basis (I vote because he/she’s my friend). We implore all our readers to concern themselves with the MULS AGM happening really soon and take an interest in elections. All the candidates have applied voluntarily and are, after all, representing YOU and YOUR interests.
It was not easy drafting this article. The authors, named above, are the peers as well as friends to many of the candidates running for the MULS Elections. We do hope that the article has done justice to the candidates and to the voters. We apologize sincerely if we have offended any of the readers. Do know that our intentions for this article is good and for the betterment of our community.