Sender : A Frustrated Student
Recently (or not), we’ve noticed that we have to share our campus ground with a group of outsiders receiving training under TM for job recruitment (or whatever) under the SL1M (Skim Latihan 1 Malaysia) program. Before going into details, basically, this program is to train any graduates who were not employed for more than 6 months after their graduation. And it seems that our beloved Telekom Malaysia (TM) is one of the GLC companies that run the training program.
Now, no doubt that this great initiative by the Government and TM to combat the issue of non-employment deserves acknowledgment, but this is not what this article is about. In fact, I wish to question MMU’s management or even TM’s in organizing this program.
The problem here is that the very existence of these trainees in campus is a problem to the students. A very good example will be in terms of welfare. The biggest problem is that they share all the facilities and conveniences we have for ourselves and I don’t see them paying resource fees for these.
Think about it, once the trainings are conducted, venues and rooms will be needed. Plus I am sure many of us have seen the sign that says “Taklimat SL1M Sedang Dijalankan” (Sl1M trainings are being conducted). These signs can be seen on classrooms or lecture room doors. Lack of rooms and venues for classes and student activities in campus is a problem we have been facing for a long time, but it seems that MMU has no trouble providing these rooms for the program, while we as students who paid for the maintenance of these facilities are struggling to book these rooms, especially for events.
Besides that, food! Yes, food! The food court in Plaza Siswa is another factor that irritates not only myself but my peers who were with me, and perhaps other students. Now, SRC has managed to convince the vendors to lengthen their opening hours and provide more food for students. Before this, we know that after 1pm, don’t even bother climbing the stairs as the food would be long gone. But now even if it’s 3pm, there is still food. Hallelujah! Since this sem is an internship trimester, there are lesser students in campus which means more cheaper and reasonably-priced food for us! But don’t get too excited yet because every time when we go up in PS around 1pm or 2pm, we will be surprised that most of the food are gone and there are only leftovers. And guess what? The food court will be filled with SL1M trainees and there they are enjoying the food that was supposedly for the students. Not only that, there are also hardly any places for us to sit and chill!
There are ways in which our management can prevent this from happening if they still care for our welfare. It should be understood that we are students, finals are coming up, our wallets are thinning, and allowances are drying. We will definitely hunt for cheap and good food and PS is the best place. They should have provided food from outsourced vendors for these trainees. If such move was executed, I am sure these trainees won’t flock into PS, at least not many.
I could go on and on for this issue but I believe it won’t be necessary as students who read this article can relate to the problems highlighted here. We cannot tolerate how MMU allow these trainees to use up our facilities, our resources, our space and our studying environment that we paid RM1,000 (of course that’s not all) for our usage and our convenience and end up looking at these people utilizing it while we are struggling in classes.
So, MMU Management, we don’t know how much money you are getting from this and we don’t really care about it. But whose welfare are you prioritizing? A few years ago, SL1M was conducted during sem breaks where it won’t clash with students’ activities and routine but now it is done concurrently with our routine. Undoubtedly the program has its benefits and I do not blame the trainee as they are looking for a source of income but why isn’t MMU doing anything to avoid such frictions between us and them. We, the students are very much affected when our routine are limited and at times put to a halt due to the trainings. We paid to be here and we deserve to utilize the campus fully.
Noticeable grammatical errors or improper word usage were preserved to maintain the originality of the sender's writing style.