Listen! Listen! Stop the BTN Legacy of Intellectual Bigotry!
January 18, 2013
- The 24 min video in which Sharifah Zohra, president of ‘Suara Wanita 1 Malaysia’, berating an undergraduate student, KS Bawani, in front of some 2000 others in the UUM has gone viral in the new media.
- Watching it, one would honestly conclude that it is surely not the path to a ‘Knowledge and Empowered Society’.
- All the more ironical when one is told that the topic at hand is “Student and Politics”.
- One shudders at the thought that the episode is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of decades-long indoctrination and often times downright bullying that once-upon-a-time personifies the notorious BTN’s ‘capacity-building’ programmes for both students and government officers.
- Most appalling is the bull-dozing type of approach in instilling ‘conformity compliance’, done on our most precious human resource and capital, from our ivory towers and young government officers.
- Very little regard and respects were given to scholarly debate and beneficial intellectual discourse that celebrates evidence-based argument in a mutually respectful manner. These form critical prerequisites in producing creatively enterprising graduates with vibrant moral and intellectual superiority
- Listening to the video, I would have no qualm to confer better grades for the ‘O-level Bavani’s rebuttal’ than the ‘degree holder trainer’ – paraphrasing it the fallacious way she attempted at winning her argument and cowing her young ‘detractor’ to submission. The sight is unmistakably pathetic and extremely deplorable.
- While I’m all for healthy debate in the ‘free enterprise of ideas’, I would openly admonish that the Minister of Higher Learning to take due attention in strategizing broad guideline to empower our human potential and capital before they are irreparably damaged by ‘little Napoleons’.
- The rakyat-citizenry-electorates as a whole must insist that whoever runs the next government must vouch that they will have little tolerance for such ‘pseudo-intellectual’ nonsense and unfair treatment of dissenting ideas.
- No amount of effort at ‘turning around’ our ailing education system would be of any significant avail, if we are to be continuously subverted by ‘little napoleons’ who are allegedly working in cahoot with those in the corridors of power in denying a free and fair democratic space for student activism.
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Director, PAS Research Centre.