Then, there was Universiti Paling Malu (UPM). Now there’s Universiti Sangat Malu (USM).
Racism is well and alive in Malaysian universities, if the incident at USM had been anything to go by. Undoubtedly it will continue its virulent spread among the minds of our young Malaysian, thanks to the government agency, Biro Tatanegara (BTN).
At the USM compulsory one-day seminar themed ‘Seminar Bina Negara Mahasiswa’ (Building a nation of graduates) on Aug 26, first-year students were told that Malaysian student groups are being sponsored by Jewish elements intending to undermine the nation’s security.
The seminar was conducted by BTN. Other speakers at the seminar included USM deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs division) Dr Jamaludin Mohaiadin and a BTN officials.
But the sinister aspect became clearer when the speakers tried their utmost to ‘demonise’ the anti-establishment student groups, mainly Chinese Malaysians, by linking them to anti-Islamic elements, which want to see demonstrations and chaos in this country.
Given this shameful propaganda, who dares to say our universities haven’t kept up with contemporary issues. In the old days, Chinese Malaysians who didn’t toe the government line were labelled as red communists. Now, they are tagged with the Star of David, all in keeping with current affairs.
A student revealed: "Speakers first touched on the non-profit National Endowment for Democracy (NED) organisation, which they said is sponsored by the United States and Jewish elements. This organisation, in return, sponsors the Asia Student Association (ASA).”
"Next they claimed that the Malaysia Youth and Student Democratic Movement (Dema) is a member of ASA while USM’s Chinese language society (USMPBT) and USM student progressive front (USMSPF) were branches of Dema."
Obviously the aim has been to link student groups with Chinese majority to foreign elements. The speakers also showed photos of Chinese Malaysian students participating in demonstrations with their leaders faces circled in red [What! Not blue and white?].
The speakers were not above resorting to nasty words intended to humiliate Chinese student leaders like former USMPBT president Soh Sook Hwa, Dema organising secretary Lee Huat Seng and several current leaders of USMPBT and USMSPF.
According to the student source, the speakers created the impression that Chinese Malaysian students are to be blamed. The seminar also promoted the 'official version' of a recent act of gangster-ism in Universiti Paling Malu (UPM). Again it blamed the Chinese students from the ‘anti-establishment’ faction.
Well, there’s always a Chinese communist … er … I mean … Chinese Zionist behind every Malaysian bush!
The source said: "They said the perpetrators [hoodlums] were not shouting but merely singing college songs. They didn’t play the video clip, they only showed the footage which is against the UPMSPF and claimed that the UPMSPF members pushed the perpetrators."
Those attending the seminar were also warned not to record or take pictures of the proceedings. Aiyah! Shy of what had been said?
Don't forget these are government agencies propagating ill feelings if not hatred among the undergraduates. University?