Dec 18, 2006

UMNO politics for oversea students

In a recent email entitled "Malaysian Law outlaws any student participation in politics, why are local political parties allowed to set up clubs overseas to ‘corrupt’ us.” to Lim Kit Siang

Something however has been troubling us for a while. We see the constant use of race to divide us and promulgate an agenda that is supposed to benefit the majority. Our local Malaysian Societies have been infiltrated by UMNO and MCA and any legitimate discussion about the state of affairs in Malaysia is anathema. We are forced to tow the Government’s line and those who do not are branded un-Malaysian. I find this most unfair.

I guess with this report from BERNAMA, this is proven to be very true :
BANDUNG, Dec 17 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Sunday overseas Umno clubs have to play the role of quashing slander spread through the Internet and explain the actual situation to Malaysian students pursuing courses abroad.

The deputy prime minister said much of the Internet material in the cyber world spread slander, untruths and half-truths with the aim of confusing students and Umno members.

"Much of the Internet material in the cyber world of today attempts to influence the thinking of Umno members within and outside the country with slander, untruths and half-truths," he told a news conference here at the end of his four-day visit to Indonesia.

Najib, who is also deputy president of Umno, said third parties would be influenced unless there were attempts to quash the slander and provide accurate explanation.

He said it was for this reason that Malaysian leaders had to be close with and communicate often with Malaysian students abroad regardless whether they were Umno members so that the students could be given accurate explanation that they could pass on to their colleagues.

When addressing a gathering of more than 700 Malaysian students from all the 13 universities recognised by the Malaysian government in Indonesia, Najib said it was important for Malaysian students to ensure that the universities they selected were recognised by the government.

"This goes not only for government-sponsored students but also private students because if the university was not recognised, they will face difficulty getting employment upon their return to the country," he said.

He said it was not only the government that placed emphasis on academic qualification from a recognised university but also the private sector.

Najib and his delegation returned to Kuala Lumpur from here.

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