Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Great Leader, Najib!

Image via NSTP/Khairull Azry Bidin

Image via Syed Saddiq/Twitter

UMNO's seventy-first anniversary celebration was marred by controversy when about one thousand students from Universiti Teknologi MARA were allegedly ordered to attend the mammoth event on Thursday.
This was first highlighted by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
“We received over 300 reports that students were forced to attend, while some were offered money. Some were threatened with disciplinary action and told they would be marked absent if they chose not to attend", he was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insight.
He also alleged that tens of thousands of varsity students from other public universities across the country were mobilized to attend the program.
According to media reports, PKR deputy youth chief Dr Afif Bahardin also said that he received a WhatsApp message on the matter, whereby students of Shah Alam UiTM were made to participate in a "voluntary patriotism" program.
A letter that apparently requested exemption for students who were attending classes to be part of the said program at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium even surfaced on social media.
Image via amalhisyams/Twitter
There were other memos too that were said to be issued by UiTM's management from the different campuses to students – and circulated widely on social media. They exhorted students to attend a "voluntary patriotism" program as part of their extracurricular activity.
Allegations also surfaced that students were given lyrics and asked to sing for Prime Minister Najib Razak. Of course, Syed Saddiq took to Twitter to share it:
"It is appalling that the students were also forced to learn the song 'Sayangi Najib' (Love Najib) to show that Najib Razak had full support of all those who are attending the event", Syed Saddiq told The Malaysian Insight.

Image via NST
According to the post on Twitter, the song was to welcome Najib’s arrival at the event.
"We came here in one heart, one soul; My PM, the great leader", read some of the lyrics.
However, UMNO information chief Annuar Musa denied claims that public university students were being mobilized to make the event "more lively".
Following loud allegations that UMNO had coerced students into attending the celebration, Annuar stressed that the birthday bash was "open" to anyone who wanted to attend.
“If UiTM wants to join, no problem", he told Malay Mail Online on May 11, 2017.
Meanwhile, former vice-chancellor of UiTM, Prof Emeritus Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar, said that it is "not wrong" if students were asked to attend the event by UMNO.

According to Sahol, "the origins of UiTM should be made known to their students. UiTM are a university for Malays and Bumis (Bumiputeras). UMNO are a Malay party".
Free Malaysia Today even quoted him as saying: "So, it’s logical it (the rally) should be attended by Malay students".
It would appear that Najib is a Kim Jong-un in the making!

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