Assalamualaikum. In this post, I want to arise one issue that has not been solved for a long time in our campus; the student rights. Recently, I had a conversation with the ex-President of MPPUTP, Mr. Hanif Humam, and we had a short discussion about students' rights and their awareness.
If we observe the sports facilities around our campus, for example the basketball court. The basketball rings broke and nobody comes and fix them for nearly 1 year, although the students have worked so hard to uphold our campus's name by winning various tournaments and competitions in various sports categories. Furthermore, all of the facilities are included in our facilities fees. So, where do the money go?
If we view from the academic side, the situation is also the same. In lecture halls, for example. There are many broken chairs that have not being fixed since I entered this campus as a Foundation student! Sometimes there are adjunct lectures organized and some student do not have seats because the seats are broken. As a result, the students cannot study in conducive manner. So, I ask you again, where are our rights?
Ignorance is also an issue that lingers among UTP students for a long time. For example, not many students know about the Manifesto Night which being held last Saturday (2/10/2010). Why? The main reason is because the announcement was not well-spread and the information is not centralized from one main resource. As a result of that, it is difficult for students to get up-to-date information of what's going on around the campus.
To counter this problem, UTP management should allocate a 'student centre', a place where every student can come to get up-to-date information about activities around UTP whether it is academic or non-academic matters. The centre can also be a place where students can voice out their problems to MPPUTP. If UTP can build a centre for Postgraduate students, so why not for the Undergraduate students.
These matters must be treated seriously as they involved the denial of students' rights. The new line-up of MPPUTP must raise these matters to the UTP managements to be discussed in order to solve it. So, vote me, Hamzah bin Nawawi, candidate number 6 and I can assure you that I will try my best to solve them for the sake of us.