Student Parliament Best Stage For Students To Air Grievances
By Asmahanim Amir
Pix Izwan Azman
BANGI, 21 Dec 2015 – The Student Parliament of the National University of Malaysia (UKM) which brings together the representative Council Members, Presidents of Associations and Chief Executives of the Residential Colleges, is the best stage to voice out concerns on student welfare.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students and Alumni Affairs), Prof Datin Noor Aziah Mohd Awal said the university management needs help and cooperation from student leaders to be their eyes and ears in efforts to convey information and carry out social responsibility for students.
“I hope that student leaders who are here will continue to excell and strike a balance between service and studies because academic achievement is important.
“But by involving in Student Parliament, it will be added value which will give you important experience. Within five to 10 years, maybe you will be at the Malaysian Parliament, representing your constituents,” she said in her speech at the opening Ceremony of the Student Parliament here on Dec 4.
She said in facing the challenge to continue to be competitive both nationally and internationally, as well as being a Guardians of the National, the entire community of UKM, including students, are expected to share the trust.
“As student leaders, this is the opportunity for you to gain the latest knowledge, versatile, competent and holistic in preparation to face the job market,” she said.
She described the Student Parliament as the initial training ground for student leaders to lead the community when they complete their studies at university.
“Each leader has a responsibility and I hope those of you who are here, it is much better if the programme you are carrying out has the impact not only for students but also to society.
“I also hope that all the student leaders can serve and carry out their duties with dedication and trust,” she added.
She said the platform is an opportunity and a very important space for all student leaders to air their grievances so that the wishes of the students they represent can be discussed properly before communicating with the University management.