Chronological events that lead to MSA election 2008


  • Last year, I myself did not vote because of the new system of voting according to group (not really the conventional assembling at one location, pick the leaders of your choice and then the election commission count votes) I did not quite understand the system.
  • The system was supposed to get as many votes as possible from the Malaysian students in NNSMA. And it did. I heard that the number of voters increased significantly from the previous years (when conventional voting took place). 
  • But this type of voting has flaws. If the class monitors are supposed to collect votes, isn’t there any risk of votes alteration? How about one person giving multiple votes? Worse, people like me who didn’t vote, what if some people vote on my behalf without my knowledge?
  • I did express my views to one of the committee members at the time. But everyone seemed happy with the leaders they chose thru group-voting, me included, although I did not vote.

  • And so came September 2008 when someone nominated me for President and 5th year batch representative. I humbly accepted the former and respectfully turned down the latter.
  • From what I understand there are 6-7 nominations for Presidency, all of them rejected the nomination except me and Suvin.
  • I kept bugging Pearly (who gave me the nomination letters) in hope I get more informations on when the election is going to happen and who are my contenders.
  • But there was a meeting held with new and previous committee, and Jeremy decided that I be the MSA President and Suvin the Vice. The other posts are won without contest.
  • As I was the acting president at that time, I made some calls for manpower for the upcoming 1st year business and held meetings with some people.
  • Later in the afternoon, I got a call from Suvin saying that some people want to know how the system in MSA really works and some people want election. We had an understanding, then I talked with Jeremy.
  • Jeremy said he will handle the election, which is voting according to group like last year, except that only Presidential post will be contested. We had an understanding that the previous MSA committee will handle the election, while the new MSA committee, without president and vice president, get back to business with the 1st year students.
  • After that, the first official new committee meeting was held, discussing primarily the first year business. You can get the information of this meeting in MSA’s blog.
  • Then later that night, I went to Jeremy’s room and spoke with Suvin on my phone thru loudspeaker. Suvin and I together requested for open election, not voting thru groups.
  • Me and Suvin seemed to be putting a lot of pressure on Jeremy at the time, but then he granted our request for open election. So that is why there will be a voting session on Wednesday (24.09.2008) at 5-9 pm in 3rd hostel ground floor.
  • I still think that an open election is the best as it yields a fairer outcome. If so happens that the number of voters decrease significantly from last year, then, the president of MSA is decided by those who give a damn, even if it is just 20% of the population.

 

I hope that clears the air for those who asked me why the need for election when I was already selected as President a few days ago. And I hope for those who wanted transparency, this is the best I can give. Sorry for my bad English.

Campaign? Well…

Undilah EFENEM untuk MSA 2008/2009

8 thoughts on “Chronological events that lead to MSA election 2008

  1. hmm. saya rasa masalah utama sistem undian terbuka ini adalah hanya satu pusat mengundi (3rd hostel).

    Ini boleh menyebabkan peratusan keluar mengundi bagi penduduk hostel 5 dan hostel 1 menjadi rendah.

    bagi mengatasi masalah ini, mungkin boleh diwujudkan pusat pengundian di hostel-hostel lain serta melantik individu bebas memantau seluruh proses pengundian agar risiko-risiko yang efenem utarakan dalam postnya di atas dapat diminimumkan.

    antara masalah lain, adalah perlunya penekanan diberikan kepada masyarakat mengenai kewajipan serta hak individu masing-masing untuk menyatakan undi mereka, serta kepentingan undi ini (secara tidak langsung, kepentingan memilih presiden MSA, serta peranan MSA itu sendiri)

    contoh penyelesaian termasuklah kempen marilah mengundi, edaran mengenai kepentingan dan kewajipan mengundi, serta mempromosikan kepentingan dan peranan MSA yang mampu menjadi inisiatif/trigger kepada warga masyarakat di sini agar sanggup mengorbankan 5 minit masa dan beberapa calori mereka berjalan kaki ke tingkat bawah hostel untuk mengundi.

    sudah tentulah, persoalannya, siapakah yang sudi melaksanakan perkara-perkara sedemikian.

    mengenai calon:

    efenem sedang giat memobilisasikan jentera kempen beliau di merata-rata tempat. penggunaan blog sebagai medium peraih undi dilihat sebagai satu usaha yang patut dikagumi, memandangkan kejayaan strategi yang sama dalam PRU Malaysia ke 12. ciri kepimpinan melalui teladan juga terserlah dalam keupayaan efenem mengendalikan krisis ketibaan pelajar baru, sekaligus menimbulkan tanda tanya – “di manakah calon pihak lawan?”

    sekadar karutan di tengah2 malam, dun take it personally. wahaha. boleh jadi penganalisis politik nih! =p

  2. open election is best. last year i didn’t get to vote at all (and was quite surprised at the result of the supposed “election”)…apparently the group leader just voted for the whole class.. xD

    hmm…i think if you win, you’ll probably run the most succesful MSA committee i’ve seen so far..🙂

  3. well for me, the best answer would be that majority of msian students in NGMA dont really give a damn bout what happened here nor who is the president. they are just either too busy studying or playing dota… what a bunch of losers!~

  4. Faiz,
    You look like you’re all ready for the job. Maybe you should even request for it to be a 2-year term, like in Moscow where all student bodies operate that way. It’ll give you some time to achieve your targets.

    However, be ready for the tough days as the top guy. Wish you all the best and may the enthusiasm live on till the end of your term.

    Good Luck.

  5. Oh one year is enough for him to achieve his goals, no need a 2-year term coz he’s already in his tip-top shape to handle over the Malaysian Nizhnians. He can’t stick to the president post for 2 years coz it’s gonna be very anal in his final year. And also it’s time for the others to take the opportunity to rule the MSA kingdom.

  6. organisasi kepimpinan pelajar adalah salah satu pentas terbaik untuk mahasiswa-mahasiswi menimba ilmu dan memupuk semangat kepimpinan dalam diri setiap individu yang terlibat. MSA NNSMA adalah wadah terbaik untuk mana-mana pelajar Malaysia yang menuntut di NNSMA mengambil peluang keemasan ini untuk melatih dan meningkatkan keyakinan diri (self-esteem) dan pengucapan awam (public speaking) ke tahap lebih baik. Aset kemahiran berkomunikasi tersebut sangat penting apabila seseorang mahasiswa/i keluar menempuh alam pekerjaan atau perniagaan di masa hadapan. kepada pelajar yang dipilih dan dilantik menganggotai saf kepimpinan MSA 2008/09 saya ucapkan setinggi-tinggi Tahniah. banyakkan bekerja dan kurang bercakap^^. selamat maju jaya.

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