KUALA LUMPUR, 7 FEB: The Gerakan Mahasiswa PRU13 (GM13) is ready to contest at Pekan parliament to challenge Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the upcoming 13th General Elections (GE-13).
This decision was made as the pinnacle of student rejection of the Umno-BN government.
This was announced by the GM13 Chairman, Syis Abdul Kadir in a press conference at the Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur.
According to Syis, this pure intention is indirectly providing political education as well as celebrating the national democracy arena.
“Students have come up with an alternative plan for the New Higher Education Policy Proposal, as a student agenda in facing the GE-13.
“In pursuing this agenda, I think that it is time for student’s voices to be heard in Parliament to bring about agenda’s to shape policies and national administrative policies,” he said.
He added that so far, there are six candidates who have already registered to contest and the announcement will be made as soon as Najib informs when parliament will be dissolved.
He also informed that the people on his side do not have a problem to collaborate with Pakatan Rakyat.
He added that among the campaign materials use converge around local problems apart from highlighting policy changes, especially in education such as free education and the abolition of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN).
As an early measure, university students will launch the ‘Mahasiswa Turun Pekan’ campaign from the 11th to the 17th of February.
This week-long programme is the best medium for students to approach and understand hardships faced by the people in their daily lives.
He further explained that the past five years has witnessed ‘premeditated murder’ of student credibility and idealism, as well as disabling the real function of universities.
Since 2011, more than 50 student activists have been arrested by the authorities and have threatened, beaten, thrown out of university and jailed.