A very good morning the honourable judges, teachers, and fellow friends. The topic of my speech today is “STAND UP”. In this speech I will be talking to you about the necessity and importance of making a stand in our communities. I now come to the first part of my speech. In this part I will explain that making a stand and standing up for what we believe is important and is a necessity. Making a stand in the community is a necessity and responsibility that everyone, both young and old, needs to be involved in today, tomorrow and forever, and we need to do it now. Now is the time to fight for equality, equity and social justice. Now is the time to make a difference in society and speak up about our issues and concerns. Now is the time to stand up and be counted.
In the second part of my speech, I will like to bring to your attention of how a student activist Bawani KS, the second-year law student at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) made her stand.
Bawani had previously alleged state-funded universities of using student forum as a platform to “brainwash” undergraduates. At the center of a storm over the viral “Listen” video, she accused organizers of a controversial forum at her university of attempting to make undergraduates “stupid” by deviating from the topic with an assault on opposition leaders and civil liberties champion Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan
Unable to stomach the misinformation being perpetrated by invited speakers to the UUM forum Bawani stood up to challenge their depiction of PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, Ambiga and activists protesting against the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN).
Her protest was cut off by one of the invited speakers, Sharifah Zohra. A video recording of Bawani’s exchange with the Suara Wanita 1 Malaysia (SW1M) president, which has gone viral, showed Sharifah Zohra taking away the microphone from the student before telling her to “listen” 11 times. In my summary, I presumed now that I have...
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