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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 22. 14th September 1972

Mssa Sell Out?

Mssa Sell Out?


The rather long reply of MSA secretary seems to tell people implicitly that the "Peace Loving Malaysians" may possibly involve a few members from MSA otherwise he need not take so much trouble to explain so much so long because the letter of "A Sympathizer for Overseas Students" did not allege that the "Peace Loving Malaysians" were members of MSA. However, it is hoped that the VUWSA and NZUSA will investigate further the matter. The open threat of "Peace Loving Malaysians" is intolerable within the campus.

The reply shamefully argued that it was quite legitimate for the members of the staff of the Malaysian High Commission "to look after the welfare of Malaysian students" apart from their diplomatic and official business. The letter then accused that"it is far more reasonable to suggest that the Singapore Government more than the Malaysian Government would have spies around the University campus." it is common knowledge that both the Singapore and Malaysian Governments are birds of the same flock. This argument only confirms that both governments are conducting syping activities on the campuses in New Zealand.

The letter appearing in the MSSA critique indicates that there are spies if we can find out the real names of the "Peace Loving Malaysians." Again, it is interesting to quote from the MSA reply that "If in fact there are such activities taking place....." which implicitly indicates there are likely spies around the campus. Would MSA have the courage to help investigate the real persons of "Peace Loving Malaysians"? Also, the "Peace Loving Malaysians" are likely to be a few of those frequent visitors to the High Commission judging from- the threatening language they used. The long reply avoided to mention the names of "Peace Loving Malaysians". The reason to visit the High Commision of given by the MSA secretary are merely making more stories.

1)It is rather strange that students will go to the High Commission to obtain advice relating to university courses. This is really a big joke.
2)Suddenly the High Commission seems to have a lot of academic materials for research available for students. This is total nonsense. It would be interesting if the High Commission can make a full list of useful materials for academic research available at its office. This rather new story has never been heard before. Someone enquired several times whether any materials were available and finally ended up picking a few tourist guide leaflets with pictures of sexy girls I have also contacted the university staff concerned whether they are aware of up-to-date materials on' Malaysian politics, Malaysian Government Administration, Economics and Foreign Policies, Malaysian Public Policy-making and Asian Studies available at the High Commission. Interestingly enough, none of them managed to explore this source before.

I would like to challenge the High Commission to give the number of users and the list of materials used by the students. They are liars! So far how many students have gone to ask the High Commission to order materials from Malaysia? The answer is simple: None! Also the staff of the University Library will be very surprised to learn that the High Commission is much more efficient than the University in regard to library services.

It is vital to point out that the High Commission may have committed a breach of diplomatic agreement by purchasing stuff for others and sending it through a diplomatic mail bag. It is rather strange the High Commission becomes an efficient library overnight after being accused of maintaining a security service network spying on students in New Zealand.

One will also very much suspect whether the reply was written under the instruction of the High Commission as half of it madly explained what kind of extraordinary services (such as the illegal and possibly corrupted diplomatic mail bag service) could be offered by the office of the High Commission. It is astonishing to learn that students visit the office to obtain research materials. It is hoped that the High Commission will set up a centre for Malaysian Studies for advanced research in near future.

The reason why the MSA leaders have never heard of Malaysian government spying activities at the universities is simple. No one would take the risk to speak the fact in front of the government-backed MSA leaders in fear of revenge taken by the Malaysian authorities. Meanwhile, there are a few students who would possibly voluntarily or involuntarily directly or indirectly report to the High Commission. The political threat of "Peace Loving Malaysians" is a typical case. How do the MSA leaders know that the staff of the High Commission haven't had close contact with a few students?

The real story of some students applying for membership to the MSA is entirely not a direct reflection of their backlash sentiments against the recent excellent articles published in Salient, but a premeditated coup by first infiltrating into the MSA and later overthrowing the present dying MSA leadership. This is rather the reflection of discontent towards MSA leaders. However, they are also waiting for the MSSA leaders to fall into their trap - to get rid of MSSA under the pretext of merging two organisations into one. One can predict that both will be "winners" - collaboration of two groups of reactionary student leaders.

MSSA leaders have recently busily visited students to round up their supporters under the slogan of overtaking the MSA with the aim of future collaboration with MSA reactionary leaders. This is a union of just a handful of MSA and MSSA reactionary leaders. This is ful of MSA and MSSA leaders who are either aware or unaware of the direction coming from the High Commission of Malaysia. The willingness of MSSA leaders to surrender can also be proved from their editorial "The Only Way" "The desire for national unity continues to dominate political and economic developments in Malaysia." This is the basis of political philosophy of MSSA leaders to sell out their organisation and members under the name of 'unity' of Malaysian students. They decide to collaborate with the few MSA leaders who are the running dogs of the fascist Razak regime.

No matter what is the outcome, the final result will be the merger and MSSA will have to go. The shameful admittance of backdoor negotiations between MSA and MSSA leaders for a 'united' Malaysian student body shows that MSA and MSSA are the same stock which cannot be trusted. The plot of overtaking is only a smoke screen to create illusion among the rank and file members and other students. Such arrangement is a ususal farce among those student scabs. All students must learn from this and expose such fraud.

Student Movement Onlooker.