The one who got suspended was the chief economist of Bank Islam – Azrul Anwar Ahmad – after his presentation at the Regional Outlook Forum in Singapore, which amongst others stated that one of the most likely scenarios was that the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition would likely win only between 97 and 107 of the 222 parliamentary seats, which are insufficient to form the next administration. In what seems to be a damage control attempt, Bank Islam distance itself by suspending Azrul and declared it was Azrul’s “personal opinion”.
While you’re still scratching your head as to why Azrul was suspended if what he said was his personal opinion, another person, a student at UUM (Universiti Utara Malaysia) was bullied and insulted during the university’s forum. The video of how the forum moderator, Sharifah Zohra Jabeen, president of a women organization called Suara Wanita 1Malaysia (SW1M), insulted the UUM student, Bawani KS, has since gone viral over YouTube and Facebook.
After the university students were made to take an oath which contains some elements of brain-washing, the video zoom to the university student, Bawani KS, who stood up to express her opinion.
Apparently, Bawani tried to clarify that Bersih movement is legal before question why Malaysia (under the current regime) was not able to offer free education like other countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Philippine etc.
The missing part in the video could be where Shahrifah tried to brainwash the UUM students by rubbishing opposition’s proposal for free education and demonizing Ambiga Sreenevasan, the heroine of Bersih movement. The lopsided story from the 1Malaysia champion wannabe Shahrifah could be too much to stomach hence Bawani KS sprang into her action.
The whole episode could be just another usual boring brainwashing exercise by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) regime if not for the rude, unprofessional and arrogance of Shahrifah in handling the student.
Not wanting to lose out and with the intention to humiliate student Bawani KS into submission, the elder Shahrifah took away the microphone before making her stunt – repeating “Listen, listen, listen …” for 11-times, while the poor Bawani struggling to finish what she wanted to say.
In a trademark similar to Barisan Nasional arrogant politicians, Shahrifah told the students that they can go to Argentina, Cuba, Libya or anywhere they like if they’re not happy with the country. Worst still, Shahrifah belittled Bawani because while the former has a degree, the latter has only an “O” level. Surely Shahrifah must have forgotten that Bawani is doing her degree and could further her study hence the insult on the education difference was amusing, not to mention stupid.
Obviously Shahrifah Zohra Jabeen was one super arrogant woman who wants people to kow-tow to her as if she’s second in command after her idol, PM Najib Razak. However, just like Najib, she proves to be another empty vessel without her realizing it, when she started to talk about animals having problems such as cats that do not get enough leftovers, along with cows, fish, dogs and whatnot – apparently trying to sweep constructive opinions under the carpet - if animals having problems are not complaining, surely humans shouldn’t to.
Now, why didn’t PM Najib thought of using such tactic to debate with opposition leader Anwar? Thank God animals can’t speak otherwise they would have ask for Democracy, no?
Shahrifah could have mistaken UUM as University Umno Malaysia or thought she shouldn’t waste the chance to impress some top guns in UMNO. Interestingly, she is one of the speakers for the upcoming talk programme on “How to Make Your First Million”.
She may think she’s super-duper genius hence she has the license to insult a student, or any student she likes. But her arrogance and link to 1Malaysia brand causes so much damage that even both Deputy Minister of Higher Education and the Umno Youth Chief distance themselves from the woman. Umno Youth Chief Khairy even twitted that nobody in the BN government knows Shahrifah.
Now, it would be interesting if a debate session can be arranged for both persons – Sharifah vs Bawani – to be telecast live. Perhaps PM Najib Razak can learn some tips from Shahrifah on how to beat around the bush in order to evade hot questions.
Of course the rules have to be set so that no animal can be insulted in any way. If you care to analyse the video, there’re some disturbing issues with the university students in UUM particularly and in other universities generally (*tongue-in-cheek*). The issue - majority of the local universities students can’t think, let alone criticize constructively. Maybe they were too afraid to offer their piece of opinions.
Perhaps most of them were sent to the forum in anticipation for some free Samsung Galaxy Notes. But if you can’t differentiate between right and wrong by applauding both sides, you’ve lost your ability to think and consciousness.
Anyway, Bawani KS should thank her lucky star that the year is not between 1981 – 2003 otherwise she could be expelled or charged with sedition. Now, didn’t we say 1Malaysia slogan is contagious?
Update:It seems the controversial Auntie “Listen” Sharifah may have lost her first show of making money since her bullying and intimidating action, after the organizer of upcoming talk programme (Jan 26, at Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur) on “How to Make Your First Million” that feature Sharifah Zohra Jabeen as one of the speakers, cancelled the show.