Personal: Walk the Talk

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I am often not willing to actively support feminism on the internet because of the onslaught of radicals who live in 1st world countries, ranting about how everything is “oppressing” them and will continue to victimise themselves without taking action. However, I do support feminism (or any other movement) as long as they seek something good and actually gets off their bum to work hard for their cause.

Today I followed my mother to an event held by Soroptimist International called “Walk the Talk”. It was a short walk from Taman Jaya to Universiti Malaya, escorted by vintage cars and even a marching band! The purpose of this event was to show that men were on board on the fight against violence against women; to create awareness of violence against women.

It was a great experience to do something positive. Although domestic violence does occur to men, it occurs more frequently to women in lesser developed countries like Malaysia (although the opposite is true in more economically developed countries). Therefore, I believe that education is extremely important in our country as courts are still skewed towards men, protecting them despite their sins. Our justice system needs to be impartial, we need to be brave, we need to be strong. If things happen, we need to speak out.

It is a local mentality to hide away when things are bad; all to not upset the social norm. However, we need to stand stall and stand strong to fight against the injustices, the atrocities, the crimes committed, the people hurt, the weak oppressed.

If you notice bad things happening to you or the people around you, stay strong, work hard, speak out. If you need help, go look for it. Do not just complain about it, do not just post a facebook status or a hashtag, fight for what is right. Peace.

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Personal: Visiting Kolej Tuanku Jaafar

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Today I have visited Kolej Tuanku Jaafar, my potential pre-university educational facility, with my mother.

The place is very far away from where I stay as it was around 50 minutes drive with no traffic. It was located away from most of civilisation as the closest things there were villages and housing areas. This exclusion from civilisation definitely does the school good as it allows for the campus to seem more like a small community rather than just a school.

We were first greeted by the extremely friendly staff. Then, we started our little tour. In this tour, we visited various classrooms, the auditorium, the sports hall and even a boarding house.

The classrooms were rather small but I am sure it is to allow constant interaction between students and teachers. The classrooms were equipped with “Smart White Boards” that would allow for any writing to be saved digitally and reproduced in the same fashion.

The Sports hall was filled to the brim with a wide array of sports equipment. There were treadmills, nordic skiiers, squash courts, indoor basketball and even a rock-climbing wall. The auditorium’s lobby, along with many sections of the school, exhibited student artworks and I have to say that I was rather impressed with how artistic the students can be in this school.

The boarding house we visited made it seem to me that the students were all extremely independent yet they cared and supported each other. They were like a family. It was rather impressive.

In conclusion, I really hope that I am successful in my application to this school as it seems like a great place. Greener pastures always do exist and we must strive for them.