Why I wrote the open letter to rector

My Open Letter to UTP Rector generated a lot of response from UTP, especially from the students.

Some people asked me why I am doing this and why does it matters. So, here is my answer.

I am quite a believer of Free Culture (read the manifesto: http://freeculture.org/manifesto/). I believe that technology must not be held back. I believe that through good utilization of technology, we can improve ourselves to a better community. I believe that information should be freely available for those who want it. I believe in an open medium for people to express their thoughts and without the fear of being attacked because of their opinion. While I am not a supporter of censorship, I neither protest it. I know certain things should be censored, but the rest, it should not be limited.

Current situation in UTP, showing that the lost of the culture that I saw we once had during my early years in UTP. The lost of people who do things because of they believe its right. The lost of people who express and debate what they believe on in public. The lost of people with Free Thinkers (No, I dont mean atheist). UTPchat and Grapevine was once the place where these people were born, and with the death of GV and the dying breath of UTPchat, these people slowly reducing in number. Whats left are people who are afraid to stand up, people who are being too comfort with UTP environment, people who does not bother to fight for that they believe on. Whatever the management says is good, they take it as good, whatever the management says is bad, they take it as bad. Are these the future leaders of Malaysia? If yes, I doubt we will get anywhere past other countries in the future. We will remain followers, following what others do, and start shouting the nonsense of "Malaysia Boleh".

I just watched a video by Larry Lessig (the person behind Creative Commons) about "Change" (watch it here : http://lessig08.org/). While the video is about "Change Congress", I believe a lot of the points he presented in the video are also valid for us. Change come from bottom, to up. For us to change what UTP management think about technology, the students must change what they think about themselves and the technologies we use. So, I am asking you, are you satisfied with what UTP have done through limiting our access to technology?. Think about it. While other people who have a similar intellect like all of you, outside, are exposed to more real opportunities and real involvement of community, do you want to remain in the limited world of UTP network where even legal protocols, legal sites, are being blocked from access?. Is that how you want to live?.

ICT and BIS students, take note, this issue affects you more than the others. The current ICT market is not like what you might expect. People who have skills which they can prove through showing that they able to do it, are more desirable than students who have 4.0 CGPA, but what they know are just what they learn from books and classes. ICT market is tougher because of that reason. The abundance of unemployed ICT graduates are not because there are no jobs for them. But it is because they are not fit enough for the jobs. I have heard from several of my contacts that companies are having a tough time to hire because graduates does not have the skills needed for the job. Being in an environment where technology access is limited to you, how sure are you that you will have the required skills for your future career?. Think about it.

This ends my rant for today. Comments are welcomed

Update: Another video worth watching : How creativity is being strangled by the law

Comments

AaBa said…
i'm totally agree with u, kage.. aku pon mula knal dunia komputer, sume2 ni time mula2 masuk irc.. dr situ start blaja new things... pastu dengan irc jugak dapat belajar usaha senirik buat something new...

tapi.... sedihnya skang nih... biler masuk UTP, ade irc gak.. tapi malang skali banyak giler kene blok.. seolah olah xde meaning IRC tuh senirik.... juz hanya ade name.... dah la internet connection pun ade kene blok gak...

kalau nak tengok.... bende ni leh kata kontra dengan ape yg lecturer kite ade dlm pemikiran diorang...mase diorang blaja kat oversea(mostly oversea la) diorang sume leh kata unlimited, internet dah la lagi laju sume... then biler dia start mengajar kat UTP ni.. diorang xpect nak apply mcm dia blaja2 dlu.. tp sedihnya..... bende itu sume hanyalah dapat dirancang... tp x pernah dapat dilaksanakan(kalau ade pon sket2 jek..).. yang ruginya.. kitalah pelajar... x dapat merasai situasi pembelajaran yang lebih kepada praktikal dan bukan hanya spoonfeed dan belajar teori sahaja dalam kelas2... sedangkan konsep pembelajaran skang pon pakai outcome based education(OBE), yang mana mahukan pelajar yg lebih banyak kuarkan output dan bukannya hanya exam-oriented... tp konsep ini masih kelihatan kabur... UTP hanya seolah-olah lebih mementingkan akademik semata-mata tanpa memikirkan kehidupan seorang pelajar yg lebih baik... contohnyaa lebih baik dr segi kemudahan... bukan setakat kemudahan IT yg terhad.. kemudahan sukan jugak tak kurang hebat kekurangannya.......bile ditanya... ape jawapannya??? kami hanya mahu melahirkan jurutera, bukannya ahli sukan.. adeh.. kalau jurutera ramai. tapi sakit sane, blur sane, arini keje, esok MC, bukan ke rugi... pastu pasal2 komputer blur je... laagi la rugi...

NOw....it's our time to be a free thinker and start moving towards a better life in UTP..

Gud luck Bro... NIce Move..
Anonymous said…
so what is the progress of this issue?

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