The modus operandi adopted by the SW1M chief is a classic example of how wannabe politicians will do anything to ‘hog’ both space and attention.
For one, SW1M’s reputation precedes it, going by the kurang ajar or rude behaviour of its leader, Sharifah Zohra Jabeen who could not care less how to conduct herself in public which comprised students of a local university.
At a Universiti Utara Malaysia forum last month, an undergraduate KS Bawani forthrightly asked Sharifah questions in line with the forum theme ‘Are University Students in Line with Politics’ and on Bersih.
Instead of developing into an insightful forum, the event turned ugly after Sharifah, ignoring any semblance of decorum, started a verbal abuse against Bawani, a second year law student.
Unable to use critical thinking to reply to Bawani’s argument on free education, the NGO head did what only Umno does best – turn rude and hurl insults.
If that was not bad enough, the modus operandi adopted by Sharifah is a classic example of how wannabe politicians like the SW1M chief will do anything to ‘hog’ both space and attention.
Force and humiliate if need be, but never fail to grab all attention – this is the Umno mantra which Sharifah wholeheartedly subscribes to.
SW1M chief’s EQ and IQ = 0
The forum attended by Sharifah tackled a serious subject, of university students and politics. Was the topic too heavy for the SW1M chief that she could not think of a way to address the sophomore’s straight-to-the point questions?
Instead, Sharifah demanded that the law student listen to her explanation, even before Bawani, a Parti Sosialis Malaysia Youth activist had finished her question.
It was not once but seven times that Sharifah said ‘listen’ and ‘let me speak’ before pulling the microphone away from Bawani and told the undergraduate to move to another country if she wanted free education.
Sharifah also branded Bersih leader S Ambiga as ‘anarchist’. Clearly, Sharifah did not have the intellectual talent to deal with Bawani and instead retorted that ‘even animals had problems’.
Sharifah’s uncivilised behaviour gives hint of both her emotional and intellectual quotients respectively. Just as worrying is the mindset of the UUM graduates who instead of objecting to the Sharifah’s loutish act decided to applaud her. Were and are the UUM students’ racist? If yes, who is to be blamed for this troubling state-of-affairs?
Reject leaders like Sharifah
The uncalled for shenanigan by Sharifah has gone viral and received condemnation from higher education deputy minister Saifuddin Abdullah.
“I’m sad with what I saw in the video. Sharifah should had let Bawani complete her speech. Even if you don’t agree with her, you should reply nicely… not condescending and patronising.
“She should answer her with wisdom, good teachings and debate in the best of ways,” Saifuddin had commented after speaking with Bawani on Monday night.
As for Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, he has disassociated his party from SW1M.
“Anyone can misuse the 1Malaysia slogan. No one in BN knows who this Sharifah Jabeen is,” was all Khairy said on Twitter.
But to SW1M, they regard Sharifah as somewhat of a hero, insisting that there was no reason for her to apologise to Bawani as the latter needed “to learn how to respect others.”
Looks like SW1M and Sharifah are in a hurry to rise from obscurity and achieve fame, giving two hoots to the fact that ‘respect has to be earned, not forced”.