.. and a Happy New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year. You know this because people have been sending their best wishes to you and yours for a better year ahead. You also know this because people start asking you the one question that represents the new year: “What’s your new year resolution?”

I’ve never been quite fond of this question. In fact, I find it quite interesting that the general consensus is that you make new goals only at the start of a new year, and not as and when the time is right, regardless of when during the year we are in. People around me are making plans to “change” their way of going about their business because, and I quote, “the methods we’ve been using are (a)not up to par; (b)wrong; (c)outdated; (d)making things difficult for me..” etc. Wouldn’t it have been better if they had realised this earlier, and changed their game plan then, instead of waiting for the new year, and wasted those few months doing something that was wrong?

But still, I guess identifying where you’ve gone wrong, and doing something about it, is still in essence a good thing. And if the new year spirit brings about these changes, who am I to go against it?

So with that in mind, I scanned the pages of the news to see what we might be in for in this new year. Among others, I found out that the Home Ministry has decided that there should be no more use for the Film Censorship Board. Apparently, if this news is correct, the authorities have finally decided that filmmakers should just apply self-censorship when producing their works.

It’s a happy surprise, definitely. For me, this is definitely a step in the right direction. In our time and age, censorship is becoming less and less relevant. Especially when it comes to the arts, this decision to do away with the censorship board will definitely open up a lot of avenues for artists/filmmakers to express their creativity. Of course, as is in all cases, there will be a couple of so-called ‘bad apples’ who will take advantage of this and make the entire industry look bad. But if we’re patient, and if we believe in our audience, surely only the fine ones will stay and shine bright.

Another piece of news that caught my attention was actually a commentary on Adam Adli and the student activism movement. For a long time coming, the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) formed the shackles that kept students from expressing their opinions whenever it came to politics. The “logic” behind was that students would get distracted from their main purpose – studying – if they got involved in politics in any way. What this law failed to recognise is that politics plays a huge part in a student’s life, especially if they are to grow into responsible citizens.

That there are now students like Adam Adli who stand up to create awareness about what the UUCA is all about, is something to be proud of. The going will be tough, as shown by the incidents that occurred during the UPSI student protest. 17 students have been arrested, and one of them injured after the protest met with the police. Investigations are still carried on as to whether or not the students were assaulted by the police. But one thing is sure – the students have won the psychological fight.

It is one thing to simply know that there is something wrong with the system. It doesn’t take a genius to find that out. But to be willing to do something about it in order to change, that is what the real fight is all about. It’s about coming to the realisation that something has to be done, that we cannot just sit and talk and do nothing. As Adam Adli so rightly puts it, “The future now belongs to the youth.”

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year 2012.

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One Comment on “.. and a Happy New Year”

  1. walski69 says:

    Happy New Year to you, too, Michelle. I too am hopeful that the changes you have mentioned will come to pass. Ultimately, though, no change is possible until we ourselves are willing to embrace change.

    You and I may be part of the few, I fear, who actually see change as a good thing. What I do hope is that the few become the many, sooner rather than later.

    Still, I am hopeful…

    Have a great 2012 🙂


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