Monday, October 20, 2014

I Graduated from University of Malaya

Finally, I finish my degree and graduated with first class honours.
Just 4 years ago, I was crying in class and so stressed out how was I ever going to pass my subjects but now I stand on the stage receiving my degree with a CGPA of 3.83.
God's grace is Amazing, His Mercy is new every morning. Praise be to Him for showing me how things can change and nothing is Impossible because I-m-possible if God is by my side.

. Its my finger by the way, I have a dirty mind...hahah


I just become an aunt on 11 Oct 2014 abt 8am ish













so on to the next phase of life...CAREER.

And in between I am trying to get my driving license.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

sport critics

Recently we have 1 Student 1 Sport & many programs/initiatives to develop Sports and try to get the Rakyat to support our national Athletes or sports quality but when I read the newspapers and watch the sport highlights on local tv, I think to myself the way the columnist and local media downtalk our athletes instead of encouraging and storing patriotism and is very ironic. Do you tell your baby to give up the idea of walking because he keeps falling down every time he tries to stand up
#supportlocalsports #supportmalaysianwomenrugby
I hated all the Malaysian commentators when reporting the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, they were very vicious, mean and terrible men and women who only know how to say mean things about our national athletes and their words made the audience look down and scorn our national athletes. Their comments were not even constructive nor building but more like big bullies and very very sexist.

Ask them to try join the training for a week and see how easy it is to be an athlete, 
ask them to try being in an environment where even after trying their best, get their country media people to totally crush their spirit and say horrible things about them (like a child who always get below 25% in addmaths and the parents scolded the child and ask him why he request for addmath tuition because the child will never succeed and the experience is just a waste of money. Futhermore he is a boy so he will never be as good as a girl in studies)

Below are some people that help me make my point too

"they only acknowledge local athletes based on success, not potential. Granted, one is expected to be up there with the best when they compete, but everyone has to start somewhere.

I find it very unfair that the athletes are singled out like that 
and made as scapegoats in the article. Seems like they want nothing to do with anything which relates them to 'failures' like this, but will happily, almost to a point, proudly claim responsibility for success, even when it has little or no significance of impact." Lee Chun Wai

Mohd Mazuri status:
Kenapa kebanyakan sukan mensasarkan untuk layak ke olimpik atau bola sepak mahu ke piala dunia. Simple answer. Layak ke kejohanan berprestij adalah satu perkara yang membanggakan walaupun sebagai contoh bola sepak, andai pun kita layak ke piala dunia adakah kita boleh jadi juara??
Untuk melihat anak watan kita sendiri beraksi di pentas dunia adalah satu perkara yg bagus. Komanwel adalah sukan kedua terbesar dunia selepas olimpik. Ragbi layak menyertai buat kali keempat berdasarkan kejayaan di peringkat asia dan bukan lah secara wild card. Kita tidak layak beraksi pada 2006 di Melbourne. Namun kita telah layak pada 98, 2002, 2010 dan 2014. Untuk beraksi di pentas komanwel adalah ibarat pasukan bola sepak kita beraksi di piala dunia. Untuk berada dalam satu kumpulan dengan Wales dan Samoa adalah seperti berada dlm satu kumpulan dengan Argentina dan juga Germany di world cup dimana Samoa dan Wales merupakan bekas juara dunia 7's. Hanya inilah peluang pemain kita untuk menimba pengalaman bermain dengan pasukan bertaraf dunia. Dan untuk beraksi diambang Aidilfitri memerlukan pengorbanan yg besar dari seorang atlit. Setiap usaha memerlukan pelaburan tidak kira wang ringgit, masa ataupun tenaga. Setiap sukan mempunyai misi dan visi. Setiap sukan mengimpikan kejayaan. Dan tiada kejayaan dapat dicapai sekiranya tiada pengorbanan.
Sekian. Wassalam.

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"PANDANGLAH TERUS KEHADAPAN"

Pagi td agak terkejut apabila membaca akhbar online yang mengeluarkan kenyataan bertajuk "Negara rugi tanggung atlet melancong".

Secara ringkas penulis menyatakan bahawa menghantar atlet2 negara ke sukan komanwel merupakan satu kerugian, dimana pergi sekadar melancong di luar negara. Terutama pasukan ragbi 7s, pasukan hoki dan wanita negara.Tambahan pula mereka di ibarat kan seperti "standard sekolah rendah".

Tahukah penulis apa itu standard budak sekolah rendah? Saya agak terkilan kerana begitu merendahlan martabat atlet negara kita yang bersunguh bejuang dan bekorban siang dan malam berlatih sepanjang bulan Ramadhan serta menyambut 1 Syawal di perantauan yg berjauhan dengan keluarga. Mereka ini bukan lah atlet yg mendapat gaji bulanan seperti golongan professional 5000-6000, hanya harapkan elaun latihan dan kejohanan yg dibekalkan oleh msn. Malah ramai yang dari mereka merupakan pelajar universiti iaitu19 orang dari UPM, Atas semangat cintakan negara mereka meninggal kan kelas, keluarga dan saudara mara utk bejuang bersungguh2 utk mendapat kan pingat di pentas antarabangsa.

Adakah penulis betul2 faham apa itu sukan? Objektif dan mengapa sukan itu diadakan. Jika penulis paham sy pasti beliau tidak mengkritik sehebat ini. Iya, keputusan kejohanan merupakan kayu pengukur di dalam sesuatu sukan. Serta menjadi penanda aras di mana level sukan tersebut berada, akan tetapi bukan lah keputusan semata2 menjadi faktor utk menghantar pasukan ke kejohanan sukan antarabangsa, banyak lagi faktor yg perlu penulis lihat seperti "Development" sesuatu sukan, "national unity"dan sebagainya.

Saya yakin pihak MSN serta persatuan sukan itu mempunyai sebab serta perancangan tersendiri apabila menghantar pasukan ke kejohanan KOMANWEL ini. Mereka pasti telah mengkaji kebolehan serta keupayaan atlet mereka utk bertanding di peringkat ini. Cthnya pasukan Ragbi 7s negara, mereka mempunyai target tesendiri iaitu di SUKAN ASIA dan pingat emas di SUKAN SEA 2015 di SINGAPURA. SUKOM 2014 merupakan pentas yg sesuai utk memberikan pendedahan kepada pemain mereka, utk mengkaji serta menguji kelemahan dan kekuatan pasukan kerana di pentas ini lah segala juara dunia di dalam sukan ragbi hadir utk menunjuk kan kebolehan masing2, Tidak relevan utk pasukan ragbi negara menguji kekuatan pasukan mereka di dengan negara jiran dan di negara asia yg hanya akan menjadi kan pasukan "juara kampung". Jadi berilah mereka peluang utk membuktikan keupayaan dan kekuatan mereka di arena antarabangsa.

National Unity merupakan salah satu sebab utama mengapa negara menghantar pasukan ke sukan komanwel. Saya memetik kata2 bekas Presiden South Africa iaitu Nelson Mandela iaitu "sport have power to change the world", iaitu Kekuatan Perpaduan tulen yang sukan hasilkan mampu mengubah dunia. Dimana beliau mengunakan sukan untuk menyatupadukan golongan orang kulit hitam dan kulit putih di negara beliau. Ini lah satu-satunya pentas untuk tempat semua orang, semua bangsa dan agama bersatu, menyokong pasukan negara seterusnya menyemat semangat cinta kan negara.

Tambahan pula contoh tempatan yang kite boleh lihat objektif utama mengapa Tun M menganjurkan SUKOM 98 di Kuala Lumpur? Jawapan nyata yang boleh di lihat adalah untukmenyatukan rakyat, bukanlah mudah untuk menjadi memimpin sesebuah negara yang mempunyai pelbagai kaum serta etnik kecuali menjadi kan pentas yang "natural" sebagai tempat utk besatu, Menang atau kalah tidak penting, tetapi nilai2 perpaduan dan semangat cintakan negara adalah nilai yang amat berharga buat sesebuah negara dan seterusnya menjadikan negara aman dan sentosa.

Saya juga tidak bersetuju dengan penulis dengan menyatakan pemain2 ragbi hoki lelaki dan perempuan tidak bersunguh2 seperti sukan2 lain, adakah beliau tidak melihat pasukan negara kita berhempas pulas utk mempertahan kan kubu masing2, berlari bekejaran, terbaring sana sini, tambahan ada yang menangis kerana kekalahan. Tidak ada orang yang mahu kekalahan, bkn lah mereka minta utk kekalahan. Apa yang saya lihat, Mereka sudah berusaha sedaya upaya, tetapi itu sahaja kemampuan yang mereka ada. Dan dgn pengajaran ini mereka akan belajar dan akan berlatih besunguh2 utk meningkat kan lagi keupayaan.

Pihak Media seharusnya membuat kajian teperinci terlebih dahulu sebelum mengkritik sebegini rupa. Ini akan meruntuhkan semangat pejuang2 negara kita. Impak yang paling besar adalah Pihak2 penaja akan tepengaruh dan dengan kenyataan negatif ini, ia memberikan pandangan kurang baik pada sukan tersebut seterusnya menutup peluang utk sukan tersebut utk bekembang.

Tanya balik diri kita, adakah mampu kita meninggalkan keluarga berbulan2, berlatih siang petang dan malam serta berpuasa dan beraya di negara orang semata2 utk sukan dan negara? Tepuk dada, tanyalah selera.

Akhir kata majulah sukan demi negara.

ANWARRUL ASWAD BIN AHMAD
EXCO SUKAN DAN REKREASI
MAJLIS PERWAKILAN PELAJAR 2013/2014
UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA

support women rugby

The Malaysian Women Rugby team: We were told that we have insufficient funds to participate in this upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Korea. Even after personal contributions of 1.5k from each players, we are still lacking 22k in funds. Despite our efforts to pull in funds from various governmental bodies, we are only class B athletes which means that we are not fully entitled to the government's funds. With the games only 57 days away, time is against us. We NEED to confirm our participation but we are unable to do so, due to lack of funds. We are reaching to the public to help us to raise the fund. 

We have been training hard since January, for the opportunity to represent Malaysia in women's rugby.

Every cents counts. Should you like to contribute to our fund. You can bank in to:-

Account type: Sole Proprietor PCA
Account Number: 512790503702
Account Holder Name: CUE EVENTS MANAGEMENT

This is our temporary account number belongs to Lim Chin Wei (co founder of Dingoes Rugby) should you like to extend a personal contribution. Do leave your details in the description so we can personally contact you and say thank you.

For any further inquiries,kindly contact the person stated below:-

Chut - 0193236153/0186643086
Tiara - 0166450247
Uni - 0193882648




They have been training very hard daily since January. 5:30am to abt 8am every monday, wednesday, friday and 5pm-7pm tuesdays and thursdays and also train on saturday mornings. Can you imagine training with such commitment for at least 7 months only to be told that you cannot represent the country because we have insufficient funds? How heartbreaking is that? 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Overthinking relationship

I've never really been in love or had a significant other. I don't know how to respond when admirers say they like me. I tell myself that I do not have any feelings for them so I just pretend I didn't hear or understand anything they just said(confession of love) or just take it as a joke. Besides that, I don't quite believe in romantic relationships and I'm a bit paranoid that they might just be betting with their friends or maybe the truth Is I am super duper AFRAID to be heart broken so I just stay away from it by telling other people that relationships in school do not last and might disturb the grades therefore I stay away from it. However, as I progress in age I'm beginning to accept the idea to be in a relationship.

Last year an admirer was after me and I once again used my silly reasoning that I didn't have feelings for that person with myself but still continued to chat with that person. Slowly later on, I begin liking that person but by that time that person had moved on from me. Haha, just like in the movies right? So note to self #1. give them a chance, feelings might develop later on.

There was one point I thought I might be annoying the person so I deliberately didn't contact the person for some time although I thought about that person during that period but that might have caused us to not be too close anymore. So note to self #2. Don't overthink and don't be too smart.

Don't be too obedient, innocent (lurus bendul) or too boring.  That's another thing I learn from that experience. Just because people say no, doesn't mean they don't want you to not do that, it may mean there's other ways and they don't want it that way. Be playful.

So here's where I say to myself, "be adventurous, girl!"

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

uni finance

Alright I finish my studies in University Malaya with first class, cgpa 3.83.
I'm still angry with myself for missing the last 4 flat... One C+ because I didnt sit for the exam paper, reason being I overslept...(Note to self: Never ever do extra studying till 3am or 4am if your exam paper is 8.30am. It's not last minute studying but just kiasu...already study wanna revise again for what? Adoi!!!) Get friends to make sure u wake up for exam...LoL

My batch was quite shocked to see our results on the university line because most of us had a different CGPA than expected. Apparently our university examination system forgot to include our outside-faculty-elective-course (Kursus Elektif Luar Fakulti) results in our third semester so this results changed all our other semester's CGPA (Sem 3- sem 7). For most of us the CGPA was lower...boohoohoo

Anyway, let's move on....Today I checked my PTPTN account. I borrowed PTPTN Wang Pendahuluan Pendidikan (WPP) which every STPMer who got into Uni will get (RM 1500) and also used PTPTN in the first year of my university (RM 3250 per sem therefore  RM 6500). PTPTN add kos pengurusan and insurans kelompok which is wajib to be paid. WPP will be cut each sem from our PTPTN. PTPTN in University Malaya is SOOO not enough, I am a person who doesn't really spend money, I only buy essential and eat budget food but at the end of the semester I would be somewhat fasting to survive. I even entered PALAPES (Reserve officer training Unit) with hopes of lessening my family burden but I dont know why UM PALAPES LAUT was using more money than we are suppose to earn and most of our allowance during our first year was burnt (as in not receivable) due to some administration problem as well as our third year a huge chunk of our allowance was frozen and later on counted as burnt due to government cutting the military budget. So despite being in PALAPES, I still had to borrow some money from my mother to survive my first year towards the end of the semesters.

Leftenan Muda Hew Mun Foong PSSTLDM aka Navy Volunteer Acting Sub Lieutenant Hew Mun Foong (Hilda) after 3 long and tough and expensive years of semi military training.
army, navy
Second year to semester 7, I was a Tunku Scholar, receipient of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship aka Biasiswa Tunku Abdul Rahman from Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation aka Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman.
 The scholarship was not just a scholarship that paid my university tuition fee, but it also provided monthly living allowances(even during semester break), book allowance, equipment allowance, thesis allowance, internship allowance, (flight reimbursement for east Malaysian student studying in peninsular Malaysia or for peninsular Malaysia student studying in east Malaysia), self enrichment fund (this was the best as we are encouraged to join programs/activities/courses that will bring more value to us as Tunku Scholars. Example: Outward Bound School [OBS], Tony Buzan, Nick Vujicic seminars, Chinese Language class, Scuba Diving License, ect). Besides all these allowances, we also go to enrichment camps which YTAR prepares for us where we mix around with our fellow senior and junior Tunku Scholar while learning and becoming more like Tunku Abdul Rahman. We are also members of Tunku Scholars Association Malaysia (TSAM), an NGO. YTAR also indirecly teaches and trains us to justify and double check our formal reply to them as well as contacting our batch or senior so that we do not ask them what has already been answered before. The scholarship foundation is one that involves the recipients, help them grow and It's really one of a kind.

I feel so blessed today because on top of all these, YTAR also help pay off my PTPTN loan (I did pay off my WPP Rm 500 by some of the savings that I saved from my YTAR allowances). YTAR helped me clear Rm 6500 + Rm 160.38 (insurance).

Therefore Ladies and Gentlemen, I proudly announce I'm debt free from PTPTN!! :)
No longer Pity Pity N


Thank You Very Much, 
Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman :)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Durian The king of Fruits

now we know why its called the King of Fruits, it can clear hospitals and airports...such Royalty...LoL

http://www.nst.com.my/latest/durian-odour-triggers-patient-evacuation-at-melbourne-hospital-1.569558



MELBOURNE: The smell of a durian caused patients to be evacuated from a hospital here.

Firefighters were called to the Mitcham Private Hospital in Doncaster East Road, Mitcham, about 10 pm on Monday amid concerns there had been a gas leak in one of the wards for the elderly.
But the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) was later told the unusual smell was from a durian fruit, believed to be a gift to a patient.
"There was this strange smell and the hospital mistook it for gas and called us," an MFB spokesman told Bernama.
"At first, we did not know it was called durian. But a TV cameraman who arrived at the scene knew the fruit and told us all about the pungent smell. We often have people mistakenly smell something and believe it to be gas," he said.
Hospital chief executive Samantha Dodd would not want to say if the patient was a Malaysian or an Asian.
"We generally don't disclose such information," she said.
Last July, a whole office floor in a Sydney central business district building was evacuated after a smell from an imported durian, being tested by Malaysian agriculture officers for freshness, seeped into the ventilation causing staff at neighbouring offices to flee, fearing a gas leak.
Several years ago, the Brisbane International Airport was evacuated when a passenger arriving from Malaysia was found to have durian in her luggage.-- BERNAMA


Read more: Durian odour triggers patient evacuation at Melbourne hospital - Latest - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/durian-odour-triggers-patient-evacuation-at-melbourne-hospital-1.569558#ixzz2z9TjkcKF

Thursday, April 3, 2014

inside the airplane

Malaysia has become the limelight in the eyes of the whole world because of the missing MAS flight KL to Beijing MH370. Speaking of planes, I came across these and so I just wanted to share some airplane funny Malaysia/Singapore moments...

It highlights the importance of ENglish pronunciation and listening skill and how to use it in a humorous way that gets people's attention :) Hope this post lightens up your day with a smile.


video


do you hear the people sing?



Interesting that Taiwanese university students actually care about their country.

below are a few articles about the student's rising up and protesting against the Prime Minister of Taiwan simply because the parliament didnt discuss the bill sentence by sentence but just pass the bill like that...

1st from http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/03/23/2003586352

LEGISLATIVE SIEGE: Reporter’s notebook: New generation of activists steps forward

By Chris Wang  /  Staff report

Students participating in the protest at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei collect garbage on Friday.

Photo: Hsieh Wen-hua, Taipei Times

Hundreds of students surprised the nation on Tuesday night when they broke off from an overnight sit-in and occupied the legislature in protest against the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus’ handling of the cross-strait service trade pact.
After successfully fending off several evacuation attempts by the police and garnering national support over the past five days, the protest, which the media have dubbed the “Sunflower movement” — the largest student movement since the Wild Lily movement in 1990 that propelled legislative reform.
There are skeptics questioning almost everything about the group of young people — from their storming of the legislative compound and drinking beer in the legislative chamber, to their connections with opposition parties and their knowledge about the trade pact.
In particular, there have been many questions about the cause and sustainability of the movement.
The students have been responding to these queries on an hourly basis.
In the legislature and the rallies outside the Legislative Yuan compound, students organized into groups to clean graffiti from the walls, recycle trash and maintain order.
Set up like a well-trained army unit, the students were divided into various teams of logistics, communication, patrol and — with help from volunteer physicians and lawyers — a medical team and a legal team were quickly assembled.
That was partly because the leaders of the movement, National Taiwan University graduate student Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) and National Tsing Hua University student Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷), as well as other members of the core leadership are seasoned veterans in social movements despite their youth.
They gained experience from numerous protests in the past two years, including the one against land seizures at Miaoli County’s Dapu Borough (大埔) and the construction of the Miramar resort in Taitung County, the campaign against media monopolization and the anti-nuclear movement.
Well aware of the nation’s political situation, the students have distanced themselves from political parties and stayed away from the so-called “blue-green struggle.”
Quite contrary to what several local media outlets and the KMT portray, most of the students in those protests have been able to explain their cause clearly and stand firmly for what they believed in.
The “Sunflower movement” is more than an overnight phenomenon and should be interpreted beyond these young people’s discontent with President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) governance.
It is the cultivation of the students’ effort in the past two years, during which they defied conventional views about the younger generation — that they could not care less about politics and the world they live in — and showed Taiwanese that they do care and they would take action to make the country a better place — any time and anywhere.
If today’s group of young activists have learned from what happened to the “Wild Lily generation,” some of them are more than likely to become the backbone of Taiwanese politics and social movements in the next 10 years.
From what people have seen so far, the new young activists show a deep caring for the nation and for the purity of politics as it was in the early 1990s.


Next article caught my attention that national uni is being supportive of the students' protesting. The director of the National Tsing-Hua University's Institute of Sociology said in a statement that all classes at the institute will be called off for one week. If the government gives the student protesters a "satisfactory response," classes will resume immediately.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/24/world/asia/taiwan-trade-student-protest/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook

Taiwan police clash with students in protests over trade deal

By Sophie Brown and Zoe Li, CNN
March 25, 2014 -- Updated 1250 GMT (2050 HKT)
A supporter of the trade pact between China and Taiwan faints during clashes between protesters and police in Taipei, Taiwan, on Tuesday, April 1. Protesters, mostly college students, have been camped out in Taiwan's Legislature building since March 18. They say the trade deal with China could harm Taiwan's economy, democratic system and national security. But supporters of the deal have also come out to express themselves.A supporter of the trade pact between China and Taiwan faints during clashes between protesters and police in Taipei, Taiwan, on Tuesday, April 1. Protesters, mostly college students, have been camped out in Taiwan's Legislature building since March 18. They say the trade deal with China could harm Taiwan's economy, democratic system and national security. But supporters of the deal have also come out to express themselves.
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  • Riot police disperse protesters who stormed Taiwan's executive building
  • Student protesters occupying government buildings call for controversial trade deal to be scrapped
  • Taiwan's president defends the pact as beneficial to the economy
  • Protesters call on universities to hold strikes until demands are met
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(CNN) -- Riot police evicted scores of protesters from Taiwan's executive building early Monday morning as rallies over a controversial trade deal between Taiwan and mainland China entered their seventh day.
Hundreds of protesters stormed the Executive Yuan in Taipei on Sunday evening, shortly after Taiwan's president Ma Ying-jeou dismissed protesters' demands to scrap a service trade agreement with China. Opponents of the deal say it could harm Taiwan's economy, democratic system and national security.
Police used high-pressure water cannons to disperse the demonstrators, who were mostly university students.
Students and officers face off outside the Legislative Yuan.
Students and officers face off outside the Legislative Yuan.
Meanwhile, other protesters continue their sit-in at the nearby legislature building, where they have been since March 18.
"We are tired, very tired. But we will continue on for democracy," a spokesperson for the movement, Lin Fei-fan told CNN on Monday.
"We have been protesting for seven days now. After last night's violence we are shaken," he said.
Lin estimated there were up to 200 protesters inside the Legislative Yuan's main assembly hall Monday, with more outside the building.
"Last night many students were injured and bloodied, some got concussions and bone fractures," he said.
According to Taiwan's Central News Agency, at least 137 people, including protesters, police and journalists, have been hospitalizedsince the rallies began last week. Most had minor injuries.
Taiwan's premier Jiang Yi-huah said some 61 people were arrested for breaking into the executive building, including 35 who were still being questioned as of Monday morning, CNA reported.
Protesters gather outside Taiwain\'s Legislative Yuan on March 19. They are demonstrating against a trade agreement with China.
Protesters gather outside Taiwain's Legislative Yuan on March 19. They are demonstrating against a trade agreement with China.
Dubbed the "Sunflower Movement" by Taiwanese media, the protesters are calling on the government to scrap a controversial trade deal which was signed in Shanghai last year.
They say the agreement will threaten small business and allow China to exert greater influence in the island through investments in "sensitive and core industries," including those associated with press freedom such as publishing and advertising.
On Sunday, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou defended the pact with China -- the island's biggest trade partner -- and said that it would benefit the economy and create jobs for young people.
"Regional economic integration is an unstoppable global trend. If we do not face this and join in the process, it will only be a matter of time before we are eliminated from the competition. For the sake of the nation's development, we truly have no choice," Ma said.
Some Taiwanese believe parts of the agreement are beneficial to Taiwan's future, but many are incensed by what they believe were procedural errors in passing the pact.
"We feel that the content of the agreement was developed in 'black box' negotiations," protest leader Lin said.
"The opinions of workers were not consulted and it was passed without deliberation. This is against our democratic principles."
Taiwan and China signed the trade pact in June last year, but a review of the deal has been delayed in the legislature. On March 17, the governing party Kuomintang pushed the pact forward without bipartisan deliberation, a move that the opposition said broke an agreement that all legislators would consider the deal line by line.
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"The agreement was passed without proper procedure," said Kaiyu Chang, who shot this photo of a crowd assembled in Taipei Wednesday. "That's why the people are angry," he said.
The Kuomintang has since agreed to review the pact one clause at a time during a second reading of the deal.
President Ma is taking a hard stance against the students. His government did not respond to a March 21 ultimatum by protesters to issue an apology for the deal. On Sunday, Ma appeared in public to address the protests for the first time:
"Is this the kind of democracy that we want? The foundation of democracy is rule of law -- adhering to the rule of law is fundamental to our statehood," Ma said.
The protesters have called for a students' strike across Taiwan commencing Monday. Student unions from four major universitiessaid they will participate.
The director of the National Tsing-Hua University's Institute of Sociology said in a statement that all classes at the institute will be called off for one week. If the government gives the student protesters a "satisfactory response," classes will resume immediately, he said.
According to Lin, the protest leader, at least 1,000 students were taking part in the strike as of Monday afternoon.
He said that the Taiwanese public has welcomed their campaign.
"I feel that most Taiwanese are supportive of us. They have been very warm towards us. We see parents bringing their kids to come and visit us," Lin said.
Although Taiwan governs itself as the Republic of China, with Beijing considering it a breakaway province, relations between the former rivals have improved since Ma took office in 2008.
Last month, Taiwan and mainland China held their highest-level talks in more than six decades. The meeting marked the first government-to-government contact since their split in 1949 following the Chinese Civil War. After the talks, they agreed to open a regular communication channel, China's state media Xinhua reported.
3rd article: this was the early cronology
Ministry of Ecudation announced its supportive attitude toward students, arguing that student participation can help reform the society
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1108450

Taiwan Parliament Occupied by protesters 1st time in History