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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 23. 21st September 1972




For the past five weeks I have been following with great interest the big debate in Salient — Attacks, reprisals all nothing short of verbosity and ignorance of a small number of Malaysian writers. I had no intention at all, to add my own chapter for a spill of emotion and hostile words could do more harm than good. On the other hand mere silence on the part of MSSA may, to some be indicative of their guilt of forsaking their basic principles and philosophy. It is high time I put the record straight.

It is true, there has been some talk among the MSA and MSSA leaders about cooperation between the two associations. It is Not true that there was talk about a merger. Such a merger contravenes the basic philosophy of MSSA — an independent body free from government intervention and subscribing to the spirit of NZUSA and VUWSA constitution only.

It is abundantly clear that 'Student movement onlooker' is not prepared to see a united Malaysian and Singaporean community at Vic.

I cannot see how my article 'The Only Way' proves that the MSSA leaders are willing to surrender. Surely 'Student movement Onlooker' is living in a blissful state of ignorance not caring to read the article in full. For the article merely sets out the issues that confront the Malaysian people in achieving national unity, the obstacles the Razak clique are endeavouring to overcome, which as I pointed out, are not that easy for at least another twenty years. I suggest 'Student Movement Onlooker' read it once again — he may be surprised to discover it further emphasis on the political philosophy of MSSA in a rather radical mood.

Shanmugam Viswanathan.

Editor, MSSA Critique.