Friday, October 30, 2009

MPP! omg omg omg

Thank you all for your support. I am pleased to anounce that I have won a seat in the Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar of Kolej MARA Banting. I would like to thank my parents, my friends, my support group, my classmates, Pn. Badriyah (Pure Maths teacher) who gave me some wise counsel and of course, my Heavenly Father.

What My Teachers had to say

Comments from Biology Teacher:

"He (Samuel) has the potential to be a good candidate for the MPP post. He shows positive attitude in class and seems to be interested in the subject. He can work well in a group and he's not afraid to voice out his opinion. He would be a good person to represent the voice of the students." (by Cik Ashimah)

Comments from mentor:

"Samuel seorang pelajar yang aktif dan mudah disenangi ramai." (Pn. Roslindawati)
[OK so she didn't say much, but that's only because she's only met me two or three times so far, because she doesn't teach me]

Remember this:
I am here not merely to endure change, no even to profit from it, but to CAUSE it, BE it.

My motto:

"Life is either a daring adventure... or nothing."
The very fact that I RAN for MPP is in itself a daring adventure, because a year ago, I would never have dreamt of even trying to get the position, because I was never brave enough. But now is my time to shine where darkness prevails, to be a voice to speak out in the silence that roars. Now I'm being too poetic. Never mind.
So. Now the adventure begins...

My Manifesto

My name is Samuel Kana Anak Lis. I am an Iban from Kuching, Sarawak. There are a lot of things that I am passionate about, among them are tennis, music, and arts.

Life without dreams is dead, and life without passion is meaningless.

I dream of becoming a doctor, and I am well on my way. But at this present moment, the most pressing dream in my mind and heart is being part of the elite group of students who will take up the challenge of creating change in this college, and now I am one step closer to realising this dream.

I’m sure that most of you are here, if not to give me support, then to hear what I have to say about why you should elect me. There are many things that I wish I can say that I could provide you with, but I can’t tell you that I can give you all the comforts that the world can offer, because truthfully it would all be empty promises. But you know, anything is possible if we set our minds to it. But not everything is beneficial, so do remember that you’re here not just to enjoy life but to study hard and be able to go overseas.

What I can do is to push for more nutritious food from the Dewan Selera, because we all know that food is essential for our survival and success in this college. In fact, I would want all of us to have a say by later choosing the type of food that we like and don’t like, so that we can suggest to the DS people what we would prefer.

Would you agree if I said that not all our scientific equipments in the labs are top-quality or up to standard? How many times are you lucky to enough to get a microscope that has all the lenses functioning? I will make sure the college administration know about this problem and solve it so that we can all benefit from the best scientific equipment.

I often wish that the library would open on weekends, such as today when I might have needed to look up some information about, say, the haemocytometer in the library, but it’s not open! Of course there’s the Internet, but it’s hard to trust the information that is available for free on the Internet. If there is any Internet available at all. Thus I am going to petition for the library to open on weekends as well. Hard to do, but not impossible.

With so much room for improvement everywhere, there are so many more things we as the MPP team would be able to accomplish, and that’s why I need your vote. Nothing will come easily, but where there’s a will there’s a way! Di mana ada kemahuan, di situ ada jalan.

What you are looking for is what I can bring to the MPP team if I were to be elected. I have creativity and an imagination that can be channelled to making this college a better place to stay and to study in. I am ready and able to work with other people I may not know, and with the college admin. I believe that I can be a dynamic addition to the MPP team with my fun spirit but serious attitude, and all these creative ideas that I am able to generate.

I believe that being a leader is having the confidence and intellectual security that you can listen to advice without having to prove that you’re the smartest person in the room. That’s humility. I believe I can make a difference with my commitment to improvement and excellence.

Saya mungkin tidak sama seperti kamu. Saya tidak bercakap seperti kebanyakan kamu, tetapi saya merupakan salah seorang daripada kamu. Saya mahu mewakili bukan sahaja pelajar bukan Melayu tetapi semua orang yang inginkan seorang wakil yang berwawasan dan bertanggungjawab.

If you would allow me to represent you, believe me, I will not keep silent. I am here not for the glory or glamour, nor am I here to have more things to say in my personal statement. I am here because I believe there is a need for me to amplify your voice with mine. How can I do this? I can listen to you and speak out for you when you need to be heard.

I realized that if you all elect me to be in the MPP, there will be a lot of work, a lot of time and energy put in. But I am fully prepared for that, because I know how to manage my time and get things done with optimum speed and efficiency, like I have done in the choirs and youth camps that I have led. I am committed to fight for YOU.

I am prepared to be responsible and to take the blame for mistakes. I will do my very best, and when I have nothing left in me, I will still continue to work for you, with all the strength and willpower that I have – but I need your support, because no one, not a single one of you is insignificant. Why would I do all this? Because I believe that it is worth it to serve you, and to do all I can for this awesome college.

I will close with my life principle, that is, life is either a daring adventure... or nothing. This, my friends, is a very daring adventure that I have begun and will bring to completion.

Thank you.

My throng of supporters

My political advisor and counsel

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Running For MPP

I'm running for MPP (Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar), can you believe it? Sometimes I think awhile I wonder at my sudden burst of courage and filial determination to help and to serve my college. Anyway, check out my campaign at Samuel K Lis For MPP!!