RELIGIOUS bigotry, lust for power, greed and pride are what motivate people like Saddam Hussein and George Bush and their military advisors to war. This is an effrontery to the human race. We were never made to hate one another; we were never called to kill one another.
It is for this reason that students of Metropolitan College are saying to the world: “Stop the war!”, says Oliver Tan, head of the college's Student Department.
Metropolitan students turned up in full force at an assembly at the college concourse recently, all wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the message Say NO to War!
Tan’s impassioned appeal for world peace and human respect on behalf of the students, was greeted with rapturous applause. Also taking the podium was Miss Malaysia/World 2002/2003 Mabel Ng who appealed to the perpetrators of war to consider peaceful initiatives for the sake of the children’s future.
Ng also asked the students to pray for her as she brings a message of hope and peace to the victims of war when she joins the Mercy Malaysia mission to Iraq soon.
The anti-war gathering was organised by Metropolitan in conjunction with the first week of the new intake for its university foundation programme for Curtin University and RMIT University students.
Metropolitan director of studies K.S. Goh said that these academic programmes not only provide students with prestigious degrees from internationally-recognised universities but also give students an opportunity to be socially-aware members of the community at critical times such as these.
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