Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tulip! Tulip!

We are growing some tulips in our garden, and they are doing well!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Spring is here!

In Malaysia we have only one session: Summer. While in France, they have 4 sessions. The cold winter is finally over, and we are starting to have warmer weather. I enjoy seeing the dead plants having green leaves again. This is like a rebirth! Very touching!

Friday, April 14, 2006

The majority lost!

The majority lost to the minority!! This is so strange!

Yesterday, in front of the Pole Etudiant, the majority of the students wanted to go in to the building and vote. However, they were blocked by a group of minority students who don't want the vote to take place. They were probably scared that the result will be that they will resume the class.

So, due to a small group of students who don't want to resume the class, the majority of the students couldn't vote and have the face the consequance of losing a school year. What a pity!

They are going to lose one school year! Oh my god!!

The France government has withdrew the unpopular employment law: the CPE. Lots of people thought that would be the end of the demonstrations and the strikes, that the students will now go back to the class. They are wrong!!

In my university, there were supposed to have a secret voting session to determine whether the students want to resume their cours or not. They failed to do that because a group of aggressive students blocked the entrance to the Pole Etudant where they were going to vote. As a result, students who want to continue the blockage and the one who want to resume their cours were having some arguement outside the Pole Etudiant. Since there are voting session, that means they will not have the final examinations, that they are actually going to lose their school year!

One week ago, the president of the university sent the students a letter, asking them to come to vote on 13 April. This action is necessary as many think that the students who came to vote last week (with the result that they will continue the blockage) were not really representing the majority of the students. Students who actually want to resume their class are scared to show up in the General Assembly as they are many students who are aggressive and who want to continue the blockage.

What a waste! One year! Those foreign students are so unluckly! The money and time they have invested are worthless now.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

From the CPE see the mentality of the French youth

The CPE, a new French employment law for the youth who are less than 26, is suspended due to the massive demonstration. This law was introduced by the Prime Minister in Jan 2006, and it was passed by law in Mar. More than have of the universities in France have been blocked by their students, who decided to stop the class and go on strike. Eventhough this law is gone today, some students have voted to continue the blockage.

This law was introduced to combat the high unemployment among the youth: around 24%, the highest among the European countries. It was said to be able to create more job for the young. However, it has an unjustice element: the employer can lay off the employee within 2 years of the employment without giving any explanation.

There are certainly pros and cons in this law. What I want to point out is the youth's mentality. They are not the group of person who are directly affected, as they are still in the school. Those who are currently unemployed,
are actually pro the law so that they can find a job. The students, who has not been out in the real working world, think that this law will only give disadvantages to them. If they are unemployed, the government will give them some money, they will not go hungry. So, there is no urge for them to work. What they want is a job that will give them security for the rest of their live.