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Juniors don't have to accept ragging, says former student

PETALING JAYA - Freshmen do not have to subject themselves to any form of ragging or give in to humiliating demands from their seniors, a former student said.

Jaspal Singh, a UKM graduate, advised "freshies" to stand their ground when told to do "humiliating acts" during a ragging session, reminding them that the law was on their side and they could not be harmed.

"They should just say no. At the end of the day, what can the seniors do to you? You don't even need them for anything, actually," Jaspal said in an interview.

He said seniors tried to rag him when he was a freshie but he held his ground.

"They said they would mark me and give me hell later if I did not give in, but I persisted," he said

In the end, his seniors still spoke to him and he was treated just like the others who had been bullied.

"Juniors do not need to depend on seniors at the end of the day."

Jaspal said the situation today was even more favourable to freshies compared to the time when he was a freshman in the late 1980s.

Today, juniors have the comfort of the Internet to help in their studies, he said.

Jaspal believed many of those who ragged their juniors did it to instil fear in the freshies.

"But both parties should remember that they can become friends who respect each other, without any humiliation thrown in," he said.

-The Star/Asia News Network

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