Syar, 29

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One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is that I’m from here and not from somewhere else! It seems like their idea of a Malaysian doesn’t include me.
— Syar, 29

I like food, memes, and friends.

One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is that I'm from here and not from somewhere else! It seems like their idea of a Malaysian doesn't include me, so they always think I'm a foreigner. 

One thing I'm proud of is how self-possessed I am. I'm also good at organising things!

I decided to be a voter because I wanted full ownership of all my rights as a citizen. I saw that those in power weren't in any hurry to make sure I had that, so I better do whatever I can to claim my rights.

I'm most worried about government accountability and transparency, lack of education, lack of political freedom and instability. 

These issues matter to me because censorship, surveillance, suppression of freedom of assembly, speech, information, expression AND insufficient education make for disempowered disenfranchised citizens makes for an anaemic country. I worry about the future when we're governed by such corruption, lack of impunity and abuse of power.

I wish I knew more about

  • the history of women in this country
  • regional historical contexts of fights for independence and self determination
  • non-Malay Muslim narratives
  • the culture and narratives of Orang Asli
  • the history of East Malaysia and their cultural diversity and differences (compared to Peninsular Malaysia)
  • our indigenous plants and animals

I want other young people to know that change is always always possible. We will always have power to make change. We express and access that power differently, and we need to help those with less privilege access the full breadth of their rights and power, but we can do it.

Watan1988, selangor