Belinda, 25

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I decided to be a voter because while I care a lot about social issues, local politics is something I’ve always been a bit averse to. Maybe I’m just jaded, I don’t know. But I’m realising that if I want to see social change, I need to vote, because it affects our government and our leadership. 
— Belinda, 25

I like theatre, sexuality, and corgis.

One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is that I'm Chindian, but I can't speak any Chinese or Indian languages. I really don't see why it's so surprising though. 

I'm good at writing, listening, puns, making cicak sounds, public speaking, and performing. 

One thing I'm proud of is being more in control of my mental health and PTSD. It's taken a long time and not many people know how much work it takes, but I'm really proud of myself for becoming a healthier and happier person again. 

I decided to be a voter because while I care a lot about social issues, local politics is something I've always been a bit averse to. Maybe I'm just jaded, I don't know. But I'm realising that if I want to see social change, I need to vote, because it affects our government and our leadership. 

I'm most worried about government accountability and transparency, discrimination and income inequality, religious and racial conflicts. 

These issues matter to me because it has a huge say in how my friends, family, and community exist in this country. Are we safe to be who we are, free of the constant fear of being harassed and bullied by those with power? 

I wish I knew more about the Malay language, local politics, Malaysian history, world history, and geography. I feel like I have no bearings at all. 

I want other young people to know that we're not just entitled and we should be proud we feel things so passionately. 

 

Watan1992, Wilayah Persekutuan